Years ago, my grandmother fixed some amazing barbecue chicken for me. I liked it so much, I asked her to share the recipe with me, and she did. That original recipe was, in fact, a sugar-free barbecue sauce recipe.
The other day, I was trying to figure out something I could do with leftover crock pot chicken (if you’ve been following my blog long, you know this is not something new for me – it feels like a never-ending journey), and that old recipe naturally came to my mind. So, I went to my old post and searched through my pantry. I didn’t have everything I needed (including the artificial sweetener) for the original recipe, so I improvised…and I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Even my CHILDREN ate this…and (also, if you’ve been following this blog for a while) you know that’s something special.
It just proved, in my mind, what I’d already suspected for so long – Grammy made the best food. Even if you don’t follow her recipes exactly, you can come up with some amazing food that will please the WHOLE family!
Here’s my improvised, updated tangy BBQ sauce recipe that gives new life to leftover crock pot chicken.
- 1 lb of cooked, shredded chicken breast meat
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp wasabi
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tbspns apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- In a 2-quart saucepan, stir together the tomato sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, wasabi, salt, pepper, sugar, and apple cider vinegar.
- Let simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the shredded chicken, and combine thoroughly to make sure all the chicken pieces are covered with the sauce.
- Serve immediately with buns for sandwiches or with prepared jasmine rice.
Don’t have crock pot chicken leftovers? Just cook some before you make the sauce using the directions in the first linked article above.
Or, you can cook up to 5 pounds of chicken in your crock pot at one time for 8 hours on low (if thawed; if frozen, you’ll have to cook it a bit longer). Stick the meat in the pot before you go to work, and by the time you get home, the chicken will be ready to put in the sauce. It doesn’t get much easier than that!