August 25, 2022

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This delicious Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is so easy to make and incredibly versatile. With just a few simple ingredients you’ll have tender, smoky bbq pulled chicken that’s great for salads, sandwiches, and more!

Yummy Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

This easy pulled barbecue chicken is going to be your new favorite meal prep recipe! I love a good slow cooker recipe and using my slow cooker to prep an easy source of protein is one of my favorite things to do.

This flavorful pulled BBQ Chicken is so easy to make and perfect to keep on hand for the week. All you need are a few boneless skinless chicken breast, spices, and your favorite bbq sauce to make tender shredded chicken that everyone will love!

bbq chicken ingredients

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Ingredients

Chicken Breast: you’ll need around a pound a half of boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe.

BBQ Sauce: any barbecue sauce that you like will work for this recipe! you can go sweet, spicy, or more mesquite and I include some tips below.

Apple Juice: this adds just a little extra moistness and flavor to the chicken. 

Apple Cider Vinegar: this adds a little of that classic bbq tang to the chicken and also helps to keep the meat tender.

Spices: you’ll need a little onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.

Ingredient Variations

  • Use chicken thighs instead of breast – don’t have chicken thighs? you can swap them for for boneless skinless chicken thighs instead.
  • Swap the apple juice for broth – if you don’t have apple juice you can easily swap it for chicken broth or even water. 
  • Switch up the BBQ sauce – make your bb chicken sweeter by using a honey bbq sauce or add a little kick with a spicy bbq sauce!
  • Finish with some green onion – add some sliced green onion to your finished barbecued chicken for some extra flavor.

raw chicken breast and barbecue sauce in slow cooker

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Step One: Add the chicken breast, barbecue sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to your crockpot. Stir to combine.

Step Two: Cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the chicken breast is cooked through, tender, and easy to shred. Use two forks to shred the meat in the barbecue sauce.

Step Three: Stir the chicken and barbecue sauce again to ensure the chicken is well coated. Serve your preferred way and enjoy!

bbq chicken salad

Ways to Serve

How to Store and Reheat

Store: If you have a tight fitting lid for your slow cooker then you can store the shredded barbecue chicken right in the slow cooker inside the fridge. If not, transfer the chicken to an air-tight storage container and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Reheat: The easiest way to reheat the chicken is in the microwave fro 30 seconds to a 1 minute at a time.

More Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Healthy Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

I hope you give this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken a try! It’s easy, versatile, and so good!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Scale:
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Lunch & Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 10 oz barbecue sauce, plus more for topping
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Add the chicken breast, barbecue sauce, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper to your crockpot. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the chicken breast is cooked through, tender, and easy to shred. Use two forks to shred the meat in the barbecue sauce.
  3. Stir the chicken and barbecue sauce again to ensure the chicken is well coated. Serve your preferred way and enjoy!

Keywords: slow cooker bbq chicken, bbq chicken slow cooker, bbq pulled chicken slow cooker, how to make bbq chicken in slow cooker

Recipe by: Ashlea Carver / All the Healthy Things | Photography by: THE MINDFUL HAPA / Eat Love Eat

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