Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Soccer Fun and Spicy BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken

The kid continues to love soccer and plays it any chance he gets. He especially loves playing at his grandma’s and grandpa’s house and kicks the soft soccer ball anywhere, including into the tree.



Spicy BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken

It’s been very hot, and I have been trying to keep the house cool by not adding heat from the kitchen. While I love lots of salads, smoothies, and raw foods, I wanted to make some chicken, so I decided to use the slow cooker. It was a great decision as the house stayed cool, and I have been enjoying a little bit of the chicken on my salads. Hubby and the kid have been eating the chicken with corn tortillas. It’s not a pretty dish though, and I actually didn’t take a picture.

I used the first jalapeno from our jalapeno plants in this dish. We’ll have lots of jalapenos soon, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with them.

Ingredients
  • 1.5 – 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2/3 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, finely chopped 
  • 1/2 Tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tsp pepper
Directions
  1. Layer the chopped onion on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Lay the chicken on the onions.
  3. Whisk together the ketchup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Cayenne pepper, jalapeno pepper, salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
  5. Cook on low for 4 to 5 house, until the chicken falls apart easily when pulled with two forks. Don’t overcook.
Questions: How do you keep the kitchen cool in the summer? Do you have any favorite slow cooker recipes? Do you have any jalapeno recipes? Please share. We’ll soon have more jalapenos than I know what to do with….

Be well,
Andrea

24 comments:

  1. Greta,
    I eat also salad with Cheese or Mozarella and so on.I have in my garden near the house salad
    and also cucumbers and hope when you here in Germany my own tomatoes will be red.I never heart from jalapeno,i will look for recipes.
    Bei uns gibt es so viele Stechmücken,bedingt durch das feuchtschwüle Klima und das Hochwasser,Es waren hier zwar keine Häuser voll mit Wasser,aber doch viele Wiesen und Felder waren überschwemmt,hoffentlich sind die Mücken bald wieder weg,wenn du nach Deutschland kommst

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    1. Yes, I'm looking forward to ripe tomatoes!

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  2. Greta,
    nette Bilder,lieben Gruß

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  3. Hi Andrea! Cute pics of your son. He seems to be in constant action. :D

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    1. Yes, constantly in motion... :)

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  4. You have a little Beckham in the making!!! He's a cutie Andrea!

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  5. That looks good! And great he loves soccer. Neither of my boys did but at least they took to baseball. As long as they are doing something besides video games!

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    1. Yes, it's all about finding things they enjoy! :)

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  6. YUM!
    That sounds incredible. I am all about easy meals like this come summer.
    Have a great 4th, Andrea! :)

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  7. Haha! That's not how I expected you to end your second sentence. That picture of the soccer ball in the tree was the icing on the cake - I just about keeled over laughing :D

    I never though of using s slow cooker to have a cooked meal while keeping the heat down - very smart! Looks yummy :)

    Happy Fourth of July!

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    1. Happy Fourth of July to you, Jessie!

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  8. We have no way to keep the kitchen cool - no AC & just no air - UGH! Good thing I am not much of a cook! ;) Great recipe though!

    The soccer ball cracked me up!

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    1. Luckily cold foods are quite enjoyable when it's hot! :)

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  9. First it doesn't get extremely hot here most of the times but if it does we are lucky that our house stays pretty cool. The sun shines at the living room side most of the day and the kitchen only gets a little bit of sunshine in the morning.

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    1. Our kitchen is on the second floor, so it gets hot easily...

      The layout of your house sounds perfect!

      Have a nice weekend, Fran!

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  10. We are hot here about 4 to 5 months out of the year! That's what central air conditioning is for - right? We don't use our slow cooker a lot but I do like to do a barbecue chicken in there!

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    1. It's not always hot around here, and I don't like to use AC unless absolutely necessary, so I try to keep the house as cool as possible... :)

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  11. You would have laughed at me yesterday Andrea - it was 89 degrees yesterday, and I had both grills going, the oven AND the stove! And we didn't turn the air on until we went to bed.

    I love all things jalapeno, I love poppers!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2010/07/11/meatfest-2010/

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    1. Wow! That must have be one hot day! :)

      The jalapeno poppers sound delicious!

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  12. This chicken sounds delicious Andrea...I love the idea of some jalapeno...cute picture of your son with grandma...
    Have a great week ahead :D

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Have a great week, too!

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