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Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken

Of all the recipes I make in my slow cooker, this Crock-Pot BBQ chicken is my most treasured. If you enjoy your BBQ 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


  • 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


  • Using a sharp knife, cut through the joint of each leg quarter to separate into 2 pieces. Place chicken in a 4-qt. slow cooker.
  • 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 until meat is tender, 5-6 hours.
  • 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 until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Serve with chicken.

Slow-Cooker BBQ Chicken Tips

Can you put frozen chicken in the Crock-Pot?

When it comes to putting frozen chicken in a slow cooker, it's a good idea to thaw the chicken in the refrigerator overnight first. According to the USDA, if you put frozen chicken right into the slow cooker it could spend too long at a temperature that promotes bacteria growth.

Can I use a different type of chicken?

When making this Crock-Pot BBQ Chicken recipe, you can mix up what type of chicken you use. For each leg quarter, you can use two bone-in thighs, two drumsticks or a small chicken breast half.

What goes with BBQ chicken?

There are so many great side dishes to choose from when serving BBQ chicken. You could go for a cool, crunchy vintage salad recipe, or a creamy mashed potato recipe to soak in some of the extra BBQ sauce. Garlic toast isn't as common, but it pairs really well with saucy BBQ chicken.

Research contributed by Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Editor, Food
Nutrition 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.

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  • fhquilting
    Jul 26, 2019

    Very Good! But, where are the onions? I added one chopped onion and left out the oil.

  • LBurkey
    Feb 19, 2018

    This was an easy chicken recipe to make and my husband and son both really enjoyed it. We will make this again. I made it for Super Bowl Sunday.

  • tuscalooso
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Jun 16, 2016

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

  • RochelleMe
    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
    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
    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..