Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken Recipe

October 30, 2022

Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken

This dutch oven pulled chicken recipe is perfect to use anytime you need to make a large batch of shredded chicken with little mess and effort. 

Using our dutch oven for meal prepping and planning has been a life-saver, and this dutch oven pulled chicken recipe is one of our favorite ways to cook chicken for the week. There are so few steps to putting this together–you can literally throw everything in your dutch oven and just let it cook!

What do I Need to Make Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken?

Photo of Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken

There is very little effort, equipment, and ingredients needed to make this flavorful dutch oven pulled chicken!

Dutch Oven

This pulled chicken recipe goes together so easy because you throw all your ingredients together in your dutch oven, pop it in the oven, and let it cook while you work on other things!

If you’ve never used a dutch oven before, or just received one, and want an easy recipe, this is a great recipe to start with. 

Using a dutch oven for your cooking is a great time saver for you. I use my dutch oven often on recipes that I need to just set and forget. I have this Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, and it’s 6 quarts, so it’s fairly big. 

Dutch ovens come in many sizes however, and you can find the size that’s right for you!

Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs

You can make pulled chicken with either boneless skinless chicken breast or boneless skinless chicken thighs. 

We personally prefer to use chicken thighs because the meat on chicken thighs is a little fattier and has more flavor. However, each cut of chicken will work perfectly for this recipe. 

Chicken Stock or Water

Adding a little bit of liquid to your dutch oven is necessary to keep your meat moist and juicy while it cooks. Chicken stock adds the most depth and flavor to this shredded chicken, however, if you just have water on hand, that will work as well. 

Seasonings

To keep this dutch oven chicken recipe fairly neutral, I like to keep my seasonings simple. I use plenty of salt and pepper on this chicken, then I also add garlic powder and onion powder, and that’s it!

If you’re looking for a different shredded chicken recipe, check out my Dutch Oven Mexican Shredded Chicken recipe. This recipe is a great base for any of your spicier dishes. 

How to Make Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken 

Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken comes together so quickly and easily! Here are the step-by-step directions. 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. 
  2. Add chicken, liquid and seasonings to dutch oven.
  3. Place dutch oven in oven and cook for 45-60 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, shred and serve as desired.

Recipes that Use Dutch Oven Shredded Chicken

Photo of dutch oven shredded chicken

Dutch oven pulled chicken is so versatile that it can be used in endless dishes. When we meal prep, we make this chicken so we can use it in salads or taco bowls (like these pulled pork taco bowls–just switch the pulled pork for chicken). 

Do you want ideas on how to meal prep and meal plan? Check out this post on how to meal prep for your budget and schedule. 

Dutch Oven Pulled Chicken Recipe

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken recipe, dutch oven recipe, easy dutch oven recipe, meal prep recipe, shredded chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 Servings

Equipment

  • Dutch Oven

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Lbs Boneless skinless chicken breast or boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 C Chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Add chicken, liquid and seasonings to dutch oven.
  • Place dutch oven in oven and cook for 45-60 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, shred and serve as desired.
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