Stovetop Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a savory and tender dish that brings the bold flavors of barbecue to your kitchen without the need for a grill. This recipe uses chicken breast, simmered in a rich, homemade barbecue sauce until perfectly tender, then shredded and served. It’s a great option for a quick and delicious meal, perfect for sandwiches, salads, or as a protein-packed addition to your favorite dishes.


  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for heat preference)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon liquid smoke for a smokier flavor


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, cooking until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and liquid smoke (if using). Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Add the chicken breasts to the skillet, ensuring they are well-coated with the sauce. Bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Cover the skillet with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the chicken cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until it is fully cooked through and tender.
  5. Remove the chicken from the skillet and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the skillet and stir it into the sauce, cooking for an additional 5-10 minutes on low heat to allow the flavors to meld.
  6. Serve the barbecue pulled chicken on its own, or pile it high on buns for delicious sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 325
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Protein: 40g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes


  • Serves: 6 people

This Stovetop Barbecue Pulled Chicken is a fantastic choice for anyone craving the comfort of barbecue flavors with the convenience of a quick, one-pot meal. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, and the leftovers (if there are any!) are even tastier the next day. Enjoy it as a hearty filling for sandwiches, a topping for salads, or a delicious addition to your favorite barbecue sides. Bon appétit!

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