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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is the easiest 4-ingredient slow cooker chicken meal you can make!

All you need for this easy crockpot chicken recipe is chicken breasts, diced onions, chicken broth, and a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce. It’s really as easy as adding all the ingredients to the crockpot and turning it on! Barbecue chicken couldn’t be any easier!

Over the years, I’ve shared some of my favorite crockpot meals and they never disappoint! Taco Soup, Crock Pot Pulled Pork, and Slow Cooker Mississippi Roast tops my lists of must-makes – and now…this Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Recipe has made the list!

close up of bbq chicken sandwich on a plate

The Easiest Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe EVER

I love having a slow cooker recipe during the week because it allows me to make the perfect meal and cut down on my actual cooking time, too. It really is a delicious meal with minimal meal prep required.

If you’re like me, you need a few recipes in your back pocket that are –

  1. Quick
  2. Affordable
  3. Never fails

This easy chicken recipe is just what you need! Whip this baby out when you need a weeknight meal on a busy day of school, work, and activities, on the weekends when you’re just not in the mood to wash another dish, and for an easy picnic food idea for a crowd. (it travels well!)

Add this BBQ Pulled Chicken to a bun, on tacos or nachos, on a salad or a wrap – it pretty much works wherever you need it to! It’s one of my favorite recipes for a reason!

This is my favorite way to cook up boneless skinless chicken breasts and literally makes the best recipe, ever! Pair this with a baked potato, or mix in some red pepper flakes for some added spice and heat.

bbq chicken topped with coleslaw

Here’s How to Make Crock Pot BBQ Chicken {slow cooker barbeque pulled chicken recipe}

You’re not going to believe how simple this slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe is. It’s literally the easiest recipe, ever!

Ingredients

This recipe is made with just 4-Ingredients you probably already have on hand! I told you this was a great recipe, right?

CHICKEN – Boneless chicken breasts are a favorite in this recipe but chicken thighs work too. I love a mixture of both!

ONION – Dice up one onion for extra flavor

CHICKEN BROTH – Helps to moisten the meat and add flavor. If you’re a little adventurous, use beer in place of the chicken broth!

BARBECUE SAUCE – Use your favorite brand of barbecue sauce – I like Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce – but you can use whatever you like best!

How to Make Shredded Chicken in Crockpot

This recipe really is one of the easiest Slow Cooker meals I have! (full printable recipe is below)

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker
  2. Cover and cook on until tender.
  3. Shred chicken using two forks.

That’s it!

steps to make crock pot bbq chicken

TIPS + VARIATIONS

  • I like to add in a teaspoon of garlic powder, salt, and pepper for a little extra flavor – though not necessary!
  • Once your chicken is cooked and shredded, the chicken will soak up a lot of the juices. Add more BBQ sauce and/or chicken broth to moisten it before serving.
  • Cook your chicken on low and slow for the moistest chicken. BUT if you’re in a crunch for time, high works just fine, too!
  • Be sure to use a barbeque sauce that you really like since you’ll be able to taste it so well in this recipe. The same goes for beer – if you add it, use your favorite beer flavor.
  • If you want a true southern BBQ sandwich, top this with coleslaw. You can buy premade at the store OR grab a bag of slaw mix in the salad section and top with Marzetti’s Cole Slaw Dressing. It’s THE BEST!
  • To Freeze: Add to a Ziploc bag and remove the air. Lay flat in the freezer to freeze.
  • To Serve: When ready to serve, remove the Ziploc bag from the freezer and allow it to thaw on the counter. Just heat in the microwave or on the stove when ready to eat.
  • Leftovers: Cover any leftovers tightly and return promptly to the fridge.
tongs grabbing a pinch of bbq chicken out of the slow cooker

FAQS

What to Serve with Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

So many things! The best side dishes to serve with Crock Pot Chicken:

How to store Leftovers of this Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe?

Crockpot BBQ is wonderful leftover the next day to eat on a hamburger bun, over mashed potatoes, or by itself! Just be sure to store in an airtight container or sealable bag in the fridge.

You may need to add some more barbeque sauce or chicken broth to moisten it as you heat it up.

Can you make this easy dinner idea with other simple ingredients?

You bet. If you want to change up the flavor for dinner tonight, you can always add in your own homemade BBQ sauce, some cayenne pepper, or even some chipotle chili powder for a smokey flavor and taste. It really is the perfect dish to treat your taste buds.

Can you use the leftovers of this easy crockpot BBQ chicken recipe for other meals?

You bet! You can make BBQ chicken nachos, add to the top of sweet potatoes for a tasty dish, or even put the leftovers in a freezer bag for later. There are so many ways that you can use this tender chicken to make new recipes.

Have fun with this simple family favorite. Don’t forget that the best part of making this recipe is all the different ways that you can eat it!

Grab some dinner rolls or hamburger buns and make up some chicken sandwiches for the next day’s meals! You’ll be making this recipe for a long time and loving it!

It’s literally the easiest BBQ chicken recipe, ever.

bbq chicken sandwich with a bite taken out of it

For more amazing chicken dishes, try these next!

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is the easiest 4-ingredient slow cooker chicken meal you can make that comes together with just 5 minutes prep!
4 from 8 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion – chopped
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce divided
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Instructions 

  • Add diced onions, 1 cup barbeque sauce and chicken broth to a bowl and mix well. (can add garlic powder, salt and pepper if desired)
  • Add chicken breasts to a slow cooker and top with the bowl of bbq sauce mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  • When ready to eat, shred the chicken using two forks.
  • Add more barbeque sauce as needed.
  • Serve on hamburger buns with top with coleslaw.

Notes

  • I like to add in a teaspoon of garlic powder, salt, and pepper for a little extra flavor – though not necessary!
  • Once your chicken is cooked and shredded, the chicken will soak up a lot of the juices. Add more BBQ sauce and/or chicken broth to moisten it before serving. 
  • Cook your chicken on low and slow for the moistest chicken. BUT if you’re in a crunch for time, high works just fine, too!
  • Be sure to use a barbeque sauce that you really like since you’ll be able to taste it so well in this recipe. The same goes for beer – if you add it, use your favorite beer flavor. 
  • If you want a true southern BBQ sandwich, top this with coleslaw.  You can buy premade at the store OR grab a bag of slaw mix in the salad section and top with Marzetti’s Cole Slaw Dressing. It’s THE BEST!
  • To Freeze:  Add to a Ziploc bag and remove the air. Lay flat in the freezer to freeze.
  • To Serve: When ready to serve, remove the Ziploc bag from the freezer and allow to thaw on the counter. Just heat in the microwave or on the stove when ready to eat. 
  • Leftovers: Cover any leftovers tightly and return promptly to the fridge.

 

Keyword: Barbecue Chicken, crock pot, slow cooker
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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. Tracy Rebelak says:

    5 stars
    So so good!! I’m making it again for the second time cause it’s that good!

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