Crockpot Cooking: Layered Barbecue Chicken Dinner

Last week when I was planning out our menu, I came across a very easy slow cooker recipe for a complete barbecue chicken dinner in the slow cooker. Yum! I am all about making dinners that don’t need me to be in the kitchen for an hour before serving supper, especially on a busy weeknight!

Basically you layer frozen chicken breast in the bottom of your slow cooker, drizzle it with sauce. Wrap up your potatoes and fixings in a packet of aluminum foil, place that on top of the chicken. Wrap up frozen corn in aluminum foil and place that on top of the potatoes.

Cover it, cook it, eat it. 

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Our family really enjoyed this recipe, even though my chicken came out a bit dry. Next time, I think I’ll use more sauce. I’m pretty excited about trying this again with different vegetable and potato combinations. I also think that I could use sauces other than plain barbecue — maybe a lemon pepper or pesto sauce would be good?

I changed the recipe up ever so slightly to accommodate what I had lurking in the fridge so I thought I would share! Don’t mind the photo, it was almost dark out by the time we sat down to eat and I was starving! The potatoes were my favorite part of this crockpot meal!

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Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Dinner
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Super easy layered chicken dinner in the crockpot!
Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast - frozen
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 5 - 6 medium potatoes scrubbed
  • 1 medium onion, chunked
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • ½ - 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 green pepper, chunked (optional)
  • 4 - 6 ears of fresh corn, husk & silk removed
  • ¼ cup butter, divided
  1. Place the frozen chicken in the bottom of your crock pot and brush the barbecue sauce over the top.
  2. Chop the potatoes into 1 inch pieces and mix together with the onion, cheddar cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper and optional green pepper.
  3. place potato mixture into a large double layer sheet of aluminum foil and fold up sides to make a packet.
  4. Place potato packet on top of chicken.
  5. Cut each ear of corn in half and place on small squares of aluminum foil. Place a pat of butter and salt and pepper to taste on each corn and wrap up.
  6. Place corn on top and around potato packet.
  7. Cook covered on high for 5 hours or low for 6-8 or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.


  • Next time I will add more barbecue sauce so the chicken doesn’t dry out.
  • Also, I will add the corn to the crock pot when there are two hours of coking time left as it really doesn’t need to cook this long, it still tasted good.

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  1. 1

    Looks delish! I never would have thought to layer items like that but it makes perfect sense with the aluminium foil cooking the items completely. I’m horrible with chicken as I always seem to overcook it (too scared it will be undercooked). This sounds like a great way get everything just right and at the same time!

  2. 2
    Mary Jenna says

    That is a very awesome meal. Thank God you shared the recipe. I will try it out sometime.

  3. 3

    I made this for dinner tonight, it came together so quick and everyone loved it! Including Mr. Picky 4 year old that won’t eat anything besides hash browns and chicken nuggets. Thanks for a great recipe!!

  4. 5

    yummy. i love corn on the cob!

  5. 6

    I’m a big fan of potatoes in the crock pot! Chicken always comes out dry for me as well unless it is thighs. Looks like a tasty meal!

  6. 8

    Oh yum. I must try this.

  7. 9

    BBQ sauce and chicken are a perfect pair, but when you add the crock pot into the mix it becomes even more perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 10

    Yum! This looks so good-my family loves chicken so i think this would be a hit! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. 11

    I’m going to have to try this. I love a meal in one. Especially one that doesn’t require me to heat up the oven in the summer :).

  10. 12

    This looks great! I love that you can just throw the frozen veggies in there with aluminum foil and they cook right along with the meat!

  11. 13

    im cooking this tonight but in using my own seasoning for the potatoes and i did not have corn so im using onions bell pepers and baby carrorts …. i use my cock pot just about every day so i always enjoy new ideas :)

  12. 14

    That’s a fantastic dinner idea, I have to try this!

  13. 15

    This is going on next month’s dinner menu!

  14. 16

    I saw this, had the stuff and made it for dinner tonight! I can’t WAIT to try it out! I did add baby red potatoes and frozen organic green beans because I didn’t have but one ear of corn. =( I hope it turns out delish!
    Thanks for posting this!

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