Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

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Tender, zesty and flavor-packed barbecue chicken is slow cooked in a crock pot. This delicious BBQ Chicken goes great in sandwiches, salads and more!

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is tender, zesty and flavor-packed barbecue chicken that is slow cooked in a crock pot. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI’ve been starting to use my slow cooker a lot more these days. It’s starting to get warmer outside every day so the last thing I want to do is heat up my house with the oven on. I honestly have four crock pots because I use them so much. haha! They are my dinner best friends for sure. 😉 

Today’s recipe is truly the BEST recipe for CROCK POT BBQ CHICKEN! I found it off my good friend Corey’s blog FAMILY FRESH MEALS! Her blog is full of awesome family-friendly and kid-friendly meals. I have followed her for a long time and you should too if you haven’t yet. When I read through her recipe for this chicken I knew it would be a winner. And of course, it was! 

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is tender, zesty and flavor-packed barbecue chicken that is slow cooked in a crock pot. Life-in-the-Lofthouse.comI actually already have a recipe for BBQ CHICKEN on my blog that’s made in the crock pot. It is delicious but I think this one beats it hands down. I loved the addition of Worcestershire sauce and Italian dressing. It kicked my recipe up to all kinds of delicious levels. I really love how easy both recipes are.

All you need to do is just throw it in the crock pot on your lunch hour and just a few hours later you will have some tender, yummy barbecue chicken that you can add to anything! Pizzas, sandwiches, salads. You name it!. I went the sandwich route this time. We slathered on lots of this amazing chicken on hamburger buns, then topped it off with slices of pineapple, red onion and cilantro. Talk about heaven! 🙂 

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is tender, zesty and flavor-packed barbecue chicken that is slow cooked in a crock pot.



Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/4 cups barbecue sauce We love Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Zesty Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic


  • Spray the inside of a large crock pot with cooking spray. ( I use a 7 quart) Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper then lay in bottom of crock pot.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Pour mixture evenly over chicken. Cover crock pot with lid and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, or on LOW for 5 hours.
  • Serve chicken either whole, or shred with two forks. Serve on hamburger buns, pizzas, salads or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!


TO FREEZE: Cook chicken as instructed. Let cool. Place cooled chicken in two large ziplock bags. Make sure to release as much air possible then seal shut. Place in freezer. Stays good frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, place frozen bags of chicken in refrigerator to thaw for 24 hours. Then place chicken in a large pot on stove top. Cook over medium heat until fully warmed through.




Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is tender, zesty and flavor-packed barbecue chicken that is slow cooked in a crock pot.

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19 thoughts on “Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

  1. Looks delish! It’s in the crockpot right now :). Bought some cole slaw and fries to go with the sandwiches :).

  2. This was excellent!!!! I doubled the recipe and we ate on it for several days… sliders, on top of baked potatoes, and (my favorite) bbq chicken pizza!

      1. 4 hrs. Crock pot cooking generally doesn’t change the time. “High” means 4 hrs. “Low” means 7-8 hrs.

    1. I did it with half a bottle of sweet baby rays and a medium can of bushes beans in about 5lbs of chicken breast on high for 4 1/2 hours. It is delicious.

  3. Do you think I could substitute a packet of Zesty Italian dressing seasoning for the actual dressing? Trying this recipe tonight. Thanks!

    1. 2 stars
      My wife has gestational diabetes and this pregnancy has forced me to become a better cook. I used sugar free bbq sauce and a brown sugar/ artificial sweetener blend I picked up at the local grocery store. It still tastes amazing. Put it on a Italian kaiser roll.

  4. 5 stars
    Amazing! I’ve cooked it twice now and it is so yummy. I add a little bit of liquid smoke for some extra smokiness!

  5. Looks great and I want to make tomorrow but Does it work over rice? Instead of sanwiches, or is it not the right texture to put over rice.

    Shari Jude

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is absolutely perfect. My family loved it! My husband said it was delicious and he can be hard to please. this will be a staple in our household 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    excellent, and so easy to make. Cut it in half as only two people were eating it and cooked on low for four hours, which was perfect. Thanks for a great recipe!

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