Friday, May 10, 2013

Quick BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

I love pulled pork and pulled chicken BBQ sandwiches, the only problem is the time commitment. To get the pork or chicken or whatever else you might like to use to be tender and flaky, you usually have to leave it in the crockpot or oven for hours. As a busy working girl, I don't have that kind of time for a weeknight meal. So today, I am using a short cut - Rotisserie chicken! Whenever I am looking to cut some time off my meal preparation, my first choice is always using a Rotisserie chicken.


Recipe yields 6 sandwiches

Ingredients
1 Rotisserie chicken
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion
5 cloves garlic
14 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
5 tbsp dark molasses
A pinch of salt and fresh black pepper
6 rolls
Lettuce for garnish


Remove the skin from the chicken and shred the meat into bite size pieces. Set aside. Chop the onion and mince the garlic. In a large skillet heat the oil and add the onion and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes until onions are translucent.


Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, apple cider vinegar and molasses to the pan. Give it a good stir and season with the salt and pepper to your liking. Bring the mixture to a boil.


Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes to allow all those flavors to get acquainted. Add in your shredded chicken and coat with the sauce. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.


In the meantime, slice your rolls and get your lettuce ready to make your sandwiches. I also use this time to prepare my Simple Slaw, which for me is a must with BBQ sandwiches. Prepare the sandwiches by lining the bottom bun with a slice of lettuce (this protects the bun from becoming soggy with the BBQ sauce), next comes a heaping pile of shredded chicken and top it all off with some cole slaw and the top bun. Delicious! Enjoy!

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