BBQ Chicken Topped Baked Potato

Growing up we definitely had a set few meals that we would rotate through regularly; chicken enchiladas, pizza benders, spaghetti (with marinara or carbonara), tacos, and bbq chicken. They were all delicious meals, and we were all happy to eat them over and over again because we liked them so much.

When we had BBQ chicken I remember that we almost always had it with baked potatoes as the side dish. Perfection.

This meal is a perfect combination of that. A baked potato with shredded barbecue chicken on top. Plus whatever other toppings you might like added too. (Ps. I ended up not loving the sour cream with the bbq chicken, just fyi)


I cooked the chicken in the crock pot all day, and I ended up making WAY more than we needed, but shredded bbq chicken is a great thing to have leftover for bbq chicken pizzas, or sandwiches or whatever else you might want it for. So here’s the amount of chicken I made, but it makes a lot.

BBQ Chicken Topped Baked Potato


  • 3 large chicken breasts
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • potatoes (1-2 per person)
  • butter
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese
  • bacon bits
  • sour cream
  • chives/green onions
  • etc.


  1. Put chicken breasts, water, bbq sauce and brown sugar in your crock pot. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  2. An hour and a half before you want to eat, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Wash your potatoes and stick them with a fork a few times.
  4. Cover potatoes in aluminum foil and bake in oven for about 70 minutes or until soft. (Or for instructions on how to microwave bake a potato go here)
  5. Shred chicken in crockpot using 2 forks. Drain excess liquid out. Add more bbq sauce if desired
  6. Cut baked potato open and top with a little bbq chicken, bacon bits, cheese, or whatever toppings you'd like.
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  1. Big time YUM for this, that potato looks great! I love BBQ in any form: chicken, beef, pork, and mutton. Of course, living in Texas helps this too! I love baked potatoes. At a church function last weekend there were baked potatoes and a chili cook-off. I mixed the two and it was tasty!

    1. I’m right with ya, BBQ anything is delicious, though I have actually never tried mutton. And chili on a potato sounds delicious – I will have to try that next!

  2. Ellen Garrett · · Reply

    I like the cloth under the food, it makes for a pretty picture. I have cooked the potatoes in with the chicken. Just put a foil layer in between, the potato is more steamed than baked so the skin is soft but still good.

    1. What a great idea! That would eliminate a lot of time for me and then I wouldn’t have to wait after work at all.

  3. Aimee, wow. just wow! this looks and sounds incredible combining two of the best things in life – bbq chicken (my favorite!) and baked potatoes. Can’t believe i’ve never thought to do this before! Oh well, that’s why I have you! love this so much!

    1. Haha, Sally, Thank you so much! We had leftovers of this again for dinner last night and it was just as delicious. Let me know what you think when you try it out!

  4. I forgot about pizza benders, how could I. I am thinking this something that either you or I need to make for the blog and just for the goodness.

    1. I tried making some rolls today from frozen rolls (like rhoades) and I guess our house is too cold because 4 hours later they’d only grown about 1/2 a centimeter in size and were starting to dry out. I tried baking them anyway, but of course they were dense and gross. Needless to say I think you should post the pizza bender recipe first, because I have not had a lot of success with the frozen rolls for the dough.

  5. Can or is chicken frozen? Is there a difference on time?

    1. You can use frozen chicken if you want, it shouldn’t take any longer to cook.

      1. I meant to type can you use frozen.: :) and thanks! Making it now!

      2. How did it turn out?

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