I have fond memories of coming home from school to the wonderful smell of an amazing dinner permeating every inch of the house….and even into the front yard. 🙂 My Mom used her slow cooker so regularly that I thought every family had the same love affair with that little appliance. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized exactly why my Mom loves her slow cooker so much! How else can you provide a healthy and delicious meal when you only have 15 minutes in the morning to throw something together while still getting the kids off to school and yourself off to work? So, when Mom passed this recipe on to me I think I actually went out that same day and got everything I needed to give it a try. I've made it dozens of time since then and my husband still oohs and aahs every time. 🙂
If you haven't discovered the simplicity of slow cookers or if you lack inspiration or know-how, this is the perfect recipe to get you started. Ok, so it might take you a little more than 5 minutes, but shouldn't take much more than 15. (Unless you choose to make your own BBQ sauce. But even still, it is SO simple it is almost sure to find it's way onto your menu at least once a month.)
***Note: Since the chicken will LITERALLY fall apart in the cooker, you can also use boneless/skinless chicken pieces so you don't have to sift through all the bones to find the meat and veggies.
Pour the drippings over the meat and use as a main dish with rice and some greens, or arrange the cooked meat on your favorite toasted bread with fresh slices of onion, fresh spinach or lettuce and a little mayonnaise to make a yummy BBQ chicken sandwich.
Also makes a great soup: Once cooked, carefully pour (sifted)slow-cooker contents into a large stockpot and add about 6 cups of water and bring just to a boil. Pour over cooked Quinoa for a high protein BBQ chicken soup.
1 whole chicken; rinsed
1 medium onion cut in 1-2 inch chunks
1 cup sliced mushrooms; any variety(optional)
2-6 cloves fresh garlic; chopped or pressed
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce or about 1 1/2 cups homemade
salt and pepper to taste
Remove giblets and neck of chicken and place rinsed chicken in the slow cooker
Add onions, mushrooms(optional), garlic, and salt and pepper
Pour BBQ sauce over all ingredients and cover
Cook on high 4-6 hours or until internal temp of chicken reads 180 degrees
Serve and enjoy!