There are a lot of foods out there that tend to make it on the naughty list when you’re watching what you eat—but I believe that with a bit of experimenting, almost any unhealthy food can be transformed into a healthy option. Take barbecue for example – most folks hit up a barbecue joint and consume thousands of calories of slow-roasted meat and flavorful sides, but you can just as easily satisfy your barbecue craving at home, without a lot of work, and without wrecking your healthy eating momentum—just use your slow-cooker!
The slow cooker is the perfect appliance to get fall-apart, tender, flavorful barbecue at home. Chicken breasts can be a bit bland and dry when left up to their own devices, but the low and slow cooking method, plus a flavorful homemade peach sauce, makes this lean chicken barbecue feel a lot more decadent than it actually is.
For a well-rounded meal, serve this barbecue on top of a whole wheat bun, with a side of grilled veggies (I’m a big fan of grilled zucchini and grilled corn-on-the-cob). You’ll still get all the deliciousness of your favorite barbecue joint but without all the unnecessary calories!
Slow-Cooker Peachy Chicken Sliders
Makes 4 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ large red onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons mustard
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 can peach slices, undrained
- 1 pound chicken breasts
- Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add in the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant and soft—about 5 minutes.
- Add in the ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, cayenne pepper, worcestershire sauce, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add in the peach slices and liquid. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sauce is thick and reduced—about 15 minutes.
- Place chicken breasts in the basin of a slow cooker, cover with prepared barbecue sauce. Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Before serving, remove the chicken from the sauce, shred using two forks and return to the sauce.
Nutrition per serving: 388 calories, 13.9g fat, 29.7g carbs, 35.7g protein