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Saucy BBQ Chicken Thighs

Barbecued chicken gets a makeover here. The combination of ingredients gives a mellow, not-too-sweet flavor that tastes more grown-up than the original. It's great over rice, pasta or potatoes. —Sharon Fritz, Morristown, Tennessee
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked brown rice, optional


  • Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Top with onion and tomatoes. In a small bowl, mix tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, orange juice and seasonings; pour over top.
  • Cook, covered, on low 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender. If desired, serve with rice.
    Freeze option: Place cooked chicken mixture in freezer containers. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 221 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • artichokequeen
    Aug 21, 2017

    This was DELICIOUS!! Will make it again for sure!!

  • bplowman
    Oct 5, 2016

    Very tasty. Will try it over egg noodles next.

  • muffbear74
    May 9, 2016

    Tasty, but seemed like too much sauce for the amount of chicken.

  • Marsha Howard
    Feb 25, 2016

    Yum!! I literally threw these ingredients in the crock-pot in about 15 minutes. My son made the rice while I was on my way home from work. i paired it with the recommended Pinot Grigio and bourbon baked beans on the side. I am one happy camper right now.

  • sewsavvy
    Jan 4, 2014

    Have to make this again!