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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Melts

These Barbecue Chicken Melts are a great way to serve slow cooker chicken. Your family will love them!

plate with two English muffings topped with barbecue chicken and melted cheese with a side salad

The last couple of months, I’ve gotten into the habit of using my slow cooker at least once a week. It has truly been a lifesaver! I’ve been mostly making a variation of chicken, with some Slow Cooker Chicken Sausage and Peppers thrown into the rotation a couple of times.

Every time I cook chicken in the crock pot, I really try to make enough leftover to throw on salads for lunches throughout the week. Since I’ve become pregnant, I have found that I can not skimp on protein like I used to. I used to get by with a little bit of hummus, an egg or some beans or even nuts thrown in for protein with most of my meals, but not anymore. I find myself craving/needing to eat chicken all the time. I don’t even really like chicken people. I’m curious if this will continue come fall after the baby’s born.

plate with two English muffings topped with barbecue chicken and melted cheese with a side salad

This Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Melts recipe is nothing genius, just a way to change things up if you are just used to serving shredded bbq chicken as rolls as sandwiches (like we normally do). I personally love open-faced sammies made on English muffins so this was my kind of dinner. My kids, however, have something major against English muffins – it kinda makes me nuts. They don’t like them, and don’t want them – ever. Which tends to put a kink in my plans on those nights where I would love to just make English muffin pizzas for dinner (I always loved those!). They ate one of these melts to humor me, but preferred the chicken on it’s own on the plate, with no additional sauce. Weirdos.

plate with two English muffings topped with barbecue chicken and melted cheese with a side salad

For the barbecue sauce I used a combination of two of our favorites – Rufus Teague Honey Sweet and Stubbs. I served these barbecue chicken melts along a nice big salad full of greens, radishes, baby carrots, avocado and cherry tomato halves, with ranch dressing. Great dinner!


Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Melts

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow cooker / Oven

These Barbecue Chicken Melts are a great way to serve slow cooker chicken. Your family will love them!


  • 2 lbs chicken breast (about 45 breasts)
  • 1 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (just enough to cover and coat chicken)
  • salt and pepper

For serving:

  • English muffin halves
  • shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
  • additional barbecue sauce


  1. Add chicken breasts to your slow cooker and season with salt and pepper. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken, until just covered. Use a fork or tongs to flip chicken so that completely coated. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. When chicken is done, gently shred by pulling apart with 2 forks.
  3. Preheat broiler.
  4. Place English muffin halves on a baking sheet under the broiler for a minute or until lightly toasted. Pull out and top each muffin half with shredded chicken, additional barbecue sauce and shredded cheese of choice. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  5. Serve with additional sauce if desired, and a nice salad for a healthy meal!

Need some new light and easy dinner ideas? Check out these 20 Healthy Recipes Using Shredded Chicken!

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Looking for a new slow cooker? I love my Crock-Pot with Stove-Top Browning – the stove top browning feature was a total game changer for me!

More ways to make chicken in your crock pot (can not wait to try each one!!):

Slow Cooker Island BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros | Six Sisters Stuff

Crockpot Mexican Chicken | Pinch of Yum

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken with Pears and Portobella Mushrooms | Laa Loosh

Crockpot Cheesesteak Pulled Chicken | How Sweet Eats

Slow Cooker Chicken Mole | Reluctant Entertainer

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry | The Lemon Bowl

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34 comments on “Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Melts”

  1. I love using my slow cooker any chance I get too! These look so wonderful, and perfect to serve to a crowd during bbq season. Delicious!!

  2. Mmm! These look so good and my family would love them! Yay for summer BBQ!

  3. I love this idea. Since it’s so hot outside, I prefer to escape the heat and cook inside. (my husband is a different story) This is such a great idea for summer!

  4. I love the simplicity of this recipe!!! I’m loving my crockpot this pregnancy/summer!!

  5. Slow cookers are great just because they do all the work. Love this recipe.

  6. This BBQ chicken looks so good, I can’t wait to try it!

  7. The slow cooker saves me so much time in the summer and I LOVE these chicken melts.

  8. I’ve been on a chicken kick lately. This sounds great!

  9. I love using the slow cooker this time of year! This is a great way to enjoy bbq this summer without having to turn on the oven or the grill!

  10. I just made almost the same thing last night! Josh was going over to a friends house tonight after work, so I prepped ahead the chicken so they could make chicken sandwiches! Gotta love multipurpose meat ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh yum! These are right up my alley! Love that you used the slow cooker to make the chicken. I’m trying everything I can to avoid heating up the house in these 100 degree temperatures in Arizona!

  12. So on board with this it’s not even funny.

  13. I do love tuna melts so these are even better Aggie.

  14. These look delicious! My husband loves BBQ so this would be right up his alley. I love the english muffins–great idea.

  15. This is a fabulous idea and I looove the melted cheese over the bbq chicken!

  16. You remind me so often to keep it simple. And I love it. My family would love this meal!

  17. Aggie, I love your slow cooker ideas. I’ve made several of yours and they are so yummy! THanks for the link-love today, too!

  18. This is absolutely the type of thing I need for work days. I’m very fond of my slow cooker too! I can think of so many uses for this yummy BBQ chicken.

  19. Love it!! I’m such a barbecue girl and obviously a huge fan of slow cookers ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Yum, this looks great, Aggie! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been craving a little more protein lately. But not for the reason you do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. I’m SO in need of a menu plan….. so where else would I start but here? ๐Ÿ˜‰ GREAT idea to use the crockpot in the summer. Definitely making these soon. Love that it’s super easy, yet dinner at home {instead of the pizza delivery I keep on speed dial}.

  22. I also found myself craving protein when I became pregnant. I wanted either refried beans or beef. I developed an aversion to chicken for some reason. After having the baby, things mostly returned to normal. You have to double your blood volume – not to mention grow a baby – so your body definitely needs more protein.

  23. Oh, I love using my slow cooker ๐Ÿ™‚ this looks fabulous!

  24. I love using my slow cooker – makes dinner so much easier!

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  26. Very nice and easy recipe. Thank you so much.

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