2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is ridiculously easy to make, yet full of the most delicious flavor. It is also naturally gluten-free (if using GF bbq sauce).

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Holy cannoli!  For those of you who missed it, I posted a roundup of Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes yesterday on the blog, and it absolutely crazy on Pinterest last night.  I guess you all love your slow cookers!

I’m definitely a slow cooker fangirl too.  In fact, the weather has cooled down and it’s now perfectly appropriate to cook dinner in the oven.  But lately, I’ve still been letting my slow cooker do all of the work.  It is just way too easy!  And when it comes to 2-ingredients like this BBQ shredded chicken, it is even easier than easy.  Yet the result is a big batch of shredded chicken that is still so flavorful, so moist, and so good.  And it can be used in sandwiches, salads, soups, tacos, or whatever sounds good.

This Kansas City girl is definitely on board.  Are you??

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As you may have guessed, one of the two ingredients is non other than a delicious jar of BBQ sauce.  I prefer to use my homemade bbq sauce recipe, which is also ridiculously easy to make.  And it’s made Kansas City style, nice and thick and smoky and sweet.  But as opposed to most store-bought brands, it is made without high fructose corn syrup and tons of extra sugar.  And it is mmm, mmm, good.

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As you probably also guessed, the second ingredient is chicken!  (Yes, it really is that easy.)  I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts, so that I don’t have to worry about bones.  But boneless dark meat would also be especially good in this recipe.

To make this, simply lay your chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker and pour lots of bbq sauce on top.

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And then give those chicken breasts a good toss so that they are coated in the sauce.

(If you really insist on a much sweeter sauce, you can add some additional brown sugar at this point.  But I’d encourage you to go without, especially if you’re using my homemade sauce, as it’s already naturally sweetened with molasses.)

Then just let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours until the chicken is cooked.

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Then shred it with two forks and toss it in the remaining juices so that it soaks them all up.

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And then it’s ready to go!!

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Then it’s up to you to decide how you want to enjoy the chicken.  You can eat it plain, or add it to sandwiches, soups, tacos, wraps, pizzas…the sky’s the limit!

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I served mine on some simple pretzel buns with a little extra BBQ sauce.  (Because, again, I live in KC and there’s no such thing as too much sauce here.)  And oh man, were these tasty.

Bravo to my slow cooker for pulling (ha, get it, pulled chicken?) through once again.  Enjoy!

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2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This 2-Ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken could not be easier, but it's still wonderfully flavorful and moist.


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 lbs.)
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz.) bbq sauce*, either homemade or store-bought


  1. Lay chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker, and pour the bbq sauce on top. Toss once to combine so that the chicken is evenly coated in the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily.
  2. Use two forks to shred the chicken in the slow cooker, and toss it once more so that it soaks up the remaining juices.
  3. Serve chicken on buns or however you would like, drizzled with some extra bbq sauce if desired.

*If making this recipe gluten-free, be sure to use gluten-free certified BBQ sauce.

**If you would like a sweeter BBQ chicken, you can also add in 1/3 cup packed brown sugar to the slow cooker.

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!


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Leave a Comment:


  1. Sues — September 22, 2014 @ 5:43 am (#)

    Is it bad that I reallyyyy want to eat this sandwich at 6:45 a.m.??

  2. ailynk — September 22, 2014 @ 5:48 am (#)

    ohh yummo.. Look at the sauce! definitely on my to make list

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — September 22, 2014 @ 6:39 am (#)

    Only 2 ingredients to chicken perfection? I might marry this dish. Ssh. Don’t tell my husband.
    This is awesome Ali, slow cooking FTW! Pinned!

  4. Cookbook Queen — September 22, 2014 @ 7:06 am (#)

    Girl, you are KILLIN’ it with all these easy dinners lately! LOVE.

  5. Tiffany — September 22, 2014 @ 7:43 am (#)

    I love a slow cooker dish and only two ingredients…YES!

  6. Janet Beaman — September 22, 2014 @ 7:45 am (#)

    Oh yum!!! This looks sooo goood!!! Can hardly wait to make it!!!!

  7. Helen @ Scrummy Lane — September 22, 2014 @ 7:47 am (#)

    Now I definitely need to follow the link to your homemade BBQ sauce!

  8. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — September 22, 2014 @ 8:32 am (#)

    This is pretty much my husband’s ideal meal of all time. I have got to make your BBQ sauce – we are huge molasses fans!

  9. Jenny Flake — September 22, 2014 @ 8:44 am (#)

    Perfection Ali! Love!!

  10. Vijay from NoshOn.It — September 22, 2014 @ 8:49 am (#)

    We just got a slow cooker and have been pinning the heck out of recipes that we can make it in. Definitely adding this one!

  11. Broma Bakery — September 22, 2014 @ 9:33 am (#)

    I have a soft spot for pulled chicken. And with homemade BBQ sauce, I’m all over this.

  12. Julie @ Girl on the Move — September 22, 2014 @ 11:08 am (#)

    My favorite BBQ sauce comes from Kansas City!

  13. Natalie | Paper & Birch — September 22, 2014 @ 12:09 pm (#)

    I love shredded bbq chicken! YUM :D

  14. Rachel from Rose Tinted Home — September 22, 2014 @ 12:55 pm (#)

    Love that you keep this simple! We did BBQ pulled chicken yesterday for football watching. I wish I had thought to put it on a pretzel bun. What a great unexpected flavor idea!

    xo Rachel

  15. Jenny @ The Peachy Pair — September 22, 2014 @ 2:36 pm (#)

    Love anything on a pretzel bun! This definitely looks like something I need to put on my weeknight rotation!

  16. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon — September 22, 2014 @ 3:16 pm (#)

    Mmmmm, BBQ sauce with molasses AND a pretzel bun….heavenly!

  17. Danae @ Recipe Runner — September 22, 2014 @ 5:31 pm (#)

    Only you could make something in a slow cooker look this beautiful! I love how simple it is, not to mention all the delicious leftover it will make!

  18. Terri A — September 22, 2014 @ 5:58 pm (#)

    Yum – this (and your bbq sauce) look so good!

  19. NIcole — September 22, 2014 @ 8:42 pm (#)

    Love some Kansas City BBQ! I will definitely make this.

  20. jenna @ just j.faye — September 22, 2014 @ 9:21 pm (#)

    This looks so good! Also, I’m convinced that everything tastes better on a pretzel bun.

  21. Ceilidh — September 23, 2014 @ 1:53 pm (#)

    Hi Ali. These look delicious, I can’t wait to try! Are the buns homemade or store-bought? They look mouth-watering as well ;)

  22. Amanda — September 23, 2014 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    This looks amazing!

  23. jenna — October 13, 2014 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    lols wow this is considered a recipe? Store-bought BBQ and boneless skinless chicken breasts in a crockpot? 

  24. Erin — April 7, 2015 @ 11:57 am (#)

    This is awesome. I’m making it for the second day in a row – only this time I made a much larger batch. The first time I made it I cooked it on low – I checked it around 5 hrs and it was ready. This will definitely be made often in our household. 

    • Ali — April 7th, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

      Thanks Erin, I’m so glad you hear you and your family like it! I love meals that practically make themselves, and I’m a sucker for BBQ. Cheers! : )

  25. Rebekah — June 30, 2015 @ 10:10 am (#)

    Looks yummy! Do I have to thaw the chicken first? 

    • Ali — July 6th, 2015 @ 11:19 pm

      I used refrigerated (thawed) chicken, but you could also make it with frozen chicken. It will just need to cook awhile longer, and it will probably be a little extra juicy with the extra water.

  26. Christine — July 4, 2015 @ 4:46 pm (#)

    Sauce is amazing.  Cut back honey to 1/4 cup instead of 1/3 since i don’t like my bbq sauce super sweet.  Also kicked up the spice with crushed red pepper and cayanne.  Absolutely perfect.  Hubby loved it.  
    Checked the chicken after 2 hrs on high. Dry, dry, dry.  And yes I put in plenty of sauce. It probaby would be uneatable if i left it cooking for 3 to 4 hrs per instructions.  Maybe my crockpot just runs a little hotter, but if you plan on trying this, check internal temp really early just be on the safe side.

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 6th, 2015 @ 10:35 am

      Christine, we’re so glad you and your husband liked the sauce! So sorry your chicken turned out so dry, we’re not sure what the cause could have been, other than a hotter slow cooker. :( But that definitely shouldn’t have happened. Thanks for sharing, and we hope you’ll give it another try!

  27. Jeanne — July 27, 2015 @ 11:44 am (#)

    Am 83 years old and love my slow cooker, making this BBQ chicken right now, can’t wait to eat it.  So simple to make, I sure
    hope I am successful.  I’m using store bought BBQ sauce much simpler for me.  Made with four chicken breasts so will have
    lots to freeze to eat at a later time.
    Thank you for this recipe.
    Do you have one for liver and onions?  Mu husband (now deceased) use to make it and I really loved it, he did not use a slow
    cooker or leave any recipes, everything was in his head, he was a fantastic cook. 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 27th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

      Good for you Jeanne, we hope you enjoyed the recipe, and that’s smart of you to freeze! Unfortunately we don’t have a recipe for liver and onions, but we found this one, and it looks promising! We hope that’s helpful — thanks again for trying the BBQ Chicken recipe! :)

  28. Chloe — February 18, 2016 @ 4:07 pm (#)

    How would this work with doubling the recipe?

  29. Sophia — April 11, 2016 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Would this recipe work using teriyaki sauce in place of  BBQ sauce? 

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — April 11th, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

      Hi Sophia! We actually have a slow cooker teriyaki chicken recipe you might be interested in! :)

  30. Dana — July 11, 2016 @ 2:30 pm (#)

    Can this be made a day or 2 b4 and reheated in the oven?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — July 11th, 2016 @ 8:27 pm

      Yes, definitely! We hope you enjoy the recipe Dana!

  31. Kellie — September 1, 2016 @ 10:38 am (#)

    I used boneless chicken thighs..super delicious!
    Being a mom of three, I love simple! 
    Thanks so much!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 1st, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

      We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed this, Kellie! :)

  32. Andrea — September 28, 2016 @ 7:22 am (#)

    How kind would I cook this if I only had 3 chicken breasts?

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — September 30th, 2016 @ 10:39 am

      Hi Andrea — that’s how many we used (anytime we’re referring to chicken breasts in a recipe, we don’t mean the whole breast). Hope this makes sense.


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