The Country Cook: Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Yesterday was one of those days. You know what I'm talking about. You wake up and you just know it is not going to go your way. It started off with my trip to the grocery store. There were only 5 cashier lines open and about a hundred people waiting to check out (ok, so I might be exaggerating a teensy bit).) I'm a pretty patient person but after about 45 minutes, it was wearing thin. But thank goodness, I at least had some BBQ chicken hanging out in my crockpot for supper.
We were really wanting some BBQ because the weather has been so cold and erratic here and we wanted a taste of something we eat a lot of in the summer. We are always out on the grill, even in the winter but lately we just have not felt like freezing our tushies off for the sake of barbecue. So this brings a little of that flavor indoors. And anything I can make in the slow cooker on a busy weeknight is always a bonus. Makes me forget all about that long line at Wal-mart. Almost...
2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 (18 oz.) bottle BBQ sauce

I'm using frozen breasts here because I always have some in my freezer and they cook up
 great in the slow cooker (plus they are usually cheaper than their fresh counterparts).

Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place your chicken breasts into the bottom. Season with salt & pepper.
Then season with smoked paprika. Smoked paprika is different than the regular paprika. It's just like it's name suggests. It has smoke flavor added which really brings a lot of flavor to a BBQ dish like this.
 Add in minced garlic. For the sake of quick preparation, I'm using jarred garlic (about 2 tsp. of this stuff).
 Then add in diced onion.

 Pour BBQ sauce all over the top.
 Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours.
When ready, take the chicken out and shred with two forks. The chicken will be so tender that this will be an easy job.
 Put shredded chicken back in crock pot and stir well to coat it with the BBQ sauce mixture.
And serve. I like to eat mine like an open-faced sandwich on thick toasted bread. But you can certainly eat it on hamburger buns too!
Printable Recipe Here


  1. YUM!
    Sorry you had a bad day :( Just so you know, I had to go check my stock of paper towels...the thought of running out about gave me a panic attack! Yes, I am sooooo non-green when it comes to paper towels, lol!

  2. Siggy - I'm looking at this as a public service announcement. I don't even want to tell you how much fun it was to wash all those towels, my pants, and yes, even my shoes!

  3. Paper towels are a must have in my household. This looks a rewarding sit at the TV meal after a disappointing day.

  4. Gosh, what a day! Glad the BBQ chicken was not another calamity :)

  5. LOL on "Are you flippin' kiddin' me" ..I am sorry that you had such a bad day..I had few of those:D
    And your BBQ Chicken turned out great!!!

  6. I am a huge fan of slow cooker recipes. Just a few weeks ago I made pulled pork but this sounds like such a nice alternative! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Not a fun day, but at least your dinner turned out great! My husband would be in heaven with this dinner. He loves BBQ anything.


  8. My 4 year old dropped a glass bottle of homemade pancake syrup all of the kitchen floor. We all stood there in stunned silence. Sticky, gooey shards of glass is a nightmare I hope never to relive. :)

  9. Mama J - that definitely would have been worse! So I guess I should be thankful it wasn't honey or

  10. Sorry you had such a bad day, but those bbq chicken sandwiches probably made it all better. They look delicious! I'm making them this week.

  11. These look delicious! You just can't go wrong using the crock pot.

  12. Love the make your own BBQ Sauce idea! And these look great!

  13. Oh, your disaster reminds me of one of ours... we had just driven home from VA to NJ... like 8+ hrs in traffic, thunderstorm, etc...
    came into the kitchen before unpacking to get a soda. the soda USED to be kept above the stove top (over head cupboards), in cabinets that had doors on both sides. One side to the kitchen area, the other side was the eat in kitchen: table chairs. 2 windows, hutch, gossip bench, tea cart...
    in reaching for the first bottle in an overly full cabinet, i knocked a 3 liter bottle of ROOT BEER out the other side. It exploded like a bomb. every inch of every surface had root beer, and the ceiling was dripping, and we had not unloaded our suitcases yet!
    My mother and I got the giggles, and wouldn't let my dad see the mess (he was so mad at our laughing)... but man, we cleaned everything, the curtains. the ceiling. I never want to do that again!

  14. Hello,
    I don't know if I missed it....but would you be willing to share the recipe for making my own BBQ sauce? I'm a newbie but I'm guessing I would start with ketchup ;-)

  15. Bella, I'm going to be sharing a post very soon with my BBQ sauce recipe - so stay tuned!! :)

  16. Just found your blog today through pinterest, and I already have a long list of things I'm dying to try!

    If I follow the Cook's Note, do I still mix in the same amount of chicken broth and water along with the BBQ sauce?? Thanks for your help!

  17. Stephanie - nope. You would just put the uncooked chicken breast into the crock pot along with the BBQ sauce. And cook on low for several hours. Hope that helps!

  18. I just had to tell you about this wonderful shredded bbq chicken sandwich recipe. I was down to cook the meal for this Wed.night fellowship dinner at my church. I multiplied your original recipe for 45 and it was a hit! Thank you so much. Regena in TN.

  19. Made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful! Thanks for a great recipe the whole family enjoyed. :o)

  20. This is probably a stupid question:/ but do you thaw out the frozen chicken breasts before placing them into the crock pot?

  21. Not a stupid question at all! I don't defrost them. The slow cooker will do all the work :)

  22. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Is this texas toast you are using under the chicken?

  24. Hey, great idea using Texas toast. I'll have to try.

  25. This looks delicious! I'm planning to make this for a family party. How many sandwiches do you get from 2-3 lbs of chicken? Thanks!

    1. I actually used three big pieces of chicken breast (two pounds) and cut them in half. That made six small pieces. Each small piece can easily be made into two sandwiches (on burger buns). I would definitely make this for a rather small family get together for sure!

  26. I'm very excited to try this. I was wondering how it would do with pork instead of chicken simply because my husband said he's "kind of over chicken right now". Lol

  27. Any ideas of what you could use in this instead of bbq sauce? Most of my family doesn't like bbq sauce so I'm trying to think of something else. If was just my husband and me I'd do buffalo sauce but the kids couldn't handle that. I've seen other recipes where they somehow add stuffing mix and cream of chicken soup to make sandwhiches (can you say eww?)

    Anything else you could think of using to season this and not make it so dry? I really need something different to do with chicken.

  28. Any way to make this without a crockpot?


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