Barbecue chicken stew is an easy and healthy recipe for your family. We use simple ingredients found at most grocery stores. Using our slow cooker, we cook the stew in three different phases. This dish works well at the dinner table, on camping trips, and as a hearty lunch. Try it today!
Barbecue Chicken Stew Phases
We prepare our crock pot stew in three simple stages – The Meat, The Heavy Ingredients, and The Light Ingredients. Our goal is to produce a balanced stew in terms of consistency. We want our potatoes and carrots to be soft meaning they need to cook longer. The chicken is cooked first because we use the slow cooked chicken in other recipes. Imagine the dinners you can prepare that feature barbecue chicken.
|Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker|
Sweet Baby Ray’s™ Barbecue Sauce
You can use any barbecue sauce for this recipe, but we prefer the Sweet Baby Ray’s™ brand. We were introduced to Sweet Baby Ray’s™ at a cooking seminar. The local chef swore by this sauce claiming that they used “gallons of the stuff every day.” For this recipe, we used the “Sweet ‘n Spicy” variety. With 20 different flavors to choose from, we are confident you will find a sauce that will satisfy any barbecue sauce lover. Our only objection is the use of high fructose corn syrup in most of their varieties.
Chicken Breast versus Thigh Meat
There is considerable debate in the culinary world between chicken breast (white meat) and chicken thighs (dark meat). Most people agree that dark meat tastes better than white meat. The extra flavor comes from higher levels of fat in dark meat. However, nutritional experts feel the higher fat content is significant. Here is an excellent article outlining the issue from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We use chicken breast for our barbecue chicken stew recipe.