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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 hrs

This Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is so easy! Chicken that is juicy, tender, and full of smokey, sweet, and tangy goodness!

Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot bbq chicken, slow cooker bbq chicken
Servings: 8 (1 cup portions; approximately)
Calories: 354 kcal
Author: Malinda Linnebur
  • 4 pounds (1.8kg) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup (50g) packed brown sugar, light or dark will work
  • tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • teaspoons onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more to your liking)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (235ml) bbq sauce of choice (I like a sweet one)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  1. Place chicken in the bottom of a 6qt slow cooker.

  2. In a small bowl combine the smoked paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle over the chicken. Pour bbq sauce over the chicken.

  3. Cover with lid and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

  4. Pour most of the liquid into a small saucepan. Mix together the cornstarch and a little water to make a slurry. Bring the cooking liquid to a boil and whisk in the cornstarch until thickened. Pour over the chicken and shred. Add in more bbq sauce if desired.

  5. Serve on buns or rolls.

Recipe Notes
  1. Leftovers freeze well. Place in a ziploc freezer bag and remove all air. Place in freezer for up to 3-4 months. 
  2. Try this homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce
  3. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

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Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 354 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 145mg48%
Sodium 579mg25%
Potassium 964mg28%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 49g98%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 2.9mg4%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.