Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

Super easy perfect slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken! Keto-friendly, low carb, gluten-free, and sugar-free, the BEST quick and easy kid-pleasing summer meal for when you’re out all day with swimming lessons, friends, library visits, and summer life!

Oh, those lazy days of summer. Lazy, LAZY?! Where did that ever come from? I suppose it could be lazy days for the kids, but for Mom, NEVER! Summer is my craziest time of year, and while I love having the kids home, going to swimming, karate, hiking, and travel, my personality is already craving the daily schedule. And, well, honestly? ME TIME!

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Perfect Pulled BBQ Chicken pin

Okay, enough of that rant! All this to say, while I’m getting in a bunch of recipe testing, there’s much less time for writing and things I have to do without the kids. You moms out there understand. Therefore, I’m going give you one of my tried and true kid-pleasing recipes, made in the slow-cooker. This recipe’s meant to make you a hero Mom at dinner with very little effort on your part.

So go ahead! What do you have to lose? You really want to make this perfect slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken today!

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Hot summer days book suggestion

Read it while you enjoy your slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken!

Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons

This book is hilarious. Published in 1932, Flora Poste is recently orphaned and goes to live with her relatives in deep Sussex, the hillbillies of England. She’s set to organize them all and fix everyone’s problems and prejudices. Each character has their own peculiarities and makes for a great light-hearted read. Also, this is a case where the movie is also fabulous. Usually, I say the book is far and away better than the movie, but this one has perfect casting and great nuance. Enjoy.

 

To make this slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 and a half pounds of chicken breast (or boneless, skinless chicken thighs)
  • 1 and a half cups of tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sweetener of your choice (I use Swerve Confectioners)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt (more or less to taste)

Slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken, open sandwich vertical

How to make slow cooker pulled BBQ chicken

Do you have any idea why I absolutely LOVE this recipe? Well, to be honest, there are several reasons, but the main one is that it’s so super-simple, quick and easy! What mom out there wants things, especially dinner, to be more complicated during the summer? No one! Also, what mom out there really wants to be eating out every night because they’re so stressed and end up making unhealthy choices for the family? I know none of us intend to fall into that dinner quick fix, but when you’re busy at any time of the year it is TOUGH to get a pleasing dinner on the table when you’ve been running around all day being chauffeur and cheerleader and don’t get home until 7 or 8.

This slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken recipe is incredible because all you do is throw a few ingredients in the Crock Pot, stir it up, set the Crock Pot, and dinner is essentially done when you get back from that evening karate class. This is super kid-friendly, it’s my daughter’s absolute favorite meal and generally a crowd-pleaser. So let’s get started.

Slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken, bowl

First, measure out the tomato sauce and pour it in your Crock Pot. Second, add all the other ingredients EXCEPT for the chicken breast. Stir that all up, then you add in the chicken breast and cover it with the sauce. Set your slow cooker timer for 3 and a half hours on high or on low for 7 hours. You’ll be able to tell when it’s done when you scratch it with a fork and it literally falls apart in shreds.

Here’s a picture when it’s ready before you shred it:

Slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken cooking

Next, once it reaches this stage, take two forks, place them crisscrossed in the chicken, and pull them apart from each other. Continue to pull the chicken until it’s all completely shredded and mixed in well with the sauce. At this point, I like to turn the slow cooker to the “warm” setting and leave it for a few more minutes before serving.

Slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken in crock-pot

Note!: I call this super-kid friendly, which means kids love it, but it’s not incredibly spicy. If you’d like more of a kick add in some more black or red pepper to taste or other desirable spice for BBQ.

Last but not least, serve the pulled BBQ chicken on your favorite keto bread and alongside a salad or veggie. At our house, we generally spoon a good helping on a plate for each person, and help ourselves to steamed broccoli and a piece of some sort of cheese, egg, and/or almond flour keto “bread”. We love it, and I know you will too!

What are your favorite kid-friendly super quick dinner recipes? I’d love to hear what works for you!

We take our pulled BBQ chicken to preschool events, picnics, church potlucks, and have it at home 1 to 2 times per month. Do you have a go-to family recipe in your meal rotation you’d like to share? Or maybe you’d like to see it made over to be low carb and keto? Leave me a message in the notes, and I’ll take a look!

Happy Summer BBQ all!!

Looking for more kid-friendly low carb dinners?

Try out this amazing low carb cauliflower mac and cheese bake. The whole family will love it!

Cauliflower mac and cheese bake, close-up, feature

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Printable Recipe:

Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
 

Super easy perfect slow-cooker pulled BBQ chicken! Keto-friendly, low carb, gluten-free, and sugar-free, the BEST quick and easy kid-pleasing summer meal.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: BBQ chicken, Pulled chicken
Servings: 4
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sweetener (I use Swerve Confectioner's)
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the tomato sauce and all other ingredients except the chicken in the slow cooker. Stir to combine.

  2. Add the chicken breasts and cover them with the sauce.

  3. Turn the slow cooker on high for 3 and a half to 4 hours or on low for 7 hours.

  4. Use two forks to pull the chicken and completely shred it mixing with the sauce.

  5. Serve with your favorite keto bread or steamed veggie.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3 g 5 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 4 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 99 mg 33 %
Sodium 440 mg 18 %
Potassium 713 mg 20 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 2 g 7 %
Sugars 3 g  
Protein 41 g 82 %
Vitamin A 9 %
Vitamin C 19 %
Calcium 4 %
Iron 13 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
 

 

Perfect Pulled BBQ Chicken slow cooker

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

Low Carb Chocolate Pie

Low Carb Chocolate Pie

Rich, creamy, a slice of keto chocolate heaven! Low carb chocolate pie. You would never know it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, and low carb! Go on. You deserve it!

Chocolate. Chocolat. შოკოლადი. Seacláid. Schokolade. шоколад.

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There are a lot of things I’m willing to give up. I can give up sugar, gluten, donuts, hard candies, etc. However, if there’s one thing I really don’t think I could give up for good it would be CHOCOLATE! Dark chocolate is my favorite, and for years some of my favorite recipes are those like English toffee, fudge, and chocolate cream pie. Then when I changed my eating habits and went keto, at first I thought these were all going to be prohibited. Now, however, I’ve learned to make some of these indulgent chocolate treats low carb and gluten-free.

Low carb chocolate pie, closeup, pin

We’ve all heard and been encouraged in the studies that show us how good it is for us, right!? I really need that little piece of chocolate every night. It’s for my health! That’s what I tell myself at least, and why not?

Does that mean I eat these desserts all the time and for every meal? No, of course not. However, chocolate can be enjoyed in many ways on a low carb or keto diet so don’t feel guilty and enjoy your food!

Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.

Joanne Harris

Author, Chocolat

Whole low carb chocolate pie, feature, with lilac

In a hurry?

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The history of chocolate

Did you know the first peoples to utilize cacao seeds were the Aztecs? Yes! The Aztecs used the cacao seed native to southern Mexico in fermented drinks. Originally, it was used only bitter in drinks, sometimes with spices or corn puree to strengthen the drinker. Later in the sixteenth century, the Europeans added sugar to it making it an aphrodisiac. Now it has become a household staple!

To make this decadent low carb chocolate pie you’ll need:

Foolproof tips for the perfect low carb chocolate pie

I absolutely LOVE chocolate, as you can probably tell! The main goals to accomplish with this low carb chocolate pie are to completely combine the ingredients in the filling while not scrambling the eggs, and creating an even crust shell as a vehicle for enjoying said filling.

Piece of low carb chocolate pie

How to make a low carb chocolate pie crust

This is the most awesome versatile low carb gluten-free pie crust. Truly, you can use it for most any sweet or even savory (just leave out the sweetener!) pie. First, all you have to do is take a medium-sized bowl and measure out the ingredients. Second, whisk together the almond flour, salt, and sweetener. Third, pour in the melted butter and stir to combine completely.

Now comes the tricky bit if there is one. Dump the mixture into the empty pie plate. Next, use your hands or the flat bottom of a glass or measuring cup to press the mixture firmly to evenly cover the entire pie plate. I like to use my flat-bottomed measuring cup because it’s out already, and you can easily create a flat crust bottom.

Prick the crust bottom with a fork and bake in a 325-degree (Fahrenheit) oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.

Linda Grayson

Author

Overhead low carb chocolate pie with piece cut out on a plate, serving piece, lilac

How to create the smooth and decadent filling

Now is the fun part because it involves chocolate! First, find a large saucepan and in it whisk together the cream, egg yolks, and cocoa powder. Continue to whisk it on a medium heat until the mixture thickens. This will take from 5 to 8 minutes. Next, take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the chocolate you just melted in the microwave or in a double boiler. It’s important that they’re about the same temperature to combine completely!

Then, add in the butter pieces, vanilla, and cut in the cream cheese. Again, it’s important to completely whisk in these ingredients so they’re completely mixed together without any lumps. Here’s a baker tip! I find it’s easiest to do this when your ingredients are at room temperature or just slightly warmer.

Now what?

Next, quickly whisk in the xanthan gum and sweetener. As far as sweetener goes, I like to use Swerve Confectioner’s, but you can also use monk fruit or other equivalent sweeteners of your choice. For this recipe, I like to use 1/2 a cup of sweetener, but my husband doesn’t think that’s enough so I generally add 3/4 of a cup for him. Add yours to taste.

Now pour the filling into the pie shell and smooth it out evenly. Place the low carb chocolate pie in the refrigerator overnight for best results or for at least 3 to 4 hours. Then, when you’re about ready to serve, pour half a cup of heavy cream in a bowl. Use a hand mixer on a medium to high setting to whip up the cream with one tablespoon of sweetener. When the cream has slightly stiffened and makes peaks, spoon the cream on top of the pie. Last but not least, sprinkle with sugar-free chocolate chips (I use Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips).

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.

Charles M. Schulz

Cartoonist

And voila! A decadent low carb chocolate pie to be proud of! Let me tell you a little secret – it won’t last long!!

Bite of low carb chocolate pie

Looking for more low carb desserts?

How about a keto lemon blueberry cream cake?! Oh, yeah!

Low Carb Lemon Blueberry Cream Cake, overhead close-up

Low Carb Chocolate Pie Printable Recipe

Low Carb Chocolate Pie
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Chill
3 hrs
Total Time
18 mins
 

Rich, creamy, a slice of keto chocolate heaven! Low carb chocolate pie. You would never know it’s gluten-free, sugar-free, and low carb! 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Keto, Ketogenic, Low Carb
Keyword: Chocolate Pie, Low Carb Chocolate Pie
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 327 kcal
Author: Lauren Gonikishvili
Ingredients
Pie Crust
  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup sweetener (such as monk fruit or Swerve) confectioner's
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
Pie Filling
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened chocolate melted
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cup sweetener (such as monk fruit or Swerve) confectioner's
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
Instructions
Pie Crust
  1. Mix together the almond flour, sweetener, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.

  2. Add the melted butter and mix completely until crumbly.

  3. Press evenly into a pie plate. You can use a glass or flat measuring cup to press the bottom down evenly or just use your hands. 

  4. Bake at 325 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the edges start to brown.

Pie Filling
  1. In a large saucepan whisk together the cream, egg yolks, and cocoa powder until the mixture thickens, about 5-8 minutes. Keep whisking so you don't end up with scrambled eggs.

  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the melted chocolate.

  3. Add in the pieces of butter and vanilla and stir until the butter melts and all is combined.

  4. Cut in all the cream cheese (cut it in pieces as you add it in one bit/piece at a time). Whisk it in until there are no lumps. It's easiest to do this if the cream cheese is room temperature or a little warm.

  5. Whisk in the xanthan gum and then the sweetener. Depending on your sweetness preference add between 1/2 to 3/4 cups.

  6. Pour the mixture into the pie shell and put it in the refrigerator overnight to set (or at least 3-4 hours).

  7. Whip up the cream with one tablespoon confectioner's sweetener and once stiff, spread it on top of the pie.

  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top, cut into portions, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32 g 50 %
Saturated Fat 19 g 94 %
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 146 mg 49 %
Sodium 136 mg 6 %
Potassium 75 mg 2 %
Total Carbohydrate 9 g 3 %
Dietary Fiber 3 g 14 %
Sugars 2 g  
Protein 5 g 10 %
Vitamin A 79 %
Vitamin C 0 %
Calcium 8 %
Iron 8 %

* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet,

so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutrition facts per MyFitnessPal.com.

Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels. This is as accurate as possible, but it’s best to independently calculate nutritional information on your own with the specific ingredients you use. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.

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