{Pinterest Find: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken}

Hello again! Tonight, I decided to go through my Food & Drink Pinterest board and try another recipe that I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Both Andrew and I LOVE chicken wings, but hate the mess that comes with them, so I thought that this slow cooker buffalo chicken would be a great substitute.

I’ve tried a few chicken recipes using the slow cooker, and to be honest, I’m not usually a fan. I don’t know what it is, but for some reason every recipe I try seems to flop! But I am going to give this one a shot and will keep my fingers crossed that the bad slow cooker chicken streak will come to an end.

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This recipe comes from TheFrugalGirls.com. What I love is that the ingredients and recipe are simple and easy to follow. I’m not a master chef (yet), so the easier the recipe, the better! Plus, I get to use my slow cooker again :)!

The ingredients:

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The steps:

  • Cook the chicken in the slow cooker for 2 hours (the original recipe said 3, but like I said in my last post, my slow cooker seems to take less time to cook things!)
  • Once the chicken is done, drain the juices from the slow cooker
  • Mix the Frank’s Sauce with the Ranch Mix, pour over chicken
  • Continue to cook on high for 15 minutes (again, I adjusted the time to suit my slow cooker)
  • Serve with veggies and dip, on a bun, or with any other side you wish!

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This is totally off topic, but this is what Guinness decided to do while I was getting things ready for this recipe. What a ham!

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There are 2 things that I found with this recipe that you should keep in mind:

  1. The Frank’s Sauce mixture is VERY strong, so be prepared to have your home smell like it lol.
  2. The chicken ended up being kind of dry, so I would suggest adding some sort of liquid (like broth or water) to the slow cooker to keep the meat moist.

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Overall, I think this was another successful dish! The taste was there and it will be a great leftover for lunches!

Give this recipe a try and let me know how yours turned out!

Take care!

©2014 Katie Dennison. Images may not be copied, printed or otherwise disseminated without express written permission of Katie Dennison.

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{Pinterest Find: Take-Out, Fake-Out Broccoli & Beef}

Happy Saturday! Even though the weather is super messy and gross today, it’s my day off and I am going to enjoy it. With Andrew at work, and Guinness and I here in the apartment all day, I thought it would be fun to make a nice dinner that we can enjoy later. I’m busting out my slow cooker! In my opinion, it’s the best way to make meals on a gloomy, wet day like today.

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I found this recipe on Pinterest (of course), and have been dying to try it. It sounds amazing, and I’m hoping it tastes as good as it looks. It is called Take-Out Fake-Out Broccoli & Beef, and you use my favourite kitchen tool to make it: the slow cooker.

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I got my slow cooker for Christmas two years ago and it is one of the greatest things I have ever received. Like I said in my last post, cooking and baking are not my strongest skills, but the slow cooker is perfect for anyone that lacks experience and loves to cook.

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The Pinterest post links back to Table for Two. The blogger, Julie, has an easy-to-follow recipe, so I am confident that I will be able to successfully cook this dish and have it taste delicious!

The ingredients:

  • 1 pound of stewing beef
  • 1 cup beef broth (I didn’t have any on hand, so I just used water!)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli (I bumped it up from 2 cups because I love broccoli, but you don’t have to. You can also use frozen florets if you don’t have fresh broccoli)
  • Cooked white rice or quinoa (I’m going to use quinoa because we have SO much of it in the apartment. Plus, it’s healthier!)

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Here are the insanely easy steps:

  • Throw the beef broth (or water), soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil and garlic into the slow cooker. Whisk everything together.
  • Add your beef and make sure all of the pieces are nicely dressed in the mixture.
  • Flip the slow cooker on low and leave it for 3 hours (the original recipe says 6 hours, but she does suggest that 4 hours would be a good place to start if you are making this for the first time. I had it set for 4 hours, but I know that my slow cooker tends to cook things more quickly than others, so I took it down to 3. It all depends on your slow cooker, so use your best judgement).
  • Once the beef is finished, take the sauce from the slow cooker and whisk it together with the cornstarch.
  • Pour this mixture back into the slow cooker and mix with the beef.
  • Add your broccoli and then cook for another 30 minutes (keeping the slow cooker on low).
  • After the 30 minutes, serve over hot rice or quinoa.

There you have it! I don’t know about you, but I think mine turned out pretty well. It looks good, but most importantly, it tastes amazing! Andrew enjoyed it too, so I would say that this recipe is a winner!

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Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Anyway, that’s it for now! Have a good night!

©2014 Katie Dennison. Images may not be copied, printed or otherwise disseminated without express written permission of Katie Dennison.