Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

So I was looking into what I could make for hubby that he’d really enjoy.  I’m trying this “housewife” thing, and it’s more difficult than I knew.  I always thought that I’d be able to have a hot dinner on the table if only I had more time.  But that was before I knew that Netflix has Veronica Mars, Season Two & Season Three on Instant View.  Here’s what I came up with for tonight: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches (based on the original turkey recipe found at Epicurious).  Because (if you’re new to reading this, you’ll soon find out) I have chicken.  I do not have pork.  I made some sandwich rolls recently too, and I’m hoping that I get extra dinner points to overcome the fact that I have no laundry points for this week.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Tabasco plus additional to taste
  • ½ tablespoon (1½ teaspoons) salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast (2 halves)
  • Accompaniment: soft sandwich rolls, toasted lightly if desired

Preparation:

  1. Finely chop onions and mince garlic.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine onions, garlic, vinegar, butter, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons Tabasco, salt, pepper, and brown sugar and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Add chicken breast, and cook at a bare simmer, covered, 2½  hours, flipping occasionally. After the first 2½ hours, begin to shred meat by smushing and crushing the breast apart (I didn’t actually take it out & pull it apart at all.  That probably makes me a bad southerner, but since I’ve only been south of the Mason-Dixon once, I don’t think that’s a surprise). Simmer barbecue, covered, over low heat, stirring occasionally, 1½ hours more and season with salt, pepper, and additional Tabasco.
  3. Serve barbecue on rolls.

Notes:

This version of the recipe is written with the “substitutions for boneless, skinless breasts” I found listed in the comments over at Epicurious.  If you look at recipes there, I highly recommend reading the comments.

The Verdict:

The sandwich rolls are lovely.  Hubby said that he liked the pulled chicken.  It was a little vinegar-y for me, but that might be mostly because of how I forgot to check on it a couple of times, and then the sauce was all cooked to goo and I used vinegar and ketchup and chicken stock (but a lot of vinegar) to create more liquid.  He said that he likes a vinegar-y barbecue, so maybe that’s what he liked about it.  Anyway, it’s worth keeping in the recipe file.  We had a small container of leftovers that worked well for lunches during the week, so if I scale back the vinegar (and remember to check on it between everyepisode of Veronica Mars, not just some of the time), it will probably become a good go-to recipe.

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