5 from 4 reviews

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs

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My Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs is a foolproof recipe that’s sure to be a hit!

Like most crockpot meals, it requires minimal effort, and the results are always impressive and flavorful.

Thanks to the slow cooking process, the chicken thighs become incredibly tender, absorbing all the rich and smoky flavors of the BBQ sauce. Each bite of chicken is super juicy and sure to become a new favorite in your household.

This chicken is easy to prepare, making it ideal for busy weeknights, lazy weekends, or when you’re craving a meal with minimal prep but maximum flavor. It’s a game-changer recipe for anyone who loves a home-cooked meal but doesn’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen!

an up close image of chicken thighs with bbq sauce and parsley garnished on top.

Why this recipe works

  • Convenience: With just a few simple ingredients and your trusty slow cooker, you can set everything up in the morning and come home to a meal that’s ready to enjoy. No need to spend hours in the kitchen! Perfect for busy schedules!
  • Versatile & Family Friendly: Use it for sandwiches, tacos, salads, or as a topping for baked potatoes. Serve at a potluck or your next backyard BBQ. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a great way to please a crowd.
  • Tender: Slow cooking allows the chicken to absorb all the flavors of the BBQ sauce, resulting in juicy, tender meat that shreds easily and melts in your mouth.
ingredients to make bbq chicken in small bowls.


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  • Chicken thighs: I prefer using boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they are more convenient and easier to shred.
  • BBQ sauce: The main flavor component is barbecue sauce, so choose one you love. Sweet, smoky, spicy, or tangy—many varieties are available!
  • Brown sugar: Adds a rich, sweet flavor that complements the tanginess of the barbecue sauce.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Provides a tangy kick that balances the sweetness and adds depth to the sauce.
  • Seasonings: To enhance the overall flavor, I use a combination of seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ground mustard, cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Step by Step Directions

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chicken thighs on a plate garnished with parsley.

Expert Tips

  • Sauce Reduction: If you like a thicker sauce, remove the chicken when done and transfer the sauce to a saucepan. Simmer on medium heat until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Umami Boost: Add Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce to enhance the savory depth of the sauce.
  • Homemade Sauce: Make your own BBQ sauce for a personalized touch and fresher flavor.
  • Thighs vs. Breasts: Chicken thighs are generally more flavorful and remain moist during slow cooking, but chicken breasts can be used if you prefer leaner meat.
shredded bbq chicken on a bun with bbq sauce on top.

Serving Suggestions

  • Sandwiches: Serve the shredded BBQ chicken on toasted buns with coleslaw for a classic BBQ sandwich. Serve with cornbread and baked beans for sides.
  • Tacos: Use the chicken as a filling for soft tacos topped with avocado, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.
  • Salads: For a hearty salad, add the shredded chicken to a bed of greens, along with corn, black beans, and a drizzle of ranch dressing.
  • Baked Potatoes: Top baked potatoes with BBQ chicken and some shredded cheese for a comforting meal.


  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

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5 from 4 reviews

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Thighs

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Slow-cooked to perfection, these juicy chicken thighs are coated in a rich, flavorful barbecue sauce. Perfect for easy weeknight dinners or gatherings, this recipe promises tender, mouthwatering chicken with minimal effort!


  • 3 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs, thawed (about 8-12 chicken thighs depending on size)
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce (I like Kinder's or Stubb's )
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed (light or dark)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

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  • Add the chicken and all ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir gently to combine.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 5-6 hours or until chicken is cooked and tender.
  • Keep whole and garnish with parsley & enjoy with pilaf, baked potatoes, veggies or shred and add to tacos, sandwiches, sliders, etc.


Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 456kcal (23%), Carbohydrates: 35g (12%), Protein: 45g (90%), Fat: 13g (20%), Saturated Fat: 3g (19%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.04g, Cholesterol: 215mg (72%), Sodium: 1517mg (66%), Potassium: 847mg (24%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 56g (62%), Vitamin A: 476IU (10%), Vitamin C: 1mg (1%), Calcium: 80mg (8%), Iron: 3mg (17%)

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated. It should only be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kroll’s Korner can’t make any guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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Easy and delicious recipe! Put everything in your crockpot and let it do the cooking for you. We shredded the chicken for sandwiches.

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Another great recipe! My family loved it. This one will be in the regular rotation. Thank you!


Delicious! I put this together in less than ten minutes and my hungry family left me with no leftovers! Served over rice w/broccoli…the only thing I modified was adding a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce. This will definitely be added to the rotation…as always, thx Tawney!

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Mayra Alvarado

This dish is my kind of dish because it’s easy and effortless for those days when you don’t know what to cook also It’s a food my elderly folks can chew and enjoy with tons of flavor. Can’t wait to try this one out.
Thank you Tawney once again.

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