Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 10, 2013

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes

This recipe is part of the 20 Slow Cooker Freezer Packs from Costco for $150 meal plan. Note that this is written as a single recipe, but is doubled in the Costco meal plan, so you will have enough ingredients to make 2 packs.

This chicken is fantastic…I adore BBQ chicken in the slow cooker. The way that I sliced the potatoes and added them to the slow cooker freezer packs and then slipped them into the slow cooker…they came out almost like ‘scalloped BBQ potatoes’…haha! A little shredded sharp cheddar cheese on top would be delicious!

I served this with some fruit I had already cut up and broccoli from the freezer!

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 1 chicken breast, 2-3 chicken thighs
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • ½ onion
  • 3 potatoes, sliced
  • BBQ sauce


Assembly Instructions: Add all ingredients to the pack, in the order they were listed. Remove as much air as you can or vacuum seal the pack. Freeze up to 6 months in a refrigerator freezer, or 12 months in a deep freezer.

Cooking Instructions: Thaw the slow cooker pack in the refrigerator overnight, or in a bowl of warm water for about 30 minutes. If the pack is partially thawed, cook on low for 8-10 hours. If the pack is completely thawed, you can cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Side dish suggestion: A simple green salad, some broccoli or a chunk of warm bread. Omit bread if GF, or use GF bread.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya newman August 13, 2014 at 2:30 am

Hi, for the BBQ chicken how much BBQ sauce and which one do you recommend?


Stephanie August 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm

I’m looking through these recipes and i’m wondering at the portions – we have pretty trim children, and this doesn’t look like enough food for four people – one chicken breast and 2 or 3 thighs is a very small portion for a family of four? I’m doing the math, and with a family of ten, (five 12 and under, three teens and two adults) – i think i’d have to quadruple it? They do look like yummy recipes, but i don’t know that it’s realistic to think that would feed four? I’d love to hear from other moms if i’m just overthinking it.


Nanci August 16, 2014 at 8:56 am

I would have to double for my family of four. My hubby and 14-yo son are hearty eaters!


TD August 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

I need to remember what a true portion is, nutritious portion. retraining myself to actually know how much a portion is. This recipe looks like it will feed a family of four and with nutritious sides it will keep a balance meal on my table. Thank you so much for posting these great recipes.


Christina August 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

I don’t think it’s enough meat for our family either but I will gladly just add more meat, extra veggies, etc. Just happy to have a freezer full of options for a busy fall!


Autumn August 15, 2014 at 4:50 am

When thinking about portion size for meat I always remember that is should not be larger than a deck of cards. More veggies less starch and protein. You could also try it out and make extra then just have leftovers until you figure out the right way to increase the recipe.


Norma August 16, 2014 at 7:31 pm

I am pre-diabetic and would like the caloric, carbs, protein, etc value for the meals, if at all possible. Thank you.


Jenn K August 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Norma, you are welcome to plug in the ingredients to an online nutrition calculator to get the information you need. :)


Michele August 20, 2014 at 1:14 pm

What is a good site to use to plug in ingredients to get the nutrition facts? Thank you!! I love this! Do you have any easy clean eating recipes?


Lisa August 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I use They have a recipe calculator, I use to determine nutrition facts and then convert to weight watchers points.


Alissa August 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm

For our family of 4, the meat portions would be about right. We tend to go heavy on veggies/light on meat, so I would most certainly serve along side cole slaw or a hearty serving of broccoli.


Christine Bishop August 16, 2014 at 9:46 pm

I think the meat portions are just about right but I think this would need some seasonings. I love to use spices so I’d just add some of those. When I looked at most of the recipes I don’t see any seasonings :(


Doris Cowley August 19, 2014 at 9:54 am


It seems that the potatoes aren’t cooked before freezing them? I know you have tested the recipes and so that must be okay but I’m surprised they don’t turn black when frozen uncooked. Has anyone had a problem with freezing uncooked vegetables?


Tanya September 3, 2014 at 6:31 am

I am also wondering about the uncooked potatoes and how they handle the freezing process. When I’ve done other freezer meals I have opted for pre-frozen potatoes, but we have many potatoes in the garden and would like to use them this time.


Stacey Cheatwood September 6, 2014 at 9:27 am

Hi Doris & Tanya,

I have done some freezer meals before and had no problem with the fresh potatoes turning black when frozen uncooked. I’ve heard of that before, but it has never been a problem in our house! :)


Dawn August 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

How much Barbeque sauce is needed for the recipe?


Shannon August 24, 2014 at 10:45 pm

This looks like enough meat and potatoes for my family of 5 that includes a teen and preteen. Just add a salad and if they are growing some fruit.

I also need to know how much bbq sauce?


Jenn K August 25, 2014 at 10:18 am

For the BBQ – use 1/4 – 1/2 a bottle (roughly 1/2 – 1 cup) depending on how saucy you like it. If your BBQ sauce is really thick, you can thin it a little with some water.


Maggie V. September 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

What kind of pepper does the recipe call for? It only says pepper. Should I assume it means one of the bell peppers from the pack the shopping list asked for? Thank you!


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