Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

Barbecue Chicken in Slider Buns
Diana Rattray
  • 6 hrs 12 mins
  • Prep: 12 mins,
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: Makes 6 to 8 Servings
Ratings (10)

Boneless chicken thighs make delicious barbecue, and  they have less than half the fat and far fewer calories compared to pork shoulder.* This recipe is made with chicken thighs and a tasty homemade barbecue sauce.

Use the chopped or shredded chicken to make sandwiches or sliders with dill pickle slices and freshly made coleslaw on the side.

What You'll Need

  • For the Chicken:
  • 8 chicken thighs (about 2 pounds,  boneless, without skin)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • For the Barbecue Sauce:
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

How to Make It

  1.  Put the chicken thighs in a food storage bag. Combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a dash of cayenne. Put the flour mixture in the bag and shake to coat the chicken pieces.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium heat.  Add the chicken thighs and brown on all sides. 
  3. Meanwhile, combine the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring frequently. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
  1. Put the browned chicken thighs in the crockery insert of the slow cooker. Pour about 1 cup of the hot barbecue sauce mixture over the chicken and turn to coat all pieces thoroughly.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 7 hours, or on HIGH for about 3 to 4 hours. The chicken should shred easily with a fork. Shred or chop the chicken.
  3. Serve the shredded chicken with toasted buns or slider buns with dill pickles and coleslaw on the side.

*Calorie and fat comparison, according to Calorie Count

Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs (4 ounces); 170 calories, 11g total fat

Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast (4 ounces); 290 calories, 23g total fat

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 386
Total Fat 17 g
Saturated Fat 5 g
Unsaturated Fat 7 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 794 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 32 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)