Thursday, September 4, 2014

CROCK POT BARBECUE PULLED CHICKEN


I’ve always been a fan of big, messy barbecue sandwiches. They’re so tender and sweet. Generally, when you order a barbecue sandwich at a restaurant, they (1) use pork and (2) brag about how it’s been slow cooked for like 9 days (slight exaggeration). However, when it comes to this recipe I’m actually going to brag about the opposite.

This is pulled chicken barbecue -- that’s right, chicken! I’m sure some people are thinking “well that’s just not right.” But by using chicken, you cut the calories almost in half, making it more practical for the average person to eat on a regular basis. Also, this barbecue chicken takes four hours in the crock pot. Not twelve -- four! So if you don’t plan dinner ahead of time like I know some bachelors (ehemm Kyle) tend to do, you can still get home from work, start the dish and have it ready by 9.

Additionally, this recipe only has four ingredients. I know a lot of food bloggers like to come up with their special blend of spices to put on the meat, but in all reality most people don’t have 20 different varieties of spices just sitting in their cabinet. I understand that, and trust me, you’re not missing out on any flavor by only using these four ingredients.


CROCK POT BARBECUE PULLED CHICKEN
Yield: Makes enough meat for about 8 sandwiches
Calories: 160 calories per serving

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 and 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
DIRECTIONS
  1. Pour barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, and brown sugar in crock pot and stir.
  2. Place chicken into crock pot and stir again
  3. Turn the crock pot on low and cook meat for four hours
  4. Once chicken is cooked through, remove chicken from crock pot and place on plate
  5. Shred chicken into small pieces using two forks. It shouldn't take much effort.
  6. Once chicken is shredded, put shredded chicken back into crock pot and stir to combine the sauce with the chicken.
  7. Chicken is now ready to serve! Use sandwich buns, lettuce wraps, or eat it plain.


Chicken and sauce mixture in the crock pot.

Remove chicken from crock pot and use two forks to shred chicken.

This is what the end product of the shredded chicken will look like.

Dump the shredded chicken back into the crock pot and 
stir so it can combine with the barbecue sauce.

Scoop the shredded barbecue chicken onto sandwich buns

Pile it on so it's extra messy!

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