Growing up in my household, the food we ate very rarely came out of a box or a can. Everything was made from scratch and this stayed with me as I entered adulthood and I moved out on my own. Sure, there are times that I wish I had a box of KD or Zoodles in the pantry but there are always better alternatives. Entering motherhood, trying to make things "from scratch" is not as easy as I had hoped. I have definitely found it difficult to manage life in the kitchen with life with a newborn. Three months into it and I feel like I am finally just getting into some sort of routine which allows me to be in the kitchen (and actually eat) and refrain from anymore pizza slices or sushi rolls. I made an amazing Cottage Pie the other day and I am managing to make smoothies every morning. But there is still the occasional time where I want something warm, hearty, voluminous (for leftover purposes) and that is quick to make (cause lets face it, a cottage pie is all of the above but takes forever to prep). I always turn to this recipe that I learned from a mom I nannied for pre-Lennon. It's not from scratch, it uses ingredients from a can but it's darn delicious and is the quickest meal ever. One thing I have learned being a new mom is that you have to do what you can to get by, and if that means having the occasional recipe that is not from scratch - so be it! You'll be thanking me for this one!
You Will Need:
- a pack of raw chicken breasts
- 1 cup of BBQ sauce
- 1 cup of Root Beer
I usually use a large pack of 4-6 breasts but you can use the same amount of BBQ sauce and Root Beer for as much or as little chicken as your slow cooker will allow.
1. Throw the chicken into the slow cooker
2. Pour BBQ sauce and Root Beer over the chicken
3. Set the slow cooker on High and the timer for 4.5 hours
4. After 4 hours, open the lid of the slow cooker and, using two forks, start shredding apart the chicken. It should pull apart easily. It will seem like there is an excess of liquid/juice
5. After pulling the chicken apart, stir it a couple times and allow to cook for another half hour to absorb all the juices and to allow it to thicken up
There you have it, 3 ingredients and you've got yourself a versatile and delicious dish (okay, well if you count the ingredients within the BBQ sauce and root beer, this amounts to a bit more than three). Throw the pulled chicken over rice, toss it in a wrap or on a pizza or in a sandwich, add it to poutine or just eat it as is. I have made this for multiple parties and it has been a huge hit. Set up a station with sandwich bread, wraps and various toppings and let your guests fix their own to their liking. This is also great for those who don't eat beef or pork. You can also find BBQ sauces and Root Beers that aren't so artificial to make this dish healthier. If you try it out, let me know your thoughts on this recipe! Happy Cooking and Bon Appetit!