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Slow Cooker BBQ Peach Chicken Thighs with a Cayenne Kick

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If you want a delicious and easy meal that will have your friends and family begging for more, then this slow cooker peach bbq chicken recipe is just what you need. It takes less than 20 minutes of prep time and 3 hours on high in the crockpot before it’s ready to serve! This recipe is so simple but also incredibly tasty. All you need are some boneless skinless chicken thighs, a jar of peach jam or preserves, BBQ sauce, some seasonings, broth, and a little cayenne for kick.

A white plate of chicken thighs covered with peach BBQ sauce.

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Believe me… these chicken thighs come out incredibly tender and juicy. While the peach jam adds a sweet tanginess, it’s a perfect way to bring the flavors of summer to dinner all year long.

Ingredients & Tools You’ll Need To Make Slow Cooker Peach BBQ Chicken

Not only will this recipe have your taste buds groaning in delight, but it is also easy to clean up! You only need a medium-size bowl, a whisk, and your crockpot! That’s one of the advantages of using peach preserves over fresh, no need to boil, skin, and cut the peaches, which is a load of dishes in itself!

Ingredients

Ingredient for peach BBQ chicken sitting on a white countertop.
  • Boneless Chicken Thighs
  • Salt
  • Cayenne 
  • Poultry Seasoning
  • BBQ sauce of choice
  • Peach Jam or Preserves
  • Chicken Broth
  • Worcestershire Sauce

How To Make BBQ Peach Chicken Thighs in the Crock-Pot

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Collage of cooking the chicken thighs.
  1. Place chicken thighs in a crockpot. (Photo 1)
  2. Season chicken with salt, cayenne pepper, and poultry seasoning. (Photo 2)
Collage of Chicken thighs cooked in a peach BBQ sauce sitting on a white plate.
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the bbq sauce and peach jam. Whisk in the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce. (Photos 3 & 4)
  2. Pour the bbq sauce mixture over the chicken thighs. (Photo 5)
  3. Secure lid on crockpot and set to high heat for 3 hours.
Chicken thighs cooked in a peach BBQ sauce sitting on a white plate.

What to serve with your BBQ Peach chicken thighs

What goes better with peach BBQ chicken than mac and cheese with a side of southern cooked green beans and cornbread? Not much if you ask me! 

For dessert, how about a peach pie to round the meal out! If peach on peach sound like too much for you, my blueberry dump cake is sure to finish your meal off right!

A piece of peach BBQ chicken on a plate.

Crock Pot BBQ Peach Chicken FAQs

Can I use Frozen Chicken Thighs?

It’s ideal to use thawed chicken thighs, but you can use frozen chicken thighs as well. Just increase the cooking time by an hour on High or two hours on Low and make sure to use enough liquid so that it doesn’t burn in the pot.

What BBQ sauce should I use?

Feel free to experiment with different BBQ sauces! Some peach jam or peach preserves may be overall sweet, so you might want to use a tangier bbq sauce, with vinegar being at the forefront of flavor.

Can I use bone-in chicken thighs?

I recommend using boneless, skin-off chicken thighs for this peach slow cooker recipe. If all you have on hand are bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, that’s fine too! Just make sure to increase the cooking time on your slow cooker by an hour or two, depending on how big the thighs are.

Can I freeze this recipe?

This recipe is great for the freezer! You can make a double portion if you’d like, and then you’ll have it ready to go for a busy weeknight when cooking a full meal is just not an option.

Do I have to use peach preserves, or can I use fresh?

You can use peach preserves, canned or fresh peaches, but the cooking time will vary. If you use peach preserves, then you can follow the instructions as is and cook it on high for three hours in your crockpot. Just make sure to peel your fresh peaches and dice them up. You will want about a cup of fresh or canned peaches in place of the preserves. Keep in mind that the peach flavor may get lost if you choose to skip the preserves.

Can I add bourbon or whiskey to this recipe?

If you’re a fan of peach paired with bourbon or whiskey in your BBQ sauce, you can add either to this recipe! I recommend about 1/2 a cup. If you like a more robust bourbon or whiskey flavor, you can up that. But, again, keep in mind that it may overpower all the other flavors in the sauce. Which, depending on who you ask, may not be a bad thing… lol

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4.89 from 17 votes

Slow Cooker BBQ Peach Chicken Thighs with a Cayenne Kick


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Slow Cooker & Crockpot
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Yields 5 Servings
If you want a delicious and easy meal that will have your friends and family begging for more, then this slow cooker bbq peach chicken is what you need. 

Ingredients 

  • 5-6 Chicken Thighs
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Poultry Seasoning
  • ½ cup (143 g) BBQ sauce of choice
  • ½ cup (170 g) Peach Jam or Preserves
  • ½ cup (117 ½ g) Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

  • Place chicken thighs in crockpot.
  • Season chicken with salt, cayenne pepper and poultry seasoning.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the bbq sauce and peach jam. Whisk in the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Pour the bbq sauce mixture over the chicken thighs.
  • Secure lid on crockpot and set to high heat for 3 hours.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Serving Calories: 397kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 36g (12%) Protein: 19g (38%) Fat: 19g (29%) Saturated Fat: 5g (31%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 111mg (37%) Sodium: 976mg (42%) Potassium: 377mg (11%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 26g (29%) Vitamin A: 249IU (5%) Vitamin C: 5mg (6%) Calcium: 35mg (4%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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21 Comments

  1. Awesome and yummy recipe, I would like it more boneless as well. I think will enjoy it more that way. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Yes! I’m always looking for crock pot recipes because they make my life so simple. I never thought of peaches with chicken, but it sounds like a genius idea! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. This is such a great idea for a meal. I never thought about using peach jam on chicken before. I’m going to have to try this out.

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