Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crock Pot BBQ Shredded Chicken

Last Saturday we went to church which started at 5:00pm.  It was too early to eat dinner before we left and pushing our normal dinner well over an hour after returning home.  I needed something that would be ready after church.  Immediately, I was thankful for 3 things:  my husband, my crockpot, and my delay start button on my oven.

Seeing how stressed I was about trying to throw something together for dinner, Steven informed me he wanted BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.  Really?  That's really easy to throw together when we get home...start the grill, throw the chicken on, wait for 30 minutes while it cooks, tell my children to eat their fingernails because they're starving, then serve dinner.  I thought he'd done lost his mind.  Then I thought of my beautiful crock pot.  Actually it's a boy, so he's handsome.  His name is Bob.  Anyway, Bob was calling my name...

"Hello Amanda.  Use me.  I can help you achieve your goals.  I can cook your chicken so tenderly.  I will have it awaiting your arrival."

He had me at hello.  He had me at hello.  I whipped that bad boy out, threw in my 2 frozen chicken breasts (yes, frozen), and added my homemade BBQ sauce on top.  Set the crock pot for 6 hours and that was it.  True love was born.  I think Big Bertha is jealous.

Here's the specifics of my BBQ sauce and my o' so hard crock pot chicken...

BBQ Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

(Taste and retaste.  I normally don't measure this out, so I'm completely guessing here.)

Directions for Chicken...
  • Place 2 frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot.
  • Pour about 1/4 cup chicken broth over chicken.
  • Sprinkle fresh cracked pepper and salt over chicken.
  • Pour BBQ sauce over chicken.
  • Let cook 4-6 hours until chicken is done.
  • Use two forks to shred chicken.
  • Serve on broiled hamburger buns and pickles.
That's it.  It's Amanda's quick guide to making her husband's dinner dreams come true.  Now you see why he puts up with me, right?


Ashley said...

That sounds lovely. We usually throw a thing of pork (shoulder?) in the crock pot with a special bbq sauce and turn it on low before we leave for work and it is ready when we get home. We keep talking about making more crock pot meals we just haven't followed through yet.

Jesse said...

Sounds so good! I love crock pot cooking and mine broke over the winter. =(

Alice said...

I made something like this once. I added onions (just big slices) and brown sugar too. And something else but I can't remember. Then we had homeade coleslaw and homeade french fries. Yum, starch. Oh how I miss thee!