Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs is a flavorful, savory chicken recipe that is easy to prepare! Throw our simple sauce ingredients together along with chicken thighs in the morning, and you will have a tasty meal ready in the evening.



For the sauce:

  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Other ingridients

  • 1 3/4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 cup chopped onion (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ozs low sodium chicken broth


  1. Prep the chicken: Rinse and pat dry the chicken thighs. Place at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Make the sauce: Whisk together the soy sauce, ketchup, cider vinegar, cumin, paprika and syrup in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken.
  3. Add remaining ingredients: Add the minced garlic to the slow cooker. Pour the chicken broth over the chicken.
  4. Slow cook the chicken: Cover the slow cooker, and set it to low. Cook on low for 7 hours.
  5. Serve: When the chicken is done cooking, scoop out a serving of the chicken, and ladle some of the sauce over it. Enjoy!


  • We made this without the onions initially, and it came out nicely. During a recent remake, we added the chopped onion, and that added some good flavor.
  • You can definitely experiment with other spices in the sauce mixture!
  • If the chicken is done before you are ready to eat it, just leave it in the slow cooker on warm until you are ready.
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