A Delicious Afterthought
A couple of days ago I purchased a package of chicken legs with the idea I was going to crock pot them for dinner. I forgot Friday was the next day (Catholic here, no meat Fridays during Lent), Saturday came and I forgot to put the legs in the pot. Hubby, My Captain, offered to grill them then decided to order pizza.
Today was the day and My Captain reminded me early enough to get them in the pot for dinner. Dropped them in, covered them in BBQ sauce, a little kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and 1/2 inch of water in the bottom, plop the lid on and walk away. Right? Well, no. Lid on. Walk away. Then Mad Scientist wheels start turning.
I thought, it would sure be nice to have this be more than just the chicken, so I grabbed a can of black beans, dumped them into a colander, rinsed well, then poured a generous amount of BBQ sauce over the beans – IN THE COLANDER – sprinkled some chopped dried onions over then tossed to cover the beans. Then I put those beans in the crock pot and, walked away. Really. I walked away this time. Went to the gym and left it alone.
The end result was so darn good! Those beans were like baked beans slaved over and cooked in the oven in a fancy schmancy bean pot.
Give this a try the next time you are cooking chicken in the crock pot. I used my homemade BBQ sauce but any good quality store bought sauce will do the trick. (Sweet Baby Ray’s original is my personal favorite)
You want the recipe? OK. Not much to it, but here goes.
Chicken with “Baked” Beans
- Chicken legs, thighs, breasts, wings, whatever you have (you decide how many you need or want)
- BBQ Sauce
- Canned Black Beans (you decide how many cans you need based on how much chicken and size of crock pot)
- Kosher Salt
- Fresh Ground Black Pepper
- Dried Onions
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper then place chicken in crock pot / slow cooker arranging around the outside of the pot leaving the center open. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken to cover well. Rinse beans in colander then pour BBQ sauce over and toss/mix well. Sprinkle dried onions over then place beans in the center of crock pot / slow cooker. Add 1/4-1/2 inch of water to crock pot / slow cooker. This is important if you are cooking on high so you don’t dry everything out and then it would be yuck! Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, 2-4 hours on high.