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Slow cooker with pineapple, vegetables, white beans, and chicken thighs, topped with BBQ sauce

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Dinner (gluten-free)

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy slow cooker barbecue chicken tastes just like BBQ chicken pizza!


  • 2 large bell peppers (I recommend green here)
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1.5 cups cooked white beans (1 can), drained (like Navy beans)
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, more as needed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce of choice (I like Trader Joe's or this one when it's on sale), plus more for serving

For serving: rice, or cauliflower rice, or potatoes, or sweet potatoes! Top with sliced green onions.


  1. Prepare the produce: slice the onions into wedges (removing outer layers and root/stem) and the bell peppers into strips (removing stems and seeds). Chop the pineapple into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Place vegetables and pineapple in the bottom of the slow cooker. Sprinkle with a little salt and top with the drained white beans.
  3. Place chicken thighs on top and sprinkle with remaining salt (salt needs may vary based on the saltiness of the BBQ sauce). Cover chicken with 1 cup barbecue sauce.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until chicken is fully cooked to 165ºF on a meat thermometer.
  5. Using two forks, shred the chicken thighs directly in the slow cooker and stir.
  6. Serve with a delicious starch like rice, potatoes, or sweet potatoes, or with cauliflower rice for more vegetables.
  7. Top with chopped green onion.


  1. Can you use canned pineapple? Yes! I would use pineapple chunks or rings you can cut into chunks.
  2. Why green bell peppers? Green bell peppers are more bitter than red/orange/yellow, but much cheaper. With the combination of BBQ sauce (usually sweetened), and the pineapple, it balances the bitterness and works great here!

Nutrition label includes 2 cups cooked brown rice and 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce and it is only an estimate.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 150
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: gluten free main meal, barbecue chicken slow cooker

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