Good Morning Folks,
There has been quite a lot of activity up here in the hinterlands this past week, and it seems that it’s not going to slow down for a while. I am adding cabinets to the kitchen, and we have a number of family events, and we are just pressed for time. Break out the slow cooker! This weeks adventure is a Honey Garlic Basil BBQ Chicken served with some grilled corn on the cob and coleslaw. This morning I am going to talk about the Honey Garlic Basil BBQ Chicken, we will talk about the grilled corn next time.
I like BBQ Chicken and given the time to man the smoker that is my preferred way to cook it. Being pressed for time however there is nothing better that the slow cooker to do the work for you and still get a very tasty meal. I chose to make this meal with a homemade a tangy sweet BBQ sauce. It takes 4 to 6 hours to cook and you’ll have to turn the chicken a time or two but if that is all the attention it needs that’s not much.
Let’s get started.
- 2 to 4 lb whole chicken split
- 1¼ cup ketchup
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- Juice from 1 whole lemon
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
- 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped basil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
- 2 tsp.lemon pepper
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- Split the whole chicken down the spine and down between the breasts and set a side. Remove the packaged insides and discard. For the BBQ sauce combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl and whisk together until blended. Put the chicken into the slow cooker and pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken.
- Set the slow cooker to high and cook for 2 hours then reduce to low and cook 4 hours. At some where near the half way mark, I remove the skin and turn the chicken. At around 5 hours of cooking I remove the lid, take the chicken out of the slow cooker and skim as much fat as possible from the BBQ sauce. You may want to shred the chicken at this time then return the chicken back to the slow cooker for the remainder of the cook and leave the lid off so that the sauce will thicken.
Saying this was good is kind of like saying the sun is bright. You can change this up by using skinless boneless chicken in place of the whole chicken. This would eliminate the need to remove skin and skim fat, but I do like the dark meat and it’s not that big a deal to me. Also, this could be made with just legs and thighs which may bring the cost down a few penny’s.
Hang on to the BBQ sauce recipe because you can make this to use as a side for grilling chicken. You’ll have to simmer it on the stove or side burner for about 3 hours to get the flavors to blend nicely.
So, that’s about it. It was good, and I hope you enjoy it. As always, let me know what you think and share if you made it.
Take care see you next week.