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Do you need an easy weeknight dinner or a delicious dinner to feed a crowd? Try this Crock Pot Root Beer Chicken. This is a fun twist to your normal chicken sandwich that your kids are going to love. It will be a hit with the entire family!

Root Beer BBQ Shredded Chicken in a Black Crock Pot
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This Slow Cooker Root Beer Chicken is one of our favorite weeknight meals. It’s so simple and everyone just loves it. The chicken cooks juicy with a ton of flavor.

If you enjoy this recipe, be sure to check out all of our favorite Crock Pot Recipes. I love crock pot cooking because it helps me save time and money. You may also love this Crock Pot Brisket Sandwich Recipe or this Crock pot Sweet Djion Chicken Recipe. It is perfect for all your game day parties.

Why We Love This Recipe

The flavor of this root beer chicken is amazing and we just love how the root bear tastes with Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce. That is our favorite around here. We serve it as a sandwich but feel free to serve over some white rice.

The entire meal is just so easy and it helps during a busy week of school, work and activities. 


Ingredients to make Root Beer BBQ Chicken - chicken breast, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper, root beer, BBQ Sauce

You only need a few easy ingredients to make this simple slow cooker root beer chicken and I bet you already have some of the seasonings in your pantry.

Scroll to the bottom of the post for the full recipe in the ingredients.

Variations Ideas

  • Root Beer – Feel free to use a diet root beer or a sugar free A&W root beer. This recipe is delicious with any type of root beer brand.
  • Chicken – We usually use chicken breasts to make this recipe but you can also use chicken wings or chicken thighs.
  • BBQ Sauce – Use store bought BBQ sauce or make this Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe.

Step by Step Instructions 

  • Step 1 – First place the chicken breast in the crock pot.
  • Step 2 – Then combine all the dry ingredients (seasonings) together in a small bowl and sprinkle this mixture on each chicken breasts.
  • Step 3 – Next pour over the chicken the Root Beer and barbecue sauce into the crock pot.
All ingredients in the crock pot
  • Step 4 – Then cover and cook on low heat setting for 6-8 hours or cook on high for 3-4 hours. After the cooking time, remove chicken, shred chicken and return it back to the sauce in the crock pot to cook for another 30 minutes.
  • Step 5 – After this time, the chicken is ready to serve on hamburger buns for a delicious sandwich. You could also use slider rolls for parties. 

If you can toss a few ingredients in a crockpot then you can make this dinner. It really is that simple to make.

Recipe Tips

  • Cooking Times – The cook times will vary based on the crock pot you use for this recipe, so make sure you adjust the cook time accordingly based on your slow cooker.
  • Shredding Chicken – You can easily shred the chicken with two forks or learn how to shred chicken with a stand mixer.
Root Beer BBQ Chicken Sandwich on a white plate

Serving Suggestions

I usually serve this recipe on buns or sliders but this recipes would also be great served over mashed potatoes or rice. Here are some of our easy recipes to make these easy sides to serve with this root beer bbq chicken.

Shredded Root Beer BBQ Chicken in a black crock pot

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. We think it taste even better the next day.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, this shredded root beer chicken freezes great. Place in a freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

How to Reheat

Reheat leftovers in the microwave, stovetop or place by in the slow cooker.

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Crock pot Root Beer Chicken

4.90 from 19 votes
Try this easy Root beer BBQ Pulled Chicken recipe! You will love how delicious this simple Pulled BBQ Chicken recipe is. Root beer bbq chicken recipe is so tender. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is the best meal for busy days!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Cuisine American
Course Main Course, Slow Cooker
Calories 211



  • Place the chicken breasts in a 6 quarter crock pot. Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl and sprinkle over the chicken breasts in the crock pot.
  • Pour the Root Beer and barbecue sauce in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Shred the chicken and mix into the sauce in the crock pot.
  • Serve on top of your favorite buns and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5 days. 
I usually serve this chicken mixture on buns but it’s great over rice or on top of a baked potato as well! 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 211kcal, Carbohydrates 19g, Protein 25g, Fat 3g, Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 657mg, Potassium 535mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 15g, Vitamin A 263IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 25mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    Made this one because we love root beer and have tried root beer flavored barbeque sauce. It wasn’t as flavorful as I had hoped, but still a good recipe! Needed a little more root beer flavor for my picky family.

  2. I think a sugar free Root Beer will work great in this recipe. Let us know how it turns out!

  3. I’ve been wanting to try a recipe like this for a while, yours looks amazing and easy! Question – will switching to a sugar free root beer make a difference?