Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken


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Barbeque Chicken in the slow-cooker is an easy and delicious meal for any family! It’s easy to cook and serve in a variety of ways. This is definitely a go-to recipe for an easy weeknight meal or a Sunday after church meal.

bbq chicken sandwich on tray with baked beans and corn

We love this recipe because it has simple ingredients, it’s easy to modify for taste preferences, and we can serve it in a variety of ways. It takes less than 5 minutes to throw everything together, turn on the slow cooker, and then you can walk away while it cooks. How easy is that?

Tips For Making Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken

  • I like to use a variety of bbq sauces to get a good solid flavor. I usually purchase 2-3 different flavors of store brand bbq and use some of each sauce to get great flavor!
  • Utilize a slow cooker liner when you make this recipe. It makes clean up such a breeze!
  • You can use frozen chicken or thawed chicken. For frozen chicken, cook 6-8 hours on low. For thawed chicken, you can cook on 4-6 hours low.
barbeque sauce in bowl on cutting board

Ideas For Serving BBQ Chicken

  • Serve on slider buns for bbq slider sandwiches
  • Shred and serve like a pulled chicken plate
  • Shred chicken and serve on top of a salad
  • Make BBQ chicken pizzas! On top of a pizza crust layer barbeque sauce, chicken, sliced red onion and mozarella cheese.
  • Serve on top of baked potatoes
  • Use the meat for bbq chicken tacos
barbeque chicken shredded in slow cooker

Sides to Serve with BBQ Chicken

  • Baked beans
  • Coleslaw
  • Corn
  • Kettle chips
  • Potato salad
  • French fries or sweet potato fries
  • Macaroni and cheese
barbeque chicken sandwich with coleslaw served on parchment paper tray
bbq chicken sandwich on tray with baked beans and corn

Slowcooker BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

Slowcooker barbeque chicken that is flavorful, easy, and has simple ingredients. It's a perfect recipe for an easy weeknight meal, for Sunday after church or when you need meat prepped for multiple meals.


  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, can use fresh or frozen
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce, I like to mix a variety of sauces for premium flavor
  • ยผ cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ยผ cup dark brown sugar


  1. Place slow cooker liner in slow-cooker (optional for easier clean up)
  2. Place chicken breasts in bottom of slow-cooker and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Is a separate bowl, mix barbeque sauce, Zesty Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken and cook. For thawed chicken, you can cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. For frozen chicken, cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  5. When chicken is done, shred the meat with 2 forks. Return the chicken to the sauce and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes before serving. This will allow the chicken to soak up all the extra goodness!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/4 pound
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 345Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 845mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 38g

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  1. I love love slow cooker recipes- especially during the work week. This recipe is so easy and tastes delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Pinning this for later. My husband and boys love BBQ shredded meat, and this recipe sounds easy to make. Thanks for sharing!

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