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This Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken is the most tender and delicious chicken you’ll ever have. Perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas or sandwiches, this mouthwatering dish is slowly cooked to perfection in one single pot! Can be easily made in a slow cooker or Instant pot!

This sweet pulled chicken is so tender, simply pulls apart easily and tastes amazing. This recipe is easydelicious, and you just can’t go wrong with chicken. It’s perfect for sandwiches with coleslaw, burritos, quesadillas, etc.

Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken

  • Quick Prep Time
  • Juicy & Sweet Chicken
  • Easily Made In A Slow Cooker Or Instant Pot
  • Great For Meal-Prep

When planning for a week ahead, the last thing you need is something complicated to add to your list. This simple, easy to make recipe is guaranteed to become your go-to meal-prep item for any busy week. The delicious flavors and versatility of the chicken is simply a no-brainer. It goes well on everything. It might just be the best chicken you’ll ever eat!

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken – I preferred to use boneless, skinless chicken thighs, but you can use chicken breast as well.
  • Oregano – Dried oregano is great in this recipe.
  • Cornstarch – Used to thicken the sauce.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar helps to add that caramelized flavor to the chicken.
  • Soy Sauce – This ingredient is going to give us lots of umami flavor and color, be sure to use a lighter soy sauce to control sodium intake and a higher quality sauce will go a long way.
  • Balsamic Vinegar – We want this tangy flavor to act as a bit of a chemical tenderizer while adding tons of depth of flavor.

How To Make Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken In The Instant Pot

  1. Mix chicken with all the ingredients: Add the chicken to the instant pot. In a small bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the chicken. Toss everything together.
  2. Cook: Close the lid (follow the manufacturer’s guide for instructions on how to close the instant pot lid). Set the Instant Pot to the Manual setting on high and set the timer to 8 minutes. Use quick / manual release to release the pressure.
  3. Shred: Transfer the chicken from the Instant Pot to a bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks then pour some of the sauce leftover in the IP, toss and let it rest for a couple minutes for the chicken to soak up the sauce.
  4. Serve: Serve on buns with coleslaw.

How To Make Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken In The Slow Cooker

  1. Prepare the chicken: Add the chicken to the slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together oregano, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of the water. Pour over the chicken. Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  2. Combine glaze ingredients: After 2 1/2 hours, mix the remaining ingredients with the 1/2 cup water left, in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. It should start to thicken as soon as it comes to a boil.
  3. Add sauce over chicken: Pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker and toss, so that the chicken is covered in the sauce thoroughly.
  4. Continue cooking: Cook for an additional hour in the slow cooker on low.
  5. Pull apart chicken: Remove the chicken from slow cooker into a big bowl and carefully pull it apart using two forks.
  6. Ready to serve: Serve warm with remaining glaze on the side, if preferred.

FAQ’s

What can I serve it with?

What I love about this chicken recipe so much is the versatility. Delicious in any form, you can add your chicken over salads, in between toasted buns with some extra coleslaw as you can see in the picture below, or you can enjoy it in a wrap or tortilla with some tasty Mexican toppings for extra flavor.

Can I make it into a freezer meal?

Yes you can! First thing you need to place all ingredients in a large freezer bag and push out as much excess air as you can. Next place it on a flat surface in your freezer until it freezes completely. You can leave it like that or stack it upright once frozen. When you are ready to use is, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator then, once fully thawed, add all ingredients in the slow cooker or Instant Pot as stated in the instructions.

Expert Tips

  1. If you prefer a tender, juicier chicken, I recommend using chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. The meat from the thighs is much more juicier than that from the breast and contains more flavor as well.
  2. When using soy sauce, make sure you are using a high quality soy sauce that has a lower sodium grade. This way you are able to control the amount of sodium intake and get a tastier flavor as well.
  3. When prepping the chicken, if you find you’d like a little extra smoky flavor, you can always add 1 tsp of liquid smoke to boost up the flavors.

Leftovers

FRIDGE

If you’re meal planning, you can add each serving in a separate container and fill the rest of the container with your preferred side dish. You can also store the whole amount in one large airtight container as well. You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.

FREEZER

If you decide to freeze this brown sugar pulled chicken once cooked, make sure you allow the chicken to cool down to room temperature. Next store it in an airtight freezer bag or container and place it in your freezer. It will last for up to 3-4 months. When ready to use, let the chicken thaw in your fridge overnight and warm up for 1-2 minutes in the microwave.

BROWN SUGAR PULLED CHICKEN

This Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken is the most tender and delicious chicken you’ll ever have. Perfect for tacos, burritos, quesadillas or sandwiches, this mouthwatering dish is slowly cooked to perfection in one single pot! Can be easily made in a slow cooker or Instant pot!

RECIPE VIDEO

EQUIPMENT

  • Instant Pot – 6 Quart
  • 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker

INGREDIENTS

For Chicken

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

INSTRUCTIONS

Instant Pot Instructions

  • Mix chicken with all the ingredients: Add the chicken to the instant pot. In a small bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients and pour over the chicken. Toss everything together.
  • Cook: Close the lid (follow the manufacturer’s guide for instructions on how to close the instant pot lid). Set the Instant Pot to the Manual setting on high and set the timer to 8 minutes. Use quick / manual release to release the pressure.
  • Shred: Transfer the chicken from the Instant Pot to a bowl. Shred the chicken with two forks then pour some of the sauce leftover in the IP, toss and let it rest for a couple minutes for the chicken to soak up the sauce.
  • Serve: Serve on buns with coleslaw.

Slow Cooker Instructions

  • Prepare the chicken: Add the chicken to the slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together oregano, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup of the water. Pour over the chicken. Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours.
  • Combine glaze ingredients: After 2 1/2 hours, mix the remaining ingredients with the 1/2 cup water left, in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to thicken. It should start to thicken as soon as it comes to a boil.
  • Add sauce over chicken: Pour the mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker and toss, so that the chicken is covered in the sauce thoroughly.
  • Continue cooking: Cook for an additional hour in the slow cooker on low.
  • Shred chicken: Remove the chicken from slow cooker into a big bowl and carefully pull it apart using two forks.
  • Serve: Serve warm with remaining glaze on the side, if preferred.

RECIPE NOTES

  1. It is not really recommended to use frozen chicken in the slow cooker, since there’s risk of bacteria contaminating the meat before it reaches a safe temperature.
  2. If you prefer a tender, juicier chicken, I recommend using chicken thighs instead of chicken breast. The meat from the thighs is much more juicier than that from the breast and contains more flavor as well.
  3. When using soy sauce, make sure you are using a high quality soy sauce that has a lower sodium grade. This way you are able to control the amount of sodium intake and get a tastier flavor as well.
  4. When prepping the chicken, if you find you’d like a little extra smoky flavor, you can always add 1 tsp of liquid smoke to boost up the flavors.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1servingCalories: 415kcal (21%)Carbohydrates: 21g (7%)Protein: 25g (50%)Fat: 25g (38%)Saturated Fat: 7g (44%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mg (49%)Sodium: 497mg (22%)Potassium: 362mg (10%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 19g (21%)Vitamin A: 133IU (3%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 36mg (4%)Iron: 1mg (6%)
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