BBQ Beer Chicken

I’m totally winging it today everyone! I sat down last night thinking and thinking about how to use the leftover tofu I have in the fridge in a quick and fast meal that I could prep the night before. That way, when I came home from volunteering today I could do less cooking and more eating. Well, I failed. I couldn’t come up with a single simple and appetizing meal. So alas, the tofu will have to wait. I’m open to suggestions for a future quandary!

Anywho, what else is ready as soon as I walk in the door than a crockpot meal? I decided to go crockpot only and try a simple BBQ Beer chicken recipe with some odds and ends in my fridge.

IMG_1333BBQ Beer Chicken
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup beer
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 cup corn
1/2 cup black beans

Serves 2-3 people

Place chicken breasts at the bottom of crockpot. Season with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.

Whisk together bbq sauce and beer in a separate cup and pour over chicken.

Pour in beans and corn and lightly incorporate into bbq-beer mixture.IMG_0993

Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.5 hours. Mine wasn’t as shreddy as I was hoping for since somebody turned the crockpot off about a half hour early. Ehem, Paul.

To be fair, it came out great anyways!IMG_1329IMG_1330

We served this with sautéed kale and couscous.IMG_1332


Sweet Potato, Bean & Chicken Chili

The heat wave has finally broke, hallelujah! In a last ditch effort on Saturday night, we spent the night at my boyfriends parents house for some heat-related relief. We went out for some drinks, woke up in the morning and were pleasantly surprised to wake up to a beautiful Sunday morning, still hot but definitely doable. We came back to our apartment, (of course only after completing our three loads of laundry…for free!) and I was actually able to do a little cleaning and dinner preparation for the coming week.

After doing a lot of Pinterest searching, clean eating reading, and surveying our pantry I decided to string together a few different recipes and try my hand at my very own slow cooker chili. I created this wonderful sweet potato, chicken, bean and corn chili extravaganza that I prepared Sunday and cooked today while I was at work. I’ve been trying to investigate this whole “clean eating” thing and I could be wrong, but I think this recipe is mostly “clean!”

Sweet Potato, Bean, Chicken Chili

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup corn
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 4-oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 TBL chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Serves: 4

photo 1-2 Place chicken breast on the bottom of your crock pot. Add onion, garlic, corn, sweet potato, black beans, kidney beans, and chilies

photo 3-1Pour tomato sauce and chicken stock over the top. Add chili powder and salt. Mix all ingredients well, leaving the chicken breasts on the bottom. Cook on low for 7 hours.

IMG_1264Once cooked, turn off crock pot and use two forks to shred chicken. Incorporate shredded chicken into the chili and serve. We enjoyed this with some delicious bread from a local bakery and topped it with cheese and chives. Enjoy!