Good morning! WOW, has it been an exciting couple of days for us! Sunday was my second post over at www.RocketCityMom.com for 'Around The Table With Aunt Bee.' I shared a recipe that incorporates Easter leftovers into a fun brunch that can be prepared the night before so you can just pop it in the oven the morning of! Its my Overnight Glazed Ham & French Toast Casserole! Go check it out and leave me a comment over there!
And if THAT wasn't enough excitement, yesterday was another surreal day for me! I was chosen as the featured guest for the 'Guess Who's Coming For Dinner' segment on Platter Talk. This was a huge honor for me and I brought a brand new original recipe that I felt was worthy of such a momentous occasion! It was my Smoked Sausage Penne Alfredo! A huge thank you to Dan & Scott for such a wonderful invite! I look forward to returning the favor and having them over for dinner very soon!
This weekend we had more of the lovely spring weather and I found myself using my slow cooker several times! I have an excellent bourbon chicken recipe on the blog already, but I wanted to try my hand at a super easy '5 minute prep' slow cooker version and I was SO PLEASED at how it turned out! I will be making this again and again and won't change a single thing! I used a whole chicken, but you could use any kind of chicken you wanted or had on hand. I prefer the taste of a whole chicken in the crock pot because I like the mixture of the white and dark meat, personally. We served it over Bacon & Egg Fried Rice (recipe tomorrow) with Fresh Ginger & Garlic Roasted Broccoli! I hope you guys give this a try!
Slow Cooker Bourbon Pulled Chicken
1 4 lb whole chicken
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (just depends on your heat level preference)
1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple juice
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegarDirections
Rinse chicken inside and out well under cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel. Spray inside of slow cooker with cooking spray. Put Chicken inside. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6 - 8 hours. I glazed the chicken with the juices in the bottom of the slow cooker about every hour. I know this makes the cooking time take longer but it sure makes it tastier :-) Remove chicken from slow cooker and allow to rest until it is cool enough to handle. Pull the meat off the bone. At this point, you CAN make a corn starch slurry (mix 1 TBSP corn starch with 1 TBSP cold water then add that to slow cooker juices) to thicken the juice but I didn't. I just served the juice over the Pulled Chicken and Fried Rice. It was out of this world delicious! Enjoy! <3
Before Cooking! Check out that delicious sauce!
....and by AFTER I mean after I had eaten 1/2 a cup full while pulling it off the bones! LOL
Slow Cooker Bourbon Pulled Chicken served over Bacon & Egg Fried Rice
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