This article may contain affiliate links which support this site at no cost to you.

Slow cooker barbecue chicken reminds me of a lazy Sunday supper on a hot summer day.  Chicken pieces are browned and then cooked in the slow cooker.  Cover with a thick and rich homemade barbecue sauce to top it all off.  The best part is that slow cooker barbecue chicken all cooks in the slow cooker while you enjoy your day.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken slider

The Sunday dinner yumminess in this post is sponsored by

There's nothing quite like Sunday dinner.  When my parents are in town during the winter, we always eat Sunday dinner at their house with my sister.  It's the one time each week we all stop to eat and spend time together.  I cherish that time each week I get to spend with my extended family.

When my parents leave for the summer, it's my turn to plan our Sunday dinner and it's almost always chicken.  There's just something about Sunday dinner that just needs a delicious chicken meal.  I put together a fun collection of easy chicken dinners perfect for Sunday dinner on, which you can check out by clicking the photo above.

While I love Sunday dinner,  I don't like spending all day cooking it, but I still want something delicious as the end result. This barbecue chicken is perfect – it cooks in the slow cooker and the final result is a belly filling meal of delicious barbecue chicken.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken 3

I was worried about the barbecue sauce becoming too watered down in the slow cooker.  So I cooked the chicken first, drained the crock, and then added the barbecue sauce in just long enough to heat it all up.  I left the sauce in for about 45 minutes because we were out running errands, but I think next time I'd go with 30 minutes.

I also doubled the sauce ingredients as given below because I wanted to make sure to have plenty of sauce and there was. I served the chicken with rice so we'd have something to eat with the barbecue sauce.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Serves 4-6     adjust servings

Preparation 20 min
Cook Time 2 hr
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 3-4 pounds chicken thighs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Brown both sides of chicken. Place chicken in the crock of slow cooker big enough to fit all your chicken and be 2/3 full.
  2. Cook on high in slow cooker for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes on high or until chicken is cooked through. Drain most of the liquid out of the crock of the slow cooker.
  3. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Saute onions in butter until softened. Add remaining ingredients and stir to mix. Allow sauce to come to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour sauce over the chicken in the slow cooker. Replace cover and cook on high for another 45 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1106kcal Calories from fat 735
% Daily Value
Total Fat 82g 126%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 412mg 137%
Sodium 1285mg 54%
Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 18g
Protein 66g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Did you make this recipe?
Leave review!
1 review

Adapted from Taste of Home magazine.

This article may contain affiliate links.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

6 comments on “Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

  1. Yes, i do need to do this,i just cannot get myself in the habit of using the Crock Pot but this looks pretty simple and sounds awesome, i only like white meat chicken but guess i could use a few Breast fillets
    for myself 🙂 thank you for sharing, blessings and hugs to you..

    • You can try this with white meat, Mary Frances. I just don’t love the way breasts come out in the Crock Pot. They get a little dry for me. So maybe cut down on the cook time with those to keep them from getting too over done.

  2. I just love the sauce for your Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken, it looks delicious! Have a fantastic week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  3. I’m always looking for new slow cooker recipes and your barbecue chicken sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday.

  4. I absolutely love chicken and this looks great! Will have to try this!

  5. So.Making.This. Yum!