CROCK POT BARBECUED CHICKEN BREASTS

Slow Cooker Barbecued Chicken Breasts

These crock pot barbecued chicken breasts will make your mouth water!  The sauce is wonderful and gives the chicken a great spicy flavor.  You can make this using any parts of the chicken or the entire bird.  Just double or triple the recipe for the sauce.  They make a great busy weeknight meal for family or make them for any occasion.

Crockpot barbecued chicken breasts are easy and make a delicious meal anytime.

2 – 4  boneless skinless chicken breasts
2/3 cup tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1/4 teaspoons celery seeds
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
 
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.  Place chicken in slow cooker and cover with sauce.  Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or high 4 – 5 hours.   Enjoy!
 
 Note:  This sauce could be used on pork as well as chicken.  It gives both meats a great flavor.
 
If you like the above crock pot recipe, you might also like this recipe for Lima Beans with Ham over Rice.
 

Crock Pot Barbecued Chicken Breasts

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot Barbecued Chicken Breasts
Servings: 4 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks

Ingredients

  • 2-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2/3 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine melted
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 1/4 teaspoons celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Place chicken in slow cooker and cover with sauce. Cook on low for 7 – 8 hours or high 4 – 5 hours.

Notes

This sauce could be used on pork as well as chicken. It gives both meats a great flavor.
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45 Comments

  1. Will be trying this tonight for supper have everything but chicken!!!

  2. Your poem was wonderful. Made me cry, love this site.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Kimberly. So happy to have you on our site and happy you enjoy it.

  3. KAREN BECKER says:

    Fantastic recipe – wouldn’t change a thing! I will definitely be making this delicious chicken again soon.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Thank you so much Karen. Happy you are enjoying this recipe and thank you for letting me know.

  4. What is Liquid Smoke????

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Liquid smoke is a concentrated food seasoning made from compressed natural smoke and water. People add it to meats and vegetables to make them taste like they’ve been barbecued or cooked in a smoker. You can usually find it in the grocery store near the Worcestershire sauce or steak sauce. It comes in a small bottle like steak sauce. Hope this helps, Stephanie.

  5. What is liquid Smoke??

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is kind of like a flavoring that gives the recipe a smoky flavor. It is usually found close to the Worcestershire sauce and sauces in the grocery store. You don’t have to add it.

  6. christine says:

    i will be trying this with pork for tomorrows dinner ; tu ; the chicken iam sure is great too

  7. lorraine Xuereb says:

    like to try it but I don’t have crockpot can I cook it in any dish?thank you ,

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you don’t have to use the crockpot. Just bake in the oven until chicken is done.

  8. Kay, Heinz sells a sugarless ketchup so try that. Not always in every store but maybe you will be lucky.

  9. Would u double this recipie to make for a bigger crowd? Making it right now for my family! Can’t wait to try it!!!! Yummmmm!!!!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you can double the recipe Kesha.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    How much sauce does the recipe make? Other than the ketchup & the spices, I don’t normally have those ingredients on hand, but I do have bottled bbq sauce. How much should I use?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It only makes enough to cover the chicken breasts. It is not a lot of sauce.

  11. Do you recommend browning the chicken before adding to the crockpot to prevent the coagulation residue from the chicken?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can brown it if you want. I don’t.

      1. Thank you and thanks for all the great recipes…………

  12. I’m trying it now. Made it in a small casserole dish (1 chicken breast) and set it up on a metal cookie cutter. I’ll let ya know!

    1. Cooked perfectly. Was ready when I got home from work:) Hubs made a little potato salad to go with it and we enjoyed it and slept well all night! I might add a little more brown sugar next time…

  13. Just curious was your chick frozen or thawed? Would be great to have this for dinner when we get home from work. Thanks for everything.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I have made it both ways, Debbie.

  14. Deb Henderson says:

    Judy, I will sure be trying this with the reduced sugar ketchup and I’ll tey the Spends Brown Sugar. It sounds really good!!

  15. Mary Addison Allen says:

    In the crockpot as we speak. Can’t wait! (anticipation)

  16. Oh my goodness!! Made this last night…and all I can say is YUM!! My family is not big on chicken like I am, but, they loved this! Will be making it again Sunday! Thanks for all the recipes!! I am really enjoying them!! Have a good day!!!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Hi Patty, So happy you enjoyed this recipe and thank you for being on the site and trying my recipes. Happy to have you here. Judy

  17. Anne O'Shea says:

    Please what is Liquid smoke…Im from England and never heard of it thanks Anne

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      It is a flavoring that gives the recipe a smokey flavor. It comes in a bottle like vanilla extract and such. If you leave it out it just takes away the smokey taste. Some people don’t like it and you can leave it out.

      1. Anne O'Shea says:

        I think I might know what to use in its place, thanks for your help. I will be making it soon.

      2. Ann what will you be using instead of liquid smoke , I am from England as well but cant think what to use and this recipe sounds GREAT cant wait to try it , love your recipes Southern Lady

    1. Kathi Staniewicz says:

      Put this in the crockpot this morning. Very easy to put together. Can’t wait to taste it.

  18. Kay McArthur says:

    Judy, We are diabetic and trying to get a great bbq sauce w/o too much sugar. Know I can use diet sugar but…for the ketchup…tomato juice? Could actually do up tomatoes in food processor but I have no idea how much to use. Any suggestions? Would be most grateful for your help.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I don’t know Kay. Maybe, tomato sauce instead of ketchup??

      1. I would ‘think’ if you used pureed tomatoes or tomato juice in place of the ketchup you would need to add some more vinegar and maybe a few more spices.

      2. ketchup also has sugar and different spices in it, so substituting tomato sauce would mean a different flavour.

    2. Kay, a can of fire roasted tomatoes and some crushed pineapple or applesauce will do the trick.

    3. Cheryl Smith says:

      Heinz makes a reduced sugar ketchup

      1. you can go to health food store and get sugarless and salt free ketchup. it tastes like pureed tomatoes. i actually like it better.

    1. I make my own ketchup because hubby is on a salt free, sugar free diet. I just sub splenda for the sugar. My kids like this better than store bought. 6 oz. can tomato paste; 8 oz can tomato sauce; 1/4 C plus 3 Tb. vinegar; 3 Tb. splenda; 1/4 ts onion powder; 1 ts. salt (I leave this out); 1/16 ts. each: allspice, ground cloves, cinnamon, garlic powder. Mix all ingredients in a pan and simmer for about 10 minutes. Makes 1 3/4 cups. I promise you, this is really good ketchup and it is also carb free. I usually make a double batch at a time.