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Great on its own or on a sandwich! This Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe is so simple-- just throw all of the ingredients into your crockpot and let it cook. In no time you have a delicious meal - Fix it and forget it!
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Table of Contents
  1. BBQ Pulled Chicken Crockpot Ingredients
  2. How To Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
  3. Serving Suggestions for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
  4. How to Store Pulled Chicken
  5. FAQs
  6. More Easy Chicken Recipes
  7. Crockpot BBQ Chicken (BBQ Pulled Chicken) Recipe

This Crockpot Pulled BBQ Chicken makes the perfect pulled chicken! Great on its own or on a sandwich! This pulled chicken recipe is so simple– just throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it cook. In no time you have a delicious meal – Fix it and forget it!

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BBQ Pulled Chicken Crockpot Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 18-oz bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
  • 1⁄3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1⁄4 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1⁄4 tsp ground white pepper
  • Slow cooker liner (optional) – these are the best, they make clean up a snap!
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How To Make Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

  1. Place chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot. Turn heat to low.
    Pro-Tip: Do not cook chicken from frozen. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed before adding to Crockpot. If your chicken breasts are larger in size use 3. If they are on the smaller side use 4.
  2. In a separate bowl combine Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, light brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, and ground white pepper. Use a whisk to stir and combine.
    raw chicken inside the slow cooker with sauce on the side
  3. Pour barbecue sauce mixture into the Crock-Pot with the chicken breasts. Use a spoon to stir and coat all chicken with barbecue sauce mixture.
    Pro-Tip: Ground black pepper can be substituted in place of the ground white pepper if needed. If you don’t have Chipotle chili powder on hand you can substitute with regular chili powder.
    pouring sauce into the chicken inside slow cooker
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or high for 3-4 hours.
    3 chicken breast inside the slow cooker
  5. When chicken is tender shred cooked chicken using fork while still in the Crock-Pot. Mix shredded chicken and barbecue sauce together until well coated.
    shredding chicken with fork and mixing with sauce
  6. Serve on buttered and toasted hamburger buns.
    picking up a portion of pulled chicken with tongs

Serving Suggestions for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

When serving, butter and toast your hamburger buns. It adds great texture and flavor!

Top your barbecue chicken with homemade coleslaw when serving. It adds a nice crunch to this already delicious sandwich and is perfect for dinner tonight. 

How to Store Pulled Chicken

BBQ pulled chicken is absolutely wonderful as leftovers! Be sure to store in an airtight container in the fridge, and simply pop it into the microwave when you’re ready to enjoy the leftovers. Yum!

You can also freeze it for a quick make-ahead freezer meal. I love freezing the leftovers and saving them for a night when we are busy. I just pull it out of the freezer the day before we will eat it and let it thaw. Then, we can just reheat it and it’s delicious as ever.

You are going to love the ease of slow cooking BBQ pulled chicken. This great recipe is so simple to make, by just throwing chicken, BBQ sauce, and some seasonings into the crock pot. Served up with a fresh toasted bun and it makes for one heck of a delicious sandwich.

FAQs

How do I keep chicken from drying out in the crockpot? 

If you can avoid cooking on high, this will help keep the chicken from drying out.

Can I put frozen chicken in the crockpot? 

According to the USDA, you can cook frozen chicken in the crockpot.

Can you just put raw chicken in a slow cooker?

Yes, you absolutely can put raw chicken in a slow cooker.

How long does chicken take to Cook in a crockpot?

Slow cooker chicken should cook until it has an internal temperature of 165°F using a meat thermometer. This would generally be about 4 to 5 hours on the low setting or 2 to 3 hours on the high setting

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in a crockpot?

If you have the time, I always recommend cooking chicken on low in the crockpot. It typically comes out better and is less likely to dry out.

Is it easier to shred chicken hot or cold?

It is easiest to shred chicken when it is still warm. Let the chicken cool slightly before shredding.

Will BBQ sauce burn in a slow cooker?

Typically no, BBQ sauce will not burn in a slow cooker.

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken (BBQ Pulled Chicken)

Serves — 8
Great on its own or on a sandwich! This Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe is so simple– just throw all of the ingredients into your crockpot and let it cook. In no time you have a delicious meal – Fix it and forget it!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs
Total Time 7 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 18 oz Bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory & Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chili powder see note
  • ¼ tsp ground white pepper

Instructions
 

  • Place chicken breasts in the Crock-Pot. Turn heat to low.
  • In a separate bowl combine Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce, light brown sugar, apple cider
  • vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, chipotle chili powder, and ground
  • white pepper. Use a whisk to stir and combine.
  • Pour barbecue sauce mixture into the Crock-Pot with the chicken breasts. Use a spoon to stir and
  • coat all chicken with barbecue sauce mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or high for 3-4.
  • When chicken is tender and pulls apart easily with a fork it is ready to be shredded.
  • Using two forks, shred chicken while still in the Crock-Pot. Mix chicken and barbecue sauce
  • together until well coated.
  • Serve on buttered and toasted hamburger buns.

Jenn’s Notes

RECIPE NOTES:
  • If your chicken breasts are larger in size use 3. If they are on the smaller side use 4.
  • Do not cook chicken from frozen. Make sure the chicken is fully thawed before adding to Crockpot.
  • Ground black pepper can be substituted in place of the ground white pepper if needed.
  • If you don’t have Chipotle chili powder on hand you can substitute with regular chili powder.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
  • Butter and toast your hamburger buns before serving. It adds great texture and flavor!
  • Top your barbecue chicken with homemade coleslaw with serving. It adds a nice crunch to this already delicious sandwich.
 
IMPORTANT NOTE – THIS RECIPE WAS UPDATE IN 2021. SEE BELOW FOR THE ORIGINAL RECIPE:

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 12 oz bottle BBQ sauce (We love Sweet Baby Rays)
  • ½ cup Italian salad dressing (We always use Wish Bone)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  • Mix BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl
  • Place chicken breasts in the crockpot.
  • Add sauce mixture over the chicken in the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
  • Shred the chicken and mix with the sauce from the crockpot.
  • Serve on buns.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Post Updated: Originally Posted March 2, 2016

Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 1 star
    This is not the original recipe with BBQ sauce and italian dressing Please relink the original…it was sooooo good and sooooo easy!

      1. I only see the instructions, not the amounts of the ingredients? I also miss the old recipe and can’t find it saved anywhere!

    1. 5 stars
      That was so strange – for some reason it deleted the ingredients! Take a look now – I updated it!

  2. On the pulled chicken original recipe how many does it serve? Is it better than the updated version? Making it for the 4th serving a crowd!

    Thanks!!

  3. I just realized my Crockpot is on the fritz!! I have an InstantPot also, would these ingredients have time to settle in an IP by chance? I’m sure the spices will, but curious about the vinegar. Any thoughts?

  4. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delicious! Served open face on a toasted brioche bun with homemade coleslaw on top. The toasted brioche bun made a huge difference from other BBQ chicken sandwiches I’ve made. Will definitely keep this one and make again.

  5. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe I have found for chicken in the slow cooker. And the tip for using your stand mixer to shred it is so good! It worked perfectly. All of your tips and suggestions are great, thank you for sharing.