Maple Syrup Pulled Chicken
I have always associated maple syrup with fall and winter, probably because of all the maple leaves falling down in my yard. But it may be because my uncle has sent us a breakfast package every Christmas with pure vermont maple syrup. Each Christmas morning, my dad makes waffles, pancakes or french toast using ingredients from the breakfast package. This maple syrup was the secret ingredient to making this pulled chicken so delicious.
I have been experimenting with the crock pot the last few weeks to no real great success. Most of the time the meat was too moist, with what seemed like little to no texture. After looking back at the recipes, I figured out I had been using too much beer, various sodas, and various sauces in proportion to meat. I changed this with this recipe by not adding any liquid besides the maple syrup and a tiny bit of vegetable oil. The texture and taste was excellent this time around.
4 lb boneless skinless chicken breast or tenderloins
1.5 cups maple syrup
3 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tbsp Sweet Mesquite Seasoning
This is about as basic as it gets. Pour maple syrup and vegetable oil on the bottom of the crock pot. Put the chicken in and season the top of it. Cook on high heat for 2 to 2 1/2 hours and every 45 minutes mix the chicken around so the syrup evenly coats all the chicken. Shred chicken with a fork. Serve and enjoy.
Spicy Honey Pulled Chicken
One of my favorite types of meat is pulled chicken or pork, and despite that fact I somehow just discovered the crock pot. Growing up my family never used one, except for pot roast which I despised, because vegetables touched everything thereby making everything inedible.
My love for ketchup is renowned and I also like honey and some kick for my taste buds. I had some chicken so I decided to make spicy honey ketchup pulled chicken sandwiches. After the chicken finished cooking I put some in a wheat bun and made my first ever crock pot sandwich… It was
Amazing not nearly up to my standards. I think I used too much ketchup and something else was missing. Truth be told, the buns I bought were not very good, but (Rule 76.) no excuses, play like a champion. I had to boost to work for a few hours and when I came home I tried my concoction in a quesadilla with some baby spinach and it tasted exponentially better (no pictures of this). I told you it was the buns! If I were to do this again I would use about 1/4 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. I’ll chalk this up as a good first attempt at using a crock pot.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup of honey
- 1/2 cup of ketchup (I’d use about 1/4 if I were to make this recipe again.)
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. basil
- Sandwich buns
Pulled Chicken Quesadillas
- Shredded cheese
- Baby spinach
Mix honey, ketchup, and dry ingredients in bowl. Evenly coat the chicken with the mixture. Place chicken in crock pot and pour remaining mixture into the crock pot. Cook for 5 hours and when finished you have some spicy honey ketchup pulled chicken
sandwiches, quesadillas or tacos.
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