Crockpot BBQ Chicken (2-Ingredients!)
This wildly easy 2-ingredient crockpot bbq chicken can be prepped in no time using store-bought or homemade sauce, yielding deliciously tender and versatile pulled chicken. These perfect dump-and-go slow cooker meal for meal prep on busy weeks!
5 star review
“Holy Moly! I just found my new go-to easy chicken dinner recipe! Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this right here!! It shredded up so easily, and with a few turns of a spoon, with a little more sauce, boom! Dinner done. It looked and smelled so good, I literally just ate a small bowl full, without any of the extras. And there’s plenty for lunch tomorrow (& more!). Hands down, bet 2 ingredient dinner. And already done by the time I get home? Yes, please! Thank you, for making a hard day so much easier and healthier!! ”– Robin
About this Crockpot BBQ Chicken
Yes, this is likely one of THE easiest slow cooker recipes you’ll find anywhere!
But don’t let the ease of prep fool you.
With just 2 simple ingredients and zero prep this easy slow cooker bbq chicken is packed full of flavor and can be used for almost anything.
My family loves crockpot bbq chicken piled high into toasted buns, served over a bed of cooked rice or quinoa, or as protein for healthy salads & homemade bbq chicken bowls.
Since it makes tons of leftovers, this pulled BBQ chicken is the perfect thing to meal prep on busy weeks and use throughout the week in a variety of meals!
I love using homemade Chipotle BBQ Sauce, but the beauty of this recipe is that any store bought BBQ sauce will work!
Process & Tips
All you have to do is add your chicken & BBQ sauce to your crockpot and let it do all the hard work for you.
Before you know it you’ll have loads of tender, pulled barbecue chicken for quick and healthy dinners all week long.
It’s worth noting that the chicken renders quite a bit of liquid when cooking, which will dilute the barbecue sauce.
That’s why I prefer to drain this liquid at the end of the cook time, and then add more fresh barbecue sauce at the end for the best flavor.
If you prefer a saucier barbecue chicken, keep some of the liquid in the slow cooker prior to adding the extra sauce at the end.
Ways to Serve Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Naturally, this shredded barbecue chicken pairs perfectly with any of these classic barbecue side dishes.
But it’s also a super tasty filling for BBQ chicken sandwiches and can be piled high into toasted buns (traditional or gluten-free) with some creamy cabbage slaw.
To make a loaded BBQ Chicken Salad, serve it over a bed of fresh greens tossed with ranch dressing, avocado, tomatoes, corn, black beans, sliced red onions, shredded cheddar cheese and crushed corn chips.
Ingredients & Modifications
Chicken breasts: I used boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, but you could also use chicken thighs in their place. If you want to use frozen chicken, be sure to thaw it fully before adding to your slow cooker.
Barbecue sauce: I like to use my homemade chipotle BBQ sauce for the best flavor but store bought barbecue sauce also works great (and is a great shortcut ingredient). For a paleo and refined sugar free version, look for a BBQ sauce with paleo friendly ingredients.
Like a little heat in your BBQ sauce? Look for a spicy store bought barbecue sauce or add a little bit of hot sauce, hot paprika, or cayenne pepper to regular barbecue sauce.
Tips for Storing & Freezing Leftovers
Cooked chicken will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container.
This recipe also freezes well, simply store in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months.
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Crockpot BBQ Chicken (2-Ingredients!)
- 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, or thighs
- 1 ½ cups Chipotle BBQ Sauce, or store bought barbecue sauce, divided
Optional serving suggestions
- Cabbage Slaw
- toasted buns
- Add the chicken and ¾ cup barbecue sauce to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring to combine.
- Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 5-6, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.
- Remove the chicken to a cutting board. Chop into pieces or shred with two forks. Drain the remaining liquid from the slow cooker and discard or save for another use.
- Add the shredded chicken back to the slow cooker along with the remaining ¾ cup barbecue sauce, stirring to combine.
- Serve the pulled chicken piled into toasted buns topped with Cabbage Slaw and additional sauce if desired.