lazy sunday stovetop slow-cooked barbecue chicken
Even though the weather outside is still persistently not autumnal enough, I’m forging ahead anyway with my knitted wool tights and hot ginger tea and legwarmers and lace-up boots and new Neon Indian album and oversized sweaters and hearty, heavy one-pot meals that are best eaten curled up on the sofa in aforementioned legwarmers.
Back-to-school season changes Sundays, giving them a bittersweetness that everyone remembers from being small and clinging desperately to each of those last weekend hours that belong solely, wholly to you. We have Sunday rituals that consist of the fleamarket and grocery shopping, brunch and a long walk and a lot of sitting around reading and talking about how sometime, maybe, later, some laundry ought to get done. I felt like cooking something that would take a long time but not much effort, and since our new oven doesn’t get installed until tomorrow, it had to be be a stovetop project. I wanted a meat dish that would end up braised and fork-tender, falling apart at each bite. This chicken is fantastic, and I’m sure it’ll be even better for lunch tomorrow. The best kind of time invested on a Sunday - the kind that makes the following Monday substantially better in return.
Stovetop slow-cooked barbecue chicken:
- 2 pounds (give or take) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 12 oz beer (Trader Joe’s Simpler Times, here)
- 18 oz barbecue sauce, homemade or your favorite (This was Trader Joe’s Kansas City Style, which is sweet & smoky and has a super-rich, smooth texture that the dish relies on.)
- 1 red onion
- black pepper, garlic powder and cayenne to taste
- Sear the chicken breasts in an empty nonstick stock pot or Dutch oven.
- Add the barbecue sauce and beer.
- Slice the onion thinly and add it raw to the pot, along with the spices.
- Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least two to four hours. Stir often enough to keep the pot’s contents from starting to stick to the bottom, using a spatula or fork to help the shredding process along.
- Serve on sandwiches, or with baked potatoes, or with corn on the cob. We had ours with big salads and homemade chips.
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