In case you’re new here, it will quickly become obvious that I’m a huge fan of easy meals – and I mean EASY. There are very few recipes I post that are complicated because, well, I just don’t have a lot of time or patients for complicated. One of the recent meals my family raved about was my Crockpot Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches and Cheesy Bacon Fries, so I’m going to share it with all of you today. I hope you give it a try and love it just as much as my family and I did!
Crockpot Pulled Barbecue Chicken Recipe
I find chicken thighs at my local grocery store on sale for as little as $0.89 a pound, so it’s a smart buy for my family, but they don’t like eating chicken thighs when baked or fried. Yes, they may eat them, but begrudgingly. This recipe for Crockpot Pulled Barbecue Chicken was created in an effort to make my grocery budget stretch, while still being able to provide a delicious meal for my family.
4-6 fresh chicken thighs
1 tablespoon Weber Chicken Seasoning
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 and 1/2 cups water
1/2 bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce or your barbecue sauce of preference
Add all ingredients to crockpot and set it to high. Allow to cook 3-4 hours or until chicken is falling off of the bone. Once this occurs, turn the crockpot heat to low. Drain the liquid from the crockpot, pull all of the chicken from the bone, taking care to remove all bones and any skin, fat or grit from the meat. You can discard any bones, skin, fat or grit. Put pulled chicken back into the crockpot and begin to shred or pull the chicken apart using two forks. It should shred very easily.
Add at least 1 and 1/2 cups of barbecue sauce to the shredded chicken and allow to cook on low an additional 20 – 30 minutes. Serve on buns, rolls or bread of choice.
I decided to serve these sandwiches with Cheesy Bacon Fries, which was a fabulous pairing in my family’s eyes. The recipe for Cheesy Bacon Fries is below, if you’d like it.
Cheesy Bacon Fries Recipe
Your favorite fries
1-2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
5-8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Cookie sheet, wrapped in foil for easy clean-up
Bake or fry french fries according to package instructions. Put together as many bunches or “orders” of fries as needed for your family.
Set oven to broil.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of the fries and then sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the cheese.
Place in oven for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and gooey.
Slide Cheesy Bacon Fries off of the cookie sheet and onto the plates with a spatula.
You can top with sour cream, chives or just leave them as-is for a delicious dinner accompaniment.