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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  • Nathan

    Hi Kathleen,

    Depending on how big the breasts are, but on average the ones I use are in the 4-6 oz. range. So, anywhere in the 5-8 range.
    I hope this is helpful! Thank you so much for trying out the recipe and for the comment!


  • Joanna cureton

    Can u do chicken wings in the slow cooker

  • Nathan

    Hi Joanna,

    I wouldn’t suggest it just because you need more of a high dry heat to get the crispiness that you want for a good wing. Frying is actually considered a dry convection cooking method. Frying, grilling, baking, or even air frying would all work better. Hope that helps! Thank you for the comment!


  • J

    Can you cook the chicken for like 9 hours if you leave it on low and go to work?

  • Nathan

    Hi Joseph,

    Yes. It will be nice an tender when you get home. I Hope you enjoy and thank you for the comment!


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