Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summer of the kitchen appliances

BEHOLD, THE MIGHTY SLOW COOKER. Prooooobably my favorite kitchen appliance. Commonly associated with stodgy housewifery, the slow cooker is one of the most under-appreciated kitchen appliance. Which I don't understand because using it makes cooking SO EASY, especially if you're dealing with meat. You just throw all your things in there, set the temp to either low or high (not very complicated), and turn on the timer for however long it needs to cook. Peace out, come back a work-day later, and TADA. Dinner.

So my slow cooker arrived a day earlier than I thought it would, which meant that I didn't have time to make the inaugural use super fancy or anything. This is a really easy bbq chicken that has a lot of pre-made things going into it, but it was super yum. A good alternative to pulled pork if you prefer leaner meats.

the building blocks:
3 frozen chicken breasts (6 halved chicken breasts probably would cook faster, but I didn't have that option)
1/2 cup of italian dressing
3/4 cup of bbq sauce
1/4 cup of ketchup
1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
3 sliced serrano peppers

Instruction manual

Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker
Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour them over the chicken
set the temp to high, or low. If you set it to low, the meat should be a lot more tender.
Cook for 3 1/2 hours if set to high, or about 7 hours if on low.
When the cooking time is over, take out the chicken breasts and shred them with 2 forks. Pour the sauce over the chicken and mix. Serve on bread or as a pizza topping IDK GO CRAZY.

I'm trying my hand at bread baking tomorrow - wish me luck!

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