Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This easy slow Cooker BBQ chicken is the perfect meal for busy weeknight dinners or easy entertaining. And the best part? You only need 3 ingredients!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I know, a crockpot recipe. If you watch the tv show This Is Us, sorry, I am passing you a tissue now. I debated about posting this Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe because of the whole crockpot thing, but I decided you needed this recipe because it is SO easy and perfect for the BIG game.

If you don’t watch the show, you should. Get caught up and then you will know what I am talking about.

Everyone should definitely make this easy crockpot BBQ chicken, I know it will be a family favorite.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

How to Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

  • You are going to love this recipe because it is SO easy. You only need 3 ingredients: chicken, onion, and BBQ sauce.
  • We highly recommend using Josh’s homemade BBQ sauce for this recipe, don’t worry, it is easy to make. You probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen right now. If you don’t want to make homemade BBQ sauce, you can use your favorite store bought BBQ sauce to make this crockpot BBQ chicken.
  • Place the chicken, chopped onion, and BBQ sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours. This is a great set it and forget it recipe!
  • When the chicken is done cooking, remove the chicken from the crockpot and place it on a large cutting board or platter. To make the pulled chicken, shred the chicken with two forks. Place the BBQ chicken back in the slow cooker and stir to make sure it gets coated in all of the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.
  • That is it! SO easy!!

Josh likes to serve the BBQ chicken in buns or slider rolls with cabbage or slaw. He also likes to add pineapple slices and pickled jalapeño slices. He says you have to try it this way, he was inspired by his favorite BBQ chicken pizza. ­čÖé

You can also use this BBQ chicken to make tacos, salads, pizza, wraps, quesadillas, or serve it over rice. It is a great easy weeknight meal, the crockpot does all of the work. It is also a great recipe for feeding a crowd. It’s always a hit at parties and for game days!

The BBQ chicken does freeze well if you don’t use it all up. Put the cooled pulled chicken in a freezer container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month.

What Sides Go With BBQ Chicken?

Get out the crockpot and make BBQ chicken for dinner this week or for the big game! It is a guaranteed favorite meal with adults and kids!

Crockpot Barbecue Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

You only need 3 ingredients to make this juicy, tender, and flavorful pulled BBQ chicken! It is a great easy weeknight meal or great for serving a crowd.


  • 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade BBQ sauce or your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Buns or rolls and cabbage or slaw for serving


  • Place chicken, onion, and BBQ sauce in the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
  • ┬áRemove the chicken from the slow cooker and place on a large cutting board or platter. Using two forks, shred the chicken. Place the shredded chicken back in the┬áslow cooker and stir until chicken is well coated in the sauce.
  • Serve the BBQ chicken in buns or rolls with cabbage or slaw, if desired. You can also use the BBQ chicken to make pizza, quesadillas, salads, tacos, and more!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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    1. I was wondering this as well. Could this be made using the slow cooker setting of an instant pot?

  1. Thank you so much for the wonderful BBQ sauce that is made from scratch….my husband is on a very sodium restricted diet. This sauce is PERFECT. I do have a question and think I know the answer already because I see you can freeze leftover BBQ chicken for about a month, but was wondering if the BBQ sauce can also be frozen. I honestly do not use my crock pot to it’s potential, but have to say, when I use it, the results are wonderful. I have a pulled pork recipe I make in the crockpot , and love Marcella Hazen’s spaghetti sauce made in the crockpot. I am looking forward to making your minestrone soup, the BBQ chicken and the marinara sauce you posted here as soon as possible. Thank you.