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Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

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So this recipe for bbq chicken pizza came about for 2 reasons. First, I LOVE bbq pizza. I will ALWAYS order a bbq pizza over a traditional pizza any day if I see it on the menu. And second, when I make my slow cooker bbq chicken, I always have left overs and this is my favorite way to use it up! I use a store-made pizza crust for this pizza so it’s incredibly quick and easy to throw together. And you can top it with anything you like!

Recently OXO sent me a few goodies and I used them to make this recipe and OH MY did it make things easier!!

First was the non-stick pizza pan. I have no idea how I lived without a non-stick pizza pan. I put this sticky pizza dough on the pan and pressed it in and it slid right off when it was done!BBQ chicken pizza, bbq, barbecue, chicken, dinner, easy, recipe, pizza,

After topping the crust with the olive oil and salt, I pre-baked it a little bit before adding the toppings to make sure that it was nice and crispy on the bottom. Nobody likes soggy pizza crust! BBQ chicken pizza, bbq, barbecue, chicken, dinner, easy, recipe, pizza,

OXO also sent me this amazing grate and slice set and I’m in love! I used it to slice my onions crazy thin and to also grate the cheese. BBQ chicken pizza, bbq, barbecue, chicken, dinner, easy, recipe, pizza,
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After the pizza crust is pre-baked you can go ahead and top it with all the toppings! I went in this order, sauce, bbq chicken, onions, corn, cheese, more sauce. BBQ chicken pizza, bbq, barbecue, chicken, dinner, easy, recipe, pizza,

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After topping, it gets baked again for 20-25 minutes until it’s perfectly melty and the crust is crispy and your house smells amazing!

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Oh and BONUS!! OXO also sent me a new pizza slicer! It’s for non-stick pans! The metal slicers will totally ruin a non-stick pan so make sure you pick one of these plastic pizza slicers up! oxo, BBQ chicken pizza, bbq, barbecue, chicken, dinner, easy, recipe, pizza,

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Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 1 store-bought pizza crust
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1.5 cups pre-cooked bbq chicken
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup corn (frozen is fine)
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese (or more!)
  • fresh cilantro for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425.

  2. Take your pre-made pizza dough and spread it out over your pizza pan. I use this OXO one and it's amazing. Literally nothing sticks to it!  I just use my hands and spread it out as close to the edges as I can. It doesn't need to be perfect. 

  3. Brush the crust with the olive oil and then sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of salt and bake the crust for 6-8 minutes. (Just until it starts to rise and puff up)

  4. Once your crust os out of the oven, add your BBQ sauce and spread it evenly all around. (I leave about an inch around the outside for a crispy crust)

  5. Then top with the corn and the onions and lastly the cheese. I like to drizzle a little extra BBQ sauce on top before baking too. You can top it however you like! 

  6. Bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melty and the crust is crispy. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before eating and ENJOY!!  

 

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Main Course/ Recipes

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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Meals don’t get much easier than this! This slow cooker bbq chicken is so easy, it’s only 5 ingredients, and it’s one of those staples that I use for so many other dishes. I use it for sandwiches, bbq pizza, bbq chicken nachos…the possibilities are endless! I just throw it in the slow cooker in the morning and it’s ready by lunch time! slow cooker, bbq, chicken, bbq chicken, barbecue, dinner, recipe, easy, barbecue sauce, bbq sauce

I actually had it in the slow cooker today while I went grocery shopping with the kids and when we came home, it was done and ready for lunch! Nobody likes waiting to eat lunch after you’ve been grocery shopping! I’m also always starving when we come home from church on Sundays and this so happens to be the perfect amount of cooking time to be done when we get back home…win win! slow cooker, bbq, chicken, bbq chicken, barbecue, dinner, recipe, easy, barbecue sauce, bbq sauce

I can’t wait for you guys to try this one and see how easy and seriously delicious it is!!

 

 

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hr 30 mins
 
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 3-4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/3 cup grated onion (you could also chop it but I like them to melt away)
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke (found near the marinades)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Add chicken to the slow cooker, then top with the onion, liquid smoke, bbq sauce, and brown sugar.

  2. Cook on high for 3 hours.

  3. Shred chicken with 2 forks then cook another 30 minutes. 

  4. Enjoy

 

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Main Course/ Recipes

Poppy Seed Chicken

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Poppy seed chicken is something I have been eating since I was a kid and It’s always been one of my favorite comfort food meals! There are so many variations that you can make to this recipe like adding in veggies, rice, or noodles, but it’s perfect even without any extras! The sauce is so rich and creamy and the Ritz cracker topping is so buttery and crunchy! I like to make it with rice in the bottom of the dish to soak up some of that sauce. This might be called poppy seed chicken, but the sauce is totally the star of this dish. (Sorry little poppy seeds)  🙂 My family goes crazy for this stuff!Poppy Seed Chicken, Casserole easy, dinner,

I made this last week and I’m already craving it again looking at these pictures! I don’t think anyone will mind if I make it again soon though! 🙂
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Poppy Seed Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A chicken casserole with a rich and creamy sauce and crispy buttery topping!

Servings: 8
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts (Cut into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp each salt, pepper, garlic powder (divided)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 10.5 ounce cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 24 ounces sour cream
  • 2 cups ritz crackers (crushed)
  • 6 tbsp melted butter
  • 4 tsp poppy seeds (divided)
  • 4 cups cooked rice (optional but super yummy)
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

  2. If you would like to add the rice to the bottom of the casserole, layer it on the bottom of your 9x13 casserole dish first. *You can use leftover rice or one of the quick microwavable bags of rice. No need to make it fancy!

  3. Cut your chicken into bit size pieces and season with 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp garlic powder. 

  4. Heat a large sauté pan and cook your chicken on medium heat until it's just cooked throughout. Make sure not to over cook since it's going back in the oven. 

  5. Add your chicken to the casserole pan on top of the rice (if you're making this with rice) or just add it to the bottom of the pan. 

  6. In a large bowl, mix together your sour cream and **cream of chicken soup, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/2 tsp, garlic powder and 2 tsp of poppy seeds. Once combined, spread this on top of the chicken. (This is why the rice is so great! It mixes with all that yummy sauce!)

  7. In a small bowl, mix together your crushed ritz crackers, melted butter, and ***poppy seeds. Sprinkle this on the top of the casserole. 

  8. Place in the oven for 25 minutes until the top gets a little browned. I let it cool for about 15 minutes before serving. ENJOY!! 

Recipe Notes

*The rice in this dish makes it a little heartier but I have made it plenty of times without the rice and it's still just as delicious! 

**I have made this dish with low fat sour cream and it's still great. However, I would NOT make it with low fat or "heart healthy" cream of chicken soup. It makes the casserole watery and have less flavor. 

***Also I know this is called "poppy seed" chicken but I've also make it quite often without the poppy seeds because I didn't have any on hand. It's still amazing! (And you won't have little black things stuck in your teeth hee hee)

(You can serve it with any kind of veggies you like too! The sauce is delicious on veggies!)

 

Coco and Ash

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Cuban Food/ Main Course/ Recipes

Ropa Vieja – Cuban Shredded Beef

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I had this ropa vieja simmering away in my slow cooker yesterday and it smelled so good I thought I’d go crazy waiting to eat dinner! Even my all-American hubby loves it! I actually just had a big bowl full for lunch again today and I’ll probably have it for dinner tonight. Is that excessive? 🙂

If you’re not familiar with Ropa Vieja, it’s a Cuban dish (actually the national dish of Cuba!) and it literally means “old clothes”. I’m guessing it’s called that because the meat is so tender and falls apart so easily! It’s made with a large cut of beef that’s slow cooked in a tomato based sauce and by the end of the cooking time, the meat is so flavorful and tender and shreds so easily. It’s traditionally served with white rice so you can soak up all that extra sauce!Ropa Vieja, shredded beef, cuban, recipe, slow cooker, crockpot, easy, roast, beef,

This is one of the things that I definitely order if I see it on a menu. It’s not a fancy dish but it’s one that is so hearty and flavorful! And by the way, if you drain some of the liquid off, ropa vieja is amazing in tacos!!

I normally try to give you guys step-by-step photos but in a slow cooker dish (whoop whoop), it’s pretty much just dump and go so I’ll just give you the pictures of the finished product this time. 🙂 By the way, if you don’t have a slow cooker, you NEED to get one! HERE’S A LINK for some to choose from. It will easily become your favorite kitchen appliance!


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Ropa Vieja - Cuban Shredded Beef

Cuban shredded beef in a tomato based sauce flavored with peppers, onions, and garlic and more! 

Servings: 8
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pound flank steak (you could also use chuck)
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning (if you don't have adobo, use 1.5 teaspoons of salt and 1.5 teaspoons of garlic powder)
  • 1 green bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 large yellow onion sliced into strips
  • 6 large garlic cloves peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup green spanish olives (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 cup white cooking wine
  • 28 ounce can of tomato pureee
  • 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 tsp each: ground cumin, dried oregano, white sugar, salt
Instructions
  1. Take your flank steak and rub each side down with the adobo seasoning then add it to the slow cooker.

  2. Slice your peppers, onion, and garlic and add those to the slow cooker along with the olives. 

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together your white wine, tomato puree, tomato paste, and seasonings and then add that in the slow cooker. 

  4. Cook on low for 8 hours. 

  5. After the 8 hours, remove just the meat and shred with 2 forks. Ropa vieja is traditionally served shredded very finely so I don't leave any large chunks. Add the meat back in the slow cooker and cook for 20 more minutes. 

  6. During that 20 minutes is when I make my rice using my rice cooker

  7. I serve my ropa vieja over the white rice with a big extra scoop of the sauce on top! 

Coco and Ash

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Main Course/ Recipes

Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli

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This honey lime shrimp and broccoli dish is one of my favorite dinners!! I’ve actually made it twice just this week! One reason being that it tastes amazing and the other being that it is so quick and easy. It has a touch of sweetness from the honey and a little tang from the lime which tastes amazing with that savory soy sauce.  I also used a Publix “steam in bag” veggie pack which made it even that much easier!

It starts with a simple marinade/sauce. You’re going to add in your honey, soy, garlic, and lime juice and whisk that together. Here’s a little tip for you…when you’re going to measure your honey, spray the measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray and the honey will slide right out instead of sticking!Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli, shrimp, dinner, broccoli, easy, recipe, garlic, soy

After whisking your sauce together, set aside 1/3 cup of the sauce for later and add the shrimp to the remaining sauce. Pop that in the fridge for 15-20 minutes. Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli, shrimp, dinner, broccoli, easy, recipe, garlic, soy

While the shrimp are marinading you can get your rice ready (if you’re having rice). I use a rice cooker so I don’t have to really think about it. Here’s a link to the one that I have. This is also when I steam my broccoli. I just use these steam in bags from Publix but you can use a steamer or prepare it however you’d like. Just leave it a tiny bit under cooked. Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli, shrimp, dinner, broccoli, easy, recipe, garlic, soy

When you’re ready to cook your shrimp, heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, melt the butter and then add in the shrimp (discard the marinade) and cook for about 1 minute per side. Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli, shrimp, dinner, broccoli, easy, recipe, garlic, soy
After cooking the shrimp, you can add in the steamed broccoli and the remaining sauce that you had set aside and cook for 2 more minutes. You’re not really “cooking” the broccoli any further. You just want to incorporate it into the sauce. Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli, shrimp, dinner, broccoli, easy, recipe, garlic, soy

After cooking for the 2 minutes, you’re all done!!

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Honey Lime Shrimp and Broccoli
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 


Servings: 4 people
Author: Coco and Ash
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds medium shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3 large garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp butter (you could also use olive oil)
  • 2 cups steamed broccoli (I use Publix "steam in bag")
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, soy sauce, lime juice, and garlic.

  2. Scoop out 1/3 cup of the sauce and set it aside to use later. 

  3. Add your shrimp to the bowl with the remaining marinade and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. 

  4. While your shrimp is marinading you can steam your veggies. I use Publix "steam in bag" veggies so I pop it in the microwave and just let it hang out until I need it. If you are making this with rice, you can also start that while the shrimp is marinading. (This is the rice cooker that I use. You can actually steam veggies in there too!)

  5. When you're ready to cook the shrimp, add your butter to a skillet on medium-high heat. When the butter is melted, take a slotted spoon and add in just the shrimp. You can discard the marinade. 

  6. Cook the shrimp for about 1 minute per side. 

  7. Add the steamed broccoli and 1/3 cup of reserved sauce to the pan and cook for 2 more minutes. 

  8. I serve mine over white rice and a little extra squeeze of lime juice on top. 🙂

Recipe Notes

I used broccoli for this recipe because it's my favorite but you could use any veggie you like! 

Coco and Ash

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