Saucy BBQ Chicken Thighs

Taste of Home
BBQ chicken is always a family-pleasing meal. This slow-cooker version will also be a favorite for the cook. It’s great to come home to the wonderful aroma of a meal already prepared and ready to go! 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 45 minutes
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can (14.5-ounce) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce


  • Wipe off tops of cans before opening. Chop onion.
  • Trim excess fat from chicken thighs.
  • Place chicken in a 3-qt. slow cooker; sprinkle with poultry seasoning. Top with onion and tomatoes.
  • In a small bowl, mix tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, orange juice and seasonings; pour over top.
  • Cook, covered, on high for 2 hours, or on low 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender and the internal temperature of thickest part comes up to 165 degrees.


Smart Shopping Tips
  •  It is a good idea to pick up chicken last when shopping so it stays at a safe temperature.
  •  Keep raw chicken separate from other foods in your cart, especially any raw or ready-to-eat foods. Make use of any available plastic bags to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
  •  Compare nutrition facts labels of barbeque sauce, and choose one with less sugar. Brands will vary in sugar content.
Cooking & Serving Tips:
  • Serve over hot, cooked brown rice to add another food group and more fiber. If you prefer, serve over noodles to use all the tasty sauce.
  • Make a double-batch of cornbread. Serve one with this recipe and freeze the other batch so it’s ready to go next time you make chili, soup or stew.
  • Freeze any left-overs in single serve containers. Label with the date and use within 4 months for best quality.
Keyword BBQ Chicken
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