Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

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This Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is so easy! Just toss all the ingredients together and let the crock pot do all the work for juicy, fall apart tender BBQ chicken, perfect for sandwiches.

 Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Crock pot BBQ chicken is one of my go to weeknight dinners. It’s so easy to throw together and there’s usually leftovers for lunch the next day. Usually, we shred the chicken and serve on buns with coleslaw for sandwiches, but I’ve also topped nachos, made BBQ chicken tacos, BBQ chicken pizza with pickled red onions and cheddar cheese and loaded up a baked potato. Lots of meal possibilities out of one recipe!

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

What you’ll need

  • 6-7 quart crock pot
  • Chicken breast- boneless, skinless
  • Ketchup 
  • Brown sugar- light or dark
  • Honey- for that sweetness
  • Apple cider vinegar- or regular white vinegar works
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • Seasonings- paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper

OR just use a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce and call it a day. 🙂

How to make Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Add the chicken to the bottom of a nonstick sprayed 6-7 quart crock pot. Sprinkle over the spices.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Mix together the sauce ingredients: ketchup, honey, brown sugar, worchestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 2 1/2 hours.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

When the chicken is finished cooking, shred the meat. I love using a hand mixer right in the crock pot to easily shred the meat in minutes! Pro tip: don’t do that if you used a nylon crock pot liner! Don’t ask how I know. 😉

How to Serve Shredded BBQ Chicken

Typically we serve the meat on sandwich buns or sliders with coleslaw or a slice of cheddar cheese and dill pickle chips.

It’s also amazing on a pizza! To your pizza dough add extra BBQ sauce on the pizza dough, the shredded chicken, pickled red onions, and shredded cheddar cheese and bake as directed.

Try it over a big plate of nachos or on tacos. I also love this over macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, or a baked potato. There really are so many possibilities!

Tips, Tricks, and Suggestions

  • If you don’t want to bother mixing the ingredients just use 1-2 bottles of your favorite BBQ sauce and slow cook as usual.
  • Use a hand mixer to easily shred the chicken (but not in the slow cooker if you used a slow cooker liner!) Or add the meat to a stand mixer and shred using the paddle attachment. This tip will change your life!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container up to 3 days in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or in a pot on the stove until warmed through.

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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Steph Gigliotti
This Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is so easy! Just toss all the ingredients together and let the crock pot do all the work for juicy, fall apart tender BBQ chicken, perfect for sandwiches.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds chicken breast or thighs 4-5 chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Add chicken to a lightly sprayed crock pot, sprinkle on all the seasonings and spices.
  • In a small bowl mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the chicken
  • Cook on low 5 hours or high 2 1/2 hours
  • Shred the chicken and serve on sandwich buns, in mac and cheese, on a BBQ chicken pizza, over baked potatoes, over fries, tots, nachos or in tacos


Keyword bbq, comfort food, dinner recipes, easy dinner ideas, Family Friendly, feed a crowd, football food, main meals
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  1. 5 stars
    Not only did the house smell amazing, the chicken was so delicious. I did the high temperature @ 2 1/2 hours with my own bbq sauce. I wasn’t sure if I was still suppose to add the seasonings with my bbq sauce so I left them out.
    Definitely a keeper recipe.

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