Slow Cooker Tangy Barbeque Chicken

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As a busy mom of three active boys, I am always on the hunt for easy and quick weeknight meals.  I’m talking 30 minutes or less of work time.  Cooking time doesn’t bother me – if it’s in the slow cooker and I don’t have to stand by the stove keeping a close eye on it!

If I’m really honest, I resisted having and using a slow cooker for years.  I have no idea why – fear that it might burn the food?  However, now it’s one of my absolute favorite kitchen tools!  I use mine often now, so it makes me chuckle to think of how resistant I used to be.

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This is my absolute favorite slow cooker! It’s wonderful because you can program how high and how long you want to cook your food.  My favorite feature is the locking lid so that you can take the crock pot (full of food but doesn’t spill!) to a relative’s house, a friend’s house, a pot luck, a teacher appreciation dinner or anywhere else you need to take it! It really is worth every penny (and makes a terrific birthday or holiday gift!).

This tangy barbeque chicken is perfect!  It takes only 5 minutes to whip together the ingredients and turn on the slow cooker.  Shredding the chicken takes about 10 minutes (or less).  There you have it…a delicious meal with very minimal work!

This chicken dish is perfect for those busy sports and activity nights.  You know, those nights when you’re just running and need to grab something quick but don’t want fast food.

My family absolutely loves this chicken!  We will eat it plain with rice or noodles occasionally, but we really love it on top of a baked potato.  If you really want to get crazy, throw some shredded cheddar cheese on top – it’s simply amazing!

The recipe is below  🙂




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Slow Cooker Tangy Barbeque Chicken
Print Recipe
Tangy and delicious, this slow cooker chicken is a snap to make. Add this fantastic and easy weeknight dinner option to your rotation!
Servings Prep Time
4-5 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Slow Cooker Tangy Barbeque Chicken
Print Recipe
Tangy and delicious, this slow cooker chicken is a snap to make. Add this fantastic and easy weeknight dinner option to your rotation!
Servings Prep Time
4-5 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-5 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
3-4 hours
Servings: people
  1. Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray to make clean up easier.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except for the chicken, in a mixing bowl. Pour 1/2 the mixture in the crock pot
  3. Place the chicken in the crock pot. Pour the remaining sauce mixture on top of the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, pull out the chicken and shred using two forks to shred up the meat. Then put the shredded meat back into the sauce and mix well.
  6. Serve immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers for up to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

Note: you can use a food processor and pulse just a couple of times to mince the onion and/or shred the chicken.

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  1. The Prep Processor! That is on my kitchen wish list to someday own!

  2. The food processor. I have never had one.

  3. I would love a mini food prepper

  4. Everything looks awesome, but the Cuisinart mini food processor would be a blessing in my kitchen!

  5. My favorite part about the giveaway is the food processor. I’ve never had one, but it seems like it would take a lot less time making dinner each night!

  6. I would love the Cuisinart mini food processor to chop onions for pico de gallo and to chop nuts for hot fudge sundaes.

  7. The Cuisinart mini food processor would be a fantastic replacement for my 20+ year old beat up chopper!

  8. I would most appreciate the mini food processor because I don’t have a food processor and love making recipes that call for one.

  9. I just love the food processor.

  10. I would like to win the mini food precessor. my kitchen in my apartment is very small and thiswould fit in very nice!

  11. I would adore the mini food processor! My kitchen is tiny, and so often I’ll skip a more elaborate recipe rather than drag out big equipment I don’t have the counter space for.

  12. I would enjoy the gift card the most. I love cooking but I cook everyday and I would enjoy the break.

  13. The food proceser would help me so much

  14. The Cuisinart mini food processor would really help me prepare my dinners and salads faster. I would like this.

  15. I’d appreciate the little food processor the most. I have one – well, had one – it really doesn’t work any more and is actually an attachment to a much larger appliance, so having one that is compact and that actually works would be a godsend.

  16. I would love the mini food processor! My daughter who is at college would love to have for her apartment!

  17. $25 gift card to Chili’s/Macaroni Grill/Maggiano’s/On The Border

  18. I would like the $25 gift card to Chili’s/Macaroni Grill/Maggiano’s/On The Border.

  19. I would like to have the Cuisinart mini food processor.

  20. Cuisinart mini food processor, have been wanting one of these for a very long time. So many goodies to make in these.

  21. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I would love to get my hands on that mini food processor!!! I need a new one.

  22. This is a perfect chicken recipe that is easy to make! Thanks for sharing and the mini food processor is amazing and will really help me with cooking in the kitchen!

  23. The part of the giveaway package would I appreciate the most is the veggie stick slicer. What a neat little gadget!

  24. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Just in time for my planning! 🙂

  25. This looks delicious. Is there a way though, to prepare without a slow cooker. I don’t have one and I’m not sure those are sold here in Norway. I am going to pin this for later. Thanks Heather!

    • Hi Nicole! Yes! Think of the slow cooker as a mini portable oven. Almost anything you cook in the slow cooker can be baked in the oven. So if you want to try baking it, turn your oven to 350 degrees and bake, covered, for 60-90 minutes (until the chicken is cooked). Then take out the chicken, shred it, and put it back into the sauce.

  26. The Food Processor

  27. We have a slow cooker but I do not use it as often as I should. I like this recipe but I am so impatient to have to wait for 4 hours. I think this would be great to make on a weekend when I have more time. Looks delish!

    • Hi Sheri! Well, you can either make it on the weekend and have it for the week (meal planning – score!) or you could bake it if you want it a little faster. If you want to bake it in the oven, bake it, covered, at 350 degrees for about 60-90 minutes (until the chicken is cooked). Then take it out and shred it and put it back in the sauce. Voila!

  28. That looks delicious! This time of year we eat out of the slow cooker so much because of all the practices we have! This is going on the meal prep calendar! Thanks for sharing!

  29. Ooh, this looks absolutely delicious. I’m secretly glad we’re back to the autumn months now as it’s the time of year I use my slow cooker the most 🙂

    Louise x

  30. Looks delicious. I ADORE my slow-cooker and always have, so I’m always surprised to hear people who don’t like using it. I’m glad you’ve come over to the good side. 😉 It’s such a time saver. The homemade barbecue sauce sounds amazing!

  31. My favorite item is the veggie stick maker. They would be great making for my grandchildren for snacks.

  32. Oh man that goods good. Much better than BBQ Chicken in a tub you buy at the grocery store.

  33. Yum! Love the crockpot and BBQ chicken. I pinned this for later!

  34. The locking lid would be a cool edition to a good slow cooker. I have tried them and have had mixed results with slow cooker food. I never hated it, but I never loved it much either. Not sure why. This does look delicious though. I would love to try this recipe out.

    • The locking lid is a terrific addition to the slow cooker – it makes transportation to potlucks, teacher appreciation events, etc so much easier! I think the key to using a slow cooker is to use it for dishes that you won’t need/want a crispy texture. Saucy recipes like this one, soups, pastas, etc really do well in the slow cooker and save oodles of time!

  35. This looks to be a great recipe, sadly I’m a vegetarian so I cannot try it as it is. Maybe, I can try with some vegetarian substitute. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  36. Thank-you, thank-you! For the longest time, I was a single mom without a BBQ, so I’m thrilled for recipes like this one that gave me the opportunity to fake it. Love crockpot recipes, especially on days we’re busy. They make life so much easier. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Hopefully, my three-year-old grandson (who used to love chicken and has suddenly become picky about it, turning up his nose to the Asian style I made last week) will love it as well. Thanks (as always) for your wonderful recipes! x

    • Oh Ali, thank you for the amazing comment and sweet words. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. Simple is how we do things – life is already too complicated! I hope your grandson loves this! My one son who has texture issues even loves it!

  37. I could really use a Cuisinart mini food processor. Thanks for sharing.

  38. I would like the Cuisinart mini food processor the best.

  39. The funny thing is that I have chicken laid out for cooking today and I was looking for a new yummy and easy recipe! I think I just found it! I have all the ingredients at hand so happy dance! I don’t even need to go to the grocery store!!

  40. Yum, this looks so good! I really wish my husband would let us have a slow cooker, I know how useful they can be. Great giveaway by the way, wish I could enter!

  41. I really could use the mini food processor! This recipe looks so good too! My family would like it too.

  42. Lovely recipe and it should be delicious because of BBQ sauce. I love more saucy things that too cooked slowly. Cooking slowly fills the aroma in the recipe. thanks for sharing!

  43. I have to try this recipe it looks really good!! And I love slow cooker meals good post!

  44. The dish looks super delicious!

  45. Seems good and a simple recipe, as such I love Slow cooker recipes. Shall try out soon!

  46. Chicken and tanginess my two fav things <3

  47. This looks delicious. Definitely a recipe I would love to try.

  48. I would choose the mini food processor!TY!

  49. This looks sooooo good! I want to try it on the baked potato. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  50. Yum! Love the idea of it on the potato!!

  51. Wowza what a super prize pack!~ I love it all but I would be most excited to win that mini food processor. That would be amazing to have in the kitchen.

  52. This looks really good for such a simple recipe. My slow cooker is my favourite kitchen gadget and I am always looking out for easy recipes like this.

  53. This sounds and looks so delicious. I think I’m going to pick up the ingredients today. It’s been a while since I’ve used my slow cooker. Thank you so much!

  54. Well now I’m starving, i might have this for lunch! And it’s dairy free, excellent for me:)

  55. That’s a healthy hack not just for busy mom like yourself but for anyone who lives a hectic lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Me to having kids..hmmm ONE kid is already time consuming enought and then one need to stand cooking for hours that is a nightmare! So this recipe that you just need to toss some ingrediens in a pot and let it cook while you give your all attention to your kids is perfect! It looks very good!

  57. The mini food processor can be a perfect addition to our kitchen. A recipe worth a try. Thanks for all your awesome giveaways!!!

  58. Saving this recipe, this looks yummy. Thank you for ‘feeding’ us these delicious foods. ☺️

  59. Thanks for those easy recipes!

  60. The Cuisinart mini food processor sounds wonderful to use and a big tine saver when preparing foods that need chopped.

  61. This looks like something I would use as a stuffing for a sandwich. Looks yummy!

  62. YUM! Thank you so much for this recipe. It looks delicious and simple enough for me to manage!

  63. The mini food processor and veggie slicer would definitely save time in my kitchen!!! 💗 Thanks for all your awesome giveaways!!!

  64. I like the veggie stick slicer the best. Looks fast and easy

  65. Looks super tasty and easy. Cannot wait to give it a shot

  66. I never see this food before . But seems like very easy to make . I love Italian dressing and perhaps will put somebody chili on it .

  67. I would appreciate the food processor the most! It sounds like it would really help out!

  68. The Cuisinart mini food processor would be a huge time saver for me! Thank you for the chance!

  69. The veggie stick slicer sounds great! I didn’t know there was such a thing!

  70. I would love the food processor,it would help get food prepping done so much faster for dinner.

  71. The food processor 🙂

  72. This looks so yummy. I will have to add this to the list of recipes I need to try. I love slowcooker meals!

  73. The food processor

  74. The mini food processor would be a perfect addition to my kitchen!

  75. Looks yummy! On my list to try…

  76. I’m trying that recipe for dinner, thank you for sharing.

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