Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

by Amy on 11 March 2014

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

One of my latest gigs is posting family-friendly recipes on the the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Wishing Well Blog + my latest recipe there was so delicious, I had to share it here, too! When I think of family-friendly dinners, the first thing that comes to mind is my Slow-Cooker. It’s wonderfully simple – pop in the ingredients, turn it on, and forget about it for hours. No stirring, no fussing, no special attention needed. Second, the clean-up is a breeze. Third, many slow-cooker recipes make enough food for lots of leftovers, which means quick and delicious lunches for the week!

In the fall and winter, I make at least one slow-cooker meal a week, and I typically alternate between new recipes and time-tested favorites. I made this Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken during a “new recipe” week, and it immediately became one of my go-to meals. It is SO amazingly delicious, SO simple to make, and the leftovers are incredibly versatile. And did I mention that it’s good for you? Each serving has about 170 calories, and a wonderful 17 grams of protein.

Another bonus? This is absolutely kid-friendly. I used a sweet molasses-based barbecue sauce for this recipe, and the end result was delicious – juicy, fall-apart-tender chicken with just the right amount of sweetness. I like to serve this chicken on sandwiches, but, for kiddos, it would be great served on a plate with a veggie and some mac ‘n cheese, or even worked into quesadillas, tacos, or enchiladas. Whatever way you choose to serve it, I know that you and your family will love it!

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

serves 6-8, adapted from MyRecipes


24 ounces (1.5 pounds) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian dressing
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth


Put chicken in slow-cooker. In a bowl, combine barbecue sauce, dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with 2 forks. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir into sauce in slow cooker, cover and cook until sauce is thickened and heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Return shredded chicken to slow-cooker, stir, cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes.

Serve chicken on whole-grain buns, with a vegetable and mac ‘n cheese, or with baked potatoes, just to name a few ideas.

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1 Rachel @ Baked by Rachel March 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

I definitely need to add this to my meal rotation! The Mr may not approve but the kids and I sure would :)

2 amy March 11, 2014 at 8:20 am

Hope you + the kiddos love it! And maybe you can win your husband over with it. =)

3 Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat March 11, 2014 at 8:54 am

This looks fantastic! I love bbq chicken and this is going on my Dinner Board on Pinterest!!

4 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie March 11, 2014 at 9:32 am

I’ve got corned beef in the slow cooker today but I really need to make these sometime! Odd how I lived in a huge BBQ city for 7 years but only had it every now and then and now that I’ve moved all I want is BBQ haha.

5 danielle March 11, 2014 at 9:47 am

Congrats on the new blogging gig! This is a great family meal – I think my family would love it!!

6 Beth March 11, 2014 at 10:35 am

This looks wonderful! Think I’ll have to add it to my new recipes list too!

7 Jennie @themessybakerblog March 11, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I love a good pulled meat sandwich. Even better, this recipe is made in a crockpot. Love it!

8 Choc Chip Uru March 11, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Wow, sandwiches bursting with meat certainly do not get better than this delicious creation 😀

Choc Chip Uru

9 Kelly March 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

This looks incredible Amy! We are big fans of bbq chicken and this would make a great family dinner:) Your slow cooker meals always rock girl!

10 amy March 11, 2014 at 3:36 pm

You are so sweet, Kelly! You have some amazing slow-cooker recipes yourself. =)

11 Gintare @Gourmantine March 11, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I can’t remember the last time I had a pulled sandwich, looks so good!

12 Anna (Hidden Ponies) March 12, 2014 at 6:47 am

Look at that stacked sandwich – YUM! I love the slow cooker for beef and pulled pork but have never made chicken in there, which I need to change!

13 Karen (Back Road Journal) March 12, 2014 at 8:40 am

Just looking at your photo of that delicious sandwich makes me hungry.

14 Sammie March 12, 2014 at 9:45 am

This pulled chicken looks so amazing! I could almost take a bite off the picture itself! Bookmarked!

15 Amy (Savory Moments) March 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

I love making chicken like this in the slow cooker – it’s not only tasty, but so versatile!

16 Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction March 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

We love bbq chicken! This definitely needs to be added to the rotation!

17 Monet March 12, 2014 at 10:34 pm

One of my favorite things to make in the slow cooker. Thank you for the delicious reminder!

18 whatjessicabakednext March 13, 2014 at 11:06 am

Yum, this looks absolutely divine! I love slow cooked chicken- one of my fav dinners!

19 Luv What You Do March 14, 2014 at 11:08 pm

Oh I love BBQ and my crockpot!
This looks like an awesome recipe!

20 sarah k @ the pajama chef March 17, 2014 at 6:11 pm

can’t go wrong w/ bbq chicken!!

21 atasteofmadess March 18, 2014 at 12:35 am

I was actually going to make my first slow cooker recipe yesterday, but I totally forgot about it on my kitchen table :( This looks so good, maybe I’ll make this my second attempt of my first slow cooker recipe attempt.

22 amy March 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

Sounds like a plan to me! =) Hope you love your slow-cooker just as much as I love mine!

23 Erin April 10, 2014 at 10:52 am

This looks amazing! What is your favorite BBQ sauce to use?

24 amy April 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Hi Erin! I usually use homemade BBQ sauce made my one of my friends who used to own/run a BBQ joint. =) But when I use store-bought, I like Kraft Thick + Spicy – it’s a thicker (duh!), sweet sauce. Nothing fancy, but totally tasty (in my opinion). Definitely on the sweet side more than the vinegary side, + perfect for this recipe.

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