A super easy Smoky Paleo Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken that’s great for kids and perfect for busy weeknights! I love this chicken over a baked sweet potato but you can serve it with anything you like! Refined sugar free, soy free, Paleo.
Whoosh! Halloween is checked off my list. Is that absolutely terrible? With 3 kids Halloween is a big thing here, and frankly, the whole thing makes me nervous, and ultimately, exhausted! As long as they have fun – that is my motto.
I’m happy to report that all the kids had a good time and all went “as planned”, and I’m now I’m stepping into November with new things to look forward to – end of fall/winter/holidays, and all that jazz.
Every single year the rush of Nov/Dec drives me a little nuts. But then again, I think I say that about September/October too, so it’s quite possible that I’m just nuts for a good chunk of the year, and I simply need to accept it. That’s probably it.
Anyway, when I feel overwhelmed, the “little” things start to overwhelm me more – like – you guessed it – making food for everyone. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. I’m definitely being repetitive, but dinner is always a challenge on weekdays. Did you catch my roundup of easy weeknight dinner recipes? That was just as much for me as for you guys!
You might remember that a few weeks ago, I was cooking chicken in my slow cooker while writing this Thinking Out Loud post. While I didn’t write down the recipe that day, it was definitely one worth repeating since everyone ate it! The funny part? No one in my family knew this was chicken – everyone assumed it was pulled pork. I guess I was in such a rush that I failed to be specific about what we were eating.
Should I even be telling you this? Don’t worry, everyone liked it regardless of what the actual meat was – which is why I made it again – and you can totally make this with a pork loin if that’s more your thing and I bet it would be yum-tastic.
The best part about this chicken, besides that it gets eaten, is that the prep is literally 5 minutes. Put the chicken in the slow cooker, whisk the sauce ingredients in a bowl, pour sauce over chicken, cover, cook. The flavor is smoky, with the right amount of sweetness, but not too spicy – unless you increase the chipotle powder – which you can certainly do if your family likes things spicier.
I have a slow cooker that’s programmable so you can be away from home and not worry about overcooking, which definitely makes life easier. I cooked my chicken on low for almost 5 hours and it was perfect, I wouldn’t recommend cooking on high the entire time since the sauce might begin to burn in spots, but you can cook half on high and half low if you’re short on time. It’s happened to me, just saying. Let’s cook!
Smoky Paleo Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Smoky Paleo Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
- 1 and 3/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 6 oz can organic tomato paste
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup Coconut aminos*
- 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 and 1/2 Tbsp brown mustard
- 2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/8-1/4 tsp chipotle powder or adjust for spice preference
In a mixing bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients except for the chicken
Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker and cover with all the sauce. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours until chicken can be pulled apart/shredded with a fork.
To serve, take two forks and shred all the chicken, mixing with the sauce. Serve over baked sweet potatoes (you can pre-bake them the night before and then simply reheat when it's time to eat) or veggies/potatoes of your choice. Enjoy! Leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or frozen if you want to keep longer.
Recipe Notes*You can sub gluten-free soy sauce if you wish for the same flavor
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