Easy Crock Pot Barbecued Chicken Thighs and Legs

Slow cooker barbecue chicken pieces on plate
Diana Rattray
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
834 Calories
41g Fat
31g Carbs
80g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 834
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 41g 52%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 253mg 84%
Sodium 1013mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 80g
Calcium 67mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This super easy slow cooker barbecued chicken recipe can be spiced up with a little hot sauce or cayenne; add a layer of sliced onions if you like.

Use chicken thighs and legs in this recipe, then shred the meat for pulled chicken sandwiches. Add coleslaw and your choice of vegetables. Serve the chicken in sandwiches, if desired, or use it to stuff tortillas.


  • 3 to 4 pounds thighs and legs, completely thawed
  • Optional: 1 onion, sliced
  • 16-ounce bottle barbecue sauce (or 2 cups of homemade barbecue sauce)

Steps to Make It

  1. Place chicken in the slow cooker.

  2. Add the sliced onion, if using.

  3. Pour barbecue sauce over the chicken.

  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked 

  5. Shred chicken and serve hot.