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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken and Crispy Kale Chips
by whoorl
September 23, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Shredded barbecue chicken is a huge hit with my kids. The sweet, tangy barbecue sauce really draws them in, and the tender, shredded texture makes it super easy for my 1-year-old to eat. Now, I'm not going to lie, you could just as easily pour a bottle of premade barbecue sauce and throw some chicken in a crock pot and call it a day, but I personally love the flavor of this recipe's sauce.

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken  

 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I use 3-4 chicken breasts)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 ½ cups ketchup

¼ cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic salt

4 kaiser rolls

4 dill pickle spears

 [1] Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown chicken, turning once, 4 minutes per side. Remove from heat and place in a slow cooker. (If I'm in a huge rush in the morning, I just skip this step and throw 3-4 frozen chicken breasts straight in the slow cooker.)

[2] In a medium bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, pepper and garlic salt. Pour over chicken.

[3] Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low and cook for 6 to 7 hours. Remove chicken from cooker, shred, and return shredded chicken to sauce. Serve chicken mounded on rolls and topped with pickles. 

Now. Let's talk kale chips. Have you tried kale chips in your household? I'm telling you - these light and crispy chips taste like potato chips, but they are SO GOOD for you. Packed full of beta carotene and Vitamins C and K, you'll be surprised how much kids like them (if you don't eat them all first).

Crispy Kale Chips

1 bunch kale

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

[1] Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

[2] Carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

[3] Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

I know some of you think I'm crazy in regards to the kale chips, but trust me, you need to try it! The only little downfall is that, well, kale makes your kitchen smell like a stale fart while cooking. (Hey! Just being honest here!)

Have you tried kale chips before? What are some of your sneaky side dishes and snacks?


  • pacificamom
    September 25, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    never tried them! i love fresh blueberries or strawberries as a kid snack

  • bether89
    September 26, 2011 at 12:30 AM

     I have never tried kale chips before.  I will try the chicken recipe.

  • mommyfrey83
    September 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

     We love bbq pork, this sounds great too! Thanks for the recipe!

  • jridgill
    September 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM
    I've never tried this but it looks good and sounds YUMMY!
  • Janis198
    September 26, 2011 at 9:35 AM

     yum !!

  • Jess0915
    September 26, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Never tried kale chips, might be worth a try. The chicken sounds great though.
  • ceciliam
    September 26, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Looks really good!

  • JennPearce
    September 26, 2011 at 10:53 AM

    That looks delicious! My sneaky side dish isn't really a side dish. If I put out a veggie or fruit tray my kids inhale it all!!!

  • KalesMommy912
    September 26, 2011 at 12:14 PM

     the bbq chicken sounds delicious! I will have to try this ;)

    I have never even eaten kale before,its actually my sons name haha!

  • Madelaine
    September 26, 2011 at 3:21 PM


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