Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Who else has a thing for saucy, shredded meat?

Evenin', y'all!  First off, let me tell you that this week sure is a challenge, because I'm on the Master Cleanse for at least 7-10 days (which means a diet of a Purified H20/Lemon Juice/Maple Syrup/Cayenne Pepper drink - not terribly satisfying as a meal replacement, but the benefits are worth it!).  However, if you need a dinner idea for this week, here is one that is very easy, filling, and oh-so-tasty!  What more could you ask for?

I bring you Rachael Ray's Shredded, Saucy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches!

Prep time: 5 min | Cook time: 20 min | DifficultY: Easy | Serves: 6

  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 bottle Mexican beer
  • 4 pieces, 6 ounces each boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
  • 1 T. hot sauce (e.g. Tabasco)
  • 2 T. grill seasoning blend (e.g. McCormick's Montreal Steak Seasoning)
  • 3 T. dark brown sugar
  • 4 T. tomato paste
  • 1 large sour deli pickle, chopped
  • 6 to 8 slices sweet bread and butter pickles, chopped
  • 6 soft sandwich buns (e.g. soft burger rolls), split

1.  Bring liquids to a simmer in a small to medium skillet and slide in the chicken breast meat. Gently poach the chicken 10 minutes, turning once about after 5 minutes.

2.  While chicken poaches, heat a second medium skillet over medium low heat. To hot skillet, add extra-virgin olive oil and garlic and onion and gently saute until chicken is ready to come out of poaching liquids.

Combine the next 5 ingredients in a medium bowl and reserve.

3.  When the chicken has cooked through, add 2 ladles of the cooking liquid to the bowl, combining with the sauces, spices, brown sugar and tomato paste. Once the liquids and seasonings are combined, remove chicken, slice it, and transfer to the medium bowl. Using 2 forks, shred the chicken and combine with the liquids.

Add the shredded chicken to the onions and garlic and combine well. Simmer together 5 to 10 minutes, using extra cooking liquids to make your chicken as saucy as you like.

4.  Combine sour and sweet pickles in a small bowl. Split rolls and fill with scoops of shredded chicken. Top with pickle relish and serve.

I happened to have savoury black beans and rice left over from the other night, so those served as the base for my shredded chicken instead of bread; 'topped with a handful of shredded cheese.  Mmmm, terrific!

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