Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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This easy Instant Pot BBQ Chicken recipe has only three easy ingredients and is incredibly easy to make.  It’s always a hit and one of the best crock pot recipes for chicken.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken

When it comes to easy dinners, it doesn’t get much simpler than this Instant Pot BBQ Chicken.  There are only three ingredients and it only takes a few quick minutes to get into the crock pot and cooking.

It’s easy BBQ Chicken slow cooker style!   It’s delicious enough to serve as is or sometimes, I serve it as Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken with some extra barbecue sauce on the side.  Other times, I pile it onto rolls for Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.  Anyway you decided to serve it, it’s a keeper.

You know I’m a huge fan of meal planning.  Planning our meals for the week is my Sunday ritual.

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Well, you know what they say about the best laid plans, right?  Yeah.  They’re meant to be blown out of the water.  That’s what happened to me.

You see, I had planned this amazing new chicken recipe for dinner (I’ll be posting it soon!).  However, on the day I was supposed to make said chicken recipe, I woke up late.  Very late.  Ridiculously late.

I barely had enough time to get dressed that morning – forget prepping my meal for the slow cooker. Why, oh why didn’t I do it the night before?!?

So, I was forced to come up with a plan B.  After a quick scan of the fridge, I found what was to become dinner.

The pack of chicken breasts I had and a bottle of BBQ sauce.  Yes, a bottle of sauce.  Don’t judge me.   I’m capable of making my own BBQ sauce – remember this Easy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe?

BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker

Back to my story.  As I was pouring my coffee, brushing my teeth and looking for my car keys, I managed to throw the chicken in the slow cook and pour the entire bottle of sauce on top.  I’m a good multi-tasker!

I crossed my fingers, hoped for the best and bolted out the door.

Fast forward 6 six hours.  The moment of truth.  Could something so simple be any good?

It most certainly can!  I drizzled the sauce from the slow cooker over  the chicken and served it on a bed of brown rice. Now you have instant pot bbq chicken, delicious!

My guys were thrilled!  And, I was thrilled because they were thrilled.  Which meant we were one big happy family (with full bellies)!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

When it comes to slow cookers, there are many options available – from the basic to the ultra fancy.  This one is my all-time favorite. I have had a number of slow cookers over the years and this is by far my favorite.  It’s easy to use and program.  It’s just the right size and it has handy clips that hold the lid on securely while you’re traveling.

Be sure to check out these best slow cooker recipes of all time and my slow cooker tips and tricks.

Have and Instant Pot, try this Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken.

Serving Ideas for Instant Pot bbq Chicken

  • Enjoy this recipe as is, right out of the slow cooker.  I serve it with this skillet mac and cheese.
  • Amp up the flavor by using this Barbecue Dry Rub recipe on the chicken before cooking it.
  • Shred it up (these make it so easy!) for Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken.  It’s great as a topping for nachos or tacos.
  • Pile it high on soft rolls for Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.  Top with my favorite coleslaw recipe for great flavor.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Yield: 6
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe has only three easy ingredients and is incredibly easy to make.  It's always a hit and one of the best crock pot recipes for chicken.  
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  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ Rub, (your favorite brand)
  • 1 18 oz bottle BBQ Sauce


  • Season chicken liberally on both side with BBQ Rub.
  • Place chicken in an single layer in the crock of slow cooker.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over top of chicken.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 172kcal | Protein: 32g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 559mg | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

33 thoughts on “Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken”

  1. 5 stars
    Ok, you have converted me. I didn’t have time to drag out the grill to BBQ the chicken so I tried your recipe in the slow cooker… delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    Now this is a true easy and crowd pleasing recipe! Certainly something I would like to rotate on my meal plan! Yum!

  3. 5 stars
    I do love my BBQ chicken but sometimes the weather just isn’t cooperating. Your recipe sounds like just the thing I need for those days. YUM!! Will be trying it out soon.

  4. 5 stars
    It sounds so good. Thank you for the recipe! It’s been few weeks since the last time I cooked with slow cooker, gonna try this recipe soon.

  5. Wonder what would happen if you put in more than 1 layer of chicken? My fireman son and his friends can really EAT and 2 pounds of chicken wouldn’t take the edge off their hungries, but this would sure be a time-saver! Thanks for the recipes!!

  6. Gotta love quick and easy recipes! I do this in the oven all the time, why didn’t I think to do the crockpot?!?! New follower 🙂 Come link up to our Snickerdoodle Sunday sometime!

  7. Hi, Found this on Design It Friday Link Up, just have a question, did the chicken dry out at all? I usually hate chicken in the crock pot because it gets too dry. I want to know your secret because it looks great.

    • It was good. Be careful not to cook it too long. I usually go 4 hours on low with chicken breast. If you’re worried, try using chicken thighs — they may be more forgiving. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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