BBQ Chicken Tacos

Hello! My name is Heather from Literary Sweet where we love to bring you good food, drinks and books. Today I have a quick and easy dinner recipe that kids and adults love. You can even cook it right up in your crock pot to save yourself some time. Apart from everyday seasonings there are only 4 ingredients in this dish.


I’m uncertain if I’m the first person to ever do this or not. The other day we had leftover BBQ chicken legs and on a whim I decided to use that instead of the breasts featured in the recipe. Let me tell you it was so darn toot-in good I had to make it again. It was just as good as the first time and every single one of us went back for seconds. My step-father may of even had thirds and we still have leftovers.


You see I’m always looking to cut our food costs but still stay as natural as possible with my cooking. I might still rely on some conveniences, but my ultimate goal is as much food from scratch as possible with little time in the kitchen. After all I have seven mouths to feed and three children to chase after. This dish can easily fill up a crowd too which makes this an all occasion main dish. It can even be spiced up for those who really enjoy spicy foods, or made spice free for the kiddos.


Though we’ve never had leftovers to test it out I believe this would be good for a freezer meal too. You could make up the chicken ahead of time and freeze it for a later date.


BBQ Chicken Tacos

generously serves 8-10 (2 tacos a piece)


  • 3 skinless chicken breasts or a large package of leg quarters*
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce*
  • 1-2 16 ounce package(s) of shredded cheese of choice*
  • 2 packages of 10 count tortillas
  • Ranch or Blue Cheese dressing if desired.



  1. In a crock-pot place chicken, paprika, garlic and salt.
  2. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until tender.
  3. Remove bones if you chose a bone-in cut. Be careful there are some small ones.
  4. Move your chicken to a bowl and start to shred it up.
  5. Add BBQ sauce and work it* into the chicken.
  6. Take ½ cup of cheese and work it into the chicken.
  7. Serve on tortillas with extra cheese and dressing.




– Use whichever meat you prefer or is cheapest for you. Just remember to pick out the bones.

– I happen to make my own BBQ sauce which has a super spicy and mild version, but please use what you enjoy eating or preparing.

  • I used a combination of pepper jack cheese for us adults and Colby jack for the kids.
  • You could also take the dry spices and rub the chicken, but it really isn’t necessary.



For busy moms, dads, students and well everyone this dish is so easy and filling. Apart from cooking the chicken everything comes together in about 5 minutes. We ate ours with rice and corn at dinner, but for lunch they eat fine by themselves.


How do you like to eat left over BBQ chicken?


  1. Yum! Thanks for sharing :) I love BBQ chicken!

  2. Sounds delicious! We will have to try this one. I absolutely love easy, simple meals in the crock pot.

  3. michelle murray says:

    Those look sooo good!

  4. These sound and look delicious! We love tacos! I don’t think I ever ate a BBQ taco, I’ll have to try these, Thanks

  5. Never look at recipes when you are hungry! These look wonderful and in fact im going to bookmark them. I may make them a little spicier to suit my kids though

  6. This looks so good, I’m going to have to try it.

  7. This sounds very good. I like anything bbq!

  8. Stephanie says:

    i love tacos and these look good

  9. I am always repurposing leftovers for meals later in the week. My mom always did it, we try to throw out as little as possible. Your tacos look great!

  10. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• This looks so yummy. I love BBQ Chicken & I love tacos! I would personally fry them up for a bit after I rolled them to add a nice crunch.