BBQ Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 27, 2009

Tonight’s meal is based on this recipe from A Year of Crockpotting!  I threw it all in the crockpot as the boys were eating lunch and put the crockpot outside on the patio to cook for the afternoon.  Worked like a charm.  Didn’t have to smell it cooking all day and was able to enjoy it for dinner.  Because “I didn’t cook it!”  Thanks for this great tip Lynn!

About the ingredients…chicken tenderloins were on sale $1.78/lb last week. I had a sweet potato left from the pre-Easter sale ($.49/lb) and found a MONSTER bottle of BBQ sauce that was on sale for $1! There was quite a bit of BBQ sauce leftover in the bottle after I poured out 2 cups worth!

Ingredients
1.3 lb package of chicken tenderloins ($2.31)
1 bag of frozen corn ($.88)
1 small sweet potato ($.40)
About 2 cups of BBQ sauce ($.75)
Water
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix ($.42)
1 egg ($.10)
1/3 cup milk ($.05)

Directions
1. Spray bottom of crockpot with cooking spray. Dice chicken tenderloins into bite size pieces and place them in the bottom of the crockpot.
2. Peel and dice sweet potato into 1/2 inch cubes. Add to crockpot and mix in with the chicken and corn.
3. Pour bottle of BBQ sauce over the mixture in the crockpot. Add about 1/4 cup of water and stir through.
4. Prepare Jiffy cornbread mix as directed on box and pour over the top of the BBQ chicken mixture.  (I would have made 2 boxes if I had had another on hand.)
5. Set to low and cook for 6 hours.
6. Serve BBQ Chicken Cornbread Casserole. This is a great one dish dinner!

Cost $4.91

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gourmetmomma April 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

i’ve made that dish too — we love it!

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Devon April 27, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Hi Erin!
This looks great! I have a dumb question- do you think Jiffy corn MUFFIN mix would work instead of the bread mix? I was able to pick up 4 of the muffin mixes for $.25/each last week at Acme!

Thanks!

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Erin April 27, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Could you use canned corn in place of the frozen corn? This looks delicious!

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Lynn April 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I am glad the tip worked so well for you!

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Stephanie April 28, 2009 at 5:16 am

Ooh that looks yummy! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are on sale in my area this week for 1.79/lb so I am stocking up and adding some chicken recipes to my recipe stockpile!

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Andrea April 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

When you are figuring out the prices of your dinners, how do remember what everything costs? Do you use the typical cost you pay for something (say a can of corn) even if you may have bought it at it lowest killer sale price? Do you keep a list of prices? How about spices or staples (sugar, flour, etc.). You may have covered this in the past, but I’m a fairly new reader. :)

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Erin April 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

I use the price I actually pay for the product. I buy EVERYTHING on sale! If I’m not sure I’ll remember the price, I’ll write it on the can or package. Meats have the price on the package, so that’s easy. And my brain just remembers numbers well :)

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Becky Dell April 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

I can’t wait to make it!!

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Hope :) April 28, 2009 at 8:31 am

Oh, this looks great! Yet another $5 Dinners meal to add to my recipe list. :) Thanks!

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Jill April 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

That looks delicious! And I love the idea of sitting the crock pot outside when it’s warm out. I have the same problem of often not being able to eat what I cook. Not so much with dinners, although sometimes that’s the case, but more often when we entertain or it’s a big undertaking. Great tips!

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Laura April 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Quickie question! Would you suggest making the recipe above using 2 boxes of cornbread mix? Also, do you think there was too much bbq sauce in the recipe? (ie. would you keep as it or cut it down?) Gonna try this one. :)

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Erin April 28, 2009 at 2:21 pm

BBQ sauce was perfect. And yes, I’d make this with 2 cornbread mixes. Give it a little more umfph!

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Laura April 28, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Quick response! LOL. Thanx! I LOVVVEEEE cornbread, so sounds perfect!

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Jennifer April 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

That looks yummy, but I have a crockpot dilemma. Sooo many recipes call for 6 hours. How do working people leverage the power of the crockpot when we’re out of the home for 9? It seems to defeat the purpose to use it on the weekends when I can tend to it.

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Erin April 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

I would think you could set this to low for 8-10 hours.

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Lori July 27, 2013 at 2:10 pm

If your crockpot does not have a timer on it, you can go to any home store, Home Depot, Lowes, even Wal-Mart, and buy a light timer for about 5 dollars… Plug it in, set the time you want it to turn on, set your crockpot to low and plut it into the timer. Instant upgraded crockpot.

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Rebecca April 28, 2009 at 8:52 pm

When you say small bag of corn are you saying 1 pound or 12 ounces? I am making this for two people who love leftovers!

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Laura April 29, 2009 at 11:19 am

Jennifer– I’m also a full-time working mom and I’m out of the house at 8 a.m, home at 5:30 p.m. five days a week. I agree with you that a lot of recipes are difficult for 9 hours in the crock pot! I always set mine on low, but I’m thinking that pretty soon I REALLY need to get an “updated” crockpot with a timer. :) I’m making this recipe soon, so I’ll let ya know what happens! P.S.: I use those crockpot liners since the crockpot is on for so long and things like to “stick” to it sometimes!

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sherry April 30, 2009 at 9:29 am

your right, 2 boxes of jiffy is better, I only used one bc thats what I had on hand, and it was barley enough to cover the mixture, thanks for the recipe.

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Brenda Campbell April 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I love the looks of this recipe and I could fix this easy, I love my crock pot! Your money saving posts never fail me and work when I try them. Thank you for that! I left you an award at my blog if you want to check it out.

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Amy @ Living Locurto May 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I’m making this soon and will feature this on my site. It sounds so good! Thanks for all your great recipes. I’m going to go check out all the links here too:-)

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Sara May 3, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I had cooked a whole chicken earlier in the week in the crock pot. This was a great use for almost half of the pre-cooked chicken. Two boxes of cornbread worked great, however I put it on high for about 5 hours until the cornbread was cooked through. I used less BBQ sauce and it was drier than your picture, but we liked it. I wonder about using some of the cornbread on the bottom, but I don’t do many crock-pot meals to know if that’s feasible.

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Stacy May 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

Great recipe, thanks! We actually did make it with 2 boxes of Jiffy, and we felt like it was too much cornbread. Also, the cornbread was not completely cooked through at 6 hours. Otherwise – we loved it! My husband even had seconds!

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Nicole Feliciano May 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm

I love the concept of the site. I added a new recipe I just tried. I don’t think it is under $5–but close.

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Jeanne Jenusaitis January 31, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Made this with a different cornbread mix that called for oil and it did not cook all the way thru. Some of the sweet potatoes were still hard and the cornbread was still soft and liquidy. I timed it right for dinner time and could not wait longer than the 6 hour period to let it cook further. I remedied the situation by taking off the cornbread mix and putting it in the oven to finish cooking. The flavor was there, but the presentation was not. What could have gone wrong?

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Joanne August 29, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Hi Erin- I came across your site from a link at the Casserole Connection. I like this recipe, since it is not time-consuming. And, I plan to order one of your cookbooks for my son. :-)

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