For Dinner or a Football Tailgate: BBQ Pulled Chicken with Peach Salsa Recipe

I like recipes that are easy. I want an ingredient list in a recipe so short that I can remember what goes in it when I forget to take a list to the grocery store. And yes, that happens a lot. If I can throw things into a crockpot, forget about it for a good portion of the day, and the results are still good then I might just do a happy dance. These are all wins for me when it comes to testing recipes. Crockpot recipes are hit or miss for me. When I find a good one, I need to add it to my recipe section.

For this post, I'm sharing a recipe that I made from my Papa Spud's produce delivery when fresh peaches were in abundance. Of course, I finally sit down to write about this and farmer's market peaches are out of season for most of us.

fresh  north carolina peaches, perfect for salsa

Here in North Carolina, that farm fresh window is about six weeks in late summer. Luckily for us, we have canned peaches to help us year-round. I recommend Trader Joe's brand to use for the peach salsa. I would also rinse the canned peaches so they are no so sugary if in light syrup.

This easy recipe for pulled chicken and peach salsa recipe is great for a busy weeknight or to take to a tailgate this fall. My kids eat BBQ chicken, and they like hamburger buns so even if they don't eat the peach salsa, they have something to eat.

Peach Salsa with chips

The salsa also works well to serve with chips if you want to skip the chicken altogether for a football tailgate.  Also, this dish heats up great for leftovers for another busy school night or hot lunch.

Pulled BBQ Chicken and Peach Salsa: The Perfect Tailgate Meal

Pulled BBQ Chicken

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts (or combo)
1/2 onion, minced
1 cup plus 1/4 Brown Sugar Based BBQ sauce ( I use one from Trader Joes)
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

**If you do not have a brown sugar based sauce then add 2 Tbsp brown sugar to the crock pot.

Add onion, BBQ, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and brown sugar (if needed) to crock pot. Make sure salt and sugar are dissolved. Add chicken, and mix to coat well. Cook on high 3 to 4 hours until you can tear chicken apart with a fork. When the chicken is tender enough to take apart with a fork, transfer chicken to bowl, add some cooking juices. Continue to pull chicken apart, and mix 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce. Stir until chicken is coated. Add salt or additional seasoning to taste. If you like heat, add a hint of red pepper.

Peach Salsa

2 peaches, chopped ( I used fresh when in season, but Trader Joe's makes great canned peaches)
1 roma tomato, chopped
1 Tbsp, lime juice
1 jalapeno, seeded, minced
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1/4 tsp salt.

Combine chopped peaches, roma tomato, lime juice, jalapeno, red onion, cilantro, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a bowl. Mix well. Add additional salt or lime juice as needed or to your taste.

Serve pulled chicken on hamburger buns with peach salsa.

Easy Recipe: Pulled BBQ Chicken  Sandwiches with Peach Salsa

Other sides or main dishes that are easy for Tailgating that have been featured by me
     Easy No-Mayo Pasta Salad
     Southern Baked Beans with a Twist
     Potatoes for a Crowd
     Deviled  Eggs from Bill Smith 
     Southern cornbread
     Cackalacky Game Day Dip
     Marinated Asparagus
     Shoe-Peg Corn Salad
     Hines Mac and Cheese 
     Caribbean Bean Salad 
     Creamy Pasta Salad 

Disclosure: I'm a paying customer of Papa Spud's, but I do have a referral link which I put in this post. If anyone signs up for the service, I get a referral credit. If you are in the Raleigh area, I really like the service. 


  1. Oh I love any kind of pulled meat. I've never had peach salsa, but it sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

  2. I'm loving that salsa recipe, anything peach is on my rader when they are in season! I think it would be great on fish too.

    1. Oh, it would be great on fish. Great idea. The recipe for the salsa is really good.


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