In this week’s installment of Crock Pot Thursday, you’ll see a few changes that I hope you find useful. As you know, every week, my mother-in-law and three sisters-in-law take turns choosing a slow cooker recipe for every family to make on Thursday. It’s our way of sharing a meal together even though we are far apart. We discuss our results, and whether or not we, our husbands, and our children liked the meal. I often share the feedback in my Crock Pot Thursday post, but I don’t usually attribute it to any specific family. Also, there are often modifications based on cook time, family preferences, and pantry contents. I always share my modifications, but not always everyone else’s.
When I’m looking at an online recipe, I always look at the comments or reviews. I like seeing how the recipe can be improved, and often get good ideas and suggestions from those who have actually made the recipe. Today, I will be sharing specific feedback from my family members, and when you go to make this recipe, you can utilize that feedback however you see fit. I would love to hear if you find this new format useful, so I can decide if I’m going to bug my in-laws for a quote every week or not.
On with the show!
Bacon-Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (or 5-6 thighs)
- 8-10 slices bacon
- 5 small apples, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup barbecue sauce (we love, love, love Sweet Baby Ray’s)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/8 cup lemon juice
- Wrap bacon around chicken and place in the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Combine apple, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice, and pour mixture over the bacon-wrapped chicken.
- Cook on low for 5-7 hours, or until chicken is done.
- If desired, carefully transfer chicken to an oven safe dish and broil for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon.
I used my 3.5 Quart Crock-Pot Casserole Slow Cooker to make this Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Apple BBQ Chicken recipe.
In general, I’d say this one is a winner. I have to figure out how not to overlook chicken dishes since our typical cooking time is about 9 hrs (at work all day) and it never fails to dry out a bit even on low. My husband REALLY liked it, Our two year old wasn’t as impressed, and I want to try again with shorter cook time. I bet this would be good with pork chops. We had a lot of topping, but there wasn’t much leftover after my husband was through with it.
I loved the flavors this had. I put extra bacon on it. Yum yum. I would agree with Kim. I cooked it 7 hours on low and thought it was a bit dry. Next time I’d use thighs or frozen chicken. The chicken itself was just okay.. The apple BBQ topping poured on top is what made this yummers. My toddler ate some chicken, but overall agreed with Kim’s son.
Mine was delicious! I used frozen chicken breasts. One person in our household thought it was pork chops (which is a good thing – he’s not a fan of chicken). It was not dried out at all. The bacon was soft and flavorful, but not crisp. Mine cooked 8 hours on low, then went to the keep warm setting.
I used thighs, and ours was a little too wet. I took the chicken out and broiled it for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon,(we don’t like soft bacon around here) and topped it with apples and sauce. Mine cooked on low for 5.5 hours, and could probably have been done even before that. Some of the chicken fell apart when it was transferred. My kids liked the meat, but not the apples, which shocked the heck out of me. I thought they would go crazy for the apples. My husband liked it, and I did, too. I was excited to eat our little bit of leftovers the next day for lunch, but accidentally left them on the counter overnight. Oh, well. I guess I’ll just have to make this again!