Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Background and History

Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue is a flavorful twist on the classic barbecue chicken dish. Originating in the Southern United States, barbecue chicken has been a favorite for centuries, with various regions adding their own unique spices and sauces to the mix. This slow cooker version offers a convenient way to enjoy tender, juicy chicken infused with zesty barbecue flavor.


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 onion, chopped

1 cup barbecue sauce (choose your favorite zesty variety)

1/4 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Hamburger buns or sandwich rolls, for serving



Preparation Time

10 minutes

Cooking Time

4-6 hours on low heat


Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.

In a mixing bowl, combine chopped onion, barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.

Pour the sauce mixture over the chicken in the slow cooker, ensuring the chicken is well coated.

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

Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it using two forks.

Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir it into the sauce.

Serve the zesty slow cooker chicken barbecue on hamburger buns or sandwich rolls.

Nutrition Facts

(Per Serving)

Calories: 300 kcal

Total Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 800mg

Total Carbohydrates: 30g

Protein: 30g


For extra zest, add a dash of hot sauce or red pepper flakes to the sauce mixture.

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

Serve with coleslaw, pickles, or potato salad for a classic barbecue meal.

Allergy Warning

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

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