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I’m back with the perfect summer crockpot recipe…shredded BBQ chicken!  It’s an easy and delicious dinner for busy weeknights or big crowds.

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Recipe

I apologize for not blogging as much this summer, but I’m trying to focus most of my time on my family because they make me so happy.  Relaxing, swimming, and sunshine are the best.  Summer, can you stay forever?

I made this crockpot shredded BBQ chicken recipe last week, and knew it needed a place on my blog.  I’ve been making it for YEARS.  It was actually in one of my very first cookbook eBooks, but the book has been retired and is no longer for sale, so here you go.

What’s so great about this recipe?

  • It’s super easy to make and I always have the ingredients on-hand.
  • It’s made in the crockpot and an be prepped ahead of time and frozen for up to three months.
  • It’s sweet, tangy, and absolutely delicious. Yum!

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Recipe

Yields: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to your crockpot and cook on “low” setting for 6-8 hours.
  2. Shred chicken and stir.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Label a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and “use-by” date.
  2. Add all ingredients, remove as much air as possible, seal, and freeze for up to three months.
  3. When ready to eat, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or in the morning in water. Follow cooking instructions above.

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Recipe

Serve on sandwich buns with homemade mango coleslaw:

  • 16oz bag of shredded green cabbage and carrots (coleslaw mix)
  • 1 mango, peeled and shredded (about one cup)
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. If you want, you can prepare the day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

Thoughts or questions?  Please leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you. XO, Kelly

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6 years ago

Love all your recipes and can’t wait to try this one out! Only trouble I’ve had in the past is the chicken breasts drying out. Most recommends say to use chicken thighs but your recipes tend to call for chicken breasts. Any tips/tricks so that we’re not eating dry chicken?

Tiffani Anderson
Tiffani Anderson
6 years ago

Is there a printable version of this?

5 years ago

copy and paste

4 years ago

Woudl this work well in the insta pot wth the 1 cup ketchup, or should I add more liquid?

Andrew McNelis
4 years ago
Reply to  Megan

I’m not sure. I think it will work, but tomato products can be tricky.


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2 years ago

Hi there! I just wanted to know if you could tell me how to convert this to an instant pot meal? I forgot to take it out of the freezer earlier

Helen @ The Family Freezer
Helen @ The Family Freezer
1 year ago
Reply to  Robbie

You need 1 cup of water for the Instant Pot to come to pressure, so this recipe won’t work as given. You could possibly try it “pot in pot” method on a trivet over a cup of water, and I’d do 20 minutes on high pressure with a 10 minute natural pressure release.