The necessities for my dinner recipes: they must be easy, quick to prepare and gluten free. Cooking is not something I enjoy spending time on so if I see a recipe I like I’m usually tweaking it to cut the preparation time down. I also almost always double a recipe so there are leftovers for the following day or two.
The other day I had an “oh shit” moment. It was 5:00pm and I forgot to think about dinner! Well, we ended up ordering sushi but it prompted me to think about the following day and I decided I’d make pulled chicken in the slow cooker. We’ve now had it for dinner and lunch twice, all in different variations.
Easiest. Recipe. Ever. = A very happy Cait.
What You Need:
- 2-3lbs of chicken breast, depending on how much you want to make. I buy organic and free range almost always
- 2 cups of chicken broth. I use Pacific’s Organic Bone Broth for the extra protein and nutrients. *Note: Can also use water. The amount of liquid you use should vary based upon how much broth you want left once it’s finished cooking. I like it with a good amount of broth so it keeps moist when stored. If the broth evaporates a lot I’ll add more in while cooking.
- 1 yellow or white onion, sliced into small pieces
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon of parsley and oregano
- *Note: I used 2.5lbs of chicken which made enough for 2 people, 2 dinners and 2 lunches each
What To Do:
- Place chicken breast in the slow cooker
- Pour broth over the chicken
- Add in onion
- Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley and oregano
- Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours
- *Add in additional broth if needed so chicken breasts are mostly covered
- 30 minutes before finished, put the chicken on a cutting board and shred apart with 2 forks, then put back in slow cooker for the remaining time
Now that we’ve got this yummy chicken, what can we do with it? I have no problem throwing it on a plate with some veggies and maybe some chips or fries for a little crunch, but that can get a little boring. Here’s what we had this week:
- Chicken Tacos: Sautéed peppers and onions, shredded cheese (I used goats gouda..YUM), pulled chicken, finely chopped cilantro and avocado thrown on a tortilla (I like Udi’s gluten free, I also really like corn tortillas but am staying away from corn for the time being).
- Chicken + Quinoa Bowl: Quinoa, pulled chicken, black beans and diced avocado mixed together in a dish. Add melted cheese on top and some extra broth to make this more of a soup consistency.
- Chicken Salad: Put the pulled chicken over greens such as spinach, lettuce or baby kale. Add in chopped celery, walnuts and sliced grapes with an extra sprinkle of pepper on top.
Enjoy these and if you come up with a recipe of your own using the pulled chicken, tell me about it in the comments section or tag me with a pic on Instagram @CoachCait 🙂