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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Slow Cooked Smoky Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken

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Let’s talk genetics for a minute. You know that gene, the one that determines how crafty you are and how well you’re able to decorate your home? It totally skipped me. In fact, I’m pretty my gene somehow ended up with my sister Julia, meaning she got a double portion of it!

Okay, maybe I made that gene up, but the fact of the matter is, my creativity (little of it there is) comes out in the kitchen. I haven’t yet figured out how to manifest it into anything decorating-related. I’m scared to think what my house would look like if my mom weren’t so willing to coach me every step of the way. Thank God for camera phones, and moms willing to make trips to St. Louis to select paint colors, dining room rugs, and home accessories!

Recently, my mom made a trip down to St. Louis. The focus of the trip was wedding planning, but I took advantage of her presence and begged her to help me decorate the house for Christmas. To make a long story short, my house looks 100x better than if I had attempted to do it myself…and she somehow managed to sneak TONS of glitter in without Ryan having a meltdown (the boy hates glitter, but apparently it looked so good he was willing to overlook this!).

I wasn’t much assistance in the decoration department, but I was able to feed her! These sandwiches filled with slow cooked smoky brown sugar chipotle chicken were on the menu one night. Though the BBQ Beer Sandwiches are still probably my favorite, these were really good too (and really, REALLY easy to prepare!). I didn’t have any liquid smoke on hand, which probably would’ve added some smoky flavor to the chicken. We ate them on hamburger buns, but the original recipe had them served on tortillas with taco fixins. This meat would be good used in a variety of ways and, like I said, you can’t beat how easy it is!

I’ll stick to cooking and leave my mom to the decorating!

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Slow Cooked Smoky Chipotle Brown Sugar Chicken
from Can You Stay For Dinner?

-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
-1/2 red onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic
-1 (15 oz) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
-1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
-2 tbsp brown sugar
-juice of 1 lime
-1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
-1/4 tsp liquid smoke

1. Add the chicken to the slow cooker.
2. With a blender or a food processor, blend the remaining ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture over chicken.
3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. Shred using 2 forks and serve on sandwich buns, in tortillas, on salads, etc.