Sandwiches & Burgers

“Smoked” Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Broccoli Slaw

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My camera broke, so I’ve been using my mom’s. Considering how nice her camera is, I was hoping all of my pictures would turn out amazing, but I clearly need a photography lesson (I’ve known this for some time now….). I hope this photo can still make your mouth water, at least a little.

Please raise your hand if you are sick and tired of boring chicken (my hands are both raised, and so are the hands of many of my clients at work, and Nick’s hands and feet are all raised).

Nick and I both love pulled pork sandwiches, but we also know that they are not so great for us. Most places that serve pulled pork not only use the fattiest part of the pork (obviously, it makes the best-pulled pork!) but they add insult to injury by loading it with sugary and salty BBQ sauce. The other day I set out on a mission to make a pulled chicken sandwich that was not only delicious but also simple and somewhat healthy. Here is what I came up with…..

“Smoked” Pulled Chicken Sandwich
(Makes 4 large sandwiches)

Ingredients

4 chicken breasts (~2 pounds)
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2-3/4 cup BBQ sauce
3-4 T liquid smoke

1 cup broccoli slaw
4 T your favorite slaw dressing

4 whole-wheat buns

Directions

  1. Pour the broth into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken to the saucepan and make sure the broth is covering the chicken (if it’s not, add some water). Boil chicken for 18-20 minutes.
  2. Take out the chicken and let it cool for about 20 minutes. Once it’s cooled, use your fingers or a form to shred the chicken.
  3. Add the BBQ sauce and liquid smoke, and blend it into the shredded chicken (I used my hands for this).
  4. In a small bowl mix the broccoli slaw and slaw dressing.
  5. Create your sandwiches!

ESTIMATED Nutrition Facts

Not bad, right? Aside from the sodium (yikes), this sandwich looks pretty healthy to me!

Nick loved this sandwich and is already asking me to make it again. To me, that means it’s a keeper!

QUESTION: What have you done with chicken lately to jazz it up? Do you ever use liquid smoke?

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