Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

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Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 6 Servings
Difficulty: Easy

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2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 cup ketchup
½ cup water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 whole-wheat hamburger rolls
Coleslaw, optional





Season the chicken thighs on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large high-sided skillet over medium high heat. Once it shimmers, add the chicken thighs and sear until golden brown, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate. Add onion and garlic and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in apple cider vinegar; using a wooden spoon stir up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire, cayenne, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan as well as any juices that have accumulated on the plate. Turn heat to low, cover and cook for 40 minutes.

Once chicken is cooked, shred the meat with a fork in the skillet. Toss the meat through the sauce so it’s covered. Divide the pulled meat between 6 hamburger buns. Serve alongside with some coleslaw, if desired.

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Easy, great recipe. I used half ketchup half bbq sauce and it came out amazing!

By Anonymous on December 19, 2013


This is absolutely delicious. I used regular chicken thighs, which are cheaper. I seasoned the meat with “slap your momma,” garlic salt, paprika and crushed black pepper. I used 2 forks to shred each thigh on a cutting board. Once I shred meat, I put in a bowl and mixed in 1 cup of sauce.

By Dianne Allen on September 08, 2013


We are so happy to hear the good news u u hang in there u will be cleared of all charges. We can;t get your products in our Stop and Shop, would love to try your BBq sauce. We have u in our prayers.Rosie in Ct.

By Rosie Herdman on August 13, 2013


Het Paula ,well at least we can still see u on Not My Momma;s Meals. Thank goodness. Will have to give your BBQ Potluck a try for sure. Tak e care and hang in there lady bug. We still love u here in Ct. Always from my kitchen to yours Rosie

By Rosie Herdman on August 11, 2013


Hey Paula, love your recipes and miss the day-lin-live-lights outa your show. I'm getting ready to fix catfish tonight and I would like to know if you have any really good ways to cook 'em.

By judy wilhelm on August 09, 2013


Looking for a BBQ potluck for church tomorrow night and this sounds easy enough. Thanks.

By Rona Watts on July 09, 2013


I've got this in the crockpot right now for dinner tonight. I tasted the sauce and it tasted a lot like ketchup. I followed the recipe exactly, so hopefully once it all cooks together it'll be better. Knowing this is a Paula Deen recipe, I'm sure it'll come out fantastic!

By Heather Fletcher on April 11, 2013


It is so simple and easy any person can make it. Plus it tastes amazing.

By Katie Donaldson on January 26, 2013


OMG Me and my girlfriend made this for dinner one night and it was the best thing I ever tasted. We wanted something beside fried chicken or grilled chicken breast and this was a very simple alternative. I like my food a little more spicy so I added crushed red peppers. Thanks for the recipe.

By Ahnia Nwogalanya on October 25, 2012


We're cooking these tonight, and we're absolutely excited. To the commentators who spoke of Paula's health, we're all ground people here. I know that two much of something is never good. I wouldn't eat a burger everyday. I know that a butter rich pound cake is full of fat, sugar, and calories. You either chose to eat this items or you don't. Moderation is key. Paula didn't MISLEAD you. She never said that she made DIET food, she makes DELICIOUS food. Go Paula!!!!!

By Moni on July 15, 2012


I made your'e pulled bbq chicken sandwich's on 3-1-12 and my family and I just loved them! Tku for what you and son's do for us I ordered pot's and pan's and your'e knife's they just got here on 2-27-12 and I cook with them every nite!Again tku for everything ya do to teach us!

By Crystal Pherigo on March 01, 2012


Yanno, I really don't watch the cooking shows too often. ...and honestly have probably seen your show once or twice, but I felt a kinship with you, recently. I found out a year ago I had diabetes, too. ...and some folks will not understand it, but I simply went on living my life the way I had done it before. Now, some folks may call it ignorant, but I call it denial. It's only now I'm able to think about choices and try not to succomb to my old habits. I can't imagine having my choices played out in public. Anyhow... Best Wishes, Ms. Deen. It's tough, but we gotta go on! Be well! Respectfully, Gayle Ash gayle@plascocorp.com

By Anonymous on February 29, 2012


Paula, when are we going to see nutrition information on your recipes??

By Claudeen Bradley on February 28, 2012

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