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Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches: Labor Day Recipe

August 27, 2013

Can you believe it? Labor Day is just around the corner. This family favorite recipe for Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches uses bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, which are full of flavor and moisture. When combined with homemade barbecue sauce, the tender shredded chicken takes on a sweet smokiness that’s far better than anything you could find in a bottle at the grocery store. See more great recipes like this at

Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Prep: 50 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
3 pounds bone-in chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup low-sodium tomato puree
1 cup no-salt-added ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 cup water
12 (1 ounce) slider burger buns
1. For the chicken, preheat the oven to 375˚F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray.

2. Arrange the chicken breasts in the prepared baking pan and drizzle the olive oil all over the top; season with pepper. Bake the chicken until barely pink in the center, about 40 minutes.

3. To make the sauce, put a pot over medium heat and coat with the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, until soft and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste until fully incorporated. Stir in the vinegar, loosening up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato puree, ketchup, Worcestershire, sugar blend, paprika, mustard, chili powder, and water. Bring the barbecue sauce to a simmer, stirring, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 20 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened.

4. Allow the cooked chicken to cool slightly, then peel off and discard the skin. Using 2 forks, shred the meat and discard the bone.

5. Add the shredded chicken to the sauce and stir to incorporate. Simmer for another 5 minutes, until heated through. Divide the chicken among the buns and serve.


8 Responses to “Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches: Labor Day Recipe”
August, 28 2013at 08:29 am
Oooooo I want to get pulled!
Jeanette says:
August, 28 2013at 07:12 am
Nothing like a good old pulled BBQ chicken sandwich!
Stephanie says:
August, 28 2013at 06:24 am
on my list!
William says:
August, 28 2013at 06:25 am
looks fabulous!!!
Shaina says:
September, 09 2013at 02:37 pm
I am all about the barbecue sandwich.
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