Crockpot BBQ Chicken – The Cookie Rookie®

Juicy chicken smothered in BBQ sauce, this Crockpot BBQ Chicken is one of the easiest and most delicious recipes you can make! Great as an easy weeknight dinner or as a game day treat!

forkful of crockpot bbq chicken on a white plate with sweet potato.

BBQ Chicken Breasts

Fall apart tender, smothered in your favorite BBQ sauce – you can’t go wrong with these foolproof BBQ Chicken Breasts! The BBQ flavor is amped up by adding brown sugar, garlic and cider vinegar, giving the sauce a deeper, richer flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more. All whipped up in the crockpot, hassle free and delicious!

Why You’ll Love This BBQ Chicken Recipe:

  • AN EASY BBQ CHICKEN RECIPE: No standing over a hot stove, just throw the ingredients into the slow cooker!
  • VERSATILE: The chicken is so tender, you can serve whole, sliced or shredded – great for weeknight meal or game day sliders!
  • FLAVORFUL: Cooked low and slow, the chicken takes on all those gorgeous BBQ flavors!

No matter what time of the year, you can rustle up this recipe for a deliciously deep BBQ hit!

overhead view of crockpot bbq chicken breasts in a crockpot.

How to Make Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Add the chicken, and BBQ sauce mixture into a crockpot.
  2. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  3. Garnish, serve and enjoy!
step by step photos for how to make crockpot bbq chicken.
crockpot bbq chicken with sweet potato and parsley on a white plate.
What’s the best chicken to use for crockpot BBQ chicken?

This recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you could also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. The thighs will have a bit more fat and flavor, while the breasts are a leaner option.

Can you overcook chicken in a crockpot?

It is absolutely possible to overcook crockpot BBQ chicken. To avoid tough chicken, be sure to cook on high for 3-4 hours, and stop cooking when the breasts reach 165°F internally.

What’s the best way to shred BBQ chicken?

There are many easy ways to shred crockpot chicken. I recommend using 2 forks to shred the chicken right in the crockpot. You could also use meat shredding claws or dump the contents of the crockpot into the bowl of a stand mixer and let the paddle attachment do the shredding for you.

How do I freeze crockpot BBQ chicken?

Once your shredded chicken is completely cooled, you can portion it into Ziplock bags or airtight containers and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Serving Suggestions

Whole, sliced, diced, or shredded – this BBQ chicken is so versatile, here’s some favorite sides:

This makes for a great taco or enchilada filling too, it’s an easy chicken recipe that keeps on giving!

crockpot bbq chicken with sweet potato and parsley on a white plate.
crockpot bbq chicken with sweet potato and parsley on a white plate.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover crockpot BBQ chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezer Instructions.

Freeze leftover BBQ chicken in an airtight container or Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Make It A Meal

More BBQ Chicken Recipes We Love

forkful of crockpot bbq chicken on a white plate with sweet potato.

Hands down one of the easiest and tastiest chicken recipes you’ll find. The slow cooked chicken takes on all that rich BBQ flavor and just melts in the mouth! It’s a kid friendly, crowd pleaser you’ll want in your cooking repertoire – no fuss, no mess, all the yums!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!

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