How to Make the BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

(This post has been updated from the original July 2015 version to provide a better experience for you)

In this post you will learn just how easy it is to make the most INCREDIBLE slow cooker BBQ chicken! I’ve used this recipe at many a gathering (and so have my friends and family) and every single time I hear nothing but yummy noises and ‘oh my life, I need this recipe!’ So here we are… I’m sharing my secrets with you so you can enjoy all the praise by impressing your own friends and family! Speaking of slow cooker chicken recipes, have you seen my insanely easy slow cooker chicken teriyaki recipe??

slow cooker bbq chicken in a bun with coleslawI’m quickly realising that being a busy Mum doesn’t mean you have to miss out on incredible food. Turns out, it’s super easy with a slow cooker! One of the most forgotten about kitchen appliances that really can churn out some amazing meals. (Just like this epic slow cooker chicken curry recipe and gorgeous slow cooker pulled pork recipe!) This shredded BBQ chicken recipe is no exception! It requires next to no effort, very little ‘hands on’ time & minimal pot washing. Yet still manages to deliver flavour in a big way. Go on, let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you!

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

Here is what you will need. (Makes a lot!)

  • 900g (1 lb 16 oz) Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts. (About 4 large)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 250ml (1 Cup) BBQ Sauce
  • 60ml (1/4 Cup) Italian Salad Dressing
  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

 

Essential Equipment

  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot (Mine has a 3.5 litre capacity)

 

Let’s get started! Place the chicken breasts (900g | 1 lb 16 oz) into the slow cooker & season both sides of each one with a little salt & pepper.

chicken breast in a slow cooker

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the BBQ sauce (250ml | 1 Cup), Italian salad dressing (60ml | 1/4 Cup), brown sugar (50g | 1/4 Cup) & Worcestershire sauce (1 tbsp) until smooth.

bbq chicken sauce in a small bowl with a spoon

Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and mix until the chicken is completely covered.

bbq chicken in a slow cooker ready to be cooked

Pop the lid on and cook on high for 3 – 3 and a half hours, until the chicken is cooked through.

cooked bbq chicken in a slow cooker

Take one breast out at a time & shred in a bowl using the backs of two forks together.

When it’s all nicely shredded, dump it back into the slow cooker for 10 – 15 minutes on warm to soak up all those lovely BBQ juices!

slow cooker bbq chicken in a bun with coleslaw

You can serve this with anything. You could have it in a cob (Yes, it’s COB where I come from!) with a big dollop of coleslaw, or serve with rice, or even have it cold in a sandwich the next day. Hell, this could make you the most awesome packed lunches to take to work for a week!

It really is delicious and only takes up about 10 minutes of your time. What’s not to like?! Go and try it NOW!

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slow cooker bbq chicken in a bun with coleslaw

slow cooker bbq chicken in a bun with coleslaw

How to Make the BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

How to Make the BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
This CRAZY simple slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe is so utterly delicious -I guarantee you'll be making it for every party!

Ingredients

  • 900g (1 lb 16 oz) Skinless Boneless Chicken Breasts. (About 4 large)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 250ml (1 Cup) BBQ Sauce
  • 60ml (1/4 Cup) Italian Salad Dressing
  • 50g (1/4 Cup) Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Essential Equipment

  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot (Mine has a 3.5 litre capacity)

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken breasts well with salt & pepper then place into the slow cooker.
  2. Mix together the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and pour it over the chicken. Make sure it's all covered.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours until the chicken is cooked.
  4. Remove the chicken, shred using a large bowl and two forks back to back.
  5. Put the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker on the warm setting and cook for a further 5 mins to soak up all the BBQ sauce.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 670 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 272mg Sodium: 916mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 26g Protein: 100g
Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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7 thoughts on “How to Make the BEST Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken”

  1. Sue says:

    Please can you make available a printable version of slow cooker pulled chicken recipe , like your other recipes have?
    Find it easier to work from. Many thanks

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Hi Sue! All done for you 🙂 Emma x

  2. Jude says:

    Hi, could you make this using diced chicken breast, but just not shred it ?

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Hi Jude. You could absolutely make it with diced chicken – my only concern is that the sauce may be quite watery once cooked. (When shredded, the chicken absorbs all those lovely juices.) Emma x

      1. Jude says:

        Thanks Emma, yes it’s probably best made with chicken breast.

  3. Laverne M says:

    I made this, using half the brown sugar it called for and adding a couple splashes of cider vinegar to give it a Virginia tang. It was sooooo gooood. Served it on whole wheat brioche buns with a little slaw I made using purple cabbage and carrots (slaw dressing is mayo, cider vinegar, celery seeds and regular sugar – all to taste based on the amount of dy ingredients). Will likely add more chicken breast meat as there is enough sauce to stretch it even further. Nice & super easy recipe!!!

    1. Miss KitchenMason says:

      Ooh your version sounds so good! Glad you enjoyed it & thank you so much for your lovely comment! x

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