North Carolina Chicken Recipe

North Carolina Chicken is a hot take on the viral pot roast recipe! Using chicken breast and a slow cooker, dinner is unctuously delicious!

North Carolina Chicken

North Carolina Chicken Recipe is the chicken version of the viral Georgia Pot Roast recipe I created on TikTok.

It caused quite the raucous by naming it “Georgia Pot Roast,” and people from GA never heard of it. ((They wouldn’t have heard of it, I made it up! It’s called keyword research! Sneaky, huh?!))

One thing viewers asked for was a chicken version! This is that version!

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Why is it called North Carolina Chicken?! Well, Georgia Pot Roast uses Mt. Olive Pickles “Simply Vidalia.” While the onions come from Georgia, they’re made right here in NC. And, Mt. Olive is local to me by way of North Carolina born and bred!

How to Make North Carolina Chicken

First, let’s gather the ingredients:

Chicken Breast – boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the choice for me! However, feel free to use chicken thighs!

Ranch Seasoning Packet – Hidden Valley is my preferred brand. I purchase the shaker, and the measurements are on the recipe card.

Chicken Gravy Packet – since we’re making a beef-free version, choose a gravy that is not beef.

Mt. Olive Simply Vidalia – these are delicious Vidalia onion strips that have been pickled in the most delectable brine! If you can’t find them in your grocery store, order them from Amazon. Seriously, don’t sleep on these!

north carolina chicken recipe

Next, let’s gather the kitchen equipment:

Dutch Oven/Slow Cooker – While I used a le Creuset pot you could totally use a slow cooker! I wanted to sear my chicken first, and I didn’t have access to a slow cooker when making this recipe.

Tongs – I love these stainless steel tongs! I use them for everything. Yes, everything… Like grabbing things off a high shelf/cabinet.

shredded chicken with pickled vidalia onions

How to Cook the Chicken

First, you’ll sear the chicken in a pot. This is why I used the dutch oven to cook in, I didn’t want to dirty up two items.

Now, do you *have* to sear the meat? Nope! Since you are shredding the chicken up, I don’t think it adds any extra flavor to the recipe. Go to town in the comments on this topic! Ha!

Then, open your seasoning packets and sprinkle them over the chicken.

Open your jar of onions, and dump the entire thing over the chicken and seasoning.

Put the lid on your pot, and cooked in the oven for 1.5 hours at 350˚.

At the halfway point, take it out of the oven and check to see if you need to add a little liquid. I added about a cup of chicken broth halfway through.

When it’s shreddable, shred it to pieces, and serve!

North Carolina Vidalia Onion Chicken Recipe Idea

Serving North Carolina Chicken

I chose to serve this chicken recipe idea with Stick of Butter Rice (Brown Butter Rice)! But it would be amazing over mashed potatoes or noodles.

The leftover can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Finally, this recipe is a great starter for Game Day sliders!

Be sure to save this recipe to your favorite Chicken Board on Pinterest!

North Carolina Chicken Recipe

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North Carolina Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 1.5 hours
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: oven-baked
  • Cuisine: american


North Carolina Chicken is the Georgia Pot Roasts white friend who’s incredibly simple to make!


  • 34 Chicken Breasts, boneless and skinless
  • 1 packet Ranch Seasoning (or 3 tablespoons)
  • 1 packed Chicken Gravy
  • 1 jar Mt. Olive Pickles Simply Vidalia



  1. In the bottom of your dutch oven, over medium high heat, sear each chicken breast in a tablespoon of olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle the seasoning packets over the chicken, and dump the entire jar of pickled onions on top.
  3. Put the lid on and bake covered at 350˚ for 1.5 hours.
  4. After 45 minutes, check the chicken to see how it’s doing. If you need some more liquid add a cup of water or chicken broth.
  5. When the chicken shreds easily, shred it up and serve!


  1. In the bottom of your slow cooker add one cup of water or chicken broth.
  2. Place chicken breasts in the bottom and sprinkle the seasoning packets over top.
  3. Pour the entire jar of pickled onions on top.
  4. Put the lid on the slow cooker, and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-4 hours.
  5. Shred the chicken and serve!



If you can’t find the onions in your store, you can find them on Amazon!

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