The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken

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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


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


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

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken

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

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken - Step 2

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

The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken - Step 3

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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4.8 from 136 reviews
The Best Crockpot BBQ Chicken
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Serves: 4-6
  • 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
  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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  1. LauraB says

    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!

    • TOD FAWCETT says


          • K Lemerond says

            I make bbq chicken in the oven sometimes. I cook for an hour at 350. Pour 1/2 cup sherry sprinkle garlic salt and cover with bbq sauce. Cover with foil and bake them. Super quick and easy. Always yummy. If you use thin breasts I would cut down the sherry it’s just for the bottom of the pan not to cover the chicken. I hope that helps.

    • Corey says

      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!

  2. Kim says

    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! :)

    • Corey says

      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.

    • Debbie says

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

    • Pete says

      Hi hi there. When it says use a 1/4 cup exactly what measurements is that. I live in the UK and work on ml,grams etc??

    • Jenni says

      I am so glad to hear someone else mention thier distaste for “this looks so good” reviews. that is not helpful at all. Thank you for your actual review!!! It is extremely helpful.

  3. 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!

      • Corey says

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

    • Corey says

      It’s a flavor of salad dressing. It does consist of mostly olive oil, vinegar and Italian seasonings.

        • Jodie says

          Zesty Italian salad dressing is the name of the dressing, just like Ranch or Thousand Island. You would simply add 1/4 cup of it. If you don’t have dressing, you could still make this recipe; just skip the dressing and add water — less salt, anyway!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Deanna says

    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…

  7. Pamela says

    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 :)

    • Corey says

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

  8. Chris says

    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?

  9. olivia says

    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?

  10. says

    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!!!

    • Penny says

      Really need to double the recipe, should I use 2 crock pots or use one and cook longer. I on,y have one crock but guess could borrow but know need double this amount. And cooking it for tomorrow

        • Bill Eastman says

          I have a 6 qt crockpot and was thinking about doubling too. A person at work and I bring samples to each other of dishes we have tried off the internet. I’m currently just making a single batch, but if it is as good as everyone says, I will make it weekly.

          • Bill Eastman says

            I actually tripled it and will know in a few hours how it turns out. Sams has boneless skinless chicken breast for $1.68 per pound, which is more than a $1 difference per pound, but you have to buy a 6 pound package. Plan to bring it to work for lunch.

  11. Sarah says

    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. :)

  12. Jamie says

    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.

  13. Kim says

    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?

  14. Joyce says

    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.

  15. John says

    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

  16. Joyce says

    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?

      • Mary says

        I used frozen chicken breasts, but thawed them first in the microwave for 20 minutes at 40 %. Then I just dumped the juices and all into the crockpot. You can just cook per the directions after that. It was soooo good. I pulled it apart. The grandkids loved it… even the picky youngest eight-yr-old! It will definitely be a regular for me. Oh! And I didn’t have Italian dressing on hand, so used Ranch dressing. It was still really awesome. This will be a regular for me!!

    • Anthony says

      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. 😀

  17. Gina Rae says

    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!

  18. sarah says

    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 : )

  19. Brian says

    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!

  20. Paula says

    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!

  21. Safiyyah says

    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. =)

    • Corey says

      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.

  22. Kendall says

    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

  23. 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!

  24. says

    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!!

  25. Toni says

    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??

    • Karen says

      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.

      • mike says

        Hi Karen…just got a crockpot for the holidays…going to attempt this but need to make it for about twice as many people as instructed…

        now when you say you doubled it…you mean for a 4 lb’s of chicken breasts…you doubled on all the ingredients?
        Sorry, i’m a beginner at this. : )

  26. Kim says

    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!!!

  27. Katie says

    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 :)

  28. Kim says

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

  29. Erin says

    I have this going in the crockpot as we speak 😉 Do you have a good/easy coleslaw recipe? I do not have all the ingredients that I see in most coleslaw recipes – so I was wondering if you had a suggestion? Thanks!

  30. Lori says

    I just bought one of these slow cookers. How low (what temp) is good for low all day cooking. I’ve only had the “hi-lo” cookers before and had most everything overcook…I can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • says

      I just made this recently. and I have the same type of slow cooker. I cooked four chicken breasts on low and they were done in about 5 to 6 hours. If you put them in frozen it’ll take about 8 to 9 hours.


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