Thursday, January 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Ziplist #recipe

If you don't know what Ziplist is, you should check out that link right there. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Welcome back! I have found Ziplist to be invaluable, not only for making my grocery lists, but for discovering new recipes. It's super easy to use - just create an account and start making your shopping lists.  You can search for recipes and add the ingredients right onto your list.  Even email, tweet, and FB your recipes.  On NYE, I tried a winner. So much a winner that even the husband said, "you need to post this wherever it is you post winning recipes!"

I guess it's your lucky day, because I'm definitely posting this one!  I'll even make it easy by writing out the recipe for you.
I give you: 
BBQ Beer Chicken in the Crockpot!
This is a Ziplist screenshot

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 large - I used 4 giant ones from Costco)
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup beer (any kind you like: dark, light, amber, whatever - I used Shock Top End of the World Wheat which has some nice chili and chocolate tones) Bummer on the amount though - you'll have to drink about 4 ounces of beer :)
  • 4 cups (32 ounces) of barbecue sauce (any kind you like - I used KC Masterpiece since its ingredients start with tomatoes)
  • hamburger buns
  • coleslaw

Instructions:

  • Add everything to the crockpot except the chicken (and obviously the buns and coleslaw).  Stir to combine.  Add the chicken to the crockpot, spoon the sauce on top so all the chicken is covered and has some sauce on it.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours (every crockpot is different, so yours may take more or less time - start checking it around 4 hours). Stir a couple times throughout if you want (I didn't). After 6 hours (or when the chicken is done but not overdone and mushy - mine took about 5), shred the chicken and add it back to the sauce in the crockpot.  Toss chicken with the sauce and let it sit for 15 min so it can absorb some of the sauce.
  • Serve on buns topped with coleslaw. Have some fries, a salad, whatever to make it a meal. Maybe throw in a vegetable if you feel so inclined. Drink some more beer - preferably the one you used in the recipe and put it in your favorite pint glass.

This was absolutely delish.  Everyone in the family loved it (except the girl who wasn't home to try it). The recipe says it's pretty forgiving and versatile - you can use broth, fruit juice, different beers, whatever and it will still turn out great.  If you use a very thick sauce, you might want to add more beer, but I didn't and I think the consistency was great.  We ate this again on Tuesday while watching some bowl games and it reheated great.  I even have some in the freezer that I'll pull out for a meal next week.  (Obviously, this makes a lot. Recipe says it serves 8-10.)

Have you every tried Ziplist?  Any favorite recipes I should add to my list?

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