Pulled Tandoori Chicken

Take your pulled chicken to the next level with a delicious tandoori sauce blend which is gluten free, paleo, whole30 friendly and dairy free! Moist, flavourful pulled chicken ready in 20 minutes instead of the slow cooker! 

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Firstly, thank you all SO much for your kind words on my big announcement on Thursday– I’m still in disbelief and excited all in one- I’ll keep you all updated as I most likely will need some advice! Cheers! 

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Let me preface this by saying I love pulled meat.

Pulled chicken, pulled pork or pulled beef- Hell, if there was pulled shrimp or pulled crab, I’d be a huge fan (although I don’t think my wallet would be). With Summer ending in Australia, it means that slow cookers and hearty stews are going to be pulled (ha) out of the depths of the pantries, kitchen drawers or (where my mum stores it), the garage. 

Since sharing more recipes here on the blog, there has been a fine lesson I’ve learnt- Share seasonally relevant recipes.

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What does that mean? Well for me, I realised most of my readership was from America. Learning how to understand google analytics was a huge learning curve for me and taught me to play to my strengths. No more sharing stews in Summer or overnight oats in Winter. Yes, they were delicious recipes but the likelihood of them being made- Not so much. 

Today’s recipe is one which could be seasonally appropriate for those about to face Winter or those entering Spring- Pulled chicken without the need for a slow cooker and ready in much less time. 

Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken- Moist, flavourful and juicy pulled chicken made over the stovetop and ready in 20 MINUTES- No need for a slow cooker! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Whole30 friendly! @thebigmansworld.com - thebigmansworld.com

Slow cooker= 8 hours on low.

Stove top = 20 minutes + 5 minutes cooling time + 1 minute pulling. 

I’d take the latter, thanks. 

I am always fearful that chicken made over the stovetop would turn out like rubber. In turn,  I could take up hockey as a sport and bring my own pucks. Luckily, after picking my mum’s brain, I now am confident in making stovetop poached chicken which are moist (sorry), flavourful and juicy– Perfect to be be shredded and doused in a delicious sauce. 

(It’s times like these I forgive my mum for having a slow cooker perfectly intact because she refuses to use it unless desperate). 

Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken- Moist, flavourful and juicy pulled chicken made over the stovetop and ready in 20 MINUTES- No need for a slow cooker! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Whole30 friendly! @thebigmansworld.com - thebigmansworld.com

This pulled chicken is so simple to make and the addition of a homemade healthy tandoori sauce takes it to the next level. While barbecued pulled chicken and and buffalo pulled chicken tastes delicious, it’s always fun to toss it up. The homemade tandoori sauce is different to mainstream ones out there- It is paleo friendly, dairy free, whole30 friendly and gluten free! It is free from any sugar and the spice mixture is flavourful and slightly spicy. 

This delicious and easy pulled chicken also fits well this with month’s recipe redux theme which is two for one- Or the concept of turning the leftovers into other meals. The beauty of this versatile pulled chicken is how the leftovers can be used. I’ll be sharing a couple in the coming weeks but some ideas include pulled tandoori chicken wraps, tossed in a salad or even thrown in a soup! 

Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken- Moist, flavourful and juicy pulled chicken made over the stovetop and ready in 20 MINUTES- No need for a slow cooker! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Whole30 friendly! @thebigmansworld.com - thebigmansworld.com

Alternatively, you can use the sauce for a small portion of it and change up the leftovers to suit different flavours! Don’t reserve pulled chicken to the slow cooker and make this stovetop version with a tandoori sauce and embrace the leftovers! 

Pulled Tandoori Chicken

Take your pulled chicken to the next level with a delicious tandoori sauce blend which is gluten free, paleo, whole30 friendly and dairy free! Moist, flavourful pulled chicken ready in 20 minutes instead of the slow cooker!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld

Ingredients

For the pulled chicken

  • 1 kilogram chicken breasts fat trimmed and cut into palm sized portions (just over 2 lbs)
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Pinch sea salt

For the tandoori sauce

  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk can sub for Greek yogurt/dairy free plain yogurt if not paleo or dairy free
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper optional but highly recommended
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

To cook the chicken

  • Fill a large pot with chicken stock and add the garlic and onion and bring to the boil.
  • Once boiling, add the chicken breasts and after 2 minutes, reduce to low and allow to simmer for 12-15 minutes, until chicken is just cooked and no longer pink. Remove from heat and drain immediately and allow chicken to cool.
  • Once cooled, place chicken back into the pot and using two forks, shred the chicken finely. Add the tandoori sauce and serve immediately*

To make Tandoori Sauce

  • Combine all the spices into a small bowl and add the coconut milk (or Greek yogurt) and mix until fully incorporated. Adjust spices to suit taste (I love a really spicy sauce so go overboard with the cayenne pepper and smoked paprika)

Notes

If you intend to eat the chicken later (e.g. for meal prep), do not add the sauce until about to eat to maintain freshness.
Pulled chicken can be refrigerated for 2-3 days without the sauce, or frozen for up to a month
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!
Stovetop Pulled Tandoori Chicken- Moist, flavourful and juicy pulled chicken made over the stovetop and ready in 20 MINUTES- No need for a slow cooker! Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Whole30 friendly! @thebigmansworld.com - thebigmansworld.com

Want more delicious chicken recipes? Try one of the ones below!

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Healthy 20 Minute Pulled Tandoori Chicken- Seriously, moist and juicy shredded chicken made stovetop- Secretly healthy and SO flavorful! {paleo, gluten free, whole 30 recipe}- thebigmansworld.com

Ever had failures with cooking chicken?

Want to join my hockey team? We use overcooked chicken as pucks. 

Favourite way to use leftover chicken/pulled meat? 

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202 thoughts on “Pulled Tandoori Chicken

  1. Ooh I love pulled meat too. Especially with a side of baked beans and a hunk of cornbread. Something tells me those flavours wouldn’t really go with this recipe though haha. But it sounds awesome! I don’t think I’ve ever used tandoori flavours in cooking before but if it involves coconut milk, I know I’d like it.

  2. Again, making my day! Tandoori chicken is so so good. I too have a slow cooker that saw the light of day when I unwrapped it but hasn’t been used since. I mean, how often are you gone for just 8 hours during the work day? and is it just supposed to hang out there after? That’s a bitch move.

  3. I LOVE pulled meat as well 🙂 and love that you can do this over the stove! Slow cookers are supposed to be easy and convenient but I always forget to prep the ingredients, so I never have it ready when I want. Oops.

  4. tandoori chicken is amazing. I’ve never made it at home though – I find Indian food intimidating to cook at home so I don’t use the flavours often.
    Pulled chicken is right up there with pulled pork. Although, if you figure out pulled shrimp I want in on that shit.

  5. pulled chicken cooked on the stovetop? in 20 minutes? yes please! Loving all the flavors going on in here. Forget 2-for-1 I can make like 5 different meals using this! Well done, my friend

  6. This looks incredible, Arman! I love pulled everything, too…I usually do it outside on the smoker, so as you can probably imagine, I’m pretty darned ready to break the smoker out from it’s winter hibernation cave. I’m digging the tandoori spices in here…I kinda wish I was having this for dinner tonight! (P.S. Your lighting in these shots looks awesome!)

  7. As soon as I read this post and realized I had everything on hand, it was decided: this would be tonight’s dinner. Loved it – quick and easy to whip together and such great flavor with only a few ingredients. Another fantastic one, buddy!

  8. I do not believe I’ve ever tried Tandoori sauce, but it sounds scrumptious. Hey, if you need any advice if you’re moving anywhere to Arkansas (not likely, but…) I can help! And I agree, I’d eat pulled meat of any kind, especially if pulled shrimp or crab were an option. This needs to be invented.

  9. This looks insanely good, so flavorful and such awesome pics! I can think of a million different ways that I would love to enjoy it- can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  10. Love this Arman! Big fan of tandoori chicken but I stopped eating it after I decided to avoid dairy- feeling kinda dumb now that I never thought to use coconut milk…good thing I have smarty pants like you in my life :)! Have you tried mixing pulled chicken with guac- SO delish!

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