11 Mar Masala Crockpot Pulled Chicken (Whole 30)
A simple recipe to show you how to make Crock Pot Pulled Chicken at home! This Crockpot Pulled Chicken recipe is quick, simple and packed with flavors. This recipe not only super easy to make in a slow cooker with very little prep time, it’s also paleo, whole 30, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.
The Crockpot Thai curry chicken I made a while ago was such a hit (find the Recipe Here). I have been making it non-stop. And Tom finally politely suggested that we should branch out with the flavors.
You could probably guess how this story ended.
Masala Twist of Pulled Chicken
Originally, I made this masala crockpot pulled chicken with Trader Joe’s Tikka Masala Sauce. It is one of our favorite simmer sauce. When Tom and I were still dating, he would always make one pot masala chicken stew for me.
So why don’t I slow cook some chicken in this tikka masala sauce and pull it apart?
It turned out so delicious!
So I decided to make my own dairy-free version.
Easy Crockpot Pulled Chicken Recipe
I call Crock Pot cooking “Chuck n Done”.
Crockpot may be associated with winter cooking and cozy meals. But this pulled chicken can be enjoyed all year long. Ready to throw a picnic or potluck? This is the perfect recipe to share with family and friends.
All you need is chuck all the ingredients in a crockpot, leave it cooking while you go to work and when you come home, dinner will be done and ready to serve. Also, who doesn’t love coming home to the best smell to drool over.
Simple Steps to make this Pulled Chicken Recipe
1. Place the chicken in your Crockpot (Slow Cooker)
2. Add all the seasoning
3. Coat the chicken thoroughly with seasoning
This step will ensure the flavor really soaks into the chicken.
4. Slow cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours
Yes you can overcook meat even in a slow cooker. In order to have the pulled chicken to come out so juicy, you don’t want to overcook it.
Sides to serve with Crockpot Pulled Chicken
There are so many ways you can enjoy this masala crockpot pulled chicken with. It is the perfect recipe to meal prep so you can eat it throughout the week with different variation.
1. Sweet Potato “Bun” sliders (pictured here)
I know you are probably laughing at my obsession with sweet potatoes. But trust me, these sweet potato “bun” sliders are so good. The sweetness cuts the spices a little bit and just make the best summer party dish!
2. Tahini Sauce
Tahini is grounded sesame seeds. It complements the spicy Indian flavor so well.
I have you covered with some delicious homemade tahini sauce. You can find this delicious Whole 30 Tahini Sauce Recipe here. It is perfect to drizzle on this masala pulled chicken, use as salad dressing, veggie dips and more.
3. Buddha Bowl
Get lots of veggies fixed and still have a this pulled chicken as a good source of protein to add.
Other Sides Options for Pulled Chicken
1. Naan Bread
Trader Joes has a super yummy and affordable naan bread that goes really well with this masala pulled chicken.
2. Pretzel Buns
In addition to your favorite burger or slider buns, try out some pretzel bread ones. They are salty, chewy, and compliments this crockpot pulled chicken so well.
Now scroll down to check out the full recipe!
This masala Crock Pot Pulled Chicken is definitely one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. Not your traditional BBQ pulled chicken recipe! This healthy version is paleo, whole 30, dairy free, sugar free, gluten free and so easy to make.
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- 2 lb chicken
- 1/2 can tomato paste
- half can coconut milk
- 1/4 cup bone broth
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1 inch minced ginger
- 1 tbsp garam masala
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp turmeric
- Salt Pepper (to taste)
- Marinate the chicken with all the seasoning and liquid in a bag for a few hours. Overnight for best result.
- Chop up all the aromatic, onion, garlic and ginger.
- Add chicken and the leftover liquid along with the chopped up aromatic in your crockpot.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
- Pull the chicken apart with a fork then let it sit in the broth for an additional half an hour or so.
- Serve with your favorite sides. (See some of my favorite options above in this post). Enjoy!
- For the Chicken, I usually use half chicken breast half chicken thighs
- You can substitute bone broth with water or any other broth.
Serving Size:0.25 lb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 65mg Sodium: 82mg Carbohydrates: 3.8g Fiber: 1.2g Sugar: 1.5g Protein: 27g
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