Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

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Of all the recipes I make in my slow cooker, this is my favorite. If you like your barbecue sweet with a little spice, this will be your new favorite, too. —Yvonne McKim, Vancouver, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup water

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 179 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 45mg cholesterol, 392mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 13g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut through the joint of each leg quarter to separate into two pieces. Place chicken in a 4-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ketchup, orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, oil, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and pepper; pour over chicken. Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices; pour into a measuring cup to measure 2 cups. Transfer to a small saucepan; bring to a boil. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into cooking juices. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with chicken. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Tropical BBQ Chicken in Potluck 2009 2009, p35

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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tuscalooso User ID: 2401195 267362
Reviewed May. 26, 2017

"I used 2 leg quarters and made half the sauce. It came out very well. Like others, I would reduce or exclude the oil next time."

shar6024 User ID: 1138668 253888
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2016

"Used boneless skinless thighs about 12 or so and it turned out great. I like to try that goes in a slow cooker and this is a keeper. Family loved it"

Robin72 User ID: 6666934 250066
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

"Made this recipe yesterday using 4 lbs of chicken thighs (8 thighs). I doubled the sauce recipe. My husband said it is a WINNER and don't lose the recipe!. I just might make the sauce recipe (thickening it, of course) to use for pulled pork or on spareribs. It is the right mix of sweet and tangy."

chargord User ID: 377953 249821
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2016

"This was very good! I used 8 boneless/skinless thighs and it was done in about 5 hours. Next time I will cut way back on or eliminate the oil completely. It really didn't need to be there. It's a very different BBQ flavor but we really enjoyed it."

luann8190 User ID: 6756458 249478
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2016

"We loved the sauce....probably don't need as much oil though."

RochelleMe User ID: 8777672 244516
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2016

"I made this. It was easy and fun. And probably could do without the 1/4 cup of oil. The taste and flavor was unlike anything I ever experienced. Yum. Tender fall off the bone chicken."

c_breeze User ID: 8665643 244353
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2016

"chicken was nice and moist - but it becomes very challenging to eat with so many bones, etc. to filter through. The sauce flavour was ok."

BestGrammieBear User ID: 3163416 244279
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2016

"I cut the recipe in 1/2 to fit in my mini crock pot for one. It tastes good, probably would use less brown sugar next time. Used red wine and some basalmic vinegar in place of wine vineegar which I don't keep in the pantry.."

Srjr111 User ID: 8162463 226285
Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"I made this exactly as given and found there was too much oil. I didn't care for the flavor of the sauce but son did like. Just because it's not my to my liking doesn't mean others won't like it. Enjoy!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 222042
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2015

"This chicken was good, just not outstanding. I thought it tasted more like sweet and sour chicken than BBQ."

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