Quick Pulled Chicken


This quick pulled chicken is easy to make, great on a hamburger bun for lunch, or with coleslaw for dinner.

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Quick pulled chicken
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2022-01-21, this recipe is for 4 people and takes 20 minutes.

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Updated at: 17-03-2023

20 minutes 4 people Main course 450 calories p.p.
Quick pulled chicken


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  • 500 grams of chicken breast
  • 180 - 200 ml barbecue sauce
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 chicken stock cubes
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Salt and pepper
  • A dash of sunflower oil
  • Red coleslaw (optional)
Quick pulled chicken ingredients
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  • Large saucepan
  • Pepper
  • Chopping board
  • Bowl
  • Griddle pan or frying pan
  • 2 forks

Quick Pulled Chicken

20 minutes 4 people Main course 450 calories p.p.

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Preparation – 5 minutes + 20 minutes waiting

fill a large pan with water, add 2 chicken stock cubes to the water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, place the chicken breasts in the water, then lower the heat slightly.

the chicken breasts will be done in around 20 minutes, depending on their size.

Quick pulled chicken

Finishing the quick pulled chicken – 15 minutes

finely dice ½ a red onion. Remove the chicken breasts from the pan and pull apart the meat using 2 forks. Put the chicken in a bowl.

add 180 - 200 ml of barbecue sauce and stir through the pulled chicken. Make sure all the chicken is covered with barbecue sauce.

heat a griddle pan or frying pan over medium heat, and grill the hamburger buns on both sides. Remove the hamburger buns from the pan and add a dash of sunflower oil.

briefly fry the finely chopped red onion, then add the pulled chicken to warm it up again. Season to taste with pepper.

serve the pulled chicken on a hamburger bun.

Tip: Add fresh lettuce and red coleslaw to the roll to serve as an evening meal. Enjoy this delicious pulled chicken sandwich!

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Quick Pulled Chicken: frequently asked questions

Can I make quick pulled chicken without barbecue sauce?

Pulled chicken is usually served with barbecue sauce. However, you can easily use another sauce, how about:

  • A dry rub sauce, like on spare ribs.
  • Teriyaki sauce.
  • Tomato sauce.
  • Béchamel sauce.
  • Garlic sauce.

What is the best way to pull apart the chicken?

The most practical way is to pull apart the chicken breasts with 2 forks. You can also do this with your fingers, but this is less practical when the chicken is still hot. An alternative method, which we have been given as a tip, is to use a blender.