This Slow Cooker Island Pulled Chicken has amazing flavor from all the warm spices, and is great on a bun, in tacos, stuffed inside a sweet potato, or as a topping for nachos.
Did you know that 46 million people in the United States deal with hunger issues, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors? September is Hunger Action Month, a national campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. So, to help raise awareness on the issue of hunger and help mobilize others, I’m helping to launch the cookbook Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from Our Kitchen to Yours, the brain child of Jennifer from Mother Thyme and Christine from Cook The Story.
Over 30 bloggers teamed up to put together this cookbook, which features healthy affordable slow cooker dinner recipes, including yours truly. You’ll find my recipe for Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew in the Comfort in a Bowl chapter.
The cookbook is over 100 pages and includes tips for Incorporating Whole Foods into Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Meals, as Slow Cooker Tips for Buy Families, and a chapter on Affordable Cooking in addition to 36 original slow cooker recipes. You’ll find a wide variety of recipes, including Italian recipes, Tex-Mex recipes, comfort foods, and favorite take-out recipes.
Slow Cooker Island Pulled Chicken
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons thyme
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon sweet or hot paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
- 1 bay leaf
- Your favorite barbecue sauce
- chopped fresh cilantro or scallions
In a small bowl combine onion powder, garlic powder, cloves, ginger, allspice, thyme, dry mustard, salt, paprika, cumin, sugar, black pepper and cayenne. Use fingers to rub spices together to ensure that ginger is dispersed throughout. Rub spice mixture all over chicken thighs.
Put chicken in the slow cooker. Pour apple cider over chicken and add bay leaf.
Cook on low for 8 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker. Use two forks to shred meat. Skim fat off liquid in slow cooker. Drizzle a few tablespoons of the remaining liquid over the meat and mix to combine.
Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, cilantro or scallions.
NOTE: Nutrition Facts do not include BBQ sauce or garnishes.
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I’m all about slow cooked pork, beef or chicken. . or chili! 😛 love this!!
alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
i have to try this!!
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says
great recipes for a great cause! pinned!
Lisa Brown says
i would make chili in my slow cooker
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits says
I got a slow cooker a few months ago, and I haven’t even started using it yet! I can’t wait to try this! I love the cause behind that cookbook!
Karen D says
I like making lentil soup in the slow cooker
Christine at Cook the Story says
Thanks so much for helping us with this cookbook. Your stew recipe looks delicious!
As the weather cools off, I’ve been thinking it’s time to make chili.
Bethany C. says
I have been wanting to make chili for a while.
Soups and stews.
San Miguel Produce says
Your dish looks fantastic! Thank you so much for doing this, and for including us in the project. It is our pleasure to support such a worthy cause.
Keep it green,
–Your friendly Southern California farmers at San Miguel Produce / Cut ‘N Clean Greens / Jade Asian Greens
Thanks for your support for this effort!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
I love using my slow cooker especially during the cooler months and am always looking for new ideas. This island pulled chicken sounds amazing and so does this wonderful cause. Pinned.
Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming says
So much spiced up deliciousness! And I love that you developed the recipe for such a great cause!!
I am the worst with the slow cooker. Ever since my programmable one cracked, it’s been make-and-eat around here. These are great recipes. I think it might be time to replace mine, finally.
Shashi @ runninsrilankan says
YUM!!! Such an awesome cause and such and awesome recipe!
I use my slow cooker for the usual things, like pot roast and beef stew. I want to learn to branch out and make meatless meals, chicken dishes, and ethnic-influenced meals (Chinese, Tex-Mex, Italian), and even desserts.
Indian butter chicken…family favorite!
Pamela Gurganus says
I would make breakfast casserole in the slow cooker.
Laura O |Petite Allergy Treats says
Wow, Jeanette! You continue to amaze me with giving back to so many great causes!
Teri K says
I would make shoyu pork, a local Hawaiian dish.
Dani Ellerton says
I would love to try a beef burgundy in the slow cooker instead of my Dutch oven, to compare the results!
I would make lasagna and chili
I’d make beef stew.
I cook a ton of recipes in my slow cooker (chicken, pork, soups, spaghetti sauce). It’s a great way to come home after a hard days work and have dinner almost ready. Love it!!!
roast beef and veggies
I would make shredded chicken or beef with salsa and use it to make tacos and burritos.
I love making spiced apple butter in the slow cooker
Sharyl Wolter says
baked potato soup
I love to make chicken tacos! Easy and delicious!
Margot C says
I think I might start with Martha Stewart’s Pot Roast recipe from her site (it’s pretty easy)
Cathy S. says
I use a slow cooker whenever I can! What a lifesaver. Love to make spicy chicken or beef to eat in tacos or over rice.
I’m anxious to try the Island Pulled Chicken. I’ve seen numerous photos and I’m sold!
Karen Lynch says
I would make jambalaya.
Christine Presto says
Sweet potato chili!
Tina W says
My favorite thing is to cook a chuck roast for shredded beef. It’s so yummy and so versatile.
cindy jones says
I would like to try the Cuban Black Bean Soup
pork loin with apples, yams and sauerkraut. and, many more yummy fall/winter dishes.
Sandy Headtke says
Every weekend during football season we do pulled pork. I think its time for a change.
We love homemade chili in our slow cooker!
Pot roast with vegetables.
Amanda Sakovitz says
id make a roast
I’d make chicken soup in my slow cooker.
Love to make chili, pulled chicken, bbq chicken, soups…endless possibilities!!!