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January 27th, 2014 · Print Print

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Here’s the thing about our slow cooker:

We have owned it for YEARS.  I’m not sure if it was a present or just something I picked up one day, but we have a beautiful, fancy-schmancy one from All Clad, and we’ve had it for probably five years.

And up until a few months ago, do you know how many times I had used it?  Once.  (Conveniently documented on Sugarlaws, I used it to make beef chili back in 2009… during which I accidentally fed Chad a spoonful of straight cayenne pepper, oops!  He still brings it up.)

For a long time, I thought our slow cooker might go the way of the breadmaker — a bulky, essentially useless appliance that eventually we’ll either give away or toss when we run out of kitchen space.  But then a few months ago, I thought to myself: “Hey, these things are supposed to be really good for easy meals, and I’m about to have an infant on my hands in a few months, so anything that can make cooking dinner into a five-minute endeavor might be worth revisiting.”

And so I did.  This recipe is about the simplest, easiest thing ever — just a couple of ingredients, and you literally put them in a pot and check back in 5 hours. 

And when I did?  I went to lift a chicken breast out of the pot, and it literally fell apart on the fork.  Needless to say, a big grin spread across my face — this one was an instant success.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken


3 large boneless skinless chicken breast halves
8 ounces barbeque sauce (I used Bulls Eye Original, because Chad is extremely picky about these things)
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Sandwich rolls, split


Place chicken in a slow cooker.  Mix together the barbecue sauce, italian dressing, brown sugar, garlic powder and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over the chicken.  Cover, and cook 4 hours on your slow cooker’s “High” setting. 

When the chicken is cooked, use two forks to shred the breasts.  Spoon generously onto sandwich rolls (I also like to add a layer of extra bbq sauce to the rolls) and serve. 

Makes enough chicken for 6 sandwiches.

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sarah // Jan 27, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    It’s dishes like this one that made me abandon my vegetarianism! Wow, looks amazing!

  • 2 wendyb964 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I revisited my ol’ crockpot last year after more than 10 years of non-use. It is great for 2 or 3 as well as 8-10. I even made the most awesome mashed potatoes with Yukon Gold or red potatoes. For the holidays it frees up the stove and keeps them warm. Yesterday I even did a turkey breast! Great for soups as well. I often make spicy pulled pork and last week made bbq beef with an inexpensive cut of beef. Overnight in the refrig the fat easily solidifies and gets tossed. Keep it handy.

  • 3 Lyndsey // Jan 28, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! I am about to post some slow cooker recipes too. With a new baby, the slow cooker will be a life saver! XO

  • 4 Avis // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    This is really good!  It’s going to be on my Super Bowl menu.

  • 5 Kathy // Jan 30, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Ahhhh wow!!….it looks like a healthier version of pulled pork! (apart from all the sugary BBQ sauce obviously)….I am in & may well try that this weekend!!

  • 6 fmed // Mar 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you for feedback

    It will be helpful.

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