Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken

Make this Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken recipe as a quick throw-together recipe that tastes great and is always ready to be put on a BBQ chicken sandwich.


There are only two ingredients needed to make this recipe – it doesn’t get any easier than that!

  • Barbecue sauce: Use your favorite barbecue sauce for this dish. Use about a cup of sauce for every pound of chicken – or at least make sure that the chicken is covered and coated in sauce.
  • Chicken: You can use thawed breast or thigh meat for this recipe. Chicken thighs are a bit fattier, whereas breasts are leaner. I like to use chicken breasts but any meat from the chicken will do fine.

How to Make Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken

Making this dutch oven pulled chicken is as easy as simply baking chicken breasts.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees so it’s nice and hot when you’re ready to bake your chicken.

Next, add your chicken breasts or thighs to your dutch oven and cover with your favorite barbecue sauce. Cover your dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and test with an instant-read thermometer. The chicken needs to be at least 165 degrees before consumption.

Once the chicken has reached temperature, remove it from the sauce and allow it to rest on a cutting board for about 15 minutes.

Once it has rested, pull it apart with two forks. Add the pulled chicken to a bowl and add in about half a cup of sauce that it was baked in. Mix it together well and serve as desired.

How to Serve BBQ Pulled Chicken

Wondering the best ways to serve your freshly-made barbecue pulled chicken?

Make this easy recipe for a picnic or family event. This BBQ Chicken sandwich recipe is easy and delicious.
Make this easy recipe for a picnic or family event. This BBQ Chicken sandwich recipe is easy and delicious.

I’ve always enjoyed making my pulled chicken into a sandwich, sloppy joe style, or simply eating my pulled chicken as a snack with crackers.

You can also make this recipe with leftover chicken. Simply add your shredded chicken to barbecue sauce and toss. Now you have a whole new meal!

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Common Questions about BBQ Pulled Chicken

What barbecue sauce should I use?

You can use your favorite barbecue sauce for this recipe! I enjoy using Kinder’s sauce or you can even make your own!

How much chicken can I bake at once?

As long as the chicken fits comfortably into the dutch oven, you can bake multiple pieces at once. Just remember to cover in foil or the dutch oven lid to keep the moisture in the chicken.

How long should I cool the chicken before pulling it?

Allow the chicken to rest for at least 20 minutes before pulling it into pulled chicken.

Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken

4.0 from 6 votes
Recipe by Sarah
Course: Dinner, LunchCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 2 pounds chicken breast

  • 2 cups bbq sauce


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add the barbecue sauce and chicken to your dutch oven and coat evenly.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the inside of the chicken has reached at least 165 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from the sauce and allow the chicken to rest for about 15 minutes. Set the rest of the aside – do not discard.
  • Use two forks and “pull” the chicken apart. Place into a bowl and add about half a cup of the bbq sauce back in.
  • Serve as a sandwich, on crackers or just eat directly.

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