Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

There’s a reason this is called the Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Just mix 3 ingredients right in the pot and let the slow cooker do the rest! This is serious dinner goals!

There's a reason this is called the Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Just 3 ingredients (BBQ sauce, chicken and apple cider) that can all be mixed right in the pot and let the slow cooker do the rest! This is serious dinner goals!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

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When it comes to slow cooker dinners, I prefer the recipes that don’t involve too much work besides mixing a few ingredients in a pot. I mean if I wanted to be browning things and and all sorts of extra tasks, I’d be cooking a meal stovetop, amrite?! 

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This slow cooker BBQ chicken recipe is just that. Three simple ingredients that you can mix right in the pot and then cover it and let it go so you can focus on other things.It’s the stuff that weeknight dreams are made of. And I even include Instant Pot directions, in case you forget to plan ahead (as we sometimes do!).

And the results are consistently fall-apart tender shredded BBQ chicken with a light coat of a sweet and tangy sauce that your whole family will love!

bbq pulled chicken crock pot

Tips and questions about making BBQ Pulled Chicken:

  • Don’t even think about dirty-ing up another dish. Mix your favorite BBQ sauce and apple cider right in the pot.
  • Does it matter what kind of BBQ sauce I use? Not at all. I prefer Dinosaur BBQ Sauce, but any sauce that you love will be great.
  • Make sure to turn the chicken in the sauce to coat before covering and cooking.
  • What if apple cider isn’t available when I make this? No problem- you can totally substitute the same amount of apple juice for the same delicious results.
  • Can I cook this on low instead of high? Definitely, just cook it for around 8 hours.
  • Can I use frozen chicken? Yes, just be sure to cook it for more like 6 hours (this is exactly why I give a range).
  • Don’t over shred the chicken.
  • Be sure to go slow when adding the sauce that’s left in the pot to the shredded chicken. You want to moisten the chicken slightly, not drench it. You can always add more later.
  • There wasn’t as much sauce left in the pot after I finished- what do I do? This means the cover may not have been secured (I’ve had this happen during testing). But don’t worry, just add a little extra BBQ sauce once the chicken is shredded.
  • This tastes great on a sandwich, over a green salad or on it’s own.

shredded bbq chicken

Helpful tools for Crock Pot BBQ Chicken:

  1. Crockpot or  Instant Pot
  2. Whisk
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There's a reason this is called the Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Just 3 ingredients (BBQ sauce, chicken and apple cider) that can all be mixed right in the pot and let the slow cooker do the rest! This is serious dinner goals!
Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Inactive time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 5 mins
 

There's a reason this is called the Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Just mix 3 ingredients right in the pot and let the slow cooker do the rest! This is serious dinner goals!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crockpot bbq chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
Ingredients
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
Instructions
Slow Cooker:
  1. Pour BBQ sauce and apple cider into the slow cooker and whisk together to combine.

  2. Turn each chicken piece in the sauce to coat and place them in the pot.

  3. Cover and cooking on high for 4-6 hours.

  4. Remove chicken from the pot and shred.

  5. Add some of the sauce left in the pot to the chick and toss to coats. Serve immediately.

Instant Pot:
  1. Pour BBQ sauce and apple cider into the Instant Pot and whisk together to combine.

  2. Turn each chicken piece in the sauce to coat and place them in the pot.

  3. Cover and turn set to "sealing." Set the Instant Pot to Manual High Pressure for 10 minutes.

  4. Once the 10 minutes is up, do a quick release and remove the cover.

  5. Remove chicken from the pot and shred.

  6. Add some of the sauce left in the pot to the chick and toss to coats. Serve immediately.

bbq pulled chicken slow cooker

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There's a reason this is called the Easiest Ever Crockpot BBQ Chicken. Just 3 ingredients (BBQ sauce, chicken and apple cider) that can all be mixed right in the pot and let the slow cooker do the rest! This is serious dinner goals!

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    Toni | Boulder Locavore
    October 18, 2018 at 10:11 pm This looks like a great dinner any night of the week!
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