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June 23, 2014 - 12 Comments

I was on a slow cooker roll last week. I get into moods, and just because summer literally just began, doesn’t mean you can’t put that slow cooker to good use. I think it is a common misconception that the slow cooker is a winter appliance! No way! You can totally use that thing all year long, and there are plenty of recipes to get you through the summer! I like using my slow cooker because of how easy it makes weeknight meals. When I’m super busy, like I have been for the past week, it really makes dinner delicious and simple. This honey chipotle slow cooker chicken is everything you crave in a summer dish. It is sweet, spicy and packed full of flavor!

 

 

So we are off to the North in a few days, and I feel like I have a gazillion things to do. I don’t know why I do this to myself every time I go away for a few days. I feel like I am on top of things, until the week before, and then I realize I have a crap ton of stuff to get done. The anxiety kicks in, and I have to go for 12 runs just to calm myself down. Just kidding. I don’t run 12 times a days. That’s nuts!

Also, I don’t think the extreme amount of coffee helps. I’m literally on my fourth latte of the day. I’m just a TAD jittery! Ahh!

So anyway, to make a long story longer…

In the blogger world, it’s often important to have blog posts ready for publishing while you are away on vacation. Where I thought I was ahead of the game, I was completely wrong! … and it’s all for the love of food and beer.

You guys are so welcome. ;)

 

 

I think this whole anxiety thing going on is the reason I decided to post my IPA honey chipotle slow cooker chicken today. It soothes my soul in it’s easiness factor. I mean you throw everything in a slow cooker. That’s seriously all you have to do!

I like it best served over rice or in tortillas with some arugula. It’s also great with a sunny side-up egg, but I’m partial to this because I think eggs make the world go round.

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk beer!

Beer Love:Beer: Epic Brewing’s Escape to Colorado IPA
Brewed By: Epic Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale
ABV: 6.2%
Description: I know I just cooked with this IPA, but I was on a roll last week and was practically obsessed with it! This IPA gives this chicken an added punch of flavor. Not only is it a spectacular pairing for this dish, but I think it’s even better in it! If you are looking for a beginner cooking with beer recipe, this one is for you! I mean literally, you just throw everything into a slow cooker and call it a day! This IPA is not crazy by any means, and that’s why I love it so much. It’s a great summertime drinking brew, with it’s florally aroma and funky notes. What’s even more spectacular, is that you can get it in the can! I just love this. It makes things so much easier! If you’re a newbie at cooking with beer, it doesn’t get much easier than this!

 

 

Have a great week everyone! Here is the yumtastic recipe!

Cheers!
 

IPA Honey Chipotle Slow Cooker Chicken

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 8

IPA Honey Chipotle Slow Cooker Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 8 ounces IPA beer
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeeze orange juice
  • 4-5 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, diced (more or less to taste)
  • 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes (canned), liquid drained
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

  • Place the chicken breast in your slow cooker set to high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and then add the chicken stock, IPA beer, orange juice, peppers, diced tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, honey garlic powder, chipotle chili powder and onion powder.
  • Cover and cook for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Shred the chicken with two forks.
  • Serve on top of rice or quinoa or in tortillas. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy!
http://www.cookingandbeer.com/2014/06/ipa-honey-chipotle-slow-cooker-chicken/

 

  • http://www.acleanbake.com Nora @ A Clean Bake

    Every time I see an amazing recipe like this, I kick myself for not having a slow cooker. I have to get on it because the thought of this dish with an egg on top is making my mouth water! Hope you have a great trip!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      You don’t own a slow cooker! Nora! You have to get on this! The egg is a great addition. :) Thanks girl!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    I love the flavors in this and we are all about the slow cooker around here!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Matt! I know! I’m actually thinking of buying a second one so I can do simultaneous slow cooking!

  • http://www.reciperunner.com/ Danae | Recipe Runner

    4 lattes, you should be able to do 12 runs! ;-) I’m all about slow cooker meals in the summer, I actually just used it last night. I’d much rather be doing stuff outside! Next slow cooker recipe I make will definitely be this one!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Haha, I actually went for a run after I posted this yesterday just to get the jitters out, and then proceeded to get pelted with rain! What fun! It’s the best ever, isn’t it!?

  • Serene @ House Of Yumm

    Love this!! The chicken looks so tender! Love the slow cooker :) toss stuff in and it works it’s magic!

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Thank you so much, Serene! I totally agree. Slow cookers are just pure magic!

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    Shredded chicken cooked in the slow cooker like this is one of m’faves! Love all the flavors in this. They would make some pretty awesome tacos.

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      Hehe, thanks Natalie! Ohhh, they are soooooo good in taco shells!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum!

    Summer is the best time to use the slow cooker. I just love having dinner ready without doing much work or breaking a sweat when it’s hot outside. This recipe looks like a real winner. Hope you’ll have the best time once you’re vacay bound :)

    • http://www.cookingandbeer.com/ Justine@Cooking and Beer

      I totally agree, Kathi! Then you don’t have to crank up the oven! You’re so smart. ;) Thanks dear!