Root Beer Pulled Chicken

Prep Time
Cook Time
6h 30m
Ready In

Recipe: #17787

March 07, 2015

Categories: Sandwiches

"Economical chicken thighs made easier by using a slow cooker!"

Original is 10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (312.8 g)
  • Calories 570.3
  • Total Fat - 26.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 174.5 mg
  • Sodium - 1175.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 47.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.3 g
  • Sugars - 28.8 g
  • Protein - 33.2 g
  • Calcium - 108.3 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 35.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method


Step 1

Coat your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Step 2

Sprinkle the chicken with seasoned salt and place in the slow cooker. Pour the root beer over the chicken.

Step 3

Cover and cook on high for 6 hours.

Step 4

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, until golden. stir in the ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, mustard and liquid smoke. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 5

Drain the liquid from the slow cooker, reserving 1/2 cup. Discard the remainder.

Step 6

Shred the chicken; stir in the warm sauce and the reserved cooking liquid.


Step 7

In a large bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, celery seed, and black pepper.

Step 8

Fold in the broccoli slaw, shredded cabbage and sliced snow peas.

Step 9

Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Step 10

On each seeded roll, place 1/2 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 to 1/3 cup rainbow slaw.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews


I had this yesterday at my Rock Painting Group. She used 2 pork tenderloins instead of the chicken, and she used Sweet Baby Rays barbecue sauce instead of ketchup. The hostess served it with coleslaw and cornbread, for a delicious luncheon after we got done painting. Everyone raved about it, so that's 10 thumbs up from these wonderful ladies! My phone was dead when I went to take a picture, but if she makes it again, I will grab a picture for you.


(20 Jul 2021)


Wowzers! Ten Stars! The pulled chicken (sauce) was so, so, so good! And the slaw is just excellent, too - and the perfect foil for the sweet sauce. I didn't want to buy a whole red cabbage and the slaw mix had a small amount in it. I compensated by adding some thinly sliced red bell pepper for some color. I must admit that I didn't use a slow cooker, but rather an Instant Pot for 12 minutes, which was perfect since I cut the recipe in half for just the two of us. We'll definitely be making this again! I can see using the sauce for pulled pork, too. Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(15 Jul 2021)


Excellent pulled chicken recipe! We all really loved this. Who knew root beer would be so great in a chicken recipe. We loved the coleslaw, too. Thank you for a winner. I'll be putting this into my best of 2017 file.


review by:
(26 Jan 2017)


Wow, SOOO Delicious! If I could give this recipe 10 stars, I would. Highly recommended and I and my family loved every bite. I love the fact that this recipe starts in the crockpot which makes it a life saver on those crazy busy days like I had today. The slaw is an absolute MUST as they brings these babies over the top good. I made a some changes; couldn't find broccoli slaw, so I added 1 stalk celery chopped, some scallions and some chopped red onion, and I used sugar snaps in place of the snow peas due to availability and I also added a chipotle and some garlic powder to the sauce. These are sooooo good. Try it you will Love it! Made it for FYC. Thank you breezermom for sharing!


review by:
(13 Nov 2016)

Daily Inspiration

Loved these root beer pulled chicken sandwiches. So easy to make and really flavorful. I generally don't make cole slaw for pulled meat sandwiches, but I will from now on. My only regret is that I forgot to purchase the snowpeas and red cabbage. I did add some green onions and carrots to color it up though. Will definitely make these sandwiches again. : )


(28 Mar 2016)

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