Transitioning to a Paleo diet can be a challenge, especially if you’ve never really cooked before. Using whole, fresh ingredients requires dicing and chopping, and different pots and pans depending on what you’re making. After a long day at work, sometimes you just want to walk in the door and eat dinner, which is why takeout is so appealing. Unfortunately, it’s also an unhealthy habit that can have devastating long-term effects on your health.
This is where the crockpot comes in. It’s perfect for busy parents, those that work long hours, or anyone that doesn’t want to spend a bunch of time in front of the stove, yet still wants a nutritious meal. You can cook almost anything in it, but if you’re unsure where to start, this Crockpot BBQ chicken recipe is a must. And a huge hit with the entire family. Even your picky eaters will enjoy this meal.
You can use a store bought Paleo sauce here if you’d like (just make sure to check the labels; most bottled sauces are loaded with sugar), but this homemade recipe shouldn’t intimidate you. It’s fast, healthy, and delicious, and is perfect with the juicy chicken.
Serve this with some quick steamed broccoli and a baked sweet potato for an almost hands off dinner that is as good for you as it is satisfying.
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 4-ounce can peppers in adobo sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound organic chicken breasts (or use bone-in pieces; your choice)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until as smooth as possible (it may not be as smooth as a bottled sauce; that’s okay)
- Transfer to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened slightly. Remove from heat.
- Put the chicken pieces in your crockpot and cover with the sauce. Turn on low and cover. Cook for 6-8 hours until chicken is cooked through and tender. Serve with your favorite sides.