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slow cooker leg quarters on a platter

Barbecue Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters

Sandi Gaertner
A delicious easy homemade slow cooker chicken leg quarters recipe that is budget friendly.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 5 mins
Course Meal Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 leg quarters
Calories 487 kcal


  • 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.


  1. You can use chicken leg quarters, chicken legs, or any bone-in chicken pieces you have on hand.
  2. If you like your chicken really saucy, double the barbecue sauce recipe.
  3. This chicken dinner will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container. 
  4. You can freeze this chicken easily in a freezer-safe zip-style bag.


Serving: 1leg quarterCalories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 25gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 142mgSodium: 1278mgPotassium: 628mgFiber: 2gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 2412IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Keyword barbecue chicken in crock pot, slow cooker chicken leg quarters
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