Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pulled Chicken a la Crockpot

Once upon a time a shiny new Crockpot met some chicken.

They decided to throw a party and invite some delicious sauces, spices and produce...

The sauces and spices stayed to themselves in the beginning...

While the Crockpot and chicken devised a plan to get them all mixing and mingling...

The onions and red peppers were the easiest to convince.

And everyone knows produce is the life of the party... so the sauce quickly followed.

The shindig lasted for about five hours, and once it was all over, you couldn't tell where one party-goer ended and the other began.

This dish is insanely flavorful! My favorite part is you're basically making the barbecue sauce from scratch so you can control the heat, tang and sweetness. I prefer heat and sweet, so I adapted from elly says opa and Spark Recipes to create my perfect pulled chicken. This was easy to put together, and once it was in the pot, I didn't have to worry about it at all. In fact, I finally watched "The Blind Side" and blubbered like a looney for a good portion of the time dinner was stewing. The only thing I would change is I'd like to find an un-boring vegetable side to accompany this goodness.

Pulled Chicken a la Crockpot (adapted from elly says opa/sparkrecipes)

1.5 lbs. boneless chicken breast (roughly one pack)
1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 jalapeƱo peppers (or whatever peppers you prefer)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
4 Tbsp. honey
1/2 Tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp Sriracha sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 Tbsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp Adobo seasoning
1 large onion, thinly sliced in half circles
1 large red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced

Combine all the ingredients up to Cayenne Pepper in a bowl. Whisk to mix well. Place chicken in the slow cooker, season with Adobo. Cover the chicken in the onions, red pepper, and garlic. Pour the sauce over, making sure to cover chicken completely. Cook on low for 5 hours. Pull apart with a fork, take a second to marvel at your yummy meal, then serve!

What makes it healthier:
♡ Lean boneless chicken breasts
♡ Fewer processed ingredients
♡ No sugar-packed pre-made bbq sauce
♡ 100-calorie sandwich thin instead of a chunky bun

Pulled Chicken a la Crockpot: ✩✩✩✩½
Amwilli-o-meter: 2 helpings (Would have been 2 helpings + lunch, but someone was running a lotta late this morning)

Next up for the slowcooker: soup!

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