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A lazy cook's dream recipe...

What's for dinner?  Oh how I dread this simple question.  Growing up, never did I realize what a hassle it was to plan what's for dinner.   My mom is an excellent cook and we had good home-cooked meals every night (except Friday, pizza night :).  I remember asking my mom this dreaded question every day after school and actually complaining about certain meals (ewww, can we something else?? in my most annoying junior high voice).  The nerve of my junior high self!!

Early on into my marriage I called my mom and apologized for complaining about meals while growing up.  I seriously did.  She laughed knowing that I got it.  Until then I had NO idea what a huge pain in the rump it was to plan a meal every. single. night.

Thankfully my hubs really likes to cook.  After being at work all day he actually likes to come home and make dinner (God bless him!).  We split dinner duty about 50/50 and he does even more in the summer when he can use his other baby, the new fancy grill. 

Cooking and me, not so much.  (Note, this is my FIRST recipe post in over a year of blogging for that reason) I used to hate to cook, now I'm to the point where I like to make some things but it isn't my favorite thing to do and by dinner time I usually don't feel like making dinner.  When I hear that dreaded question "What's for dinner?" it still bothers me... it makes me sweat.

To avoid these panic-stricken episodes and to save money at the grocery store I have started to meal plan.  This has helped immensly but there are always those days when the planned meal just isn't doin' it for me. 

Those are the days when the dreaded question gives me hives. 

I have found a recipe that is SO easy and delicious that I thought it was too good to be true.

It is a lazy cook's dream recipe.  Here it is, and I'm serious.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

4 frozen chicken breasts
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1/2 cup water

Place water in the slow cooker, add frozen chicken breasts, pour BBQ sauce over the top.  Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. 

*If you're feeling extra ambitious you can chop up an onion and throw it in too but it's not necessary, I've done it both ways and it's great either way. 
**we like Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce
***I've made this with only 2 chickens breasts (that's all I had), just don't use as much sauce and don't cook it as long.  :)

Seriously, that's it! 

And, it's oh so delicious!! 

Besides being extremely easy I always have the ingredients on hand.  This is my fall back recipe almost every time.  I just have to be careful not to make it too much so we don't get sick of it. 

What's your favorite stand by recipe?  My boys are getting burned out on BBQ chicken. :)

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  1. I am actually making this exact thing this weekend for a party! :) It is SO delicous and always a hit!!


  2. Sounds awesome. I'll give it a try. Sweet Baby Ray's is also our fav.

  3. I feel the same way as you. I'm not a great cook, and its definitely not my favorite thing to do. My go to easy-peasy ready-in-15-minutes recipe is Shepherd's Pie. It's just browning 1lb of ground beef in a deep skillet, adding a package of steamable mixed veggies (nuked in the micro), mixing up a SIMPLE worcestershire gravy (in a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp butter, add a couple tbsp or 2 of worcestershire sauce, I don't usually measure, some onion powder and pepper, add a couple tbsp corn starch to 1 cup of cool tap water, then add corn starch mixture to the rest and thicken.) Add the gravy to the meat and veggies and mix. Make up about 4 servings of instant mashed potatoes and spread over the top. Add some grated cheese to the top and brown it under the broiler. It really just takes 15 minutes, and everyone in my family loves it. :)

  4. BBQ Chicken sounds good - will try this for sure! My go to recipe includes chicken as well. Use 4 thawed or partially frozen chicken breast ( I forget sometimes to take it out of the freezer - that ever happen to you)? A small bottle of salsa verde some mexican seasoning and shredded monterey jack cheese. Season chicken both sides with mexican seasoning and put in a large saute pan, pour salsa verde over the chicken put a lid on the pan and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until chicken is done. Before serving sprinkle with jack cheese. I serve this with rice which is good with some of the sauce over top.

  5. I make this in my slow cooker on a regular basis. It can't get much easier than this! Oh, and I will ONLY use Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce...THE BEST!
    Thanks for sharing,

  6. Kate... here's a good one too. I recently discovered this...down the spice aisle, there are those pouches of spices... like the ones for tacos, chili, etc. WELL, there is one by McCormick, for slow cooker pulled pork! You just buy the meat, add the few ingredients on the back, put it in the crock pot and cook for the day. I LOVE THIS... it really is the BEST pulled pork I've ever had. Smoky, but with a little bit of sweet. I work full time and walking in the door smelling that immediately when I walk in... HEAVEN!!

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe...sounds easy and looks boys & hubby will love too.

  8. thanks for the recipe .. it's easy to made and it's so delicious .. thanks !!


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