Thursday, January 19, 2017

Maple Chipotle Chicken Sandwich #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTEI’ve told you how I love love love my new slow cooker. Here’s one of the first recipes I tried with it, found on Pinterest and adapted for low-sodium eaters. Now we’ve made it several times and served it to guests too, with good reviews! And it's perfect for winter, even in Key West.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed or diced tomatoes, fire roasted
  • ½ cup real maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground mustard (I use Kozlik’s)
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Penzey’s Arizona Dreaming
  • 1 dried chipotle pepper


Brown the chicken on both sides, then add the onions to the pot and let those brown a little too.

Mix the tomatoes and water with the maple syrup and spices and add all this to the crockpot.

Cook on low for four hours. Shred the chicken (using two forks) and return it to the pot. Remove the pepper and discard. 

Serve on crusty rolls or a nice baguette to catch all the yummy juice. Maybe a little cole slaw piled on top? We happened to have my sister’s homegrown broccoli in the fridge so we used that for our greens.

Honestly, it's like magic to drop all that stuff in the crockpot and come back hours later to--a meal!

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  1. Gosh. That does look good. I'm a slow cooker queen. With six mouths to feed (five of them boys), I have two cookers that go constantly to help out with cooking a meal. I love finding new recipes! Thanks!

    1. Wow you have a busy cooking schedule! Where do you usually find your recipes?

  2. I love all these ingredients, Lucy/Roberta! I even have Arizona Dreaming. Our slow cooker is going often - we both love it. Thank you!

  3. This does sound like a winner.
    A/C can always help make up for more traditional winter temperatures, right?

    I don't know where I went wrong, but my daughter (who lives with us with her fabulous baby daughter) doesn't like thighs, only carefully trimmed breasts. Guess I could do some of each.

    1. some of each would work! so lucky you have your grandbaby on site!