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The BEST Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken

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today i share my favorite Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe Ever! This easy shredded chicken features a tangy secret flavor and is easy to make. Perfect for weeknight dinners, parties and game days.

Be sure to try my homemade BBQ sauce for this recipe too!

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Cole Slaw

Crockpot BBQ Chicken is an easy dinner idea!

You all know that I’m the type of person who prefers a quick dinner.let’s make it easy slow cooker recipe And we’ve all leveled up our dinner game. And this crockpot shredded chicken recipe is just as great for the cooler months as it is for summer poolside. Simply put, this is a recipe that can be used all year round.

Plus, the pulled chicken has a secret ingredient that makes it extra special.

So what’s the secret ingredient in this shredded barbecue chicken?

Okay, this one might seem a little strange, but I swear it tastes great! I add Italian salad dressing to my BBQ sauce and a pack of dry Italian salad dressing mix like Good Seasons.

The extra flavor that Italian dressing adds doesn’t make it “Italian”, it just gives it great flavor combinations that you would never think would work together…but they do!

As I said earlier, I not only use pre-prepared Italian salad dressings, but throw in packets of Good Season as well as seasoning shortcuts as a good way to further enhance the flavor. increase.

Barbecue chicken shredded in a pan

how to make barbecue chicken in slow cooker

This preparation is literally 5 minutes. It’s a crockpot recipe, so once you turn it on, it’s ready to go. This is truly a dump-and-go recipe…perfect for busy weekdays and feeding large crowds.

Add chicken breast to crockpot. Mix BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, Italian dressing dry mix, a little Worcestershire sauce, and a little garlic. Pour it on top and let it cook!

When baked, it will be soft enough to be cut with two forks.

Side note – from what I’ve researched, Difference between pulled chicken and shredded chicken I really didn’t find the answer! Pulled is generally used in the sense of pulling the bones together, like “pulled pork”. However, since we are not using chicken on the bone in this case, we refer to it both ways.

What is your favorite BBQ sauce for BBQ chicken?

Certainly, the quality of the barbecue sauce you use will determine whether this recipe succeeds or fails. Let’s be honest, some are better than others. I often use Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. Easy to find and great package source. Of course, if you want to take it a step further, my homemade BBQ sauce is great too! But other brands that I really like are:

  • trader joe’s kansas city bbq sauce
  • Stubbs Original BBQ Sauce
  • Famous Dave’s Barbecue Sauce
  • dinosaur BBQ sauce
  • Jack Daniel’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • KC Masterpiece

Do you cook this on low heat or on high heat?

again! As with most slow cooker recipes, you can choose a high or low setting. This recipe cooks on high for about 3-4 hours and on low for 6-7 hours. Of course, every slow cooker heats up slightly differently, but the time ranges listed in the recipe should be fairly accurate.

Can I use frozen chicken breast in a clay pot?

I know a lot of people do it and say it works, but I haven’t tried it with this recipe. As long as the chicken is cooked to 165°F it’s fine. Of course, this recipe allows the chicken to be tender and shredded, so you can cook it well above that temperature.

If using frozen breasts, you may need to add a little extra time to the cooking time.

Would boneless chicken thighs work?

Yes indeed! Shredded chicken adds more fat, but works well.

Crockpot BBQ chicken bun with coleslaw

What else can you do with slow cooker BBQ chicken?

This recipe is perfect for a barbecue chicken sandwich on a bun. I love adding a dash of coleslaw for crunch! But it shouldn’t be the only option. Here are some other ideas for enjoying this crockpot BBQ chicken.

  • Stuffed in baked potato or sweet potato.
  • Serve tortillas with shredded cabbage and grated smoked gouda as tacos!
  • BBQ chicken nachos!
  • For BBQ chicken salad.
  • that way!

Pro tip:

Place chicken in a bowl and shred briefly. stand mixer is equipped with paddle attachment About 30 seconds at low speed. Works like magic!

Crockpot’s BBQ Chicken Sandwich is the perfect party food.

As mentioned above, this is the perfect weeknight dinner, especially when the family has a busy schedule and everyone needs to procure dinner on the go. But this is a great dish, perfect for parties, game days and gatherings of all kinds.

Could you double this recipe to feed a lot of people?

yes! Note that this recipe can easily be doubled, but requires additional cooking time. Also, the chicken should be rearranged at least once during cooking so that all pieces of chicken are evenly cooked when layered.

Preservation/Freezer Instructions:

This recipe makes a lot, so any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Reheat leftover barbecue chicken on the stove or in the microwave.

Freezes: This freezes very well. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months!

Serving Instructions:

  • Topped with coleslaw! Use your favorite coleslaw recipe or purchase a container at the deli counter.
  • Served with frittered corn salad
  • Cornbread and BBQ chicken are a perfect accompaniment!
  • Corn with a cob is great for barbecues. Save time and make Instant Pot corn on the cob.

Recipe FAQ:

How to slow cook barbecue chicken?

Cooking chicken in the Crockpot slow cooker is easy. Add the boneless chicken breast to the slow cooker, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste, cover with barbecue sauce, and cook over high heat until chicken is fork tender, 3 to 4 hours.

Are crockpot bags safe?

Yes, our slow cooker liners are BPA free, FDA approved and safe to cook to 400°F. It makes cleaning so much easier.

Can I put raw chicken in the slow cooker?

Yes, slow cookers are designed to safely cook raw meat. Please set the timer according to the type of meat and heat it.

If I cook the chicken too long in the pan, will it become tender?

Cooking chicken in a slow cooker makes it very tender. If you overcook the chicken in the pan, it will lose all its moisture and can eventually dry out. However, this takes quite a long time.

How do I prevent BBQ sauce from burning in the slow cooker?

The sugar in the BBQ sauce can burn in the slow cooker if left too long or too hot. If you notice your BBQ sauce burning, stir the contents of the slow cooker once or twice during cooking.

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this super Easy Crockpot BBQ Chicken Recipe Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or party.

  • 3 6 pounds of boneless chicken breast
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup italian salad dressing
  • 1 (0.7 oz) dry Italian dressing mix, like Good Season
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 clove garlic, chopped

  1. Place all chicken breasts in bottom of slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, dry Italian dressing mix, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic. Pour this over the chicken.
  3. Cook over high heat for 3 to 4 hours or over low heat for 6 to 7 hours until chicken shreds easily.
  4. Shred the chicken in the slow cooker, or take the chicken breast and shred it separately and put it back in the slow cooker. Mix to combine with the sauce.
  5. Please enjoy it warm.


Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days in an airtight container


  • Serving size:
  • calorie: 380
  • sugar: 24g
  • sodium: 795.3mg
  • obesity: 10.9g
  • carbohydrates: 29g
  • protein: 38.9g
  • cholesterol: 124.1mg

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