Thursday, January 30, 2014

BBQ Chicken {Paleo Crock-Pot} Recipe


If you missed my initial crock-pot recipe post, you can click here to read it.  

Answer the following questions before you sneak to see todays recipe: 

“Do you long to have time for yourself?”

“Ladies, do you long to hear oooo’s and ahhhh’s each night as your family is eating the meal you prepared?” 

“Do you long to help your family get healthy by serving meals that are nutrient dense and delicious?”

I don’t know about all of you but that is my goal as a busy mom who cooks dinner every night for nine people.  Using a crock-pot has been a complete game changer for me.  It allows me to consistently try new recipes and save a ton of time.   The best part is hearing my family “mmmmmm” and “yum-yum-yum” as they enjoy each meal I serve.  

I no longer stress if I will cook organic beef, chicken, and vegetables just right.   Every dish comes out juicy, tender, and cooked to perfection.  Every recipe I have tried has been a HUGE hit with my family and pickiest of eaters.  Every recipe can be changed simply by adding different herbs, spices, and vegetables.   Every recipe can either be served alone, on top of romaine or spinach leaves, or over a bead of quinoa (or rice for those who are not grain free).  Which helps me keep things exciting and never the same old same old each week.  

I have never struggled to create and cook highly nutritious meals.  (But ask me to bake something and I begin to sweat! Literally!       I am one thankful mom for all those out there who create organic and fresh GF desserts for me to serve my family as a treat!)  However, I would get bored quickly of the same ten dishes week after week.  Or I would want a night off because they all took me standing there for over thirty minutes.  Which may not seem like a lot but in our house 5pm to 7pm is the busiest time of day.  And we keep a strict bedtime for our crew because they must wake up at 6:15am to be on time for school in the morning.  Thus, my complete love affair with my crock-pot.  

Ladies (and gentlemen) let this be your year to wow your family by cooking nutritious meals that are fabulous without a ton of effort on your part and will warm their hearts!  They will think you worked all day to create the meals they will be enjoying.   If you are not a great cook, then here is your opportunity to change that and have everyone singing your praises!    Get ready to impress the most picky of eaters.  

Now let’s get down to business, he he he!

BBQ Chicken with Peppers and Onions – serves 9 prep time 10 minutes

First, I rinse off the organic boneless and skinless chicken breasts (this recipe calls for 12 – they come in packs of 3) and then slice.   For safety and sanitary reasons I always but my cutting boards directly into the dishwasher after cutting any raw meat on them.  I use a separate board for all vegetables, etc..


Next, I cut two organic onions in half and put on the bottom of crock-pot with a cored and sliced red pepper.  Then I layer on three boneless and skinless chicken breasts…


I cut up a large organic green pepper and follow the same steps above.


Until all of the breasts and 4 assorted bell peppers are sliced and layered.  I used yellow, orange, red, and green last night.


Then I shake a little black pepper on top, organic paprika, and drizzle 2 TB of GF BBQ (you can add more if you want a definite BBQ flavor) on top as seen above.

I set the crock-pot on high and walk away for two hours.   And the dish will look like the photo below.  I give it a good stir and walk away for another two hours leaving it on high.

As the chicken continues to cook it will get very tender and you can either shred it or leave in chunks.

When it is done (which usually takes 4 hours on high and 1.5 – 2 hours on low) it will look like this:



You can substitute the BBQ sauce with a red sauce and make this dish Italian.   For a Mexican dish simply use organic cayenne, red pepper spice, chili powder sprinkled on top to taste and “hot” factor. 



I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we all do!

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