Pulled chicken is a great alternative to the long hours needed to make pulled pork. Chicken cooks faster and you'll still have tender, delicious meat that's perfect for a quick sandwich. This pulled chicken BBQ recipe uses a whole chicken, but any part of the chicken can be used (chicken breasts, thighs, etc). White meat is healthier due to lower fat content, but dark meat tends to be juicier and more flavorful. Since everyone has a different preference, we cook a whole chicken.
The key to great BBQ pulled chicken is to cook it "low and slow".
If the skin of the chicken is a nice color before the chicken is ready, you can cover it loosely with tinfoil so that it stops browning.
If your BBQ has a beer can cooker or a rotisserie attachment, those can also be used to cook the chicken.
Let the chicken sit for 10 or 15 minutes before you start handling it. Shred with meat shredders, your hands or with a couple of forks, but don't shred too finely (otherwise it'll turn to mush when sauce is added). Add the sauce of your choice, pile high on a fresh bun, and enjoy! This pulled chicken BBQ recipe is just one of our BBQ chicken recipes.