Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Homemade BBQ Sauce

July 17, 2011

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We love pulled pork sandwiches in our house, but I don’t always love working with pork.  I do admit to loving the taste and making a huge 5 pound pork butt is easier than any week night meal. And I know that pork is the “other” white meat, but I just don’t like eating it that often.

I do make a really good pulled turkey recipe that I discovered over ten years ago in Sara Foster’s The Foster’s Market Cookbook, but like the pork, it takes hours to cook.  This recipe is great fall dish when the weather is cooler and turning the oven on for 3 to 4 hours is no big deal.  I have been searching for a pulled chicken recipe and alas, I finally found one over at The Comfort of Cooking. Georgia uses a dry rub to marinate her chicken and I think it is the rub that gives the chicken it’s tenderness.

I use organic, grass fed chicken from Whole Foods.  For this dish, I don’t purchase the boneless, chicken breasts.  Instead, I get the chicken breasts with the ribs attached.  I then ask the butcher to remove the ribs.  The breasts without bones tend to dry out on the grill.  The taste, using the chicken in this way,  is significantly different. If you don’t use your butcher at your local supermarket, you are missing out!  They are always so accommodating, friendly, and they love their meats and poultry.

I have altered the rub just a bit and use my own homemade barbecue sauce to coat the chicken after it is grilled.  Last week, I even made my own buns using Carrie’s hamburger bun recipe and they were delicious.  I am going make a huge batch of these and freeze them for future grilling! I like to serve these sandwiches with an Asian cole slaw or a broccoli slaw.  We use left over chicken and make BBQ chicken pizza the next day! At your next barbeque, make these instead of your traditional burger. Your guests will give praise to the cook!

Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
yield: 6-8 sandwiches

3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons sucanat or dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 cups of BBQ sauce
2 pound chicken breast with skin +  ribs attached(ask the butcher to remove the ribs)

• combine the oil and spices for the marinade.
• place chicken in a shallow, glass baking dish(I use a Pyrex). rub the marinade on both sides of the chicken. cover with plastic wrap and marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.
• preheat your grill.  grill chicken on indirect heat, about 20-30 minutes. we check the chicken by cutting through the center and tasting.  when no longer pink, it’s ready.
• remove skin from chicken.  place breasts on a cutting board and shred using two forks.  place shredded chicken in a large bowl.
• wet chicken with BBQ sauce of your choice.  serve a little sauce on the side.

If you like this, read about more pulled BBQ sandwiches:
Pulled BBQ Chicken Panini – Panini Happy
Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich – Simply Recipes
Slowcooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich – Recipe Girl
Southwestern Pulled Brisket – Smitten Kitchen
BBQ Brisket Sandwich – Framed


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marla {family fresh cooking} July 18, 2011 at 5:41 am

Looks great Susan. I am a big fan of Georgia’s blog too. Her recipes are amazing. These sandwiches look great & I love that you don’t need to be in the kitchen forever to make them.


2 Amanda July 18, 2011 at 6:28 am

Now this sounds like something I could do… and its totally making my mouth water. Great recipe and great pic!!


3 Kim July 18, 2011 at 6:39 am

Oh! It is a great idea the pulled chicken because pork is a long cooking process for summer. I will definitly do this for my next barbecue party:)


4 Maria July 18, 2011 at 6:55 am

Love the homemade sauce!


5 Esi July 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

Yum! I want these for lunch


6 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

I love soft buns on my pulled pork (or chicken or turkey preferably) sandwiches. It just soaks up the BBQ sauce so well. I’m with ya on pork…I like it, but I don’t like to eat it that often.


7 Georgia Pellegrini July 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I like Georgia’s recipe and her name! ; )


8 Maureen July 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I just cooked a pork butt for pulled pork and was going to use “store” sauce but I’m going to make your fantastic looking sauce instead! Dinner here I come!


9 Nancy@acommunaltable July 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm

We love pulled pork in our house too – I use boneless ribs and do it in the slow cooker – yum! But I haven’t tried pulled chicken and you’ve inspired me to try it!


10 Jennifer Ward-Pelar August 15, 2011 at 11:51 am

Pulled chicken is the way to go over pulled pork! (Though they are both white meat….)
Looks great! I’m excited to try the organic, grass-fed chicken from Whole Foods. We just moved and are FINALLY close to one….well, it’s 45 min. away. But beggars can’t always be choosers. Can you tell a difference in the taste of the chicken?


11 Susan August 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hi Jennifer! I have found that the organic, grass fed chicken is way more moist. If you ask the butchers at Whole Foods to debone the breasts, you will be amazed at the difference in taste. Let me know how it turns out! Have a great day!


12 Jennifer Ward-Pelar August 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I will! We’re hoping for a trip to Whole Foods in the next couple weeks! 🙂


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