Dr Pepper Pulled Chicken Recipe


  • 3-4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs: Opt for whichever kind of chicken you prefer.
  • 1 (12 oz) can Dr. Pepper: The star of the show!
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce: Use your favorite brand or style of BBQ sauce.
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Optional toppings: Hamburger buns, coleslaw, pickles, sliced onions


  • Prep the slow cooker: Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Season the chicken: Place the chicken in the slow cooker. Sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt.
  • Add the liquids: Pour the can of Dr. Pepper over the chicken. Then, generously cover everything with the BBQ sauce.
  • Cook: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with two forks.
  • Shred: Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it on a cutting board.
  • Return and adjust: Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir to coat with the sauce. If needed, add more BBQ sauce for your desired level of sauciness.
  • Serve and enjoy: Build amazing sandwiches using hamburger buns and add your favorite toppings like coleslaw, pickles, and sliced onions. This also works great as tacos or over rice.


  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper for a kick.
  • Flavor variations: Experiment with different BBQ sauce styles (spicy, smoky, etc.).
  • Liquid smoke: Add a touch of liquid smoke for an even deeper flavor profile.
  • Other Cuts: While boneless, skinless breasts or thighs are easiest, bone-in chicken can work too – just adjust the cooking time.


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