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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken

Photo: Kate Mathis; Styling: Paul Grimes
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 6 hrs
Yield

Serves 8

Does it get much easier than this summer crockpot recipe? Slow-cook chicken breasts in a mixture of bottled barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce for a tender, sweet, and tangy barbecue chicken that’s great on a bun or even over a baked potato. This is a stress-free and tasty meal of which the whole family will want seconds. 

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian dressing
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium chicken broth

Nutrition Information

  • calories 166
  • fat 3 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 15 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 47 mg
  • sodium 463 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put chicken in slow cooker. In a bowl, combine barbecue sauce, dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.

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  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with 2 forks. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir into sauce in slow cooker, cover and cook until sauce is thickened and heated through, 5 to 10 minutes. Return chicken to cooker, stir, cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes. Serve chicken on whole-grain buns, over brown rice or with baked potatoes if you like.

Cook's Notes

Put leftovers from this recipe in soups or stews, tacos or sandwiches. Stuff it into a sweet potato, or throw it on top of a salad.