Crackpot BBQ Chicken With A Zesty Italian Twist

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This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy Sundays. The crock pot does all the hard work, leaving you with juicy, flavorful chicken bursting with Italian dressing goodness. Plus, it’s a healthy and budget-friendly option that the whole family will love.


Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches - Instrupix
Zesty Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches – Instrupix

2-3 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

  • 1 cup Italian dressing (your favorite brand works!)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • Instructions:

    1. Prep the Crock Pot: Add the Italian dressing, onion, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, garlic powder, and black pepper to the crock pot. Stir well to combine.
    2. Add the Chicken: Place the chicken breasts or thighs in a single layer in the crock pot. Make sure they are evenly coated with the marinade.
    3. Cook Low and Slow: Cover the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through and shreds easily with a fork.
    4. Serve and Enjoy: Once cooked, shred the chicken in the crock pot with two forks. Serve the chicken with the flavorful sauce spooned on top.


    For thicker sauce, remove the chicken from the pot and shred it. Briefly whisk together 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 2 tablespoons cold water. Add the slurry to the crock pot and cook on high for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly.

  • You can use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe. Chicken thighs will be slightly more flavorful and juicy.
  • To add some heat, include a pinch of red pepper flakes to the marinade.

  • Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, based on 3 lbs chicken and 4 servings)

    Calories: 300

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 600mg (depending on sodium content in dressing)
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Protein: 40g

  • Conclusion:

    This slow cooker Italian dressing BBQ chicken is a fantastic way to get a delicious and healthy meal on the table with minimal effort. It’s perfect for meal prepping or feeding a crowd.


    1. Can I use a different type of dressing?

    Absolutely! Experiment with different flavors of Italian dressing to find your favorite. You could also try using a balsamic vinaigrette or a low-sugar option.

    2. What can I serve with this chicken?

    This chicken goes well with a variety of sides. Try mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, rice pilaf, or a simple salad.

    3. Can I cook the chicken on high?

    Yes, you can cook the chicken on high for 4-5 hours. Just be sure to check it for doneness after 4 hours to avoid overcooking.

    4. How can I thicken the sauce?

    For a thicker sauce, follow the tip mentioned in the instructions. Briefly whisk together cornstarch with cold water and add it to the crock pot after removing the chicken.

    5. Can I use bone-in chicken?

    While you can use bone-in chicken, it will take longer to cook and you’ll need to remove the bones before shredding. It’s generally recommended to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe.