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Fried chicken, amped up with Red, White, and Blue dipping sauces. Red: BBQ, White: Pineapple Coconut, and Blue: Blueberry Chipotle
I love summer BBQ’s, picnics, and get togethers. Especially when they involve the extended family. But they can also be a ton of work to get ready for. Sunscreen, diapers, water bottles, changes of clothes…and shoes. Can’t forget the shoes.
Literally…just getting my kids all in the car with their shoes on is a real challenge at our house. I mean, seriously, I can’t count the number of times we have gone somewhere, and as we are pulling in, one of the kids told me they forgot their shoes. The store, church, the pool (not as big of a deal), and a countless number of events. So for things like family parties, it can be hard to coordinate a big meal, while also getting everyone there fully clothed.
Getting out the door is hard enough, which is why I love being able to grab a bunch of chicken from the Walmart Deli while I am picking up a pair of shoes for the kid who despite being asked 100 times if they had them, forgot them.
Walmart has lots of options, from popcorn chicken to wings to your classic fried chicken, and you can get it in any amount, even 100 pieces. So for events like our annual family fireworks watching on the 4th, I rely on the deli counter for great chicken. Then I do what I do, and never leave good enough alone, rather I make it better with amazing sauces!
And because it is for the 4th of July, I figured those sauces should fit the patriotic theme and make them: Red, White, and Blue!
You guys I had so much fun making these chicken sauces! Not only were they yummy, but it made me feel good about buying dinner. Like, there is this crazy pressure to always cook something amazing because I am a food blogger. When I show up a pot luck or bring someone dinner, I always feel like it has to be perfect. It is so nice to take that pressure off myself, and just bring something that is down right yummy, and add my own spin to it.
You don’t have to wait for a big event to enjoy the chicken from the Walmart Deli. You don’t even have to go to the deli to get the chicken. You can pick up the 8pc grab-n-go option at both the deli counter and on the mobile merchandiser, often located by the checkout. You can buy whatever amount you want, for whatever size celebration or meal you are having.
Anyway, I am planning to use this chicken and these sauces for our 4th of July celebrations. Every year my family goes to a local junior high school and we get there early. We put a blanket down, and bring lawn chairs, and everyone brings food. Lots and lots of food. The kids run around and make friends, and play games. The adults talk. And we eat. We have fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, and more. I loved the idea of adding patriotic dipping sauces, especially since my kids pretty much want to dip EVERYTHING they eat into something. And what I love even more is I can make them in advance so that I can spend the whole holiday just enjoying my family. No cooking. No dishes. No messes. But a great meal and great company.
There is a classic BBQ sauce, which is our red. It has some sweet, some vinegar, and a lot of flavor. I could put it on just about anything and be happy.
Red BBQ sauce Pineapple Coconut Dipping Sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- 4 Tbs butter
- 4 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 Tbs chili sauce
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbs coconut milk
- 2 Tbs sweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup crushed pineapple drained
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- Put everything in a sauce pan and bring to a boil, stir constantly.
- Turn down and let simmer 5-10 minutes
- Let cool
- Keep in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 10 days.
- Drain crushed pineapple
- Mix ingredients together in a bowl
- Stir well and enjoy
Our recipe card software calculates these nutrition facts based on averages for the above ingredients, different brands, and quality of produce/meats may have different nutritional information, always calculate your own based on the specific products you use in order to achieve accurate macros for this recipe.
And the last is the Blue, which is a Blueberry Chipotle sauce I made for another recipe, but loved so much I now make it and keep it on hand for all my grilled and fried meats.
Get the recipe for the Blueberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce here.
Make your 4th of July festive and hassle free by heading to your local Walmart and checking out the fresh and tasty chicken their Deli has to offer.
Obviously I am serving this chicken for the 4th of July so I can enjoy the day without having to worry about cooking, but what fun summer plans would you use it for?