The Best Ever Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
So we've all had pulled pork sandwiches and shredded beef bbq sandwiches, and both of these would be great with this bbq sauce recipe in the crock pot. But this is a slightly easier, healthier recipe that can be made just about any night of the week. Most people don't keep pot roasts and pork loins handy in the freezer for any random meal.
If you are using pork or pot roast, you likely have a meal in mind and usually make that meal pretty soon after purchasing the necessary ingredients. But chicken is one of the easiest, most versatile ingredients able to be cooked in just about any way to make a delicious meal.
I frequently toss chicken breasts in a casserole with Italian or Ranch dressing at 400 degrees F for an hour for an amazing dinner. Chicken is even great with fruit, with veggies and gravy, with rice or mashed potatoes, with pasta sauce, and with preserves.
With a much shorter cooking time in the crock pot than just about anything else, this makes for a quick meal for two, three, four, or a whole party in little to no time. I hope you enjoy it!
- 6 large frozen chicken breasts
- 1 (12oz) bottle your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- Set a medium to large crock pot to high temperature.
- Add your 6 frozen chicken breasts directly to the crock pot. You can thaw them ahead of time, but this recipe is meant to be as easy as possible. Regardless of whether they are thawed or frozen, they will turn out the same way.
- Dump in your bottle of BBQ sauce. I personally recommend a honey BBQ sauce.
- Add in your 1/2 cup of Italian dressing. This is going to give your chicken a TON of wonderful flavor.
- Now dump in your brown sugar.
- Finally add your Worcestershire sauce.
- You may want to mix them a little in the crock pot, marinating your chicken and spreading the flavor evenly.
- Put the cover on your crock pot and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours. This is great to start around lunch time to be ready for dinner.
- Check it every so often and keep marinating the sauce over the chicken breasts. Towards the end, you will want to try and help the chicken breasts begin falling apart. You can do this by using two forks to pull them apart.
- When it's ready, ladle it onto a hamburger bun for an amazing sandwich! Serve it with some coleslaw and baked beans for the perfect meal.
- Yummy! This is one of my favorite meals.
|Serving size: 3/4 cup|
|Calories from Fat||0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Carbohydrates 65 g||22%|
|Sugar 1 g|
|Fiber 50 g||200%|
|Protein 12 g||24%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 1195 mg||50%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
So, I'd like to think that I'm this amazing cook. I always consider my weekly meal plan the weekend before, I always use the most healthy ingredients, and I always have dinner made right on time when my husband walks through the door. Not!
As hard as I work to be an amazing wife and a wonderful homemaker, it doesn't always turn out that way. By the time I consider what to make for dinner (around 5pm each night), I have about an hour to an hour and a half to make dinner. This recipe calls for 4-6 hours in a crock pot. I simply didn't have that kind of time.
Obviously, had I planned out the meal ahead of time and prepared the meal earlier in the day, it would have worked out fine, but that's not what happened. I could certainly have made something else for dinner and saved this for the next day, but I'm too stubborn for that. Instead, I chose to find a way to make the same meal faster.
I placed two large semi thawed chicken breasts (that's all we need for dinner) into a square glass casserole dish. I mixed up the ingredients above for the full recipe, and drowned the breasts in the sauce. I normally cook my chicken breasts at 400 degrees F, so for this recipe, I dropped the temperature down to 350 degrees F.
It was about 4:00pm, and so I knew I had about two to two and a half hours until dinner needed to be done. I covered the casserole in aluminum foil, to simulate the crock pot, and left it in the oven for two hours. At about an hour and a half, I pulled it out and shredded the chicken, but it still needed a little longer in the oven. About thirty minutes later, the chicken was falling apart, soaked in yummy bbq sauce (and other delicious flavors), and ready for dinner.
I toasted bread for our bbq sandwiches, and voila! Oven baked shredded bbq chicken sandwiches in two hours! They were delicious. If I could say anything specific about them, I would point out the genius idea of putting Italian dressing in the bbq sauce. I make an amazing Italian Dressing Chicken that it out of this world, so I knew that it would really add a delightful kick to this recipe. Wow, it sure did!
Try it for yourself and you'll want to make it again the next night.
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© 2013 Victoria Van Ness