Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken

Slow Cooker Barbeque Chicken

Background and History

Barbecue chicken is a beloved dish with roots in American barbecue culture, which has diverse influences from various regions across the United States. It’s a quintessential backyard favorite, often associated with gatherings, picnics, and summertime cookouts. Slow cooker barbecue chicken offers a convenient way to enjoy this classic dish with minimal effort and maximum flavor.


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

1 cup barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade)

1/4 cup chicken broth or water

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: chopped fresh parsley or green onions for garnish



Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

4-6 hours on low heat


Place the chicken breasts or thighs in the slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl, combine barbecue sauce, chicken broth or water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until well blended.

Pour the barbecue sauce mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker, ensuring all pieces are coated evenly.

Cover and cook on low heat for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and tender.

Once cooked, use two forks to shred the chicken directly in the slow cooker, mixing it with the sauce.

Serve the shredded barbecue chicken hot, either on its own or as a filling for sandwiches, wraps, tacos, or salads.

Garnish with chopped fresh parsley or green onions if desired.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 250 kcal

Total Fat: 4g

Cholesterol: 100mg

Sodium: 600mg

Total Carbohydrates: 20g

Protein: 30g


Customize the barbecue sauce to your taste preferences by adjusting the sweetness, spiciness, or smokiness levels.

For a richer flavor, you can sear the chicken in a skillet before adding it to the slow cooker.

Leftover barbecue chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days or frozen for longer storage.

Allergy Warning

Check the ingredients of the barbecue sauce for allergens such as gluten, soy, or nuts, depending on your dietary restrictions.

Be mindful of any allergies to ingredients such as garlic or Worcestershire sauce.