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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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.

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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."

char04 User ID: 2958136 183766
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"Love this. Will make it again."

Jane Steinmetz User ID: 7001346 166811
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2014

"My kids love this and they generally do not like chicken. My husband actually requested that I make it again for the kids which is the first sign of him remotely planning a meal since we were married 20 years ago!"

moralesae User ID: 6229301 187367
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2014

"Love this recipe. I've found it works well with any type of chicken. I always use less brown sugar & add some cayenne pepper for some heat. This dish goes great with the Lemon Rice from this site also."

islandgirl6969 User ID: 5842028 107148
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"This was a hit, everyone loved it and will definitely make it again."

0722moon User ID: 3955547 166810
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"It was so great everyone raved about it. So simple, I love slow cooking."

annaf27 User ID: 5217952 126868
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2013

"We really liked this easy recipe. I added a little extra brown sugar based on the other reviews, and it was excellent. Still tangy and not too sweet, which was great. I turned my slow cooker on high for about an hour close to the end, and then turned in back down to low for the last 45 minutes. It was fall off the bone tender and very tasty. We'll make this one again!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 183762
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"Excellent chicken recipe. I used boneless chicken thighs and breasts. Thanks for an excellent recipe."

robnat420 User ID: 2092551 183946
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"My husband is not a big chicken eater, but he LOVED the sauce and gobbled it up!"

Joscy User ID: 2694585 172592
Reviewed Jun. 8, 2012

"You bet I'll be making this again and again. It all comes together nicely. Thank you for sharing. Sincerely, K."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 102530
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"Recipes like this are great for us busy working women. My work takes me away at dinnertime, and my husband is not up to doing the last step of thickening the sauce, so I though I'd try to add the cornstarch mixture at the beginning. It didn't thicken too well, but the sauce was still very tasty - I like it tangy! I will be making this again."

s_pants User ID: 174050 101468
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I used drumsticks and thighs instead of leg quarters. Make sure to use the thickened sauce...Yummy!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 102508
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2011

"People in our fellowship liked it. Separating the legs from the thighs took 30 minutes, and I removed the skin from the thighs. I simmered the parts for 20 minutes to ensure complete doneness. I substituted balsamic vinegar for the red wine vinegar, using only 1 tablespoon.

The sauce was fairly thick without cornstarch, but next time I'll increase the sauce for the same amount of chicken."

peebleskr User ID: 5766376 118244
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2011

"Great recipe for the whole family. Even my 2 year old loved it."

tanalandrum User ID: 3220388 168180
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2011

"I made this but there was way too much for my family and since I left it in a little longer the meat was falling off the bone so we are going to use it for sandwiches tonight. Terrific recipe!!"

Aseleener User ID: 4375342 116028
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"We liked this dish. I used chicken drumsticks instead of the leg quarters. Since my sides weren't done yet, I put the chicken back into the slow cooker with the thickened sauce. That ensured that the chicken was nice and coated in the sauce by the time I served it. Very good."

brendaleebrown User ID: 4951300 183945
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"It was pretty good. The sauce was a little to tangy so I added a couple more tablespoons of brown sugar while thickening the 2 cups of sauce."

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