Root Beer Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

root beer pulled chicken
If you don’t own a slow cooker, you need to go buy one right now!  Yes, this is one amazing sandwich but if you start cooking with a slow cooker, life will become so much easier. You can’t go wrong, all you have to do is throw everything into the pot and magically you will have dinner.
Instead of licking your computer screen because you want a taste, you need to try this right now!
2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 can (12 ounce) root beer-not diet
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup dark Karo syrup
2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
2 teaspoons liquid smoke
10 Kaiser rolls, sliced
Rainbow slaw:
1 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon celery seed
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 pkg (12 ounce) broccoli slaw
1 cup snow peas, thinly sliced
Directions for slaw:

  • In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, vegetable oil, sugar, celery seed, and black pepper.
  • Fold in broccoli slaw and snow peas. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


  • Coat slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, garlic salt, and place in slow cooker. Pour root beer over chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes, until golden.
  • Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, Karo syrup, mustard and liquid smoke. Simmer, and cover for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Drain liquid from slow cooker, reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid.
  • Shred the chicken, and then stir in the warm sauce and the reserved cooking liquid.
  • On each bun, place chicken mixture and top with the rainbow slaw.


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15 thoughts on “Root Beer Pulled Chicken Sandwiches”

  1. How did you know I wanted to lick the screen? I agree crockpots rock! I've been wanting to make pulled chicken…now I have the perfect recipe, right?

    Pinning it!
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Holy moly this looks SO good!! I love a good crockpot dinner! Especially since it's been so hot this summer. I've never tried root beer in my pulled chicken, so I will have to make this very soon! Pinning for later, thanks for sharing the recipe! Visiting from Hump Day Happenings. 🙂

  3. OMG Kimberly, this looks and sounds amazing! I have been wanting to make 'pulled chicken' and this recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this with Foodie Friends Friday party this week. I've pinned and will be sharing over the weekend.

    Looking forward to seeing you again with another delicious recipe.
    A FFF co-host,
    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

  4. i actually was tempted to lick the screen – this look so good! always checkin around for new and yummy slow cooker recipes-adding this to my list for sure! thanks for sharing – pinning!! 🙂

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