Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Slow Cooker Zesty Barbecue Chicken

Today I am sharing another awesome tried & true slow cooker recipe that's down right delicious - Slow Cooker Zesty Barbecue Chicken! Simple to make, so good - perfect for a busy day. Also great for potlucks, parties, sporting events and more.    

This is another great find on AllRecipes.com - the recipe was submitted by Suzanne Mastaw. It has over 3600 reviews (over 5k people have made the chciken) with a 4 1/2 star rating. I personally give this recipe 5 stars after making two slight changes - I used fresh chicken breasts and added chopped onion. Mmm, mmm good. 

All you need to make this awesome meal are boneless skinless chicken breasts, barbecue sauce, Zesty Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, onion (optional, but highly recommended) and brown sugar - that's it! Don't be scared of the combination of ingredients...they work so well together. 

This was a huge hit with my whole family. My youngest can be a pretty picky eater and she gave this one rave reviews and my husband was actually excited about leftovers.  

I hope you give this awesome recipe a try - you won't be disappointed. Be sure to stop by allrecipes to read the great reviews and tips in the comments section.

Slow Cooker Zesty Barbecue Chicken 

Slightly adapted - Zesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue by Suzanne Mastaw, shared on allrecipes .com
  • 2 to 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (fresh)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped (optional, but highly recommend)
  • 1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
  • 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar

Lightly spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Place chicken in single layer in slow cooker. Top chicken with diced onion (optional). Mix remaining ingredients (bbq sauce, Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar). Pour sauce over chicken.

Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, until chicken is tender and easy to shred.  When ready, shred with two forks. Reduce slow cooker temperature to low and cook an additional hour. Cooking the extra hour allows the yummy sauce to absorb into the chicken. 

Serve chicken pilled high on your favorite rolls along with your favorite barbecue sides - coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, baked potatoes, french fries, veggies, salad and more. Enjoy!

Use leftover chicken to make BBQ pizza, serve on top of rice, baked potatoes or salad. Also makes an awesome wrap. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Awesome 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip and Spread

Today's recipe is as simple as they get and fantastic! Made with 3 ingredients and ready in about 3 minutes - Awesome 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip and Spread!  

The perfect dip to serve at parties, picnics, potlucks, brunches, showers and other social gatherings. 

I was given this fabulous recipe when I lived in Maryland - it's super versatile and always a hit! Kids love this stuff, along with the adults too. The base of the recipe is cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla - that's it! It's cinch to make, budget friendly...a winning recipe! 

You can easily change up the dip by adding spices like cinnamon (I always dust the top with cinnamon), nutmeg and pumpkin spice. For more texture and layers of flavor, add chopped nuts like peanuts, pecans and walnuts. This popular dip is often served with crushed Heath/Skor candy bars or toffee bits. 

This can be served year round with all sorts of fruit - apples, strawberries, bananas, grapes and more. Granny Smith apples are my favorite, the tart of the apple with the sweetness of the dip is perfect - it's like eating a caramel apple only better! Along with fruit, you can serve this with pretzels, animal crackers and graham cracker sticks.  

This also makes a fantastic spread for toast, bagels, bread and English muffins.   

I hope your family and friends enjoy this recipe as much as we do. It's a great one for the recipe box! 

Awesome 3 Ingredient Fruit Dip and Spread

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (regular or reduced fat) - at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
In a medium size bowl, mix all three ingredients until smooth and creamy. You can mix by hand or use an electric mixer. Chill for one hour in fridge. Serve as a dip with fresh fruit (apples, strawberries, grapes, bananas and more), pretzels, animal crackers and graham cracker sticks. Use as a spread for toast, bagels, bread and English muffins. Enjoy!

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon (or more) or dust the top with cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice
  • add toffee bits or crushed Heath or Skor candy bars
  • add chopped nuts - peanuts, pecans, walnuts
For best results for smooth dip without lumps, make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature - takes about 25 to 30 minutes on the counter top. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, April 29, 2016

One Hour Dinner Rolls - Weekend Potluck 220

Welcome to Weekend Potluck #220, 
we are so happy you could join us!

Let's take a quick peek back at last week!

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One Hour Dinner Rolls by Kleinworth & Co.


Slow Cooker Chunky Monkey Lava Cake by Lori Ann’s Food and Fam

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken by Don’t Sweat the Recipe


Peanut Butter Delight by The Better Baker

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