Monday, January 7, 2013

Crockpot Week: Day 1

Pulled Chicken BBQ


Chicken Breast
Bottle of BBQ sauce. 

["really??" you ask. "really," i say. it's that easy.]

of course you can always make your own bbq sauce or add garlic, salt, brown sugar or any other seasoning your heart desires to the bottled bbq sauce. But I like to keep it simple. :)

Ok, so you want to use about a bottle of bbq sauce for every 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of chicken you use. I like to use honey bbq sauce. You put the chicken in the crockpot and pour the sauce on top. Let it cook for a few hours on low, and when you're almost ready to eat it use two forks to shred it up. Then stir it around to mix in the sauce well, and you're done.

What do we do with it when it's finished?? This is where it gets fun. You can make pulled chicken bbq sandwiches if  you want to be really fuss-less with it. OR, you can make several other things that are quite good.

1.) bbq chicken nachos.
simply pile a bunch of tortilla chips up on a platter, sprinkle with cheese and microwave til cheese melts. Then top with sour cream, salsa (preferably fresh), jalapeno slices, black beans, or whatever other nacho toppings you like and heap some spoonfuls of the bbq on top of it all.

2.) southwestern salad
greens (i like romaine) cheddar cheese, avocado slices, black beans, corn, tortilla strips, bbq chicken and ranch dressing. mmm.... (switch up toppings to whatever you like. hard boiled egg would be good, so would tomatoes, or bacon...)

3.) bbq chicken quesadillas
melt butter in a skillet, sprinkle cheese and bbq chicken on tortilla, top with a second tortilla, and grill both sides. you could make it in a george foreman grill to eliminate use of butter as well. slice into pizza shaped wedges. Dip in sour cream, salsa or ranch.

Can't decide which to make? Make an extra large crockpot full and use it for several different recipes in one week, or freeze some and pull it out another night.

If you come up with any other fun uses for the pulled chicken bbq let me know! Clearly I love it with a mexican twist, but I'd love to hear other ideas. :)

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