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Coach Sam’s 5-Ingredient Pulled Chicken

The perfect versatile meal-prep protein.
5-ingredient pulled chicken

Dietitians love food that can be easily batch-cooked and repurposed. This is especially the case when it comes to protein, and there’s something about pulled, shredded chicken that feels more versatile and tasty than baked chicken breasts.

This recipe is full of flavor (and yes, contains real bacon from a quality source) and can be used in several ways. Serve it atop a salad, thrown into an omelet, inside a lettuce wrap with hummus and guacamole, or alongside some stir-fried veggies.

  • Makes 8 servings
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 4–5 hours


  • 2 lbs. chicken breast, ideally organic and pastured
  • 1 pack organic, nitrate-free bacon, chopped
  • 1 tbs. dried thyme
  • 1 tbs. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbs. dried rosemary


Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on high for four to five hours until the chicken shreds easily with a fork.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Container
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
Total Carbohydrates 1g
Protein 32g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT

Samantha McKinney has been a dietitian, trainer and coach for over 10 years. At first, her interests and experience were in a highly clinical setting in the medical field, which ended up laying a strong foundation for understanding metabolism as her true passion evolved: wellness and prevention. She hasn’t looked back since and has had the honor of supporting Life Time’s members and nutrition programs in various roles since 2011.


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