Tangy and sweet, that’s what you’ll find in this easy Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken dish. You can even prep ahead of time and freeze for an easy meal.
Need a dinner without too much fuss & muss? We all do from time to time, and that’s okay … simpler is often better, right? With the tanginess of BBQ and cranberry sauces this Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Chicken will easily become a new family favorite. Not only is it easy with only 4 ingredients, but it is friendly on the family budget. Score some chicken breasts on sale, bottles of BBQ sauce are frequently on sale for around $1, you may have stocked up on cans of cranberry sauce around the holidays, and there’s probably an onion somewhere in your kitchen! BINGO … you have everything you need to slow cook this dinner! Well, aside from a slow cooker! 🙂
This is a perfect dish for those beginning their slow cooker journey. You can literally throw all of these ingredients together into your slow cooker in less than 5 minutes! Wanna know what took me the longest? Getting the cranberry sauce out of the can, there was some serious suction going on even after loosening around the edges with a knife … that was really the hardest part! When the chicken had finished cooking (please note: not all slow cookers cook at the same temp/time, so times can vary), I took the pieces out and shredded really quickly with 2 forks, it was so tender that this step took less than a minute. Added the chicken back into the sauces and gave it a good stir to thoroughly combine. Now this dish would taste great with a variety of sides, we opted for plain Jane white rice, but mashed potatoes or noodles would work well too. This dish is somewhat similar to the Crockpot Applesauce BBQ Chicken that I posted in 2013; that dish is just a tad sweeter from the applesauce.
With a hint of holiday flavor, thanks to the cranberry sauce, this dish will win your family over. Get that slow cooker out and easily prepare a simple but delicious meal without too much fuss!
- 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1 can whole cranberry sauce
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker, cook on low 6 hours.
**If freezing, place all ingredients in gallon-sized freezer bag. Thaw in refrigerator overnight, cook on low 6 hours.**
Adapted from: Crock Pot BBQ Cranberry Chicken