The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken

This is going to be the easiest BBQ chicken you have ever made. 

 

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I’m not joking… this really is going to be the easiest BBQ chicken you have ever made.  Since I first tested this recipe, it has made it’s way into our  meal rotation almost weekly. It is just that good!

 

Now, don’t get me wrong…nothing beats BBQ chicken straight off the grill. BUT, the flavors of this recipe can’t be beat and you don’t have to sweat over a hot grill.

 

Give it a try next week and I bet you will be converted to the crockpot-side :)

 

 

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Ingredients

 

2 lbs boneless, skinless  chicken breasts

1 cup  BBQ sauce

1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

salt to taste

 

Directions

 

1. Season chicken breast lightly (a small pinch per breast)  with some sea salt and place in your crockpot.

 

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2. In a mixing bowl combine BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined.

 

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3. Pour over chicken, cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours

 

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4. Once time is up, you can serve the breast whole, or shred with 2 forks. If shredding, recover and let cook in sauce for about 10-15 more minutes to soak up all that delish flavor.

 

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Serve on buns, over rice, in wraps, on a salad or eat a plateful as is!  Our favorite way is on fresh rolls, topped with coleslaw.

 

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5.0 from 20 reviews
The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken
 
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Corey:
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Season chicken breast lightly ( a small pinch per breast) with some sea salt and place in your crockpot.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Stir until well combined.
  3. Pour over chicken, cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours
  4. Once time is up, you can serve the breast whole, or shred with 2 forks. If shredding, recover and let cook in sauce for about 10-15 more minutes to soak up all that delish flavor.
  5. Serve on buns, over rice, in wraps, on a salad or eat a plateful as is! Our favorite way is on fresh rolls, topped with coleslaw.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Love this Corey! Looks delicious!
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  2. We love to cook on the grill but with all the rainy days we have had this summer, that isn’t always possible…. I will definitely be trying this recipe. It looks great!

  3. Could you tell us what kind of BBQ sauce you used? That makes a huge difference!

  4. Can you tell us what BBQ sauce you used please?

    • I have actually used a couple different kinds :) I usually use Sweet Baby Rays Original, but have also used Trader Joe’s Brand (that one has a little more spice) and Stubb’s Original. They have all turned out wonderful! I would stick with a sauce you usually use :) I hope that helps!

  5. I was 1/2 c short on the BBQ sauce (Trader Joe’s Carolina BBQ Sauce – absolutely yummy). I made the recipe “to the directions” regardless, and waited for my hubby to pick up more BBQ sauce at the store for me (not the same brand, mind you – he picked out Kraft I think). When it was time to add more sauce, about 3 1/2 hrs into cooking, and I lifted the lid for the first time – I was panicked. It was VERY watery… but I trusted this blog, and put the remaining 1/2 c of sauce in, decided to “chunk” the chicken (I used 2 very lg chicken breasts and 3 thighs) so stirring in the sauce would be easier. Put the lid on, and checked it an hour later. PERFECTION! No more watery BBQ soup – it was thick and wonderful. :) I shredded the chicken at this point, ate at least 3 or 4 bits to check the taste (the house smelled soooo good) — and was DIVING back in for more. :) Put the lid back on to cook an additional 20 min. While pics of delicious meals are a dime a dozen now on the internet (mostly pinterest), and the reviews are typically written as follows: “wow that looks delicious- can’t wait to try it!” I’m here to tell you — I’ve made this… and it’s DELICIOUS! :)

    • I am so happy to hear you loved it Kim! Yes, as soon as you chunk or shred the chicken, it thickens up and becomes amazing :) Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review.

    • Am going to try this in the next couple of days …(got to get the BBQ sauce!)

    • Thanks for the actual review. Yes, most say things like, “looks good”. I appreciate the feedback from someone who’s actually tried it.

  6. Makenzie says:

    Making this tonight, my little boy LOVES pulled chicken! With him playing All-Star baseball we never have time to cook a REAL meal, we have been living off freezer food and I just so happened to come across this recipe this morning! We don’t cook the chicken beforehand, correct?

    • Makenzie says:

      *Nevermind on the cooking question, keeping the little man entertained inside waiting on his game this evening has made me crazy ;) and I actually stopped and looked at the chicken picture. Oops!

      • Haha. No worries at all Makenzie :) I get mommy brain ALL the time. hehe. I hope you all enjoy the BBQ Chicken!

  7. Do you think this sauce would work equally well work pork, for BBQ pork?

  8. Hi can u tell me what is th Italian dressing is it olive oil?

  9. melissa says:

    Was wondering if the brown sugar made it very sweet or do the other ingredients even it out? My husband doesn’t like very sweet things, such as baked beans.

  10. Kathleen says:

    WOW!!! This was my very first attempt at cooking with a slow cooker. Your recipe is truly the best!! :) I choose to shred the chicken. … As another reviewer commented it made the kitchen smell incredible!! What a wonderful gift your blog is!! Thank-you for sharing it with all of us.

  11. Do you think this would work with pork? Hubby isn’t a fan of chicken and I hate the idea of using ketchup and honey for pulled pork but can’t find a recipe he likes…

  12. Hey Corey,
    Thanks so much for the recipe. Im trying it today. Just one question. I saw some reviews mentioned adding a 1/2cup of the sauce in at the last hour….did i miss this somewhere in the instructions or was that just something they did? working all day so wont be able to add sauce before the last hour. Will that make a difference? Thanks for your help :)

  13. Have you ever made this using frozen chicken breast?
    Thanks

    • Yes I have, just lengthen the cooking time about 1-2 hours (depending if you are cooking on low or high) :)

  14. I’m so excited to try this recipe! Long story short, we live by the park that has our city’s annual fireworks show so everyone comes over for a swim/bbq party before heading to the park for the festivities! I decided to break from tradition and make this! My question is can this recipe be doubled and still turn out flavorful and moist?

  15. Jacqueline says:

    Hi could you tell me how many pieces of breast chicken does it take to make 2lbs?

  16. I will be trying this recipe and follow all the direction. The picture looks amazing. So, my question would be, bone in pork chops…how much longer would I have to cook it? Or would this work out?

  17. This recipe is delicious and I want to experiment making a pulled pork roast using the same ingredients. I was wondering if you would suggest cutting the pork roast into smaller pieces, say about 2 inches in height and following the same directions as with the The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken?

    Also I found that you can use chiclen thighs to obtain the same results. YUMMY!!!

  18. Made this tonight for my family. It was AMAZING! One of the best I’ve ever had. Sooo easy to make. Will be making this again very soon. :)

  19. heatherlynnsey says:

    One word, AMAZING!

  20. Making this recipe for dinner tonight. Used some Sweet Baby Ray’s, yum. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. I had to sub steak sauce instead of worcestershire because the store didn’t have any though. It looks delish indded.

  21. Can you use regular salt? And can you put thye chicken in the crockpot frozen? Thats how I always put my chicken in the crockpot. That and I only buy frozen chicken. Maybe 5 hrs instead of 4?

  22. Made as directed. Absolutely DELICIOUS!

  23. Hello Corey, you are so right about this recipe,…Gave the recipe to my sweetie, he made it with frozen chicken tenders (lots), doubled the recipe, used Jack Daniels BBQ sauce “7” and cooked x 8 hours in crock pot. Shredded it, froze it in small containers and brought to the beach where we shared dinner. He bought Arnold hamberger buns which I buttered and toasted in a conventional oven. We had no extra BBQ sauce. I made the sandwiches for dinner placing some of the shredded chicken on the buns and I’m saying this was the best meal we had all week!! REALLY!!
    I love it and we’re going to cook again and freeze some in individual containers so we can have quick meals quickly available. YUMMMMMie. Thanks for sharing.

  24. What can you use in place of Worcestershire sauce? Thanks.

  25. Hi, I’m wondering if you can make this without the BBQ and seasonings. Would I need to add something so it cooks right, or? Thanks

  26. Can you make this with frozen chicken breasts? What I mean is, can you put the chicken breasts in the slow cooker frozen or do you thaw first?

  27. I’m cooking this as a surprise for my wife tonight. Really looking forward to it. :D

    • My wife, son and I enjoyed this thoroughly this evening for our tea. It was absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have any Worcester Sauce so I substituted that with a bit of Brown Sauce. It was very sweet. Next time I’ll omit the sugar or use a little less.

      Cracking recipe though and well recommended. :D

  28. So easy; so good! I’ve made this twice now. Fabulous easy, peasy meal. Tonight we topped it over freshly prepared quinoa. This recipe would be good to double up on to serve as a potluck dish too!

  29. I am trying this tonight for dinner over rice! It looks so yummy and can’t wait for my husband to try it. Thank you for the recipe Corey will be posting soon with the results : )

  30. I saw this shared by a friend on Facebook last week. … and I happened to have some chicken, and was looking for something different to make for dinner. I must say, the pictures don’t do this recipe justice. The aroma is mouthwatering to say the least. It’s so good… that we had an open pit chicken bbq, with the chicken we had leftover, that I am making ANOTHER batch of this as I’m typing.

    I found that 3 hours on high, completely untouched, then shredding, and another 20 minutes or so was perfect. Set it and forget it!

  31. Could you use turkey?

  32. Hi I’m going to try this one but could someone name a typical Italian dressing thanks

  33. How many chicken breasts would make up approx 2 lbs??

  34. I made this recipe quite awhile ago and it was very good! I also used Trader Joe’s BBQ sauce (because it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup) and I did not include the brown sugar (I don’t like super sweet sauces, and BBQ sauce has about all the “sweet” I can handle). We had sandwiches one night and for a second dinner, I topped baked potatoes with the shredded BBQ. It definitely was tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  35. I’m going to try this sometime this week, now my question is, I’ve made my own BB sauce which is a Vinegar base. Can I use that?

  36. I don’t have a crockpot, but I have been thinking about buying one because there are so many wonderful recipes I would like to try. Any suggestions about which one to buy? Please, help a newbie out. =)

    • I usually post the crockpot I used at the bottom of any crockpot post :) If you click on it, it will take you to the link where I got it. I would recommend a timer on whatever one you get, so you can set it and if you aren’t home by the time it is done, it will go to a warm setting.

  37. Just tried this recipe today, used a spicy barbeque sauce, and added bell peppers and pineapples. Yummy and easy!!

  38. OMG! This is the first time I’ve ever used a crockpot and this recipe is absolutely delicious!! The house smells awesome! Thanks for posting

  39. Sarah Carini says:

    Made this today! Smelled so good cooking all day, couldn’t wait to try it and Man was it good! Definitely be making it again!!! Thank you for an easy, delicious recipe!

  40. Im trying this tonight. Can’t wait!

  41. Made this tonight. Absolutely amazing!!!!!

  42. I made this dish tonight and, It. Was. The. Bomb! The only variation was I used breasts and thighs. So easy, inexpensive and we’ll worth the cooking time. Definitely will be making this again. Oh, and since there is just the 2 of us dinners already done for tomorrow, SCORE!!

  43. Made this tonight! Very yummy! We loved it! Thank you!

  44. Hello,
    So I’m going to make this recipe and was wondering if I needed to feed a house of 8 people, can I just double the ingredients and it still turn out right??

    • I made this last night and doubled the recipe. It was delicious! In the future I would always double it and freeze half. Easy and delicious recipe.

  45. This is cooking in the crock pot as we speak and it smells delicious!!!! However I forgot to stir in the Worcester sauce in until after I poured the BBQ mixture on the chicken and began slow cooking it. So i added it over the chicken the shredded e chicken and mixed it up. Hope it turns out ok!!!

  46. I made this the other night and it was delicious!! Next time I will double the recipe! Very easy and a big hit with the kids :)

  47. Can this be made the night before and reheated in the crockpot the next night for dinner? Thanks for recipe!

  48. Cooked this tonight. I cooked on low for 5 and a half hours, shredded the chicken and put it over rice. Absolutely delicious!

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