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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe has all the barbecue flavor you love with the ease of slow cooking.

BBQ Chicken Thighs in the slow cooker
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Chicken thighs are slow cooked to absolute perfection in this amazing Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs Recipe. The meat is so tender and the flavor is out of this world. Your entire house will smell amazing as this simmers all day.

This easy slow cooker recipe is a family favorite because of the flavor and how easy it is to make. If you love this recipe, make sure to check out this Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken Recipe and BBQ Chicken Recipe.

Why This Recipe Works

This recipe is so easy and versatile. Chicken thighs are so inexpensive. You can also easily substitute chicken breasts if that is what you have.

Just use what you have or can get on sale. I often use what is already in my freezer. This chicken recipe is amazing and loaded with flavor. Crock pot chicken thighs are so tender and really easy to make.

Ingredients

BBQ Chicken Thighs ingredients - chicken thighs, salt, pepper, BBQ Sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, paprika, onion powder, chicken broth

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Variations Ideas

  • Change Chicken – If you prefer you can make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast. We have even made it with chicken tenders for a delicious variation.
  • Seasoning – Feel free to add in tbsp brown sugar for a hint of sweetness. We have even added in a ¼ tsp of red pepper flakes for a hint of spice. Garlic powder and Worcestershire Sauce is also a great addition.

Step by Step Instructions

Placing chicken thighs in the slow cooker topped with salt and pepper

Step 1 – Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place in the slow cooker.

Mixing the sauce ingredients in a bowl with wooden spoon

Step 2 – In a bowl, combine barbecue sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic, smoked paprika, and onion powder. Mix in chicken broth to thin the sauce.

Topping the sauce with the chicken thighs in the slow cooker

Step 3 – Pour the BBQ sauce mixture over the chicken. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6 hours until chicken is tender.

Placing the chicken thighs on a baking sheet and broil

Step 4 – Preheat the oven’s broiler. Transfer cook chicken to a baking sheet, brush with sauce from the Crock Pot, and broil for 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Serve hot with extra BBQ sauce if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • Combine Sauce – Combine the simple ingredient sauce before pouring over the chicken thighs.
  • Cooking Time – Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken and your slow cooker. To make sure your chicken thighs are fully cooked, make sure to use a meat thermometer.
  • Broiling Chicken – We love to boil the slow cooker chicken thighs after cooking them. This helps to give the chicken thighs a crispy texture.
Close up image of chicken thighs on a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions

This is delicious served as is or you can serve it over white rice. The sauce is really good over the rice so we enjoy it with rice frequently. You can save even more time and learn how to freeze rice and you can make this meal even easier. 

I love to grab the rice from the freezer in the morning and when we come home it is all ready to enjoy. We do this for lots of meals and it helps put together a quick meal. Give it a try

It is so easy and helpful for busy weeknights. You can also use brown rice. Learn how to cook brown rice in the microwave for a quick side.

Other delicious side ideas include salad, Roasted Green Beans or learn how to steam broccoli in the microwave for a super easy veggie side dish.

Another idea is to use shredded BBQ chicken leftovers with extra BBQ sauce for BBQ Chicken sandwiches. It is like getting another meal out of the same recipe without anymore work.

Chicken thighs in a slow cooker

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Can you Freeze BBQ Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze BBQ Chicken in a freezer safe container for up to 3-4 months.

How to Reheat

When you are ready to serve, thaw the chicken in the fridge overnight. Then reheat in the microwave or oven depending on how much you have leftover.

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Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs

5 from 2 votes
Crock Pot BBQ Chicken Thighs recipe has all the barbecue flavor you love with the ease of slow cooking. Try this easy and delicious chicken recipe.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Broil 5 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Calories 354

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine BBQ sauce, honey, apple cider vinegar, garlic, smoked paprika, and onion powder. Mix in chicken broth to thin the sauce.
  • Place chicken thighs in the Crock Pot.
  • Pour the BBQ sauce mixture over the chicken.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours until chicken is tender.
  • Preheat the oven's broiler. Transfer chicken to a baking sheet, brush with sauce from the Crock Pot, and broil for 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  • Serve hot with extra BBQ sauce if desired.

Recipe Notes

Sauce Consistency: The sauce should be thin enough to easily coat the chicken but not too watery. The added water or chicken broth helps to achieve the right consistency.
Cooking Time: Cooking on low for 6 hours tends to yield more tender results.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 354kcal, Carbohydrates 26g, Protein 19g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 4g, Monounsaturated Fat 8g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 111mg, Sodium 615mg, Potassium 357mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 22g, Vitamin A 277IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 28mg, Iron 1mg

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