Tender, juicy, and packed with smoky, sweet flavors, Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is the perfect meal to satisfy your cravings without spending hours in the kitchen!
A DELICIOUS SLOW COOKER CHICKEN RECIPE
Are you looking for an easy and delicious dinner recipe that can be prepared with minimal effort? Look no further than Crock Pot BBQ Chicken! This recipe involves cooking chicken breasts in a slow cooker with seasonings and barbecue sauce until the meat is tender and can be easily shredded with a fork. The result is a mouthwatering dish that can be served in a variety of ways, from sandwiches and wraps to rice bowls and salads. Whether you're cooking for a family dinner or a weekend party, Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
We like serving this over some Texas toast or on brioche hamburger buns. You can also eat it all by itself with a fork or maybe top it with Southern Cole Slaw or Alabama White Sauce!
Absolutely! I like frozen chicken breasts because they are often cheaper than their fresh counterpart. So feel free to use frozen here!
Smoked paprika is just paprika that has a smokey flavor. Don't skimp on the smoked paprika. This is really going to give it that authentic barbecue taste.
This can be served with more traditional sides like Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad or my favorite Baked Beans.
Generally I think the lower and slower the meat cooks, the better the flavor. It really has time to infuse in the chicken. However, with this recipe, if you are pushed for time, you can cook it on high.
Chicken isn't like ground beef. Ground beef you want to cook and crumble first before adding to the crock pot. Mainly because it releases a lot of grease but also it would just cook up in one giant block. With chicken, it is perfectly acceptable and safe to cook in a crock pot.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
- small onion
- smoked paprika
- salt & pepper
- bottled BBQ sauce (or make a Homemade BBQ Sauce)
HOW TO MAKE CROCK POT BBQ CHICKEN:
Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place your chicken breasts into the bottom.
Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
Then add in minced garlic and 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.
Then serve! You can serve this in a lot of different ways. On a hamburger bun, on some Texas Toast, in a wrap or even in a salad!
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Originally published: January 2011
Updated & Republished: March 2023
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken (+Video)
- 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 18 ounce bottle BBQ sauce
- Spray your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2-3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts into the bottom.
- Evenly season the chicken with 2 teaspoons kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and 2 teaspoons smoked paprika.
- Top with 1 small onion, diced and 2 cloves garlic, minced.
- Pour 18 ounce bottle 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.
- Put shredded chicken back in crock pot and stir well to coat it with the BBQ sauce mixture. Then serve!
- Fresh or frozen chicken breasts can be used.
- Serve on hamburger buns, on Texas Toast as an open faced sandwich, in a wrap or in a salad.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Can you use thawed chicken??
Brandie @ The Country Cook
I made this for our 4th of July BBQ, along with shredded BBQ pork. This recipe was the winner, hands down! Super easy to make and so delicious, too! The leftovers are even better! Freezes well. I used Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce.
Brandie @ The Country Cook
Yay!! Love hearing that Tina! Thanks so very much for taking the time to comment!
So delicious ! Our favorite Barbeque sauces are Stubbs. Making a big batch to freeze and take on our vacation.
Hi, Can you tell how much is considered a serving.
How would I measure a serving by a cup or ??
Just trying to monitor Lol!
Hope you can help me out 🙂
Everyone always puts how many serving but not what
a serving actually is 🙂
Thanks so much
Hi Brandi I don’t have smoke Paprika so can I please the regular paprika that all I have in my house please let me know asap
Brandie @ The Country Cook
Yes. The smoked really adds a lot of flavor but you can certainly use regular. 🙂
Can this be frozen and warmed up afterwards for another day?
Is the chicken breasts frozen or thawed?
Any way to make this without a crockpot?
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.
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