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Supper Club: Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

This was the main course for this month’s Supper Club. The sandwiches alone were OK, but nothing too special. What really made them great was the Mustard Slaw that we made. Definitely toast the bread that you use, because these sandwiches are really messy and will soak right through in no time otherwise.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Recipezaar.com – justcallmetoni

A personal take on a recipe from the “Slow Cooker Bible” and based on recipes typical of North Carolina styled BBQ. The sauce is tangy and flavorful but not spicy as the amount of hot sauce is just enough to balance the sweetness of the ketchup. Certainly mild enough to serve to kids. It you want more zing, add more tabasco or a chopped chipotle pepper en adobo. (If your slow cooker is large enough, this easily doubles and the leftovers can be frozen.)

SERVES 4

1 medium onion, thinly sliced or 1/2 large onion, thinly sliced
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Sauce
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 pinch salt

1. Cut the onion in half and slice into thin half rings. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with the onions.
2. Trim the chicken breasts and place on top of the bed of onions.
3. Mix all of the sauce ingredients together and pour on top of the chicken covering completely. (I make the sauce the night before so that it is a simple dump and run in the morning.)
4. Cook for 6 hours on low setting. The sauce thickens and turns into a dark rich brown during cooking. At the same time the onions dissolve into the sauce.
5. When the chicken is falling apart tender, take two forks and shred the chicken.
6. Serve on top of split buns. I like mine toasted so they hold up better to the weight of the shredded chicken.
7. Suggested sides include baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw or cucumber salad.

MacGourmet Rating: 3 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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