Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Super Easy 2 Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken. Chicken breasts slow cooked until tender and juicy in a tangy barbecue sauce. Serve warm on a brioche bun! The perfect easy make ahead meal perfect for Memorial Day!

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken |

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

I love dinners that are quick and easy and only require a couple minutes of prep time. This slow cooker barbecue chicken is always a staple in my house. It’s super easy to make 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 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!

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How to make Barbecue Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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

How to make your own Barbecue 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 start by heating oil in a medium saucepan. Next, add in onion and saute until tender and golden brown. Add in garlic and cook for an additional minute. Next stir in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, bourbon (you can omit this if you prefer), brown sugar, salt, pepper and chili powder. 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 for up to 6 months.

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What to serve with this Barbecue Chicken

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

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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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  • Hi Joel,

    Yes bone in will work perfectly for this. I recommend bone in chicken thighs.



  • Just love this. Looks delicious and so easy to made. I didn’t get a chance to try it. But it looks good to try.

  • Sabrina

    We just put chicken and barbeque sauce in the crock pot? Correct? No water?

  • Hi Sabrina,

    Yes that is correct! Just bbq sauce and chicken.

    Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Tyrene Shepherd

    Will this work with frozen chicken tenderloin? Or should I thaw them.

  • Hi Tyrene,

    You could add these frozen. They will take maybe an hour or two longer but will work fine.

    Thanks & Enjoy!


  • Brianna

    HI there. This looks delicious and I can not wait to try it! How many people does this recipe typically serve? I am looking to make this for a group of four people.


  • Kathleen

    How many chicken breasts (frozen in my case) would you need for the 1 1/2 cup of BBQ sauce? Thanks.

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