This crockpot BBQ chicken is an easy way to make pulled chicken that's mouthwateringly good with minimal effort. It's chicken breasts that are slow cooked in a simple mix of BBQ sauce and seasonings.
About This Recipe
This recipe will make you the hero at your next BBQ party or family dinner. It's sweet, flavorful pulled chicken that can be served plain or in a variety of ways (see further down the page for ideas)!
We also like to make this recipe for meal prep — my husband has been requesting a large batch every week as his lunch to take to work.
How to Make Crockpot BBQ Chicken
It doesn't get any easier than this recipe: simply add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker and let it do the cooking. Once your chicken is cooked through, shred it into pieces and enjoy!
- BBQ Sauce: this recipe tastes best with a sweet, dark sauce but you can use your favorite brand.
- Chicken: this recipe calls for chicken breasts but you could also use chicken thighs.
- Apple cider vinegar & Worcestershire sauce: these are both not completely necessary but they really ramp up the flavor of the chicken.
How to Use BBQ Chicken
You can eat this chicken plain (we love it served with mashed potatoes and a side salad) or use it in a few different ways:
- Serve it in a bun
- On top of a salad
- In a wrap
- Taco filling
- Pizza topping
- Use it in our BBQ Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Frequently Asked Questions
We like to use a sweet, dark sauce for this recipe but you could use your favorite brand or flavor.
Cook your chicken for 6 - 8 hours on low or 3 - 4 hours on high, until the chicken is cooked through to 165°F.
The easiest way to tell if your chicken is cooked is with an instant read thermometer. This one is our favorite (and it has 30,000+ reviews)!
Yep, you sure can: cook your chicken in the oven at 425°F for about 25 minutes, or until cooked through. Shred it and then toss it with the sauce. Sometimes you'll need a little more BBQ sauce with this method.
Cool and store your leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 - 4 days in the fridge. It's not recommended to freeze your leftovers as it will change the texture of the chicken.