Thursday, December 20, 2012

Easy Potluck Crowd-Pleasers!

'Tis the season for....... potlucks!  In case you live under a rock and are not familiar with the term, a potluck "is a gathering of people where each person or group of people may contribute a dish of food prepared by the person or the group of people, to be shared among the group". Um, thanks Wikipedia?  Or simply, everyone brings a dish of food to share and then you eat! 

Today was our work holiday potluck and overall we had a great spread of food (oh man, I ate wayyyyy too much).  The best potlucks are the ones that have a good balance of appetizers, side dishes, main dishes, and desserts... both hot and cold, both healthy and indulgent.  There were some definite potluck hits and misses today, but luckily mine was one of the hits!  No leftovers. :)

My potluck contribution was BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders, which I chose to make since I could just put the chicken in a crock pot that morning at work and let it cook until it was time to eat!  Seriously, this is the easiest potluck dish ever... and a crowd-pleaser too!


1 (3 lb) bag boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 bottles BBQ sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar (optional)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
1 or 2 dozen pre-cut sweet Hawaiian rolls

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of a crock pot and then pour BBQ sauce over top.  Cover the crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.  Add brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce about halfway through cooking process, stir.  Skim any fat off the top of the BBQ sauce with a spoon, then shred cooked chicken breasts using 2 forks.  Serve shredded chicken on Hawaiian rolls.

My co-worker (and fellow food and fitness lover) made a Buffalo Chicken Dip that was definitely the hit of the potluck.  She used a recipe from the Frank's Red Hot Sauce bottle, but modified it and turned it into a crock pot dip.  WOW... if you like buffalo chicken, you will go crazy over this cheesy-creamy-chickeny-buffalo saucey-dip stuff!  She made a double batch of the recipe, and still the bowl was almost scraped clean.

original recipe from
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8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup FRANK'S® REDHOT® Buffalo Wing Sauce  
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Place all ingredients, except the cheddar cheese, in a crock pot and heat on low until dip is warm.  Stir occasionally.  Once dip is warm, top with cheddar cheese.  Serve dip with tortilla chips or crackers.

So easy!  And so YUMMY! :)


What do you like to bring to your potlucks?

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