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Crock pot bbq chicken recipe is so tender and flavorful. It is perfect for sandwiches, sliders and more. Try this recipe to easily feed a crowd.

A bbq pulled chicken sandwich topped with red onion and cheese with corn in the back ground
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The best crock pot bbq chicken!

We love to make this Crock pot BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe so much its not even funny. Today I thought I would talk about How to make Shredded Chicken Sandwiches that your family will love too.

They are so very simple, yet filling and delicious. If we are having a big group get-together, it is likely these tasty sandwiches will be on the menu. I can make this fast and without much effort.

If you are wondering how to make shredded chicken sandwiches you have come to the right place. You will truly be surprised at how easy this recipe really is. Make sure you have at least a 6 quart crock pot. You don’t need anything fancy, but I sure do like this programmable crock pot. Whichever crock pot you use, I definitely recommend using crock pot liners. They make clean up a breeze!

A bbq pulled chicken chicken on a black plate topped with red onion and melted cheese.

Ingredients you need:

  • Chicken Breasts- Chicken thighs are also good in this recipe. We have even mixed both together.
  • BBQ sauce- Try this easy homemade barbecue sauce or we also like Stubb’s Sticky Sweet.
  • Italian dressing
  • Brown Sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Buns
  • Red Onions (Optional)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (Optional)

Feel free to change things up and try different flavors of BBQ sauce. Another good one to try is sweet baby ray’s.

Ingredients to make crock pot bbq pulled chicken: chicken breasts, BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce

How to make bbq pulled chicken:

First, place all of the ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

A photo showing the sauce being whisked together and then another photo showing the chicken in the crock pot with the sauce poured over the top of the chicken in the crock pot.

Shred the chicken and enjoy!

BBQ pulled chicken in a black crock pot with a wooden spoon in the chicken mixture.

That’s it! I told you this was the easiest recipe ever!

BBQ shredded chicken in a black crock pot with a wooden spoon scooping some of the chicken out of the crock pot.

Now that you know how to make shredded chicken sandwiches you should put it on your menu this week. Whether you are going to serve it for a family dinner or a big get-together, these sandwiches are sure to be devoured.

From parties to family dinner, this recipe does not disappoint. It is definitely a crowd pleaser and inexpensive to fix. We make this a lot for company too. I can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with my guests.

A BBQ pulled chicken sandwich topped with melted Monterey Jack cheese and sliced red onions on a black plate with salad next to it on the plate.

Serving ideas:

  • Rolls- Our favorite way serve this chicken is on hawaiian rolls. You can buy them at the store, but I have grown fond of making them myself. Make sure you try to make your own Kings Hawaiian Rolls Recipe.
  • Toppings – Cheese is optional but definitely tasty on the sliders. Monterey Jack is delicious but other ideas include: swiss, cheddar and pepper jack.
  • Onion- Top with red onion slices. This is so amzing with the chicken.
  • Side dishes-   the Best Coleslaw Recipe, Lazy Day Crock Pot Baked Beans and Corn on the Cob are some of our favorites.
  • Leftovers- Top baked potatoes with leftover pulled chicken for another great meal idea. I love to cook once and have multiple meals.
BBQ Pulled chicken sandwich topped with red onion and cheese next to a side salad and corn in the back ground

This is an easy freezer meal:

This recipe was actually featured in our freezer meal session where we made 10 crock pot make ahead meals in under an hour. This recipe freezes great and will make those busy evenings even easier.

Money Saving tip:

Stock up on chicken when it is its cheapest. Now you can easily throw that chicken in the freezer, or you can make up a few of these dinners and then throw them in the freezer. That way you can have dinner ready in no time and you save money.

Start saving money today and give your family a great meal!

Try slow cooker bbq chicken today!

Shredded bbq chicken is a family favorite and I think you will agree!

Print this easy bbq pulled chicken recipe below:

Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken

5 from 61 votes
Try this easy Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Chicken for your next meal. This BBQ chicken sandwich tastes great!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 680


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  • In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of the barbecue sauce, the Italian salad dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Place the chicken in a 6 quart crock pot. Pour the sauce over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken. Stir the 1 additional cup of barbecue sauce into the crock pot with the chicken.
  • Serve on the buns topped with the red onions and cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We love serving this on buns, but this is great by itself as well.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 680kcal, Carbohydrates 67g, Protein 61g, Fat 17g, Saturated Fat 7g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 170mg, Sodium 1552mg, Potassium 1084mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 35g, Vitamin A 452IU, Vitamin C 4mg, Calcium 260mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Kelli says:

    If I want to make this recipe for about 20-25 teens, how would you adjust it?

  2. Carrie Barnard says:

    THe bottled kind. I’ll add that to the recipe.

  3. Kate says:

    Excuse my ignorance but is the Italian dressing the dry or regular bottled one?

  4. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious!

  5. Trisheeey says:

    Yet another delicious and easy recipe from this site! It freezes well too!

  6. Marlene says:

    5 stars
    A big win and now a favorite at my house!! Will be preparing this to take on vacation in a few weeks for a get-together!!! I have no doubts that it will be popular with this group also!!

  7. Carrie says:

    Yes, that would work great with this recipe!

  8. Ginny Devine says:

    Can you cook in advance, freeze and reheat? Planning this for a family reunion and freezing batches ahead would be very helpful. Thanks!

  9. Margaret says:

    This is calling my name!

  10. Erika Smith says:

    The directions call for 2 cups of BBQ sauce but the ingredients say to use 1 1/2 cups. Do you mind to clarify this because it sounds yummy!