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Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

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Bourbon chicken is often found in food courts but is covered in sticky (sugary) sauce. This recipe drastically reduces the added sugar (almost 1/2 cup in most recipes) to just 1 tablespoon, but you could give or take a little. If you stick to 1 tablespoon, you’re using about 1/8 of the sugar added to most recipes. You can also use chicken breasts, but it will be less traditional, and less tender and juicy. Chicken thighs are still considered a lean meat, but be sure to remove the skin or buy skinless chicken. This recipe uses low and slow heat to keep the chicken juicy, rather than any added fat. If you are not serving this meal right away, you can also skim the fat from the sauce once it is cooled or refrigerated. Also, use the best quality chicken you can afford – organic and free-range is preferred. If you cannot afford or find that, at least aim to buy chicken without antibiotics.

Although the name includes bourbon, there is none in this particular recipe. If you’d like, you can add 2-4 tablespoons of bourbon and reduce the apple juice by that amount.

Serve this meal with your choice of cooked whole grain (buckwheat – pictured, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, etc.) and a green salad or other vegetables.

 

Easy Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

Serves 5-6
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 4 hours
Total time 4 hours, 10 minutes
Meal type Main Dish
Make juicy and flavorful chicken at home, similar to the bourbon chicken in the food court, except with much less sugar and better quality ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (organic and free-range preferred)
  • 1/4 cup low sodium tamari or soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple juice (or substitute white wine)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes

Directions

Step 1
In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except the chicken.
Step 2
Place chicken in a slow cooker, then pour sauce over. Move the chicken around so that it is covered with sauce and in an even layer.
Step 3
Cook on high for 4-6 hours.
Step 4
Remove chicken from slow cooker and slice. Optional: Pour sauce into a saucepan and simmer over low heat to reduce it until thickened, or mix a little cornstarch or arrowroot starch with water, then stir into sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until thickened.
Step 5
Pour remaining sauce over chicken. Serve over your favorite whole grain (try buckwheat, quinoa, or brown rice) and with a green salad.

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Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

Although Chipotle’s barbacoa is made with beef only, this recipe tastes very similar and just as delicious, even though it is beef and chicken. By including shredded chicken in this recipe, the impact on the environment and your health is lessened, and it creates longer strands than lean stew beef alone, making it seem more authentic and improving the texture.

You can make extra sauce and store it in the freezer to cut down on prep time the next time you make this dish. Thaw the sauce before using.

Adapted from this recipe.

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Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa

Serves 8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours, 20 minutes
Although Chipotle’s barbacoa is made with beef only, this recipe tastes very similar and just as delicious, even though it is beef and chicken. By including shredded chicken in this recipe, the impact on the environment and your health is lessened, and it creates longer strands than lean stew beef alone, making it seem more authentic and improving the texture.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1lb stew meat
  • 1-2lb boneless skinless chicken breast or thighs
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or about 3 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoons black pepper

Directions

Step 1
Heat coconut in a large skillet (stainless steel or cast iron preferred) on medium-high, then add stew beef. Cook until sides are browned, then place into slow cooker. Add chicken to pan and brown, then place into slow cooker.
Step 2
To make adobo sauce, combine apple cider vinegar, lime juice, chipotle chlies, garlic, cumin, oregano, black pepper, salt, and cloves in food processor and blend until smooth.
Step 3
Pour adobo sauce over meat and add bay leaves and chicken broth. Cook on high for 6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.
Step 4
Remove meat from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Combine with remaining liquid and serve.

White Chicken Chili (Dairy-Free)

Traditional white chicken chili recipes call for dairy, usually in the form of sour cream. This easy slow cooker recipe leaves out the dairy altogether, yet is still hearty and full of rich flavor. Use the highest quality of chicken you can afford (free-range organic preferred).

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White Chicken Chili

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 8 hours
Total time 8 hours, 10 minutes
White chicken chili recipes without dairy are nearly impossible to find. This easy slow cooker recipe leaves out the dairy, but is still supremely flavorful and hearty.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 1 bell peppers (diced)
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 can white beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • green onions and avocado (for garnish)

Directions

Step 1
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for about 5 minutes or until they start to turn light brown. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Remove from heat.
Step 2
Combine all remaining ingredients in a slow cooker except for green onions and avocado. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
Step 3
Shred the chicken by removing and shredding with two forks, or mash it up in the slow cooker. Also mash the cauliflower. Add salt to taste if necessary. Serve with avocado and green onion.

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Easy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

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This easy slow cooker recipe really only requires 2 ingredients – chicken and buffalo wing sauce. Add onion and garlic to the slow cooker for extra flavor, but it’s not absolutely necessary. I used free-range organic chicken, and it was 1 package boneless skinless breasts (~1 pound) and 1 package boneless skinless thighs (~1 3/4 pound).

Use this chicken to complete a meal – make lettuce wraps, put it on a salad, top a pizza with it (try this cauliflower pizza crust), or whatever else your heart desires.

Easy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Serves 8-12
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 6 hours
Total time 6 hours, 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3lb boneless skinless chicken (could do 1 package breasts, 1 package thighs)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle buffalo wing sauce

Directions

Step 1
Place chicken, onion, garlic, and water in a slow cooker and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8 hours.
Step 2
Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with 2 forks. Remove some of the onions from the slow cooker if you'd like and add to the chicken. Mix sauce with chicken, adding enough to coat the chicken but not so much that it is swimming in sauce.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust - guesswhoscooking.com. dairy free, gluten free (option), low carb

Use this buffalo chicken to make a buffalo chicken pizza using this cauliflower pizza crust recipe.

Simple Ham Bone Soup

Ham Bone Soup 2

If you had ham for the holidays and are now left with nothing but the bone, here’s a recipe for you!

Ingredients
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
6 carrots, cut into large chunks
2 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts only
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 leftover ham bone (it’s ok if there is still some meat/fat attached)
32 ounces (1 quart) organic chicken broth
32 ounces (4 cups) water, more if needed
salt to taste (if necessary)

Directions
Preheat a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add coconut oil, then onion, celery, carrots, and leeks. Saute for 4-5 minutes or until onions start to become translucent and vegetables begin to brown. Add garlic and cook for 30-60 seconds, then add ham bone and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for about 4 hours (or transfer to a slow cooker). As the soup is cooking, add more water if it starts to run too low. Add salt to taste, only if necessary (I didn’t – the ham made it salty enough.)

Ham Bone Soup

This is a very basic recipe, and you can add whatever else you’d like! Beans, lentils, spices such as curry powder, or any other vegetables. You can add winter squash or other root vegetables in the beginning, or softer vegetables towards the end, such as cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, or kale.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

 

Ingredients

2 Medium Yellow Onions, Sliced

1 Whole Chicken, or 3-4 Pounds Bone-In Chicken (Breasts, Drumsticks, whatever you like)

2 Tbsp Paprika

1 Tbsp Salt

1 Tbsp Mustard Powder

1 Tbsp Chili Powder

2 tsp Onion Powder

2 tsp Garlic Powder

2 tsp Lemon Pepper

1 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Directions

1. Add onions to slow cooker.

2. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Do not rinse chicken – this just spreads bacteria in your kitchen.

3. Rub spice mixture over chicken and add to slow cooker. If you have leftover spice mixture that hasn’t been contaminated with raw chicken, save it for the next time you prepare this dish (there WILL be a next time). Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4 hours.