Thursday, January 20, 2011
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
I love barbecue. I grew up in a barbecue-loving family and Carolina-style pulled pork is one of my favorites. This isn't pulled pork, though. I decided to try pulled chicken for a few reasons:
1. Not everyone eats pork. (I know, right!)
2. Chicken is leaner than pork, so it felt healthier.
3. I had tons of boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the freezer and I'm trying to stop stockpiling food.
I came up with this quick recipe that almost anyone could make. You don't really even need to know how to cook because the slow cooker does all the work. This recipe makes at least eight servings, so it's great for potlucks, office lunches, parties, or packing lunch for a few days.
Spend five minutes in the morning putting this together and your house will smell great and you'll have dinner ready when you get home.
Put the chicken in the slow cooker. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and top with onions and jalapenos. (Don't worry, this won't be too spicy. I have acid reflux and I eat it... then again, I eat a lot of foods I shouldn't.)
Pour a bottle of BBQ sauce over the whole thing.
Set your slow cooker and go do something else. Normally I just go to work, but maybe you need to clean your house, write a paper, or watch a few movies. Whatever makes you happy.
When the chicken is done, just break it up with some tongs and put it on a soft roll and enjoy. E likes to add cheese to his. Whatever you do, I recommend a soft roll (I love potato hamburger rolls). You don't want a hard chewy roll with this soft filling. The chicken will slide everywhere and make a mess.
I still prefer pulled pork, but this is a really great substitute. I could also see myself using this method (with different seasonings) to make a taco filling or a topping for nachos. I think you'll be happy with this recipe.
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
a Keeley original
serves at least 8
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (rinsed and patted dry)
1 small onion, diced
1 whole jalapeno, diced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 bottle prepared BBQ sauce (approximately 12 ounces, or you can make your own sauce)
8 soft rolls (I use potato hamburger rolls)
Lay the chicken in the bottom of a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper, then top with onions and jalapenos. Pour barbecue sauce over chicken.
Cook in your slow cooker for 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours (I do 10 hours on low because I let mine cook while I'm at work). Just check the settings of our slow cooker and choose the time that works for you.
Serve BBQ chicken on soft rolls. If you'd like you can add extra toppings like cheese, lettuce, or red onions. I like mine plain.
When chicken is done, use tongs to pull it apart into chunks and serve it on a soft roll.