Easy Crockpot BBQ Chicken

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite go-to crock pot meals. Shredded BBQ chicken.

It is so easy to throw in the crockpot. It literally takes just a few minutes and only 4 ingredients! Then you can go on about your day and enjoy the aroma of BBQ cooking. I make this a lot. We put it on sandwiches and add pickles or coleslaw but you could eat it multiple ways. It’s great to make if you have to serve a big crowd too. I made this for my whole extended family. We put it on sandwiches and put some fries and a cold pasta salad on the side and everyone raved about it.

crockpot bbq sandwhiches

First things first. You need a crockpot. I have this one. I luuurve it.

Ingredients:

-2 lbs of boneless , skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins

-1 cup BBQ sauce. (I use Sweet baby Rays)

-1/4 cup Italian dressing (I LOVE the Olive Garden brand)

-1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce 

**optional -1/4 cup brown sugar. (I never add this and honestly think the BBQ sauce is sweet enough)

Directions:

1//Put your chicken in the crock pot. Don’t forget your liner!

2//In a bowl mix the BBQ sauce, Italian dressing and Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar if you’re adding that.

3//Pour the mixture over the chicken, cover and turn Crockpot to HIGH for 3-4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.

4// Once the time is up, shred with 2 forks. It falls apart easily. Shredding it soaks up some of the extra sauce.

Voila! You have delicious BBQ chicken without even going outdoors.

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Enjoy!

Easy tater tot casserole

Let’s be clear. I am not a food blogger. I take all of my pictures with my iPhone and own approximately 1 casserole dish. When we moved I had to pare down my dishes, pots and pans to only the necessities. It’s been kind of nice. I’ve learned I can cook almost anything with just a few tools. That being said, you will notice that I do have a “recipes” tab up there at the top of my blog. I added it there when I first started this blog in hopes that I would fill it to overflowing with a plethora of original recipes……

Yeah. That didn’t happen.

Here’s my cooking style. I browse Pinterest, pinning recipes I think we would like to try. When I sit down to meal plan, I choose from this board. Then once I’ve tried a recipe and we like it, I move it to this board. That way I have all of my favorites in the same place. See. Easy.

Today I want to share one of our very favorites. The warm cheesy deliciousness that is Tater Tot Casserole. You know how you always have that old standby recipe..something like spaghetti..that you can count on? Well, this is mine. I have made this 100 times over the years and tweaked it until I have it just the way we like it.

Keep reading for the recipe and directions complete with pics!

tater tot casserole

What you need:

-1 lb of ground beef 

-1 can of corn 

-1/2 cup of sour cream

-1 can cream of mushroom soup 

-salt to taste

-pepper to taste

-1 tsp garlic powder

-1/2 tsp onion powder 

-3/4 cup shredded cheese of choice

-1/2 bag of tater rounds {Ore Ida Crispy Rounds are the best!}

tater tot casserole

Directions:

1//Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×8 dish with cooking spray.

2//Brown your beef, seasoning with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder as you go. Break it up into small pieces until well done. I drain mine. You don’t have to.

tater tot casserole

3// Turn off the heat then add the sour cream, soup, corn and mix well.

tater tot casserole

4// Pour the mixture into your waiting dish.

tater tot casserole

5// Top with shredded cheese. This step is crucial to making a good tater tot casserole. I used to put the cheese on top of the tater tots and I never liked it that way. Until one day….duh… I put the cheese UNDER the tater tots. It makes a world of difference. We like ALOT of cheese ..mmm.

tater tot casserole

6//Add the tater tots on the top. Now. Listen .We used to use just any ol’ offbrand tater tots until I made a startling discovery. The Ore Ida cripsy crowns are sooo much better than any other ones. No this is not a sponsored post. I promise you. It makes the difference. Crispy Crowns are rounder and flatter than a tator tot. They are just so much better on this casserole. Try it.

tater tot casserole

7//Bake for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly. Sprinkle a little salt on the top if you like.

tater tot casserole

Dish it up while it’s hot and enjoy.

If you want to kick it up a notch squirt some ketchup or mustard on top and add some dill pickles to the side. Basically treat it like a cheeseburger. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. My girls really like this one. It’s very kid friendly.

tater tot casserole

I hope you love it. Let me know if you try it.

Thanks for stopping by!