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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?


  • kanake
    by kanake
    September 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    My family would like the chicken. Thx for the recipe.

  • kerryket
    September 23, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Nope, never tried Kale chips but the Barbecue sounds like a slow cooker recipe I use and it's delicious.  

  • Kmakksmom
    September 23, 2011 at 3:32 PM
    Yum! We don't particularly care for kale, but would love trying out this chicken recipe! Thank you :)

    As far as our sneaky foods, we put green beans in our spaghetti sauce.
  • thenguyenclan
    September 23, 2011 at 8:24 PM
    My husband would love this :-)
  • heathermichelle
    September 25, 2011 at 6:50 AM


  • aj23
    by aj23
    September 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    The chicken sounds very good.

  • Laura1427
    September 25, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Sounds yummy!

  • Amy127
    by Amy127
    September 25, 2011 at 3:15 PM
    I've heard of kale chips before and watched a YouTube video on how to make then. Although haven't tried to make them yet.
  • bioteach
    September 25, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    The BBQ recipe is something very similar that we use to do BBQ Pork - and it's delicious!  I think we'll have to try the Kale Chips sometime.

  • FanciPantalones
    September 25, 2011 at 3:22 PM

     Yum!!! I LOVE kale chips! Delish! These recipes look delicious! I like to give my family and myself hummus and fresh veggies to snack on! YUM!

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