Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Super Easy 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken. Chicken breasts are slow-cooked until tender and juicy in a tangy barbecue sauce. Serve warm on a brioche bun! This easy make-ahead meal is perfect for Memorial Day or anytime you’re feeding a crowd!

If you love homemade BBQ, try my fall-off-the-bone Slow Cooker BBQ Ribs and my Honey BBQ Boneless Chicken Wings are perfect for entertaining!

BBQ chicken in a crockpot with tongs picking up some chicken.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

I love dinners that are quick and easy and only require a couple of minutes of prep time. This slow cooker barbecue chicken is always a staple in my house. It’s super easy to make, only has two ingredients, and always turns out incredibly juicy and tender without a lot of effort. This pulled barbecue chicken is perfect for picnics, barbecues, or parties!

For this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe, you can use either homemade barbecue sauce or store-bought (I’ve used Sweet Baby Ray’s before and it’s always delicious.) I always love making this with my Homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce.

I use boneless skinless chicken breasts in this recipe however boneless skinless chicken thighs work just as well!

BBQ chicken in a crockpot with tongs picking up some chicken.

Ingredients for Crockpot BBQ Chicken

  • Chicken: I used boneless skinless chicken breasts, however, boneless skinless chicken thighs would be great as well, and super juicy!
  • BBQ Sauce: I love making my own Bourbon BBQ Sauce for this recipe, but when I’m pressed for time I just use store-bought for convenience.

How to make BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

  1. Start by adding your chicken breast and barbecue sauce to the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until fully cooked and the chicken shreds easily.
  3. Shred the chicken. I shred the chicken in the slow cooker and keep it warm until I am ready to serve.

How to make your own BBQ Sauce

Making your own Barbecue Sauce at home is super simple. I love making this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe with my Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. To make this barbecue sauce:

  1. Start by heating oil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Next, add onion and saute until tender and golden brown.
  3. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Next stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, bourbon (you can omit this if you prefer), brown sugar, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
  5. Simmer for 15 minutes or longer to let the flavors develop!

This barbecue sauce has the perfect amount of heat and sweetness with a bit of tang. I like to double the recipe and store leftovers in the fridge for up to a month or freeze them for up to 6 months.

BBQ chicken in a crockpot with tongs picking up some chicken.

What to serve with this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I love serving this Barbecue Chicken on a Brioche Bun. It’s also really good with coleslaw on top! Here are some easy side dish recipes that would go great with this pulled chicken:

Storage & Reheating Instructions

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.
  • Freeze in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 3 months. Thaw completely before reheating.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I put raw chicken in the slow cooker? Yes! Add the raw chicken directly into the crockpot followed by the BBQ sauce. As the chicken cooks, it will absorb the BBQ flavor and become fall-apart tender.
  • How long does it take to cook chicken in the slow cooker? For this slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe it’s 3-4 hours on high and 6-7 hours on low.
  • How do I keep chicken from drying out in the crockpot? To keep the chicken from drying out, make sure you don’t overcook it. You can also use chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. They’re fattier and always a little juicier.
  • Do I need to add liquid to the chicken in the slow cooker? No. The chicken itself gives off liquid as it cooks so all you need is the BBQ sauce. Adding extra liquid will make this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe very watery.

A hand holding Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken on a brioche bun above a white plate.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 4 -6
Super Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken. Chicken breasts cooked until tender and juicy in a tangy barbecue sauce.



  • Place chicken in the slow cooker and pour the barbecue sauce on top. Toss to coat the chicken in the sauce.
  • Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours or until fully cooked and the chicken shreds easily.
  • Using two forks shred the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Serve on sandwiches will extra barbecue sauce from the slow cooker if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 443.02 Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value*
Fat 6.55g10%
Saturated Fat 1.33g8%
Cholesterol 145.15mg48%
Sodium 1364.54mg59%
Potassium 1087.96mg31%
Carbohydrates 43.73g15%
Fiber 0.96g4%
Sugar 35.65g40%
Protein 49.03g98%
Vitamin A 308.28IU6%
Vitamin C 3.37mg4%
Calcium 46.73mg5%
Iron 1.53mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Chicken, Chicken Breast, Easy Slow Cooker Recipes, Homemade Barbecue Sauce




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