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How to Make Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe

How to Make Best BBQ Chicken Recipe in a Crockpot using only 2 simple ingredients! Enjoy this easy dish for a weeknight dinner or set and forget until your guests arrive for the Big Game Party. Either way, this crockpot barbecue chicken recipe is delicious and will become your new favorite.

Super easy and Tasty crockpot barbecue chicken helps make your Big Game day party a breeze.

I am all for easy recipes. If I can make them in my Crockpot or Slow Cooker, all the better, and this barbecue chicken recipe qualifies as both tasty and easy; so easy in fact, I've made this with my young nephews aged 6 and 4!

BBQ Chicken in Crockpot

Barbecue Chicken or any BBQ for that matter starts with the sauce. It is a personal preference thing and what I like may not be what you like and that is completely acceptable.

Make a batch of homemade sauce with brown sugar or grab your favorite BBQ Sauce in a jar; either one will work perfectly with this dish. 

Some of my favorite jarred barbecue sauces you can get in the store:

  • Stubbs
  • Sweet Baby Rays
  • Bulls Eye
  • Fords Gourmet Bone Suckin' Sauce

Another great idea is giving Grill Masters Club a try! Each month you will get a variety of sauces and BBQ items that would make this recipe interesting! Makes a great gift idea too!

BBQ Chicken Crockpot recipe starts with your favorite sauce. Whether homemade or out a jar is up to you. Either will make this recipe great!

How to Make BBQ Chicken Recipe in Crockpot

It's as simple as placing your fresh chicken,  I like to use chicken breasts or chicken thighs, in a crockpot, pouring your barbecue sauce of choice on top, and turning on your crockpot, to let it slow cook for a few hours! I'm sure you could use an instant pot, but I haven't tried that method yet.

To give this recipe an added healthy benefit, I cube up sweet potatoes to cook in the slow cooker. I love the flavor profile it creates! 


  • boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Stubbs)
  • Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (optional)

Place chicken in a slow cooker and cover with the entire bottle of sauce.

If using sweet potatoes, now is the time to add them. 

Cover and cook on low. This is the magic right here- this dish does not take very long, only 3 hours! 

Related recipes: Crockpot Mac N Cheese, Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Crockpot Chicken Chili, Crockpot Applesauce, Easy Chicken Pot Pie, Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Can You Put Frozen Chicken in Crockpot?

Yes. If you're like me and forget to defrost your chicken in the morning, you can most certainly put your frozen boneless chicken breast in the slow cooker. Be sure to cook the chicken until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees with an instant-read thermometer

shredded bbq chicken fork

Can You Shred Chicken Breast?

Yes! After cooking in the liquid for a few hours, the chicken breast becomes super tender and makes an easy pulled chicken barbecue! 

When fully cooked, remove the chicken and place it on a plate. Shred with two forks or if you want bigger chunks of meat, break them apart with your fingers. Place shredded meat back in the crockpot and stir to mix in with the sauce! 

Shredded BBQ Chicken in bowl

This easy crockpot chicken recipe is so full of flavor from the BBQ sauce and is one of our favorite meals to make.

What Goes with BBQ Pulled Chicken

This easy chicken recipe is enjoyable all on its own, but you can also dress it up to fit into any meal plan!

  • Place shredded chicken on top of mixed green salad along with veggies like carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
  • Serve over couscous or rice for a hearty meal.
  • Make a plate of nachos with your favorite cheese and tortilla chips.
  • Serve as a tasty taco alternative for Taco Tuesday.
  • Make a delicious BBQ Chicken quesadilla!
Barbeque crockpot chicken sandwich

Use this recipe as a base for pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches topped with slaw and make sure to refrigerate your leftovers and place on top of your favorite pizza or try our Easy Keto Pizza Recipe!

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BBQ Chicken Recipe for the crockpot of slow cooker is super easy and tasty. Make Pulled BBQ Chicken sandwiches or nachos for dinner or the Big Game Party!
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Crockpot BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken Recipe for the crockpot of slow cooker is super easy and tasty. Make Pulled BBQ Chicken sandwiches or nachos for dinner or the Big Game Party!

A super easy recipe for BBQ Chicken made in Crockpot. Serve as a Pulled BBQ sandwich or serve on salad or nachos. Perfect weeknight meal.  

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce, I use STUBB’S
  • 3 Sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (optional)


  1. Place chicken in crockpot.
  2. Cover with entire bottle of sauce.
  3. If using sweet potatoes, add before sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  5. Shred chicken with 2 forks and stir.
  6. Serve on sandwich rolls with a green salad.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 39g

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

If you get REALLY adventurous, you can try cooking a whole chicken in the crockpot like my friend Julie over at The Little Kitchen! In fact, I may even give that a whirl and see how it comes out!

original post 11/2/18

Updated: 12/19/19, 4/11/23

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