Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sandwiches - A Slob Comes Clean
Is it just me, or can you feel the “I’m not going to want to cook tonight” funk coming on early in the day sometimes?

This is my go-to meal when that hits. First of all, it can be put in the crockpot at noon, sometimes as late as 2 if you aren’t going to eat until 6:30 or so. Second, everybody loves it. Third, I’ve always got Kraft BBQ sauce in the cabinet that I got for free somewhere.

Throw some frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenders into the crock. Dump about half a bottle of the bbq sauce on top. Put on low and walk away. Do put the lid on. It doesn’t cook otherwise. Don’t ask how I know this.

I love this because I put the chicken in frozen so I don’t have to get icky and this means I can truly have this going in less than five minutes after coming up with the idea.

In about three or four hours or so, check to see if the chicken is fully cooked. Once it is, take your kitchen scissors and start chopping while it’s right there in the crock. My husband likes it when I do this about an hour before serving so the chopped chicken can really get soaked in the sauce. I’ve done it 10 minutes before serving though, and it’s fine.

Take some buns and either toast them or grill with a little butter in a pan.

Toasting is healthier.

Grilling is yummier.

Yes, that is my WW points scale in the picture.

You really do need to grill or toast the buns so they don’t get soggy.


Don’t walk away for “just a sec” to check that load of laundry.

You just might end up deciding to get it out of the dryer.

And then put the load from the washer into the dryer.

And then start folding the laundry.

And then you flip on the TV to watch while you fold the laundry.

And you feel proud of yourself for folding laundry, because you are, after all, doing a blog now about getting your home in order.

And then you smell something.

IF this were to happen, the buns MIGHT look something like this.

Honestly, it could have been so much worse. Only one of the buns was burned, and not that badly. My dear-husband-who’ll-eat-anything didn’t even comment.

I really love this also because it’s great to have ready for after soccer practice. I’ve even buttered the buns and put them on a cookie sheet face up so I could stick them under the broiler really quickly when we got home.

I like to serve this with tator tots or chips, depending on if you’re eating it as soon as you walk in the door or not.


I’m linking up this VERY old post to Crock Pot Mondays over at Mummy Deals.  It’s definitely our go-to meal for busy days, and everyone is excited when we have it!


Here is where I buy 40 lbs of chicken at one time for a great price (yes, that was an affiliate link!) and see how I manage 40 lbs of chicken here.

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  1. 1
    mom2priceboys says:

    I too love to make this in my CP. Thanks for the pics…..Julie

  2. 2
    NeedANap2 says:

    "Put on low and walk away."

    Low? Not high? Just want to make sure. I wouldn't think frozen chicken breasts would cook on low in a few hours. I usually use Mom Advice's crockpot recipe ( but I use bottled bbq sauce, cook frozen breasts on high for 4 hours, but I really like your idea of cutting the chicken right in the crockpot!! 🙂

  3. 3
    Nony (A Slob Comes Clean) says:

    I do low if I put it in at noon, and high if it's 2:00.

  4. 4
    mom2priceboys says:

    OMGosh!!! I read this again the out loud to my Hubs and got a big laugh cuz this is exactly what I do down to the burnt buns!!! Thanks again for writing your blog it is so me!!!…..Julie

  5. 5
    Sweetpea101506 says:

    I hope you don't mind, but a friend asked for favorite crock pot recipe websites, so I linked yours. 🙂

  6. 6
    Nony the Slob says:

    Mind? I love links!!!

  7. 7
    Home's Cool says:

    How many chicken breasts is some? Maybe you could give me a range? Sorry to be nit-picky. It's really just that I'm kitchen-challenged.

  8. 8
    Nony the Slob says:

    Hi, Home's Cool,

    I generally do three to four, because that's how many we eat if I'm making basic grilled chicken breasts.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    i made this yesterday and it was awesome! the perfect recipe! i usually have frozen chicken breasts,and i always have some bbq sauce! thanks!

  10. 10

    Heh, heh, heh. My mom always forgot the bread under the broiler, so charred was the norm. You learn to enjoy those burned bits!

  11. 11

    Love this! I'm going to add this to my 'meals when I don't feel like cooking' list! By the way, a friend just told me about this blog and I love it… your writing style, your humor, your honesty, your just-like-me-ness (you're probably actually different now, after having been on this journey for a year and a half, but so far the posts are very much me!)… I'm reading your blog from the very first post, I just started this morning, and this is how far I got so far, wonder how many days it'll take me to catch up to current, and yeah I'm sure I'll use it sometimes to get out of housework! 🙂

  12. 12
    Chef Dave says:

    Great recipe. I'm making this as we speak…and uhhh My neighbors are all knocking on my door asking what the amazing smell is…Thank you so much for the idea and recipe. I might also try it with pork shoulder and a mustard based bbq sauce. Thank you so much

  13. 13

    Sooooo, I took your advice and grilled the buns. Unfortunately, I didn’t take it well enough, as while chuckling at the memory of your admonishment not to get distracted I, well, got distracted and burned my buns. 🙂

  14. 15

    I made this yesterday & it was SOOOO good!! We used Carolina Style bbq sauce (lol my fiance says it tastes like home) and enjoyed our sandwiches with watermelon! This is definitely a keeper ~ thank you so much for sharing! I shared it on my blog today 🙂

    • 16

      I’m so glad you liked it! I tried to comment on your blog, but couldn’t! (All blogger blogs have been doing that to me lately.) I LOVED the watermelon stars! So cute.

  15. 17

    Decided to make this today as i am playing “catch up” after an overly exhausting week and realizing last night that my house was horrid again! got laundry going.. garbage packed up… dishwasher running ( normallly doesnt do that well but were gonna try it out again before i hate on handwashing my dishes more!) still have a lot to clean but decided to not worry about dinner.. its just me and my girls (3 and 5) and so i tossed this up.. side version i gues… used masterpeice but i figured it would be a bit strong for the kids so some ketchup and honey went in to ballence it a bit for them and a bit of water sense its sooo thick.. hopefully it will work out.. got about 6 hours till dinner time so we will see!

    • 18

      i just thought of something to do with the left overs! put it on a pizza crust ( store bought or homemade) and sprinkle some cheddar and/or mozz on top! sounds delicious! was wondering how many days the girls and i would be eating this sense i used 3 breasts… lol looks like i have dinner and tomorrow lunch all figured out!

  16. 19

    A crockpot is a girl’s best friend. I’ve been making this same recipe (and 2 other equally easy variations) for several years now – super-easy, my family loves them and they save me from having to get takeout. The variations:

    1) Use pork roast instead of chicken breasts – cook on high for 6 hours and shred with 2 forks and you have “pulled pork”for sandwiches.
    2) Use salsa instead of BBQ sauce. Maybe add a can of black beans (rinsed and drained). Seve over rice or wrapped in tortillas with a little shredded cheese.

  17. 20

    Can’t wait to try this, but was especially glad to hear that I’m not the only one who leaves something on the stove with the best of intentions and completely forgets about it.

  18. 21

    BTW I also do something similar with pork tenderloin–I know I shouldn’t use tenderloin in the crockpot- I put it in with either water or broth and leave it in for about 4 hours. Then I take two forks and shred it and combine two bbq sauces-usually open pit and bullseye-and it is delicious.

  19. 22

    This was delicious and I made it on the perfect day because I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t feel much like standing so this was so quick and easy. I froze the leftovers to try on the pizza idea later. Love your blog by the way…I can definitely relate.

  20. 23

    OMG!!!! You just described me cooking…..checking on the laundry, and so on….. What I love most is that you had no shame in showing what happens when you lose focus for just a second! What a great recipe. I cannot stomach handling raw meat….especially chicken. Thanks for sharing…..I feel that I am a kindred spirit in more ways than one!

  21. 24

    I do this with frozen chicken breasts and a jar of salsa. Then just break it up with a fork and serve with tortillas and shredded cheese. So easy and tasty!

  22. 25

    i have made this but have to just grill or bake a piece of chicken for hubby cause he hates BBQ sauce but the kids and i love it

  23. 26

    Wait…why shouldn’t you use pork tenderloin in the crock pot? I do all the time…now I’m nervous…

    • 27

      Did I say that? I know people who do it all the time, though we don’t as Hubby’s not a big fan of pork. Look it up on a more authoritative site like or a one that specializes in cooking with the crock pot! I don’t want you to be nervous!

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