Tricia’s Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

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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Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 5 to 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.

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  1. Celine says

    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.

    • says

      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!

  2. Jennifer says

    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!

  3. stargazer says

    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.

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  5. Jen says

    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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