Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken with 5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce is a crave-worthy dinner that can be prepped in minutes!
5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce
⅓cupnatural peanut butterat room temperature or melted*
1garlic clovefinely grated or minced
1tablespoonpure maple syrup
4tablespoonslow-sodiumgluten-free tamari or soy sauce
4tablespoonrice vinegar or fresh lime juice
Hot sauce to taste
For the Pulled Chicken + Veggies
2poundsbonelessskinless chicken breasts or thighs
2cupssliced red bell pepper**
Chopped green onion and cilantro for servingoptional
In a medium bowl, make the peanut sauce by whisking together the peanut butter, garlic, maple syrup, tamari, rice vinegar or lime juice and warm water until very smooth. Alternatively, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken shreds easily with a fork.
Remove the chicken, shred with two forks, or chop into pieces.
Meanwhile, add the broccoli and bell pepper to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 20-30 minutes, until the veggies are just tender.
Add the chicken back the slow cooker along with the remaining 5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce, stirring to combine. Alternatively, serve the chicken and cooked veggies in a bowl along with the juices that have accumulated in the bottom of the slow cooker.
In either preparation, drizzle the remaining 5-Ingredient Peanut Sauce over top or on the side, sprinkle with cilantro and green onion, if using, and serve.
Use it in bowls, pasta, tacos, salads, stir-fries or mason jar salads.
*Since the consistency of natural peanut butter varies from brand to brand, you may need to add more (up to an additional ⅓ cup) if you prefer a very thick sauce. Alternatively, you can refrigerate the sauce to help it thicken a bit.**Note that the veggies go into the slow cooker for a quick steam after the chicken has cooked all the way. The ingredients are shown altogether in the photo simply to give you sense of the ingredients.