I think this was one of those, “what do I have on hand and how can I put it all together in a mouth pleasing way meals”. We had some of our homemade BBQ sauce and vinaigrette in the fridge plus our refrigerator pickles and whole wheat thin rounds to use as buns. It was a tangy and delicious combination, I especially liked the crunch of the pickles in the sandwich. A little homemade in-n-out sauce (ketchup, mayo, mustard and diced pickles) drove it right on home. The next day I made a tangy BBQ version of shepherds pie by filling ramekins half way with the leftover pulled chicken and topping it with mashed sweet potatoes (steam for 20 mins then mash in butter a diced chipotle pepper and a little adobo sauce, salt and pepper). Heat in the oven and mix together for proper flavor and texture balance. I always love getting two-fers out of something!
Pulled Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches
Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 6 hrs | Makes: Yield 8 to 10 sandwiches
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup barbecue sauce (a flavor you like)
1/3 cup Italian dressing (reduced-fat or fat-free okay)
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons chicken broth
additional barbecue sauce, if desired
rolls, for serving as sandwiches
bread and butter pickles, optional
1. Place chicken in the slow cooker. In a medium bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken. Cover and cook on low for 4 1/2 to 5 hours.
2. Remove the chicken to a cutting board. In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir it into the sauce in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until the sauce is thickened and heated through (10 to 15 minutes). Meanwhile, use two forks to shred the chicken. Return the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir. Add additional barbecue sauce if more sauce is needed or desired. Cover and continue cooking on low for 45 minutes. Serve chicken piled onto rolls. Add pickles, if desired.
The “next day reinvention”: