Meal prep your barbecue chicken in minutes with this Healthy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken recipe! High protein, made with just a few common ingredients, and just as good as the “real” thing.
Start this one by taking out your slow cooker and 5 pounds of chicken breast. Trim the fat off of those chicken breast and cut each piece in half.
Pro tip? You can scale the recipe below if 5 pounds is too much or too little for your meal prep.
Add your chicken into your slow cooker followed by 12 ounces of a hickory & brown sugar bbq sauce, 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of a fat free Italian dressing, 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper, and 1 optional medium chopped up yellow onion.
Make sure to use fresh and not frozen chicken breast as frozen will introduce too much water to the recipe.
Mix all of those ingredients together until everything for your healthy slow cooker bbq chicken looks well incorporated.
Put the lid on your slow cooker and let it cook on high heat for 3 hours.
Cooking tip? Your chicken should be submerged before putting your lid on. If there doesn’t appear to be enough “liquid” in your slow cooker you can add in a bit more dressing or some water.
Take your lid off after 3 hours and shred your chicken. Quickly and easily shred your chicken by taking 2 forks, placing them into your chicken pieces, and pulling them apart. Repeat this process until all of your chicken is shredded.
Put the lid back on your slow cooker and let it cook an additional 1 hour on high heat.
You can lower the sodium in the recipe by looking for the lowest sodium bbq sauce and dressing you can fine.
Turn your slow cooker off and portion out your recipe. If you don’t know how to portion out your recipe, here’s a link to our article on How To Portion and Create Serving Sizes.
Did you know that aside from adding flavor, apple cider vinegar is great for overall health! You can read more about the health benefits here.
Healthy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
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- 5 Pounds Chicken Breast
- 4 Ounces Italian Dressing - Fat Free
- 3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
- 12 Ounces BBQ Sauce - Hickory & Brown Sugar
- 1 Medium Yellow Onion - Chopped
- ½ Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
- Take out your Chicken Breast, trim the fat off of them, and cut them in half
- Chop up your Yellow Onion
- Combine all of your ingredients into your slow cooker
- Mix everything together
- Cook on High for 3 hours
- Shred your Chicken Breast
- Continue on High for 1 hour
- Calories: 3402
- Fat: 18g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Sodium: 4042mg
- Carbs: 187g
- Fiber: 2g
- Sugar: 159g
- Protein: 623g