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These slow cooker barbecue chicken soft tacos are perfect for enjoying the flavors of summer without turning on the barbecue!

Barbecue season is in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cook inside! It may be hot out there, but there is one little appliance that will get you through cooking dinner without heating up and kitchen, and it’s NOT your barbecue, it’s your slow cooker!!

Clean Eating Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Soft Tacos Recipe

Just think of everything you can get done while this cooks! Work, laundry, errands, all that fun stuff can be accomplished while dinner cooks itself. Sounds pretty good to me!

And I have to tell you, I LOVED these tacos! Something about bbq sauce in a taco just really nailed it for me. YUM!

These were soft, juicy and absolutely sink-your-teeth-in delicious! But I will warn you, it’s not easy to eat just one. So brace yourself. Filling up with a salad before hand is probably a good idea.

Just sayin’….

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Clean Eating Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Soft Tacos Recipe

Barbecue Chicken Soft Tacos

Enjoy delicious, summer food without having to fire up the barbecue!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 370kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 lb. raw chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 ⅓ cups clean eating barbecue sauce (see recipe link above)
  • 6 standard whole grain tortillas
  • your favorite toppings (tomatoes, guacamole, onions, etc.)


  • Put the chicken and sauce in the slow cooker for 5-7 hours on low or until it easily shreds when stirred. Use to build your tacos.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible. Data includes 1 tortilla per serving.


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 922mg | Potassium: 986mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 210IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. Just put the chicken in the slow cooker dry? It won’t get too dried out without so liquid? How long to cook?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Nan – Yes, dry. But the sauce is plenty of liquid.

  2. graciouspantry says:

    No. Just the chicken and the sauce.

  3. buggin2stamp says:

    Sounds yummy and your picture makes me want to eat my monitor. I love that your recipes are so yummy, healthy and so easy. Two ingredients! You can’t beat that! 🙂

  4. If you cannot purchase or make a clean eating bbq sauce will this recipe work with just regular bbq sauce, or is that sauce too thick?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      I would assume it’s okay with any sauce. You’d have to try it to see.

  5. graciouspantry says:

    Fantastic! Slow cooker chicken is the best. Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. graciouspantry says:

    I always assume that 1/2 a chicken breast is one serving. But it depends on how many servings you think people will eat.

  7. graciouspantry says:

    No, it would be about the same time.

  8. FLShopgirl says:

    These were SO good! I make a variety of tacos and fajitas and these are now at the top of my list. My boyfriend even commented that these were the best that I’ve made (big deal here because he eats just to survive and rarely comments on how good something is). Love, love, love your website and recipes. Keep ’em coming!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Thanks so awesome!

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Of course! But if you use cous cous, be sure it’s whole wheat.

  10. yep super super delish! Will defiantly be making again:)

  11. boneless chicken breasts, or on the bone?

    1. graciouspantry says:

      boneless and skinless.

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  15. I made this chicken with your clean bbq sauce in the crockpot and have been serving it on top of spaghetti squash this week! Amazing!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you like it!

  16. graciouspantry says:

    That’s wonderful! I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

  17. graciouspantry says:

    Awesome! I hope you enjoy it!

  18. graciouspantry says:

    Thanks so much! Glad you’re enjoying them!

  19. graciouspantry says:

    I get sprouted wheat tortillas at Trader Joe’s. It’s hard to say without seeing an ingredient list. Just because something is 100% whole wheat doesn’t mean there aren’t other things added.

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  21. Made these a couple of nights ago and it was so good!! I used your bbq sauce recipe and it was amazing! Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cristy – My pleasure! 🙂

  22. Amanda Vance says:

    I have to say I love your recipes. Im new to clean eating. I was sick for two years and couldn’t figure out why. This way of eating has brought my life back! It is expensive though, and I love your tips about that also!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Amanda – Thanks so much! I find that getting your health back can even out the cost in regards to health care. So worth it!

  23. The breast are supposed to be cooked already?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carolina – No, they should be raw.

  24. Hi! Made these overnight – just took chicken out to shred and it had turned dark on the outside and had majorly shrunk down – am I doing something wrong, maybe overcooked? I have never used BBQ sauce in slow cooker before. Shredded and popped back in sauce, we will have for dinner… Ah, my adventures in the kitchen never cease!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Suzanne – Did it end up looking like the chicken in the photo here?

  25. Suzanne Broadbent says:

    Hi – kind of! It tasted pretty good – we ate it tonight. I wonder if maybe I just put it in too long – will cook for less time next time around! Thanks for posting!

  26. veronica stankovich says:

    it says 6 large? That seems like a lot. I was thinking 3 large chicken breasts? I slice them
    down the middle and then the 3 large chicken breasts make 6 halves.
    Is this okay?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Veronica – You can cut the recipe in half if you wish, but be aware of your slow cooker and the cooking time. If the slow cooker isn’t full enough, your meat will become very dry.

  27. Can I use Frozen chicken breasts?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Cheryl – If you thaw them first.

  28. Hey there, I am planning to make this recipe but thought I would make my own tortillas. I am not sure what flour I can use though. I usually use the regular flower and just add water and baking powder but I know that flour is not considered clean eating. Can I use coconut flower instead? and will I make them the same just sub coconut flower with the regular flower? I am new to all this so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  29. Tiffany, these where awesome! My husband had two! Lol please keep them coming:)

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tracie – Fantastic!! 🙂

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