Saucy Crockpot Chicken is a recipe for chicken that is cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce for hours in a crockpot. After cooking away for hours the chicken comes out tender and juicy. It’s super easy to make and is so satisfying.
For this recipe, the crockpot is the perfect way to cook the chicken. The chicken is so tender it practically falls off of the bone. I like using bone-in chicken for the simple reason that I like the flavor that the bone gives the chicken.
This is one of our favorite ways to eat chicken and as I said the recipe cannot get much easier than this one. As another thing, what I love about this is when it cooks it fills the house with the most fabulous aroma. Hope you give it a try.
- Use bone-in chicken for the best-tasting chicken. The flavor that is in the bones of the chicken spreads out to the meat of the chicken, leaving the chicken with more of the chicken flavor.
- I brown the chicken lightly before adding it to the crockpot, but if you prefer not to it will work. I have actually made it both ways. If you decide not to brown the chicken first it may take a little more time in the crockpot.
- Serve it with mashed potatoes or rice. The sauce tastes great with either one. I like to use the sauce as a gravy.
- Store in the refrigerator if you have leftover chicken. For a fast way to rewarm the chicken is to heat in the microwave until the desired temperature or it can be heated in the oven.
Steps for making Saucy Crockpot Chicken
Prepare the sauce for the chicken. Chop the onion and pepper into small pieces. Mince the garlic. Combine the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, and onions, peppers, and garlic. Set this aside.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet and heat over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and add to the skillet. Brown the chicken on both sides until lightly browned about 3 minutes on each side.
Place the chicken into the crockpot and set aside. Wipe out the skillet to remove any oil/grease that is still there and add the sauce. Heat over medium and bring it to a boil.
Once it comes to a boil pour the sauce over the chicken and cover.
Cook in the crockpot for 3-5 hours on high or 5 – 7 hours on low.
If you are looking for more chicken recipes check these out:
Saucy Crockpot Chicken
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce more if you want more heat
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 large green pepper chopped
- 1/2 large onion chopped
- 4 large chicken thighs bone-in
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Chop the green peppers and onion into small pieces. Mince the garlic. Combine the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, hot sauce, chicken broth, green pepper, onion, and garlic. Set this aside.
- In a skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the chicken thighs and brown lightly on both sides. About 3 minutes on each side.
- Place the chicken thighs in the crockpot once they are browned. Wipe out the skillet so the oil/grease is wiped out. Add the sauce to the skillet heat over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
- Once the sauce has come to a boil remove from the heat and pour over the chicken in the crockpot.
- Cook in the crockpot for 3-5 hours on high or 5 to 7 hours on low.
- Use bone-in chicken thighs for the best-tasting chicken.
- I like to brown the chicken before adding it to the crockpot, but if you prefer not to that will work. I have actually made it both ways. Just keep in mind that the chicken may need to cook slightly longer if it is not browned.
- To reheat the chicken you can use the microwave for a fast way to warm it up or you can place it in the oven and heat it to the desired temperature.
This recipe was originally published on April 4, 2014. It has been updated with new content and pictures on August 3, 2020.