This crockpot BBQ chicken recipe is so easy to toss together. Add everything to your slow cooker and let the magic happen. You’ll come home to juicy BBQ pulled chicken and a house that smells amazing.
I’m having a wee bit of a love affair with my slow cooker lately.
Nobody tell my Instant Pot, okay?
I know the cool new appliance on the block is the pressure cooker, and I like mine. It’s great.
But, I’ll just always have a place in my heart for the slow cooker. Even if it did murder Jack. 😉
I like to turn this slow cooker BBQ chicken into sandwiches, topped with this easy coleslaw recipe, but it’s also good over rice or with a side of mashed potatoes.
I have a lot of crockpot chicken breast recipes on this site, because it’s my favorite way to eat chicken. I’m honestly not a huge fan of chicken, but I like it just fine when it’s been slow cooked and shredded.
Chicken in the slow cooker is the best, if you ask me!
How to make slow cooker BBQ chicken:
You guys, this is embarassingly easy!
You’re going to start with a pack of chicken breasts and then a cup of bottled barbecue sauce.
We’re not stopping there though! We’re going to doctor that bbq sauce up into something fabulous!
You’ll add some vinegar, brown sugar, and spices to the bottled sauce to really amp up the flavor and make this a little more special.
You can start with whatever your favorite bottled sauce is. The extra vinegar and sugar works well with every sauce I’ve tried!
I normally use Sweet Baby Ray’s in this recipe.
You might be tempted to add some extra liquid to your slow cooker, but please don’t. The chicken will release plenty of juices as it starts to cook and the slow cooker keeps all that steamy goodness right inside, so everything is perfectly moist. No extra liquid required.
It’s important to keep in mind that every slow cooker cooks a bit differently – some run hotter and cook faster than others.
Special Tools Needed To Make Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken:
Slow Cooker: Seems obvious, right? This is the only special tool you’ll need and I’m willing to bet most of you already have a slow cooker in your house. If you don’t, I highly recommend the Ninja slow cooker (affiliate link). I have 5 different slow cookers in my house, but the Ninja is the one I always grab first.
It cooks evenly and I really like the shape and size of it.
What to serve with crock pot BBQ chicken:
Anything that goes well with pulled pork is going to go great with this slow cooker barbecue chicken!
This slow cooker barbecue chicken comes out tender, juicy, sweet, and tangy. The red pepper flakes add a bit of heat, but we don’t find it overwhelming at all. Feel free to reduce the amount of red pepper to suit your tastes.
Give this crockpot BBQ chicken recipe a try and let me know what you think! Snap a photo of your dinner and tag me at #bunsinmyoven on Instagram or join my Facebook group and share your photo there! I love seeing when you guys make my recipes!
Crockpot BBQ Chicken
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes more or less to taste
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 6 hamburger buns
- 1 recipe coleslaw
- Add the chicken breasts to a slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and onion powder.
- Pour the barbecue sauce mixture over the chicken and stir to coat.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is easily shred with a fork.
- Spoon the chicken onto the sandwich buns and top with coleslaw just before serving.