Fall-Off-The-Bone Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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There’s nothing quite like the aroma of slow-cooked barbecue wafting through your house. This recipe for slow cooker BBQ chicken is guaranteed to become a family favorite. It’s incredibly easy to throw together, requiring minimal prep work, and results in tender, juicy chicken infused with smoky BBQ flavor.

This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or relaxed weekends. Simply toss the ingredients into your slow cooker and let it work its magic while you get on with your day.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken


2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs (or a combination)

  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (your favorite brand or homemade)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a kick)
  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep the Chicken: Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts or thighs. You can leave them whole or cut them into bite-sized pieces, depending on your preference.

    2. Combine the Sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper (if using).

    3. Coat the Chicken: Place the chicken in your slow cooker and pour the prepared sauce over it. Ensure all the chicken pieces are evenly coated.

    4. Add Moisture: Pour the chicken broth into the slow cooker. This will help keep the chicken moist and flavorful as it cooks.

    5. Slow Cook: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.

    6. Serve and Enjoy! Once cooked, transfer the chicken to a serving platter and shred it with two forks. You can discard the remaining bones, if any. Spoon some of the delicious BBQ sauce from the slow cooker over the shredded chicken. Serve with your favorite BBQ sides like potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, or cornbread.

    Nutrition Facts (Per Serving):

    (Please note that these are approximate values and may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.)

    Calories: 400

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the sodium content of your BBQ sauce)
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 15g
  • Protein: 40g

  • Conclusion:

    This slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe is a fuss-free way to create a delicious and satisfying meal. It’s perfect for feeding a crowd or enjoying leftovers throughout the week. With minimal prep and a slow cooker doing most of the work, you can have a flavorful and satisfying meal ready with ease.

    Bonus: 5 FAQs for the Ultimate Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken:

    1. Can I use different cuts of chicken?

    Absolutely! While boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are classic choices, you can also use bone-in chicken pieces like drumsticks or thighs. Just be aware that bone-in chicken will take a little longer to cook through.

    2. What if I don’t have brown sugar?

    You can substitute honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar for the brown sugar in a 1:1 ratio.

    3. Can I thicken the BBQ sauce?

    If you prefer a thicker sauce, once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker and set it aside. Whisk together a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons cold water) and stir it into the remaining sauce in the slow cooker. Bring the sauce to a simmer on the stovetop over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce and coat thoroughly.

    4. Can I make this recipe in the oven?

    Yes, you can! Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Combine all the ingredients in a baking dish and bake for about 2 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.

    5. How can I add some extra smoky flavor?