Friday, October 26, 2012

Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken Breasts

I saw this recipe while link-clicking the other day and thought it would be perfect for these chicken breasts I had sitting in my freezer.  Plain and simple, this is awesome.  It takes less than ten minutes to assemble in the crockpot in the morning.  And it's delicious.
I'm still not the biggest fan of chicken breasts in the crockpot, because they can get so dry.  I prefer thigh meat.  But if you prefer white meat, this is a great way to cook it - wrap it in fat and simmer it in apples and BBQ sauce all day; it's still moist and tasty come dinner time!
For the BBQ sauce, you can either make your own (lots of Google-able recipes) if you want to be super paleo... or you can usually find an organic non-scary bottle of BBQ sauce at a fancy-schmancy grocery store.  I did the latter for this recipe.
Many thanks to the thrify and creative ladies over at Money Saving Moms for this awesome recipe!  You should definitely go check out their blog... many great and inexpensive recipes that are easily paleo-ified.
The Tools:
6 qt. crockpot (I actually ended up using a 4 qt. crockpot since my 6 qt. was busy with another meal... I just stacked the wrapped breasts on top of one another and they still cooked reall well...)
handful of toothpicks
4 chicken breasts
8 slices bacon
3/4 cup BBQ sauce (the original recipe calls for 1/2, but we really, really like BBQ sauce...)
juice from one lemon
2 apples, peeled and grated (I used Honey Crisp because that's what I had - I think Granny Smith would be really tasty here, though.)
The Process:
Using your toothpicks, wrap two slices of bacon around each chicken breast.  Place wrapped chicken on the bottom of the crockpot.  (If they overlap a bit, no worries.)
Mix BBQ sauce, lemon juice and grated apples together in a bowl.  Dump over the chicken in the crockpot, taking care to cover each breast as best you can.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours.  I served this with some steamed green veggies and a half of a butternut squash. So tasty!  Will was raving about it for the rest of the night.  I guess I'll be making it again.  :-)

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