Tender Barbecued Chicken

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours


6 servings

Updated: Apr. 11, 2023
After a long day at work, a slow-cooked meal is a great help. One of my family's favorites is this moist slow-simmered chicken. For an appealing look, choose a darker brown barbecue sauce. —Jacqueline Blanton, Gaffney, South Carolina
Tender Barbecued Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 to 4 pounds), cut up
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup cola


  1. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil in batches. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Top with onion and lemon slices. Combine barbecue sauce and cola; pour over chicken.
  2. Cover and cook on low 4-5 hours, until chicken is tender. If desired, skim off fat and thicken cooking juices; serve with chicken.
Health Tip: Most of the sodium comes from the generous amount of prepared barbecue sauce in this recipe. Use half the barbecue sauce and cola to reduce the sodium.

Nutrition Facts

4 ounces cooked chicken: 478 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 965mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein.