Do you ever just stare at your pantry and say to yourself, what can I possible make?
There is always a hidden meal within a pantry. You just have to look in a different way to find it.
I often ask myself the same question. Some might feel intimidated by this but that’s okay, I’m here to help! It actually excites me and gets the creative cooking juices flowing lol!
This BBQ Chicken recipe is a perfect example of taking your everyday pantry items that are inexpensive and shelf stable to make a delicious meal(s) for you and your family or for a large group. This is also so easy to portion when you are just cooking for one.
In this recipe, you will need a crockpot, BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. See already most of you have these in your pantry. The only thing you would have to buy is the boneless skinless chicken breasts.
Side note: When meats go on sale and are deeply discounted I buy more and put them in my freezer for later. This way I know I almost always have proteins to work with. Saves time & money.
These pantry items are found almost anywhere and can be used for so many different recipes.
How to Serve Yummy BBQ Chicken
This BBQ Chicken recipe is great for a weekend dinner as burgers for your family, make some yummy salads for work, also a delicious protein for your weekly meal prep like in a Santa Fe Bowl, or serve this at a potluck, making it into a fun BBQ Sliders Bar.
The chicken required for this recipe is 2 lbs., now you can easily double it or cut it in half. It’s so simple and easy to follow. SET IT & FORGET IT!
How to Make It
To Start, combine in a mixing bowl your favorite BBQ sauce (I like the spicier ones, I love the heat), zesty Italian dressing, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce, and add salt to taste (you can always add more salt at the end). Whisk these ingredients together.
In a crockpot add the boneless skinless chicken breasts, and pour the marinade mixture over the top.
Set it on low for 6-7 hours (or high for 3-4 hours).
If at around the 6 hours (or 3 hour) mark, check the chicken it will start to shred by itself when it’s done. The time to finish will depend on the size of the chicken breasts, how big and/or thick they are. If the chicken shreds easily it’s done.
On a clean cutting board, remove the chicken from the sauce, one at a time, and with two forks or tongs begin to shred. Let the chicken marry back into the sauce on low for 10-15 mins. This is to prevent the chicken from drying out.
Then it’s done! See I told you it was easy!
Now onto the delicious part, serve it over a brioche bun for burgers, topped with coleslaw. Another meal I love is to serve it over rice, beans, corn and top with salsa and lettuce for a quick Santa Fe Bowl. You can also portion and freeze, save for a last minute dinner. This really is a versatile recipe.
Great meals don’t have to be complicated or expensive. You can take everyday pantry items like these to satisfy your tummy and your wallet!
Easy BBQ Chicken from Everyday Pantry Items
- 2 lbs. Chicken Breasts boneless, skinless
- 1 cup BBQ Sauce pick your favorite
- 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Dressing
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar light or dark
- 1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt to Taste
In a mixing bowl combine the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and salt.
Place the boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Pour the mixture over the chicken. Set the temperature on low for 6-7 hours (or 3-4 hours on high).
Then, at the 6 hour mark (or 3 hours) check on the chicken, when its ready it will be easy to shred apart. When the chicken is done, remove the chicken from the sauce onto a clean cutting board and begin to shred with two forks or tongs.
Once all the chicken is shredding, place chicken back into sauce. Put the sauce and chicken back on low 10-15 minutes. This will help prevent the chicken from drying out.
Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe NotesNote: if you use a low-sodium BBQ sauce it will be much easier to control the salt level!
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