If you want a flavorful dinner that cooks itself, my easy slow cooker chicken leg quarters is a great dish! It has a homemade barbecue sauce and lots of onions to add a ton of flavor. Everyone will love this meal, even your picky eaters!
When days get shorter and the weather is cold, I turn to my slow cooker more often. It is a great way to make dinner with so little work!
These chicken leg quarters are slow-cooked with homemade barbecue sauce. The flavor penetrates the meat, making it absolutely delicious! Chicken legs and chicken leg quarters are also great for those on a budget!
If you haven't tried cooking in a slow cooker or Crock Pot yet, I encourage you to try it. There is nothing like dumping ingredients in and coming home to a ready-made hot meal!
I have lots of delicious gluten free slow cooker recipes if you want even more dinner ideas :-).
Why this recipe is great:
- It cooks while you are away!
- Meats cooked in a slow cooker stay tender, moist, and delicious. The flavor also slowly cooks into the meat, making it so good!
- Even your picky eaters will love my homemade mild-sweet barbecue sauce recipe.
If you love these chicken legs in a slow cooker recipe, try my Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken recipe too!
- Chicken leg quarters - I love these because they have a lot of meat. You can also use regular bone-in chicken thighs or legs too!
- Ketchup - You can use any brand. Although most ketchup is gluten free, it is good always to read the labels.
- Mustard - I like to use brown mustard because it adds more flavor. You can also use Dijon if you prefer.
- Spices - Chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Be sure your spices are gluten-free and not processed on shared equipment if you are sensitive to gluten.
This is the slow cooker I own. I bought it a couple of years ago, and it is still going strong! This Crock Pot can hold a whole 3-pound chicken and does a great job cooking!
- Holds a lot of food
- Easy cleanup
- Cooks evenly
- It doesn't have an auto-switch from high to low temp
What slow cooker is best?
Any slow cooker will work well; I find the size is the most important because I like to cook a big meal so that there are leftovers to freeze. I use this 7-quart Crock Pot.
Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:
Step 1: In a small bowl, add the sauce ingredients and mix well.
Step 2: Add the chicken leg quarters and sliced onions to the slow cooker.
HINT: I created this slow cooker chicken quarters recipe to be a dump-and-go recipe because I wanted it to be the easiest possible. If you like a browned finish for your chicken, I would encourage you to brown it in a hot oiled skillet on each side for 4 minutes before adding it to the slow cooker.
Step 3: Smother the sauce over the chicken and add the water to the slow cooker. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
You can vary the flavors in this barbecue slow cooker chicken legs recipe.
- You can make this slow cooker chicken with mushrooms or add veggies like carrots and potatoes.
- Add some spice by adding ½ teaspoon of crushed red peppers to the barbecue sauce.
- Use boneless chicken breasts and shred the meat when cooked so you can use it for sandwiches.
This easy slow cooker BBQ chicken will keep for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or for up to 4 months in the freezer.
Add this chicken to a freezer-safe zip-style bag and press the extra air out to freeze it.
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
You can definitely put raw chicken in your slow cooker. That is how it cooks with all of the flavors from the sauce.
The chicken will make a lot of liquid as it cooks, so covering the chicken in liquid is unnecessary.
Although hard, you can overcook your chicken in a slow cooker. Always stick to a recipe's cooking time for the best results.
Unfortunately, you can not cook frozen chicken in a slow cooker. The temperature is too low, and the chicken can spoil cooking so slowly.
More gluten free chicken recipes:
- Slow Cooker Cornish Game Hens
- Grilled Chicken Filet Burger
- Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken
- Easy Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie
Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters
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- 1 ½ pounds chicken leg quarters
- 1 cup ketchup
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons brown mustard Dijon also tastes great
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground paprika
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- ½ cup onion sliced
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ cup water
- Put the barbecue sauce ingredients into a bowl and mix well.
- Pour the water into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add your chicken leg quarters to the slow cooker and then top with the sliced onions.
- Pour the sauce on top of the chicken and onions.
- Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
- HINT: I created this slow cooker chicken quarters recipe to be a dump-and-go recipe because I wanted it to be the easiest possible. If you like a browned finish for your chicken, I would encourage you to brown the chicken in a hot oiled skillet on each side for 4 minutes before adding it to the slow cooker.
- Enjoy hot. You can add potatoes and carrots if you would like to slow cook some vegetables with the chicken.
- You can use chicken leg quarters, chicken legs, or any bone-in chicken pieces you have on hand.
- If you like your chicken really saucy, double the barbecue sauce recipe.
- This chicken dinner will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container.
- You can freeze this chicken easily in a freezer-safe zip-style bag.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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