I've been thinking, the humble crockpot deserves a better reputation than it has. Nothing beats a crock pot when it comes to the flavor and texture of slow-cooked meats in savory sauce. Fantastic! And on those nights I have to work till 7pm, nothing beats coming home hungry to a nice, hot dinner, ready for eating. :)
This chicken recipe is embarrassingly easy, yet one of the most popular dishes in my home. It's a slam-dunk every single time.
Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken
Baked Sweet Potatoes
CROCKPOT BBQ PULLED CHICKEN
2-4 boneless chicken or turkey breasts
1 jar of your favorite BBQ sauce (or make your own - simple recipe below!)
Season meat with a little salt and pepper. Throw it in the crocpot. Pour BBQ sauce all over the top. Turn it on low. Go to work and fuggedaboudit. (But then remember it after 6-10 hours)
When you are ready to eat, do this:
1. Turn off crock pot. Take two forks, and pull the meat apart into nice juicy strands. Stir it up to evenly distribute the sauce.
2. Prick a few washed and dried yams with a fork, throw 'em in the microwave and cook on high for 6-10 minutes. Check them half way through. When a fork is inserted easily, they are done.
3. While the potatoes are microwaving, make the coleslaw:
For the dressing:
2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
20 grinds fresh black pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad:
A big bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix
(or 1 small green and a ½ a red head of cabbage, shredded by you)
1 (15-ounce) can corn kernels, drained
1 bunch fresh cilantro, washed, dried, and finely chopped
1 bunch scallions, washed, dried, and thinly sliced into rounds
Make the dressing by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Toss all the salad ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
Keep refrigerated and covered until ready to use.
HOMEMADE BBQ SAUCE
2 cups ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tablespoons light brown sugar (OR molasses OR honey OR real maple syrup)
5-10 grinds fresh ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon onion powder
1/2 tablespoon ground mustard or mustard powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice (or lime or OJ)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
dash cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and pour over chicken in crockpot.
TO PLATE THE DINNER:
You can have the pulled chicken on hamburger buns for a slammin' sandwhich, but I really love to pile the meat on top of the split, baked yam. It makes a nice-looking boat on the plate. :)
Pile a mound of slaw on the side.
Eat it up. Smile. :)
Bring leftovers to work for lunch the next day. Smile again. :)