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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken needs just four ingredients and is super easy! Let the slow cooker do all the work to turn ordinary chicken into flavorful, tender meat that can be used in so many dishes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Chicken, crock pot, slow cooker
Servings: 6
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • slow cooker


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce, divided
  • ½ cup chicken broth


  • Add diced onions, 1 cup barbeque sauce and chicken broth to a bowl and mix well (you can add garlic powder, salt and pepper if desired).
  • Add chicken breasts to a slow cooker and top with the bbq sauce mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • When ready to eat, shred the chicken using two forks.
  • Add more barbeque sauce as needed.
  • Serve on hamburger buns and top with coleslaw.


  • I like to add in a teaspoon of garlic powder, salt, and pepper for a little extra flavor - though not necessary!
  • Once your chicken is cooked and shredded, the chicken will soak up a lot of the juices. Add more BBQ sauce and/or chicken broth to moisten it before serving. 
  • Cook your chicken on low and slow for the moistest chicken. BUT if you're in a crunch for time, high works just fine, too!
  • Be sure to use a barbeque sauce that you really like since you'll be able to taste it so well in this recipe. The same goes for beer - if you add it, use your favorite beer flavor. 
  • If you want a true southern BBQ sandwich, top this with coleslaw.  You can buy premade at the store OR grab a bag of slaw mix in the salad section and top with Marzetti's Cole Slaw Dressing. It's THE BEST!
  • To Freeze:  Add to a Ziploc bag and remove the air. Lay flat in the freezer to freeze.
  • To Serve: When ready to serve, remove the Ziploc bag from the freezer and allow to thaw on the counter. Just heat in the microwave or on the stove when ready to eat. 
  • Leftovers: Cover any leftovers tightly and return promptly to the fridge.