Skinny Pulled Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Perfect for summer picnics and cookouts, this skinny pulled crockpot bbq chicken is amazingly flavorful, yet uses no bottled bbq sauce and is only 1 freestyle smart point per serving!

Just because you’re eating healthier, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy classic summer cookout food like this crockpot bbq chicken!  Lean boneless skinless chicken breasts are cooked with a homemade barbecue sauce until they’re fall apart tender and ready to be piled on a whole-wheat bun or lettuce cup!

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I’m always in the mood for FANTASTIC warm-weather cookouts and summer barbecues.  There’s really nothing that beats classic cookout food in my book.  Don’t get me wrong, I love comfort food, and tasty party bites, but they’re not my number 1.

Being on Weight Watchers or watching what you’re eating doesn’t mean you have to toss all your beloved cookout foods aside… especially with the zero points food list on the freestyle program!

BBQ chicken on bun

For example, usually my family goes for a traditional pulled pork bbq or even shredded beef… but those have points.  So I’ve been working on a great pulled bbq chicken that tastes really delicious.  Ta-da!!  Here it is, and I think you’ll really love it!


That ultimately depends on your slow cooker, but a general rule of thumb is about 5-7 hours on LOW.  Since chicken breasts are very lean, if you cook them a lonnnnnng time, they’ll dry out.

Bbq shredded chicken on bun with coleslaw


Anything you’d normally serve at a cookout!  I love broccoli salad, roasted corn on the cob, creamy coleslaw, and potato salad.  Don’t worry, I have those other three recipes coming soon!  In fact, the coleslaw will be posted in a few days.


  • Season the chicken breasts before adding the sauce.  I like to put on some disposable gloves and really rub the seasonings into the meat.
  • If you have a few points to spare, consider making this bbq chicken with a mixture of breasts and thighs, or even all thighs.  It really adds moisture, but of course, adds points as well.
  • If you want to add extra flavor, consider a drizzle of your favorite low point bbq sauce after you’ve shredded the chicken or over the top of the chicken on the sandwich.
  • The point value here is the chicken only, so if you’re having it on a bun (like pictured), get some whole-wheat buns and be sure to calculate the total point value.

Sandwich of bbq pulled chicken with coleslaw on white plate

Since the weather is warming up, I really hope you give this crockpot bbq chicken a try… I’m sure you’ll love it!!


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Skinny Pulled Crockpot BBQ Chicken

This skinny pulled crockpot bbq chicken is amazingly flavorful, yet uses no bottled bbq sauce and is only 1 freestyle smart point per serving!
4.3 from 40 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 8 servings
Calories 118


  • 5 - 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed


  • Grease 6 quart or larger slow cooker and add chicken breasts. Sprinkle with salt, paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper and rub into the chicken. Top with onion slices and garlic cloves.
  • In a mixing bowl, add tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and stir to combine. Pour into slow cooker and toss gently to combine.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 5-7 hours, or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove chicken to cutting board or large mixing bowl and shred using two forks. Return to slow cooker and toss in the sauce/juices. Serve on a whole wheat bun, lettuce cup, or by itself.


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For example: if an ingredient calls for 4 cups, and you doubled the recipe, it will automatically change to 8 cups. In the instructions, if I say “use 4 cups of cheese”, you will have to realize that since you doubled it, you use 8 cups, not 4

Calories: 118 | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 655mg | Potassium: 485mg | Sugar: 5g | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 7.5% | Vitamin C: 7.3% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 5.5%

I’m not a nutritionist, and nutritional values here on my recipes should be used for general information purposes only.  This information is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new diet and fitness regimen.

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27 comments on “Skinny Pulled Crockpot BBQ Chicken”

  1. Thank you for this recipe! It was delicious! I added a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne to the chicken and a squirt of sriracha to the sauce to add a bit more zing. Perfect! Went great with Cooking Light Creamed Corn recipe!

  2. This is delicious and easy. It doesn’t require a lot of ingredients and I love having leftovers. There are only two of us so we gave some to our picky eater daughter who loved it and also had leftovers. She ate hers on a bun. I served it along with coleslaw made with a low points homemade dressing and a salad or corn on the cob.

    It is a tiny bit bland for our taste so I added a bit of leftover bottled bbq sauce I had in refrigerator but pepper flakes or chili powder or perhaps liquid smoke would be good.

  3. I thought if turned out great!  I added some red pepper flakes in when I cooked the chicken. For 1 sp I will definitely make this again and again. 

  4. Made this for a family reunion. It was the hit of the party. Very flavorful without any additional barbecue sauce but is also delicious with your sauce of choice.

  5. Just made this today. The whole family loved it. I had it on a whole wheat bun, velveeta cheese and pickles. I loved it . It was only 4 WW smart points!!!
    Great dinner for all. Thanks

  6. So at 1 point per serving, it must be the tomato sauce? Since chicken breast are free. Can you confirm? Or would it be one point if you did thighs and breast?

  7. Can this recipe be substituted with pork?  I know that would change the fat/calories?

  8. What is the weight of 5-6 chicken breasts? 

  9. Can I make it in a Le Creuset pot?

  10. I might be missing this, but how much is 1 serving?

  11. I’d happily eat this for dinner any night of the week!

  12. BBQ chicken is one of my faves to make during summer! This crockpot version looks perfect!

  13. I love pulled chicken! I have to make this!

  14. I love this idea! So simple and pretty!

  15. This is the perfect recipe for summer!

  16. Love that you don’t have to skimp on flavor to stay healthy with this!

  17. Hey, today I have tried this recipe. It is really awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us. Good work, Keep it up.