Pulled Chicken
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Pulled Chicken

An easy recipe for oven-baked pulled chicken. The barbecue sauce is homemade, delicious, and very easy to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Rest time 5 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 332kcal
Author Vered DeLeeuw


  • 1 lb. chicken thighs, boneless skinless

Barbecue sauce:

  • 1 (7 oz jar) tomato paste (3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or honey, or a low carb alternative)


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Place the chicken thighs in a square 8-inch baking dish. Make a few slits in the chicken with a sharp knife.
  • Mix together the barbecue sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken, coating evenly. Use your hands to make sure the sauce not just covers the chicken, but also gets inside the slits.
  • Cover the baking dish tightly with a double layer of foil and place in the oven. It will start to smell amazing after about 2 hours, but cook it for 3 hours, until very tender.
  • Remove from the oven. Carefully remove the foil - hot steam will escape - and allow to cool about 5 minutes, until easier to handle.
  • Using a knife and a fork, shred the meat while still in the baking dish, and toss with the sauce.
  • Serve the pulled chicken over cloud bread or cauliflower rice.



Nutrition info if using a low carb honey substitute: Calories 306, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 3g, Sodium 802mg, Carbs 15g, Fiber 1g, Sugars 4g, Protein 32g.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 803mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g