5 hours ago
Monday, March 21, 2011
Do you have a crockpot?
All of you...not just Megan.
I am in love with my crockpot. On days I want dinner to come together without much else than open the bag, dump that sauce, stir this up, my crockpot is my Savior. I think there is a shimmering, heavenly light over it (that could be the light beaming from the ceiling, but my crockpot is holier than that.)
This bbq style chicken serves as a Megan Monday because it's easy, can be made for the masses- hungry husbands, visiting inlaws- and doesn't require busy teachers to do too much work.
I served these on buns (go for whole wheat, without high fructose corn syrup!) and if you're feeling like you've hit your carb limit, serve it on half a bun, like I did. I served this with a salad (mixed greens with pecans, sliced apple and red onion) and baked waffle fries. These would also be great with baked beans or mac/potato salad.
Easy Peasy BBQ like Chicken:
2-3 lbs chicken breasts
1 bottle of your fav bbq sauce (check for no HFCS!)
2 cups water
In the crockpot, add chicken. Cover with water, and entire bottle of bbq sauce ( you'll want to buy another bottle for later...) Turn crockpot to LOW for 10 hours. Go to bed, go to work, go on vacation (just don't make it a week long trip)
When chicken is done, place it in the fridge for later, or if you're ready, serve it now.
If the chicken breasts are still pretty whole (meaning they look like full chicken breasts), pull them apart with two forks- you want it shredded. The crockpot should do most of this shredding for you, but sometimes it doesn't... don't judge.
Serve immediately on buns. Feel free to top these with sliced onion (white or yellow), bread and butter pickles and a drizzle of BBQ sauce (see why you need more?). You can also eat this 100% plain Jane.
IF you put the chicken in the fridge, when you're ready, reheat on the stove or microwave until hot.
TIP: You can basically put any meat in your crockpot with any type of liquid. Get creative: Pork and BBQ sauce, chicken and teriyaki sauce: serve with rice, or even tri tip with hot sauce and salsa: to go in tortillas.
PLEASE cook all your meats in your crockpot on LOW. They will be much more tender than when cooked on HIGH.
Posted by AB at 7:21 PM