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Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken

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For those occasions when you decide to cook at home and dine in for the night, making a delicious dinner is convenient and easy when you use your slow cooker. Bring the best spices and flavors right to your own kitchen, without any hassle at all. More comfortable than dining out and requiring just minimal preparation time, slow cooking at home allows for wholesome, delicious dinners that may even leave you with leftovers for lunch the next day.

Designed to make your life easier, the slow cooker allows you to prepare ingredients for your dish in advance - set the appliance to the proper temperature and cook time and then go about your day as planned. There's no need to rush home from a meeting, yoga class or child's soccer game just to put something on the stove. Even if your meal is ready before you are, the convenient WARM setting on slow cookers such as the Crock-Pot® Lift & Serve Hinged Lid 6-Quart Oval Slow Cooker can keep your food at just the right temperature until everyone is ready to dig in. And if you're hosting friends or just feeding family members, the durable hinged lid of the Lift & Serve Slow Cooker makes serving more convenient than ever. Never again worry about where to place the lid, simply lift and serve! It stays in place so that guests can even help themselves.

Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken
For a fresh and zesty Italian-inspired meal, slow cook tomato basil pulled chicken. The balsamic vinegar cuts right through the ingredients to reveal a light yet savory flavor. Serve this dish with a warm Italian loaf of bread and Caesar salad to complete the homemade meal.


  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced or finely grated
  • 1 1/2 pounds Roma or cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped (about 5 cups total)
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil


  1. Mix together oil, garlic, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
  2. Layer bottom of slow cooker with 2 cups of tomato mixture.
  3. Season chicken on both sides with remaining salt.
  4. Add chicken to slow cooker and top with another 2 cups of tomato mixture. Set aside a small amount for topping.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours, until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Remove and shred using two forks.
  7. Return to slow cooker and mix to combine.
  8. Top dish with remaining tomato mixture and sliced basil.
This dish is simple to prepare and delicious to enjoy.This dish is simple to prepare and delicious to enjoy.
Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that call for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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