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Monday, January 12, 2015

Healthier BBQ Pulled Chicken Recipe

This past week I tempted my Facebook friends with some photos of my yummy lunch, and promised some recipes in the near future, so here they are!

Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce:

Homemade Sweet BBQ Sauce www.fatgurlinside.comIngredients:

1 12oz. can of diced tomatoes 
2 cloves garlic
1  apple (I used a Red Delicious)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of pepper
dash of cumin
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1-2 tbsp honey

 Dice the garlic and the apple including skin into chunks.

Place all of the ingredients to a pot. Cover and simmer on medium/medium-low (depending on your stove) for about 30-40 minutes. You want it to be simmering, but be careful not to burn it!

Pour sauce into a blender or food processor and blend well. 

This amount of sauce was perfect for 2 boneless chicken breasts. I chose to bake the chicken on 350 for about 30 minutes, until it was cooked through. I then diced it up, placed it in a small crock pot with the homemade bbq sauce and put on low. You could make the bbq sauce ahead of time though and then cook the chicken in the crock pot with the sauce, this may make it more tender.

I ate mine in a whole wheat pita pocket, but a hamburger roll or piece of bread would work just fine. You can even eat it over a salad if you like!

For a side I cooked up sweet potato fries :-)

Sweet Potato Fries with Cinnamon www.fatgurlinside.comSweet Potato Fries


2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

Peel and then cut both sweet potatoes in half and cut the halves into about 6 'fry' size slices. Place all the sweet potato fries in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, place a cover on the bowl and shake to coat all the fries.

Place coated fries on a baking pan and then sprinkle with cinnamon.

Cook on 400 for 30-60 minutes depending on the thickness of your fries and how done you like them.

Hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I did!
Dani the Fat Gurl Inside

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