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A close-up of a bowl full of BBQ chicken thighs smothered in BBQ sauce.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs

Katelyn Ryan
Smothered in sweet BBQ sauce, these easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Thighs are slow-cooked until they are fall off the bone tender. You get juicy BBQ chicken thighs without the grill!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 467 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1⅓ cups BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 lbs chicken thighs bone-in, skin on
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, whisk together the BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce. 
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken thighs, skin side down, and cook until golden. Flip over and cook for a few minutes more. 
  • Carefully transfer the browned chicken thighs to the bottom of a slow cooker. Pour the sauce over the chicken thighs, covering them fully. 
  • Cook for 3 hours on high, or on low for 4 to 6 hours. Once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165 F, remove them from the slow cooker.
  • Carefully pour the sauce into a small saucepan. Cook the sauce, over medium heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. While the sauce simmers, whisk together the cornstarch and water until thickened. Stir the thickened cornstarch mixture into the sauce. Cook the sauce until thickened, or desired thickness has been achieved. Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Pour the thickened sauce over the chicken thighs. Serve immediately. 

Nutrition

Calories: 467kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 25gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 799mgPotassium: 499mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 263IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 2mg
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