My Newfound Love: The Crock Pot

I have a newfound love: my crock pot. It literally is one of the best inventions made (kudos to whoever you are). I love the way it makes your entire apartment smell like a little bit of heaven. 

I do have to admit I’ve only made a few dishes in it so far but this is one that keeps me coming back: Slow-Cooker Spicy Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (the name says it all).
 
The way the chicken cooks down and absorbs the incredible sauce of hot sauce, mustard, Worcestershire, and molasses, it literally melts right off the bone. Divine.
 
ImageFor this recipe you’ll need:
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  •  1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. hot sauce (Frank’s)
  • 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. unsulfured molasses
  • 8 hamburger buns

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken and season  with salt and pepper. Cook stirring once, until meat is golden brown (about 5 min.). Once done, transfer to the crock pot with a slotted spoon. Next, to the same skillet, add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and cook over medium for about 6 min. Add 1/4 c. water and cook, scraping up browned bits, for about 5 min. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to the crock pot. Then add the tomatoes, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and molasses and stir to combine and cover all the chicken. Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours. Shred, season with salt and pepper, and serve with hamburger buns.

If you have a crock pot, bust it out and try this recipe! You can prep it before work, turn it on, and when you come home have an amazing meal waiting for you–the smell of this dish alone will be enough. The best part is too is that it makes enough for extra meals during the week (which is a total bonus considering a get lazy some nights and refuse to cook.) Test it out, you won’t regret it. But until next time, keep eating!

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