I am always looking for new and interesting ways to cook chicken, but sometimes all I have time for is an old reliable standby. This 1950’s revision combines the best of the new with the ease of the old. Basically I took a recipe for bbq turkey and put it in a crock pot, which resulted in an easy dinner that can be made while you are running after the kids. Easy-peasy!
Here is the original recipe from a copy of Ladies Home Journal circa August 1955 that I have lying around. Notice the half pound of butter! Needless to say, I omitted that particular ingredient. But I did keep the chicken bouillon cube because I was curious as to how the bbq sauce would taste. I have never seen bouillon in a bbq sauce before, and I have to say it was a nice touch. It added a salty-savory element that I found quite pleasing. After I tasted it, I decided I like my bbq sauce a little on the sweet side, so I added a tablespoon of molasses. Molasses is a fairly healthy way to add a sweet element to a savory dish because it has a lot of minerals and iron, but if you don’t have any in your pantry, just use brown sugar.
I served the chicken with a mock potato salad that I have been working on. I don’t have the recipe perfected yet, but when I do I will be sure to post it. Instead of potatoes I used cauliflower! I thought it would be a perfect substitute, and I was right except the dressing ended up being kind of watery. When you mix cooked potatoes in a salad, little bits of the potato come off and thicken up the dressing. This was not the case with the cauliflower, so I am trying to figure out how to get the creamy mouth feel without using potatoes.
I’ve been having a lot of fun taking vintage recipes and making them modern. I know it is easier to just purchased bottled bbq sauce and pour it in a crock pot with chicken and turn it on, but there is something so satisfying about making it from scratch. Plus, in theory, it is healthier. At the very least it has a lot less sugar than most store varieties.
BBQ Chicken In A Crock Pot
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube
2 Tbsp grated onion
1 Tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 Tbsp molasses
2-4 chicken breasts
Mix all the ingredients except the chicken breasts in the bottom of a slow cooker. Then dip the chicken breasts in the sauce and make sure everything is covered. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-4 hours.