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Healthy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

Make healthy crock pot BBQ pulled chicken with this simple stir & dump slow-cooker recipe. To make this crock pot BBQ chicken, combine sauce ingredients, add chicken and cook. This healthy crock pot pulled chicken is great for a BBQ pulled chicken sandwich.

Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a lean and delicious alternative to traditional pulled pork. Plus, we reduce added sugar and salt by making our own tangy tomato-based barbecue sauce. Here's how to make it in a slow cooker with very little hands-on effort. In a 6-quart slow cooker insert, combine one 8-ounce can of reduced-sodium tomato sauce with a drained 4-ounce can of chopped green chiles, 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons of honey. Next, season the sauce: 1 tablespoon of sweet or smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons of dry mustard, 1 teaspoon of ground chipotle chile powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir everything together until smooth. Trim 2-1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs to cut down on calories and saturated fat. Add the thighs to the sauce in the pot. Next, add 1 finely chopped small onion and 1 minced clove garlic and stir until the chicken is well coated. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on Low until the chicken pulls apart easily, about 5 hours. Transfer the chicken thighs to a cutting board and use forks to shred the meat. Return the chicken to the sauce and stir it until the meat is well coated. Then it's ready to serve. This healthy pulled chicken makes a fantastic sandwich filling for whole-grain rolls, and it's great garnished with sliced jalapeños and red onions. Find this recipe and more healthy recipes on eatingwell.com.
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