If you’ve followed any of my meal planning adventures (five weeks of meal planning and going strong!), you’ll know that I am always looking for easy meals the whole family will eat. The biggest struggle I’m having with meal planning is not the actual cooking (shocking, I know) or the list-making, or the shopping (that’s because I send Charles to do most of the shopping). It’s coming up with quick and easy meals that everyone will eat without repeating the same menu over and over again. Up until recently, though, I hadn’t thought to incorporate a meal starter kit into our dinner routine (that would be too easy, apparently!).
This week, I put a twist on the standard crock pot BBQ chicken recipe we’ve been enjoying on an almost weekly basis (what can I say, we love some BBQ chicken around here!). With a Kraft Recipe Maker meal starter kit as my inspiration, we made some Shredded BBQ Chicken Sliders that were deeelicious.
Not only was it a nice variation from our standard chicken dinner, but it was also a super easy meal to make. The thing I loved about using the Kraft Recipe Maker is that it gave me an idea to start with – an actual recipe with a list of ingredients on the back of the box – and I was able to spin it into something a little bit different to suit my family’s needs.
The Recipe Maker I chose was Hickory BBQ Beef. It came with two sauces for cooking (actually, for the crock pot), and the only other ingredients needed were beef and sandwich buns (easy peasy, right?). But because we already had chicken at home (and chicken is less expensive, if you’re cooking on a budget), we decided a chicken version would be equally tasty, but easier to fit into our weekly meal plan.
As it turned out, we had our neighbors over for an impromptu get-together the night we made this and it was a huge hit with everyone – even the kids! I think you will love this, too – here’s how you can make your own Shredded BBQ Chicken Sliders using Kraft Recipe Makers.
What You Need to create chicken sliders with #KraftRecipeMakers:
- Kraft Recipe Makers in the Hickory BBQ Beef flavor
- Chicken (we used four chicken breasts)
- Slider buns (we like the store-brand, whole wheat version)
The Recipe Maker kit came with a Brown Sugar & Cider Vinegar simmering sauce and a packet of BBQ sauce.
Prep your chicken (or, be a wimp like me and make your spouse prep your chicken because ewww, raw chicken…) and dump it into your crock pot. Pour the Brown Sugar & Cider Vinegar simmering sauce over the chicken and turn on your crock pot (here’s where you’ll just need to know your crock pot – we turned ours on high for 4-5 hours, which is the equivalent of putting it on low for 6-7 hours, but your crock pot might be different – just make sure it’s all cooked!).
Once your chicken has cooked, scoop it out onto a cutting board. Then, use a ladle to scoop out the simmering sauce (or pour it out, whatever works!) into a bowl. You’ll need it again, so don’t dump it down the sink!
Using two forks, shred the chicken. Try not to eat it all.
Return the chicken to the crock pot, and grab your packet of BBQ sauce. Squeeze out all of the BBQ sauce on top of the chicken. Mix it up a bit and then, using your ladle, scoop some of the simmering sauce out of the bowl and back into the crock pot (we used one ladle-full of the sauce, but you can do this to your taste).
Let the chicken cook in the BBQ sauce for another 30 minutes or so.
While the chicken is soaking in the BBQ sauce, get your butter ready. You’re going to butter up those slider buns!
This is also a great time to slice up your pickles (we used whole kosher dill pickles, sliced into pretty thick slices).
Put a slice of butter on each bun (we go crazy and butter the top and bottom buns). Turn your oven to broil, and stick the buns in for just a couple of minutes. Don’t ask how I know, but, watch them closely so they don’t burn!
When the buns are toasted and the chicken is ready, simply use a fork to pile some chicken on to your buns. Top with pickles (or coleslaw!) and get after it. I bet you can’t eat just one (or two, for that matter!).
We served coleslaw and Five Fruit Salad on the side. I knew it was going to be good, but the finished product was even better than I had expected. And we ate it allllll.
There are nine flavors of Kraft Recipe Makers to choose from – I can’t wait to try the Three Cheese Chicken Florentine (I bought this one and I’ll be trying it next week!) and the New England Pot Roast. I appreciate that these meal starter kits take the guesswork out of creating a new dinner the whole family will enjoy. As much as I love scrolling through Pinterest and admiring all the fancy recipes it has to offer, when it comes down to it I am looking for things that are easy to make! Kraft Recipe Makers fit the bill.
We purchased our #KraftRecipeMakers at Walmart, and you can see my Google+ album of our shopping trip here!
Do you ever cook with meal starters? Have you tried these Kraft Recipe Makers yet?