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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Our mouthwatering slow cooker BBQ chicken features tender, slow cooked chicken slathered in a sweet barbecue sauce!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you might know that we lived in an apartment that didn’t allow grills. Whenever we wanted something barbecued or grilled, we had to take a different approach.

While this slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwich isn’t technically barbecued, we managed to infuse it with a ton of BBQ flavor! Our barbecue chicken sandwich combines juicy, tender chicken with hickory and brown sugar barbecue sauce.

It doesn’t get much better than that if you don’t have a smoker. Best of all, the chicken is perfectly cooked and soaks up all that sweet sauce. When paired with your favorite coleslaw, it’s a meal you don’t want to miss.

A close-up view of the finished chicken sandwich.
We prefer Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, but use whatever brand you like.

How to make slow cooker BBQ chicken:

First, start by placing the chicken breast into the slow cooker. Next, sprinkle the seasonings onto the meat.

Raw chicken breasts in a crock pot.
A 2-quart slow cooker will be large enough to hold all the chicken.

Afterward, use your fingers to massage the spices into the chicken. Now, carefully pour the broth into the cooker.

BBQ rub added to the raw meat.
If you want, wear kitchen gloves when massaging the meat.

Be sure not wash the spices off the chicken. Then, cover the slow cooker with the lid.

Last, set the machine on high and let the poultry cook for 4-5 hours or until the chicken is done.

Chicken broth added to the cooker.
I recommend pouring the broth around the meat, not directly onto it.

That’s it, once the meat is cooked, your slow cooker BBQ chicken is basically done!

Shred the chicken with 2 forks and place the meat on the buns. Add the BBQ sauce and enjoy.

The barbecue chicken cooking in the pot.
Once the chicken has cooked, all that’s left to do is shred it.

Serve the dish with potato chips, coleslaw, potato salad or any other sides you love.

Kim and I hope you like the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

The chicken has been shredded and is ready to serve.
The chicken is really juicy, so feel free to strain it a little before adding it to the buns.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Tips:

  • We like to use chicken breasts for our sandwiches, but feel free to use chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • You can add 1-tablespoon of liquid smoke to the chicken while it’s cooking. Doing so, will add a nice smoky flavor to the BBQ chicken.
  • To easily shred the chicken, try placing it in a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment. The chicken will shred in a minute or so with minimal mess.
  • If you don’t like brown sugar flavored barbecue sauce, choose your favorite! There are tons to pick from.
The finished chicken sandwich with BBQ sauce.
You don’t need a grill or smoker to make a tasty BBQ sandwich!
Yield: 8 Servings

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

A slow cooker BBQ chicken sandwich on a plate.

Our mouthwatering slow cooker BBQ chicken features tender, slow cooked chicken slathered in a sweet barbecue sauce!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 Lbs. Chicken Breast, (32 ounces)
  • 4 Tablespoons Barbecue Chicken or Pork Rub, (Weber Seasonings or your choice)
  • 3 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 16 Ounces Barbecue Sauce, (Sweet Baby Ray's or your choice)
  • 8 Deli Style Hamburger or Onion Buns


  1. First, remove the chicken from the package and place it into the slow cooker.
  2. Next, add the barbecue rub. You can sprinkle it over the chicken without massaging it into the meat.
  3. Then, add the chicken broth, cover the ingredients, and let them cook on high heat for approximately four to five hours.
  4. After the chicken cooks, use a pair of tongs to shred the chicken while it sits in the crock-pot.
  5. Last, remove the chicken and strain it before placing it on the bun. Top the sandwich with barbecue sauce. Serve it with sides and your favorite condiments.


The calorie count listed is an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of a 4-ounce chicken sandwich with 2-ounces of BBQ sauce. Actual calories will vary.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

2 Ounces

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 233mgSodium: 400mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 75g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Elaine @ Dishes Delish

Tuesday 30th of May 2017

Mmmm. I love shredded chicken! Your photos are simply beautiful and the recipe is delightful and delicious! Can't wait to try this dish!


Wednesday 31st of May 2017

Thank you, Elaine! Me too, shredded chicken works for a lot of different dishes. Kim says thank you for the compliment on the photos. We hope you love the meal! :)

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