Monday, May 23, 2011

Shredded Chicken BBQ Sandwiches- revisited







BBQ has never been one of my favorite things. I know, how un-American of me! I never really liked pizza either until I discovered the thin crusted ones with fresh veggies, herbs and goat cheese scattered on top. When my husband and I were first dating, he took me to this little BBQ place in old downtown Gilbert, AZ. It was sitting room outside only on picnic tables and was very popular. I thought I would just order a salad or something, I mean we were dating, I was still trying to impress him. ;-) After just a few minutes however, I was overcome by the heavy smokey BBQ sauce smell and just couldn't stomach it. Poor guy, he loves his BBQ. I guess he loved me more because here we are, 9 years later happily married.

So, the point of my little love story is well, first I like to talk, and second I want my sweet husband and my boys to eat the foods they love too. I have found that I actually enjoy my homemade BBQ sauce, especially on these delicious chicken sandwiches. This sauce is tangy and mouthwatering! Far less sugar than jarred varieties and no preservatives, fresh is best!









I have also found that using my Kitchen Aid food shredder attachment to shred my own cabbage makes a world of difference in taste. I used to buy the pre-packaged, pre-shredded cabbage. The kids wouldn't touch it and to be honest, I thought it was to thick and well, cabbagy tasting for BBQ sandwiches. Shredding your own into a fine texture actually makes the cabbage taste sweet! The kids gobbled it up!


A great trick to getting perfectly shredded chicken in just seconds.... throw the cooked chicken into your Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the cookie paddle attachment. Turn it onto speed 4-6 and in just 20 seconds you'll have perfect, restaurant style shredded chicken.  Tip: Make sure the chicken is warm/hot before you shred it. Refrigerated chicken is harder and may harm your mixer.




perfect, resteraunt style shredded chicken


Just in time for Summer!



You Will Need:

4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

package of Kaiser Buns

2 cups finely shredded green cabbage

3 cups homemade BBQ sauce, recipe here.


Putting it all together:

I throw frozen solid big chicken breasts into my pressure cooker and they cook perfect and so moist in aobut 8 minutes! If you don't have one, put it on your birthday wish list and in the meantime, boil your thawed chicken in a large stock pot for about 20 minutes.

When chicken is done, place in a big bowl and shred with 2 forks. I "cheat" on this too, I put my cooked chicken in my KitchenAid with the paddle attachment and it shreds perfectly in about 15 seconds, resteraunt style! (put a KitchenAid on your Christmas list) ;-)

Meanwhile, preheat your broiler. Saute chopped onion in a pan for about 4 minutes until translucent. Shred your cabbage with a food processor.  Toast your halved buns by placing them face up on a broiler pan and putting them about 6 inches from the broiler for about 1-2 minutes. Watch them carefully, bread burns fast! Toasting them is really key for BBQ. Otherwise they will get soggy.










Quick BBQ Sauce:

1 1/2 cups ketchup

3/4 cup spicy brown mustard

1 onion finely grated

1/4 c. lemon juice

2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tbsp. Worcestershire

1 tbsp. brown sugar OR honey
1/2 c. water

2 TBSP Grilling Seasoning


Combine all ingredients together in a sauce pot. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes whisking occasionally.




Other BBQ Sauce Recipes You Need To Try

Papa's Chicken and Honey Spice Marinade from Kitchen Confidante

Soda Pop Pulled Pork with Spicy Cilantro Pesto from Indigo's Sugar Spectrum

Terryaki Turky Burgers with Home Made BBQ Sauce from Good Life Eat's 


73 comments:

  1. I would have never thought to shred chicken in my kitchen aid. Thanks for the tip!!

    PS. Love BBQ.

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  2. i found out that you use apple cider vinegar on your sauce...well you are one health conscious mom...thumbs up...you know that apple cider vinegar is great for the health because that vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. I will definitely try this recipe and specially the sauce.

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  3. Well I am sure both your husband and boys enjoyed this enormously...looks like something my boys would be crazy for :)

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  4. Homemade bbq sauce is definitely the key to loving bbq! Those storebought brands are way too sweet (and all that HFCS! BLECH.) But your sandwiches sound delicious!

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  5. Ok - so I'm REALLY starting to think that I may be the East Coast version of you! I've never been a huge BBQ person or pizza (until I found the grown up FLATBREAD version) either. I also was just today wondering what I could thrill my friends with who are visiting from Maine over the weekend. I thought, "if only I could find a BBQ chicken recipe for sandwiches that wasn't too BBQ-y". You did it? Didn't you? This is a keeper so I'm going to try it and blog about ya too - after I finish it up!

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  6. Thanks Jessica, I hope you like it!

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  7. I love BBQ! Your quick sauce sounds so good, Gwen, I can just taste it. This entire sandwich is like a mouthwatering package of deliciousness. And that is a really good idea to use the mixer for shredding. So smart! I'll have to try that.

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  8. Anonymous6/06/2011

    What a nice blog you have and a great recipe. I have been enjoying shredded pork lately and this would be such a healthier choice. Thanks for sharing:)
    Betty

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  9. LOVING the tip on shredding chicken....I am def going to do this next time I need it!!!

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  10. Well I am sure both your husband and boys enjoyed this enormously...looks like something my boys would be crazy for :)

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  11. i found out that you use apple cider vinegar on your sauce...well you are one health conscious mom...thumbs up...you know that apple cider vinegar is great for the health because that vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. I will definitely try this recipe and specially the sauce.

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  12. I would have never thought to shred chicken in my kitchen aid. Thanks for the tip!!

    PS. Love BBQ.

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  13. Love your site and also the recipe..I have been on the look-out for healthy non-veg recipes and I came across yours. I am sure to try this as soon as I buy my meat from the market tomo.

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  14. Wow, I've never heard that KitchenAid trick before! Revolutionary! :D

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  15. Joan Brasher10/04/2011

    I have that exact same Kitchen Aid and I was wondering if you ever get a kind of grey residue on the paddle? I actually found that when i make buttercream icing it leave streaks of grey in it! Pretty terrible! And of course i start out with it being clean, it just seems to have a weird finish that comes off. Any suggestions? If so, visit me at http://blogofjoan.blogspot.com and leave me a message! Help! Thanks!

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  16. I *never* would have thought to do this! You definitely get smart points. I actually have a chicken in the crock pot right now and, thanks to this lovely post, I know exactly what to do with it. Shredded chicken. Yum.

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  17. Shredding chicken in the mixer is GENIUS!

    I had to laugh at the bbq place story. You have to be talking about Joe's. That's the only BBQ place where I will eat because they DO NOT cover everything in that nasty slop called barbecue sauce. The smoky smell was from the pecan wood they use to smoke the meats. If you eat inside (as opposed to outside, where the smokers are) it's barely noticeable.

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  18. Thanks! I'm glad my little 'discovery' is making so many people happy ;) Idon't remember the name of the place, but Joe's sounds very familiar. I want to like the smell, but it's just so over powering. ;)

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  19. suzyhomemaker.net10/17/2011

    I love your tip on shredded chicken. I would have never thought. I am definitely going to do this because shredding chicken is such a pain. I would rather wash extra dishes then shred chicken.

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  20. I'm so happy that pinterest led me to this shredding tip! I just used the kitchen aid tonight to shred chicken and it worked perfectly, and so quickly. Who would have ever thought that shredding chicken would be fun? You would not believe how happy I am. Thank you.

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  21. HaaaHaaaa! So glad you liked it. thanks for saying hi!

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  22. So excited to try the shredding in my Kitchen Aid!! And to try your BBQ sauce! Sounds awesome!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  23. Brianna10/30/2011

    Would just a hand mixer work for shredding the chicken you think? Some of us are just too dang cheap for a Kithen Aid! lol

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  24. I would think a hand mixer would not be powerful enough but if your brave I say go ahead and try it. I would start with just one piece of boneless chicken breast and make sure it is hot/warm. Cold chicken is harder. Good luck! ;}

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  25. Brianna11/01/2011

    I want to OVER EXCITEDLY report that using the hand mixer worked GREAT!! I started jumping and screming I was so happy haha! SO many of my recipes use shredded chicken and I dread it everytime, but this took 2 minutes and HAS CHANGED MY LIFE! :) Thank you SO much!!!

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  26. That's great!! Thanks for the feedback and I'm so glad to have made your life easier. ;}

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  27. Brianna11/04/2011

    You think this would work for beef too? Shredded beef ... hmmm, I just might have to try and find out :P

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  28. It does! ;) I just tried it last week w a crock pot roast for enchiladas. Worked great. Just make sure the roast is hot when you shred it! Cold meat really hardens up.

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  29. Trisha @ 3 Four and Under11/05/2011

    You are a genius! I just tried it, and it worked perfectly! Thank you!

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  30. Katie Mifsud11/09/2011

    Thank you! Thank you! Shredding chicken is the worst, and your tip is a gem!

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  31. I LOVE the idea of shredding chicken in the Kitchen Aid - washing the bowl and paddle is so worth the effort of trying to do it with two forks... thanks for this awesome idea!!!

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  32. breanna11/11/2011

    that shredded chicken trip is a MIRACLE! I shared your post here: http://dollarstoremom.com/2011/11/pinterest-picks-15/

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  33. Vivienne @ The V Spot11/15/2011

    Holy cats! That mixer tim is genius. Pinned, tweeted & stumbled this post.

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  34. susan<>1/13/2012

    thanks for the time saving tip on how to shred chicken. tried it and it worked fantastically and quickly.

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  35. Just Jill1/15/2012

    Wow you are my hero!

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  36. Amyberend1/19/2012

    Has anyone tried this with pork?

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  37. Ginny G1/21/2012

    I love, love, love, this tip for shredding chicken! I have lots of recipes that call for shredded chicken and this is saving me SO much time. I was skeptical when I first saw this, but I tried it and it really does work well! Thanks for sharing!

    I featured your idea on my blog: http://www.organizinghomelife.com/archives/1902

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  38. I LOVE this idea for shredding chicken!!! I make things with shredded chicken all the time and it is such a pain to shred the chicken by hand. Next time I cook a chicken I will definitely be trying this idea!

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  39. You are a genius! Have used my kitchenaide numerous times to shred chicken because of you! Such a huge time saver!! I love Pinterst!

    http://mycupcakejourney.blogspot.com

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  40. I'm SO excited that I found your tip for shredding chicken. I pretty much don't make any kind of shredded meat anything because I don't want to mess with it. I'll definitely be giving it a try!

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  41. I have chicken in the crockpot right now and I have to shred it for chili- I'm going to use this tip! Thanks!

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  42. Another easy way to shred chicken is to put it in a ziplock bag and just press on the chicken.

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  43. Dean H.2/07/2012

    Looks delicious! I'm sure to try this out, but I'm also wondering what the name of the "little BBQ place in old downtown Gilbert" is (if it is still around). My folks live in Mesa, so the next time I'm visiting I'd love to try it out!

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    1. Yes Joe's still there and thriving! Their baked potatoes are amazing. So are the chocolate chip cookies.

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  44. Dean H.2/07/2012

    Oops, just found the post about "Joes" below. Hopefully it's this place http://joesrealbbq.com/ ?

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  45. Try a new paddle that's coated. It's the metal on metal that makes the grime.

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  46. Songbird24642/08/2012

    Thanks so much for the great tip on shredding chicken. I just tried it and it worked famously! I used pre-cooked pre-sliced chicken and it saved me even more time!

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  47. Molly Napier2/18/2012

    I have a Sunbeam mixer but no cookie paddle. Just beaters. Do you think it would work with beaters?

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  48. I would not try it with egg beaters if that's what you mean. I would think that they would not be strong enough but if you're really brave give it a try with a small piece of boneless chicken making sure it is warm/hot. Good Luck! ;)

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  49. After seeing this about a million times on Pinterest, I gave this shredding tip a shot. It worked like a charm!! Thank you for such a time-saving idea! I shared this idea in a round-up of great tips on my blog today. Thanks for the inspiration! http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/03/12-more-why-didnt-i-think-of-that-tips.html

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  50. Kltinsley3/16/2012

    Thank you for this suggestion! My shredded chicken wrap was awesome and easy!

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  51. Rachelle4/10/2012

    Very smart shredding tip! Lots quicker.

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  52. You'd rather do extra dishes THEN shred chicken? Sounds like a busy day!

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  53. The shredding tip is awesome. We make large batches of this recipe and freeze it. We really enjoy it on baked potatoes.

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  54. Thanks for the great PIN! I do a series on my blog "Pinbusters" and you've been featured!
    http://shellyhomemaker.blogspot.com

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  55. Thanks so much for this shredding chicken tip - I just did it to make a quiche. Perfect!

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  56. Anonymous6/18/2012

    Thanks for the tip,
    Saw it through lifehacker and was amazed it actually works.

    :)
    Jonathan.

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  57. Using the KitchenAid to shred the chicken is one of the smartest things I have ever seen! Thanks for the time saving tip!

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  58. Gwen, thank you! I LOVE this tip with the shredded chicken. It seriously has made my life better. I just featured it on my blog. Thank you for being awesome!

    Kat :)
    http://thepolkadottedturtle.com/easy-peasy-shredded-chicken/

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  59. I just have to say that this is the BEST information on shredding chicken EVER! You don't understand the hours I've spent shredding chicken over the years... THANK YOU!!

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    1. LOL! Glad to help you out ;)

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  60. I received a pressure cooker last year for Christmas and would love to know more about how you cook your chicken in it, if youre willing to share. There is a serious lack of pressure cooker recipes on the internet!

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    1. I have a handful of recipes on my site if you type in the key word pressure cooker and am working on more ;)
      Also, my fav site for great p.c. recipes is Hip Pressure Cooking
      http://www.hippressurecooking.com/

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  61. I'm having a party soon and I was stuck on what to make the guests. I'm going to make bbq sandwiches now with this recipe. Thanks for the idea!

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    1. Thanks Mike! Hope your party goes well.

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  62. Greetings, Gwen!
    I'm a little late to the shredded chicken in the KitchenAid party BUT I had to let you know how giddy this information made me...seriously. My husband and I for the past three years religiously cook chicken breast for our dogs. We don't even cook for ourselves, but our dogs = a MUST. We both sorta dreaded the part when we'd have to cut up all the chicken...it felt like it took for HOURS...plus all the sweat! A couple days ago I came across your blog post and I am happy to report that I after the chicken cooked, it was only a couple minutes in the KitchenAid to get perfectly shredded chicken. I seriously couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Sweet shredded success! You have no idea how you've changed our lives...on a weekly basis! Thank you SO much!
    :) Anna, Chris and our dogs...Pierre & Butch

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  63. Just wanted to say that I found your shredded chicken tip on pinterest, and I just shredded a bunch of chicken tenders, and it worked amazingly! I hate shredding chicken (but love to use it in recipes), and I am just so happy to find that this worked haha :) I've looked through your blog and I am loving your recipes! Thanks!

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  64. Just wanted to say that I found your shredded chicken tip on pinterest, and I just shredded a bunch of chicken tenders, and it worked amazingly! I hate shredding chicken (but love to use it in recipes), and I am just so happy to find that this worked haha :) I've looked through your blog and I am loving your recipes! Thanks!

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  65. Very Nice posting-- "confidential shredding ".I’ll be back soon. Thanks!

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  66. Thanks for the great tip on shredding chicken! Much easier than shredding by hand!

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