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)
362 Calories
15g Fat
31g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 362
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 965mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 451mg 10%
*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 chicken thighs and legs, completely thawed if frozen

  • 1 onion, sliced, optional

  • 1 (16-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce, or 2 cups 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. Serve hot and enjoy.