Whether you’re serving food to a crowd this Easter or just looking for an easy, weeknight meal that might leave you with leftovers to enjoy later, this super-simple recipe for slow-cooker root beer chicken is just what you need.
The recipe, from Sweet Little Bluebird, shows how you can create a delicious entree with just three ingredients: boneless, skinless chicken breasts, root beer and barbecue sauce. Tossing all of this together in a slow cooker will allow the flavors to blend together, creating a thick sauce that’s sweet yet smoky — and some very tender chicken.
Once the chicken is cooked through, it’s time for it to be shredded and served on a warm bun, alongside a bed of rice or next to some grilled corn on the cob.
Looks amazing, right?
If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, you can also try this slightly more involved version from The Seasoned Mom, which calls for a couple of additional ingredients. In this version, you’ll heavily season the chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder before adding the root beer, barbecue sauce and a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.
There’s something about combining thick, hearty barbecue sauce with sugary, sweet soda that makes for a delicious topping. That’s precisely why this is actually a pretty popular marinade for meats. So, try soaking more than just chicken in the mix. These recipes will show you how:
Dr. Pepper is also commonly used to create a flavorful barbecue sauce. This recipe from An Affair From The Heart shows how you can simply put Dr. Pepper, barbecue sauce and boneless pork ribs together to create a delicious dinner or appetizer:
You can also use Dr. Pepper to transform frozen meatballs, as this recipe from The Frugal Girls demonstrates. Again, you’ll only need the meatballs, Dr. Pepper and barbecue sauce to create a yummy dish to serve at your next party:
If you’ve got soda and barbecue sauce in your pantry, you’ve got the ingredients for a marinade. So, grab some meat and your slow cooker and get to simmering!