<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://ct.pinterest.com/v3/?event=init&tid=2614356552436&pd[em]=&noscript=1" /> Skip to Content

The Easiest Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken comes out so tender. It makes the most delicious sandwiches! It's a great crockpot recipe for all year round!

This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken comes out so tender. It makes the most delicious sandwiches! It's a great crockpot recipe for all year round!

It seems silly to write this up as a recipe, but it's one that's worth adding to your repertoire for the busy summer months and even the cooler winter months when you need a simple, straight forward recipe.

This recipe for slow cooker bbq chicken is great for potlucks, parties, anytime you're hosting a crowd too!

A look at the finished slow cooker bbq chicken ready to eat.

It's easy enough to double or triple, so you can make enough for your family and bring a meal to a friend in need. It can be made a little healthier, a little less expensive, or gluten-free, depending on your needs too!

You can use this same recipe for pork or beef instead of chicken, whatever you have on hand, and it's super-quick. One of the best things about this recipe is how simple it is! I love it!

Pin showing the finished recipe with title across the middle.

This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you make a purchase after clicking on a link, I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. 

This is a version of “lazy chicken,” the easiest bbq chicken that everyone will devour.

What do I need to make slow cooker bbq chicken?

This recipe is stupid easy. I'm not kidding. This recipe uses just three ingreidents. You will need boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, bottled BBQ sauce, and buns or wraps!

A sandwich with slow cooker bbq chicken with grapes on a plate.

The buns and wraps are just for serving and you can use whatever kind of chicken you have on hand.

Featured image showing the finished slow cooker bbq chicken.

How to make BBQ chicken in the Crockpot:

Place chicken and BBQ sauce in a crockpot and turn to coat.

Cook on Low for 4-6 hours for thawed chicken, 8-10 hours if frozen.

Chicken is done when cooked through and easy to shred. Remove to a cutting board and shred, then add back to the crock to stir and fully coat with sauce.

a close up of the finished recipe ready to eat.

If you want to make it really easy just throw it all back into the empty crockpot and use a hand mixer to shred up the chicken breasts! Trust me, the mixer makes quick work of perfectly shredding the chicken!

Can I make this recipe with frozen chicken?

You can definitely make this bbq shredded chicken with frozen chicken. Just increase the cook time to 8-10 hours depending on how much chicken you are using and if it's breasts or thighs.

What's the different between bbq chicken thighs and bbq chicken breasts?

Thighs are more juicy and flavorful but chicken breasts are easier for shredding and are leaner!

Sometimes I like to make bbq shredded chicken sandwiches that are healthier and then I'll use breasts (they're great for Weight Watchers) but if I have thighs on hand I'll use them for this bbq shredded chicken recipe.

Thighs are sometimes cheaper too so if I'm really watching our grocery budget I'll just swap those in if they're on a good sale!

Both types have their benefits but each will yield a delicious final result.

What to serve with BBQ chicken made in the Crockpot:

I usually serve BBQ chicken with broccoli slaw because I like the crunch and tang along with the sweet, savory chicken.

For an easy broccoli slaw, just toss a bag of broccoli slaw (found in the produce section) with 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/3 cup canola oil, and 1/3 cup sugar!

finished recipe ready to eat with grapes on a plate.

Looking for a way to serve this chicken that is lighter and healthier? Use a sugar free bbq sauce when you make the recipe and then serve it over salads! It's perfect as a healthy meal prep!

If you like to meal prep but don't want to deal with complicated recipes you need to try this chicken. It's simple, straightforward, and uses just three easy ingredients. They can all be kept on hand too, the chicken in the freezer, bbq sauce in the pantry, it's a win win!

Looking for more delicious slow cooker recipes?

If you like using the slow cooker to make easy meals for the whole family you'll love some of these other delicious Crockpot meals. Try out some of our favorites today and see which ones your family enjoys most!

The great thing about using the Crockpot is that you don't have to worry about hovering over things in the kitchen. The slow cooker does all the hard work and you can do other things. That's just one of the many reasons why these recipes will be an excellent addition to your meal plans.

Printable Recipe:

Yield: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Featured image showing the finished slow cooker bbq chicken.

This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken comes out so tender. It makes the most delicious sandwiches! It's a great crockpot recipe for all year round!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 Pounds boneless chicken breasts or thighs, thawed
  • 1 ½ Cups bottled BBQ sauce, plus more for serving
  • Sandwich buns

Instructions

  1. Place chicken and BBQ sauce in a crockpot and turn to coat.
  2. Cook on Low for 4-6 hours for thawed chicken, 8-10 hours if frozen.
  3. Chicken is done when cooked through and easy to shred. Remove to a cutting board and shred, then add back to the crock to stir and fully coat with sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 165mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 58g
Ground Turkey Rice Bowl
Previous
Ground Turkey Crockpot Recipes
Featured image showing a bowl full of the finished recipe ready to eat.
Next
Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Meal Plan Monday: Pantry & Freezer Challenge

Monday 20th of August 2012

[...] Saturday–BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, salad [...]

Meal Plan Monday: Last Month of Summer

Monday 6th of August 2012

[...] bread Meatless Monday–Make-your-own Veggie Pizzas with whole wheat pitas, salad Tuesday–BBQ Chicken from the slow cooker, broccoli slaw and corn on the cob Wednesday–Balsamic Pork Chops, baked [...]

Meal Plan Monday: First Week of Summer Break!

Monday 18th of June 2012

[...] green beans Thursday–Breakfast for dinner–omelets, rosemary potatoes, and fruit Friday–Slow cooker BBQ Chicken, broccoli slaw, corn on the cob Saturday–Slow Cooker Taco Pie (using precooked beef from the [...]

Jill

Saturday 9th of June 2012

Holy cow! Yes, this is a simple recipe, but thank u so very much for sharing it. I made this today for a simple supper with my husband and parents...too hot to turn on the oven...and they LOVED it! My husband and Dad had seconds. I'll have to try more of Ur recipes. Thanks again! Oh, already gave the recipe to a friend.

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

Friday 8th of June 2012

[...] (prepared or homemade), and cook on low for the afternoon. Love it! I do this all the time with BBQ Chicken and Salsa Chicken, so we needed a little change of flavors. With veggies right in the crock, you [...]

Comments are closed.