Tricia’s Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

by Tricia H on June 30, 2011

The simplest, tastiest, feed-a-crowd barbecue I know of. Warms your tummy in the winter. Helps you avoid turning on the oven or even the grill in the summer. A frugal fast food for slow Sundays year ’round.

Pair it with corn on the cob, watermelon and a side of slaw and you have yourself an Independence Day meal. Of course, the children can mix up some Cookies and Cream for an easy and cool dessert.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 5-6 hours


  • 1 bag (3 lbs) frozen chicken tenderloins (adjust for your family size)
  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce, your favorite
  • chopped onion, optional


  • Put your slow cooker on the counter.
  • Dump in a bag of frozen tenderloins (or your favorite pieces of chicken).
  • Pour a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce over the top.
  • From frozen cook approximately 5-6 hours on low.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Alea June 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm

YUM! Your barbecued chicken looks delicious. I need to add more slow cooker meals into my line up now that it is getting hot!


Kelly Hess July 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

Is the chicken moist inside when it is done?


Tricia H July 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

It is for me, Kelly! You cook it surrounded by a whole bottle of BBQ sauce :) Hope you like it!


Mrs. White July 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

This looks wonderful!


Jackie July 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm

This looks delicious and I am going to give it a try! Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Celine July 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love this recipe and make it often with chicken and even pork. I just love using the crock pot and pulling meat right out of the freezer.

Kelly: I always get moist chicken as long as I use the low setting and don’t leave the chicken in to long. I usually find 5hrs is the best time frame for my particular crock pot.


Tricia H July 1, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Thanks Celine! You answered Kelly’s question better than I did. Exactly – on low for 5 hours seems to be the perfect timing. Alea, Mrs. White, Jackie – thank you and enjoy!


Jennifer July 2, 2011 at 9:32 pm

We do the same thing. We shred the chicken after we take it out of the crockpot and put back into the bbq sauce. We put it on toasted buns for bbq chicken sandwiches – LOVE IT!


Lynn July 4, 2011 at 1:54 am



Tricia October 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Jennifer – Yes! on toasted buns makes a great variation. And Lynn – so glad you enjoyed it!


Teresa September 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Looking forward to recieving some good recipes


stargazer October 17, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Pre-cooked chicken sold in bags are typically cured with nitrates. It is much healthier to use fresh chicken breasts and boil your own before cutting into strips.


Mary Hamm October 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

I want to try this one!!!!


Tricia October 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Mary – I hope it becomes a favorite!


Michell Nichols November 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Sounds great! I’ll be trying this too.


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BigMamaCass January 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Making this today! Thanks for the idea!


Tricia January 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Enjoy! Sounds good right now…


Amanda January 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

That looks so yummy! Im deffinitly going to try this, looks like it would be good over chicken rice and peas.


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Jen August 30, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I’m a little confused. How are you doing this meal for $5? I usually pay about $6 for a 3-pound bag of frozen chicken?


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