Slow Cooker Zesty BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Zesty BBQ Chicken Recipe -only 5 simple ingredients! You probably already have them in the house! Chicken, BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. I love all these ingredients; they taste great combined into one easy dish! Feel free to use frozen chicken breasts in this dish. Make a ton, so it’s great for a potluck! Serve chicken on sandwiches, nachos, baked potatoes, or on top of a salad. Everyone gobbled this up!

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe

I love using my slow cooker during the summer. It is SO hot here in Alabama. It is nice to cook dinner without heating up the house with the oven. This Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is a great weeknight meal! Just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it do its thing. Only 5 simple ingredients and tons of great flavor! Whip up some coleslaw and Quick Baked Beans and you are set!

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How to Make Zesty BBQ Chicken

This chicken is super easy to make with only five simple ingredients. Place chicken breasts in a 6-qt slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Pour sauce over the chicken. Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW until the chicken is tender. Shred the chicken with two forks. Place chicken back in the crock pot and stir.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers.
  • You can use any cut of chicken that you prefer in this dish – boneless skinless breasts, tenders, or boneless skinless chicken thighs.
  • Feel free to use frozen chicken breasts in this dish.
  • Can I cook the chicken on HIGH in the crockpot? Yes! The chicken will cook in 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  • I shredded our chicken but you can remove it from the slow cooker and slice it or serve it as whole breasts if you prefer.
  • You can freeze leftovers for a quick meal later. Cool the chicken entirely and transfer it to a freezer bag. The chicken will keep for 3 months in the freezer.
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What to Serve with Barbecue Pulled Chicken

This is such a versatile recipe! You can use is bbq chicken in so many different ways.

  • Nachos
  • Tacos
  • Tortilla Wraps
  • Quesadillas
  • on a baked potato
  • on a salad
  • on a BBQ chicken pizza
  • on a bun for a delicious bbq chicken sandwiches 
  • on top of a rice bowl

This chicken is great with all of your favorite barbecue side dishes. We usually serve the chicken with some corn on the cob, coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad.

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Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Yield: 8 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken -only 5 simple ingredients! You probably already have them in the house! Chicken, BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. I love all of these ingredients and they taste great combined into one easy dish! Feel free to use frozen chicken breasts in this dish. Make a ton, so it’s great for a potluck! Serve chicken on buns, nachos, baked potato or on top of a salad. Everyone gobbled this up!

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (12-oz) bottle BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup Italian dressing
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

  • Place all ingredients in a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Shred chicken with two forks and stir around in the sauce.
  • Serve on top of buns, nachos, a baked potato or a salad.

Notes:

  • My favorite store-bought BBQ sauces are Sweet Baby Rays, Stubbs, G.Hughes, and Williamson Brothers.
  • You can use any cut of chicken that you prefer in this dish – breasts, tenders, or thighs.
  • Feel free to use frozen chicken breasts in this dish.
  • Can I cook the chicken on HIGH in the crockpot? Yes! The chicken will cook in 3 to 4 hours on HIGH.
  • I shredded our chicken but you can remove it from the slow cooker and slice it or serve as whole breasts if you prefer.
  • You can freeze leftover chicken for a quick meal later.

Steph

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  1. DELICIOUS and so easy. Based on one of the comments/reviews I did not initially add the brown sugar. At the 5 hour mark I did add the brown sugar as the dressing made it just a bit too tart. I now need to figure out how to make this with a beef roast for BBQ beef!!!! 😊

  2. I made this last night and i twas delicious! I will definitely be making this again. I live in Canada so my barbecue sauce did not come in a 12-ounce bottle (nor was it measured in ounces at all) so I measured out 1.5 cups. Thank-you for the recipe!

    1. Put this in the slow cooker at 10:00 AM. We ate at 5:30 and it was simply the best. Enough leftovers for the three of us. I will double the recipe and take it for the next potluck at church. It was so easy.

  3. I made this last night. It was delicious and I will certainly be making it again! I live in Canada and my bottle of barbecue sauce was not measured in ounces so I measured out a cup and a half. Thank-you so much!

  4. I made this last night. It was delicious and I will certainly be making it again! I live in Canada and my bottle of barbecue sauce was not measured in ounces so I measured out a cup and a half. Thank-you so much!

  5. So funny to me to come on here and see this recipe. I've been making this for years and it's what I planned on taking out of the freezer for dinner tonight. I don't add the brown sugar though because to us it's plenty sweet with just the bbq sauce. We love this and make it often! I make it in my dutch oven on top of the stove or in the oven. So easy and it does make alot!

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