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Pulled Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Slaw

This pulled chicken recipe is smothered in an adobo and chipotle-spiked barbecue sauce, and served with a refreshing cilantro slaw to add creaminess and texture. Canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce can be found in many grocery stores and ethnic markets, but if your store doesn’t carry them, you can add spice to the sauce with cayenne or chipotle powder, or leave it out and enjoy simple, delicious barbecue chicken. Want to add more kick? Mix a little finely chopped jalapeño to the slaw. Enjoy this chicken and slaw combo as it is, or use it to stuff corn tortillas, or make an open-faced sandwich.

Pulled Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Slaw.

Pulled Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Slaw.

Pulled Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Slaw

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By: Team Beachbody
Posted in: Dinner, Lunch
4 servings, about ¾ cup chicken and ¾ cup slaw each
Prep Time
15 min.
Cook Time
22 min.


  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar, divided use
  • 7 tsp. olive oil mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp. raw honey
  • ½ tsp. celery seed
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage (or half a small cabbage)
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. adobo sauce (the sauce from chipotle pepper in adobo sauce)
  • ½ cup barbeque sauce, no sugar added
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, boneless, skinless, shredded


Here are your instructions:

  1. Combine ¼ cup vinegar, mayonnaise, cilantro, honey, and celery seed in a large bowl; mix well.

  2. Add cabbage; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat.

  4. Add onion; cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until onion is translucent.

  5. Add garlic; cook for 1 minute.

  6. Add chipotle pepper, adobo sauce, barbecue sauce, and remaining ¼ cup vinegar; cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until sauce thickens slightly.

  7. Add chicken, cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is well coated and heated through.

Recipe Notes

Pulled Chipotle Chicken with Cilantro Slaw.

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