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Slow-cooker pulled barbecue chicken burgers with chipotle lime mayonnaise

This is one of my favourite recipes. Great for larger groups and for individuals who want to prepare their meals ahead of time. Serve in the slow cooker surrounded by a build-your-own-burger, fajita or taco station for bigger groups or portion up and fridge or freeze. Serve on loaded nachos, jacket potatoes and everything from pizza to salad. Better yet, making this in the slow cooker means that it only takes 15 minutes to prepare and the rest of the work is done for you.

I love, love, love this recipe and hope you do too!

Time to prepare : 15 minutes

Time to make : 6 - 8hrs in a slow cooker

Servings : 6 large burgers


2 tbsp olive oil

8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs

2 yellow onions, halved and sliced

2 garlic cloves

2 tsp paprika

200g barbecue sauce

4 tbsp honey

2 tbsp tomato purée

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp soft light brown sugar

1 tsp salt

Juice of 1 lime

Chipotle lime mayonnaise

8 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tbsp chipotle paste

1 tsp smoked paprika

Juice of 1 lime

Pinch of salt

To serve (in burgers)

8 brioche buns

2 avocados, thinly sliced


  1. Set the slow cooker to low. Warm 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium–high heat and brown the chicken thighs in batches, transferring them to the slow cooker as you go.

  2. Add the remaining oil to the pan and fry the onions until they’re soft and translucent, then add the garlic and paprika and sauté for another minute, then transfer to the slow cooker.

  3. Add the remaining ingredients, except the lime juice, straight into the slow cooker and cook for 6–8 hours on low.

  4. Once the chicken is ready, turn off the heat and shred it with 2 forks. Squeeze over the lime juice and then leave to cool and absorb the flavours for at least 15 minutes before serving. Meanwhile make the chipotle lime mayonnaise by whisking all the ingredients together with a fork.

  5. Toast the brioche buns under a hot grill. Assemble the sliders with the pulled chicken on the bottom, sliced avocado and chipotle mayo on top.

Nutritional Information

(per serving of 6)

347 calories

13g fat, 30g carbs, 29g protein

Good to know/alternatives:

  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

  • I love using chicken thighs in the slow cooker as it creates a really juicy shredded chicken. You can also use chicken breasts which are most expensive and less juicy - I suggest no more than 6 hours.

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