Quick and easy pulled chicken

    25 min

    This quick and easy version of pulled chicken means you can make it at the last minute and there's no need for a slow cooker. The sauce will coat the chicken but if you like it a little saucier, add more tomato passata to suit your taste. Serve in tortillas or taco shells, with lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese and other toppings.

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    Serves: 3 

    • 450g skinless, boneless chicken breasts
    • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
    • 1 tablespoon minced onion
    • 1 pinch ground cumin
    • 1 pinch chilli powder
    • 4 tablespoons tomato passata or sieved tomatoes

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Place chicken breasts into a saucepan and pour in enough water to cover. Place over medium heat; bring to the boil and simmer until chicken is no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes.
    2. Transfer chicken breasts to a bowl; allow to cool and shred the chicken with 2 forks.
    3. Heat vegetable oil in a small non-stick saucepan over medium heat; add onion and cook until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
    4. Mix in the shredded chicken, cumin, chilli powder and tomato passata; bring to the boil.
    5. Reduce heat to low and simmer until chicken is hot and the flavours have blended, about 2 or 3 minutes.

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    I doubled this recipe. I had half of an onion to use, I just chopped it up and threw that in instead of measuring out two tablespoons. I also added four cloves of fresh minced garlic and was a little more liberal with the spices as well. Everyone who ate the meat (I did not have any and neither did my Aunt who does not eat meat) said that it was very good. Out of a doubled recipe, there's enough for one big lunch for my husband.  -  06 Jun 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is an easy recipe to put together, I used soft and hard tacos. I thought it needed more seasoning. I added garlic powder and 1tblsp. of chile powder, This is probably a preference thing, because I love extra spicy. Loved the idea of using chicken. Thay were very good and I will make these often. You have to give them a try!Thaks for this recipe, Baker Bee, Good one.  -  09 Mar 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Definitely easy and not to mention very tasty! I love beef tacos, but chicken is a great alternative. Plus this recipe is perfect for times when you want something simple and quick to put together. I cooked my onion in olive oil vs. vegetable oil and since I had "Seasoning for Tacos" from this site already made I used a little of that for seasoning. Delicious in warm soft or hard shell tacos with all the fixin's - shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, hot sauce and sour cream. Thanks for a great recipe Baker Bee!  -  23 Apr 2012  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)