A Barbecue Shredded Chicken Recipe from Leftover Chicken
When a toddler likes a food you prepared, you know it’s good. On my recent visit to my daughter’s, I was in the middle of a slow cooker recipe challenge for my blog. Out of all of the recipes I came up with, the barbecue shredded chicken is one of the best. But it didn’t start out that way.
One day I cooked chicken breasts and macaroni and cheese in my daughter’s nice big KitchenAid 7-qt. slow cooker. The chicken turned out wonderful, but the mac & cheese was not so great. It tasted good but was too soft. We ate a couple of the chicken breasts and a little of the pasta. The chicken leftovers went in the frig. The pasta, which turned into mush after sitting awhile, was discarded.
The leftover chicken made a chicken salad, and the rest was shredded for this barbecue recipe.
Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Chicken
- 4-6 Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded
- 1 bottle Kraft Hickory Smoke Barbecue Sauce
- 1 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing
- Shred chicken and put in slow cooker.
- Pour Italian dressing over chicken generously (at least 1 cup).
- Stir in barbecue sauce (if bottle is not full, add water to it and shake well before mixing with chicken)
- Cook on low for at least 2 hours then put on simmer or warm until ready to serve.
Shredded Barbecue for Sandwiches and Baked Potato Topping
The Barbecue Shredded Chicken was ready to eat in two hours, although I turned it on the Buffet setting until dinner. For lunch, I had a barbecue chicken sandwich on toasted bread – delicious! Dinner was twice-baked potatoes with butter, cheese, and topped with the shredded chicken.
You know how toddlers can be finicky eaters. My three-year-old granddaughter hasn’t wanted to eat chicken or potatoes lately. She said she didn’t want any. Instead, she wanted toast with peanut butter and jelly. Mom and Dad won the battle. Little grand decided chicken didn’t sound so bad after all. She liked it so much that she had two helpings. I’d say the barbecue chicken was a success.
Adaptable for an All-Day Recipe
If you want to make this for a weekday and have it ready when you come home from work, it’s adaptable. Instead of using precooked chicken, defrost chicken from the freezer a day ahead. Season it the night before it’s to be put in the slow cooker. Then in the morning before you leave for work, place the chicken, barbecue sauce, and Zesty Italian dressing in the slow cooker, and turn it on low. When you get home, shred the chicken.
Take a moment to read the shredded chicken recipe from thetwobiteclub.com. This one is cooked for six hours, but you could cook it for longer on low all day.
I love the flavor of the Zesty Italian Dressing by Kraft. It makes a wonderful marinade for chicken whether in the slow cooker or baked. I’ve baked chicken just with the Zesty Italian dressing and no barbecue sauce, too, and it’s good as well. Barbecue chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks are easy to do in the slow cooker. Got a favorite barbecue chicken recipe that’s easy and quick to make? Share in the comment section.
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