Gluten-Free Pulled BBQ Chicken

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Who’s hungry for a BBQ chicken sandwich? If you’re like me, finding healthy, gluten-free sandwiches can be almost impossible. In addition, finding healthy Crock Pot recipes that are gluten-free can be even more impossible. Fear not, help is just a few steps away.

My recipe for Gluten-Free Pulled BBQ Chicken is a healthy, gluten-free Crock Pot recipe. What makes it totally gluten-free is my homemade BBQ sauce. No mystery ingredients like hidden msg (usually labeled natural flavorings). Nope, my BBQ sauce is made with coconut aminos and coconut sugar instead worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.

Now, for the most ridiculously easy recipe ~

Gluten-Free Pulled BBQ Chicken

Yield: 1 cup

Gluten-Free BBQ Sauce

Gluten-Free Pulled BBQ Chicken in jar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/4 C. Water
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Aminos
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Sugar
  • 1/4 C. Ketchup
  • 1 t. Garlic Granules
  • 2 T. Chili Powder
  • 1-2 t. Liquid Smoke
  • Dash of Tabasco Sauce


    1. Blend all ingredients together into small sauce pan.
    2. Heat until mixture comes to a boil.
    3. Turn down heat at simmer for 5-10 minutes - or until begins to thicken.
    4. Let cool in pan.

Anyone who has ever eaten a gluten-free hamburger bun knows how absolutely dreadful it can be. It makes eating something like pulled BBQ chicken impossible. The bun crumbles in your hand and you’ve got a huge mess, likely, down the front of your shirt. For me, it falls into the category of, “Why bother.” Never again.

However, I have found the most wonderful gluten-free burger buns made by Canyon Bakehouse. They stay together and are seriously close to a ‘real’ burger bun. I purchased mine at Whole Foods in the gluten-free frozen breads section. They aren’t inexpensive, but perfect for something like this recipe.

In my world of gluten-free eating ~ I consider these buns a real game changer  ~ it’s as close to a whole grain bun that you will find in the world of gluten-free. I spread a little butter ghee on a burger bun and set it on a hot grill ~ it toasted perfectly. Oh. happy. day!

Want to change it up a bit – why not replace the chicken with a small pork roast ~ making BBQ pulled pork sandwiches. Either way, you’ve got some quick and yummy dinner options.

Depending on the serving size, you can get 6-8 pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches from one recipe. You’re gonna’ love it.

Gluten-Free Pulled BBQ Chicken Meal

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  1. Wow, this looks fantastic! I have just started looking for new crock pot recipes so I am very grateful you added this recipe to the Say G’Day Saturday linky party! I’m pinning this right now!

    Hope to see you again this weekend!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  2. Thanks for sharing such a lovely slow cooker recipe on Saturday Dishes. I hope you’ll return this week when we feature Mother’s Day dishes. Pinned! -Savannah

  3. In the recipe for gluten free barbeque sauce, you call for ketchup. Do you use commercially made ketchup or homemade ketchup? If homemade, will you share your recipe? This recipe sounds yummy.

    1. Currently, I’m using an organic ketchup; however, I plan to go back to making soon. I will make a point to share the recipe.

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