BBQ Pulled Chicken

Parents – do many of us have children sleeping in our beds? My research has weighted heavily to the yes but this is a polarizing topic. We started allowing it only as a temporary measure when Bryce was 3 because after transitioning to a toddler bed she started to walk into our room in the middle of the night. I fought it off but then on a fateful night I caved. As someone who needs sleep to function at work I said to myself that I would allow this for a minute until we figured it out. Here we are 2 years later, perhaps more rested but with a potential task at hand.

I have to take a moment to say happy birthday to my little gal. She turned 5 this week and I was a little emotional over it. Not because I’m sad that she’s growing up, but because I am so incredibly proud of who she is becoming. Turning five is like a coming of age moment — one that we coined a turning point for new policies like sleeping all night in her own bed and taking on specific responsibilities. We’ve made a big deal about turning five and what it means to be a big kid. From the time they are born we bestow guidance in hopes that it sticks, but in truth it does only sometimes, at least in the way you actually planned it. To my surprise, on the night of her birthday she DID sleep in her own bed (she came into my room and invited me to HER room but hey, it’s a start.) She then proceeded to say “Thank you god for my thoughts and my friends.” That morning she also got herself dressed, her teeth and hair brushed and all without direction from me. Can I get am AMEN?! Five is getting off to a good start! Perhaps the task at hand is more manageable than I thought it to be. I’m reminded that we need to have faith in them.

As you know we’ve had family in town and amidst all the sightseeing and running around, we were able to assemble this one-pot-wonder after lunch. We then left the house, drove all over town and returned home to serve ourselves a mouth-watering BBQ pulled chicken dinner.

Need I say more?

Get out your crock pots! I promise you won’t regret it. There is nothing better than the aromatics of a slow cooked meal. Sundays are usually the days for that but a crock pot is genius if you’re feeding a crowd — it really takes the pressure off and keeps things easy peasy.

This is one of the best make ahead meals to have in the fridge during the week and came from eat,live, run. I doubled it to feed 8 and substituted chicken breast for chicken thighs because that’s what I had in the freezer. I had lots of leftovers, still. It has been delicious with this cabbage broccoli slaw.

You won’t be disappointed!

BBQ Pulled Chicken

6-7 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 T olive oil
2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
2 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp garlic salt

Brown chicken for four minutes on each side in one tablespoon of hot oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Remove from heat and place in a slow cooker.

Combine ketchup and next six ingredients. Pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on high for 5 hours.

Remove chicken from sauce and then shred it into a large bowl, using two forks. Stir shredded chicken into the sauce. Spoon mixture onto buns, serve over a salad, coleslaw or in tortillas.

Have a fantastic weekend!


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