Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mariel's Noms Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

A recipe! Finally! This one came together kind of on a whim but turned out delicious, so definitely try it for yourself and enjoy!

I was seriously craving the tastes of the south two nights ago for dinner, and all we had in the fridge that was defrosted was chicken, so I thought...pulled chicken instead of pork? Why not! I did a quick search for a recipe (as always), and found one that looked fairly simple and quick, as the dinner hour was quickly approaching by the time this decision was made. 

However, as soon as I started on the recipe I had found, I realized that what I was about to make would be in no way similar to the recipe, as we were out of practically every ingredient on the list! 
That's when the improvisin' came in, and luckily turned out great!

Start off your pulled chicken with a little spice paste to slather your chicken in before a quick sear:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon louisiana hot sauce
a good grind of fresh black pepper
sea salt

Stir everything together until it forms a paste, and then rub it into about 4-5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a stock pot and sear the chicken breasts until browned but not cooked through.
Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.

Next, finely dice:

1/2 bell pepper
1 small onion

Add these to the pot and cook until tender.
Then add the chicken back to the pot. 
Next add:

1 cup of clamato juice
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon louisiana hot sauce

Bring the chicken in the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, pop the lid on and let the chicken simmer for 20 minutes or until cooked through.

When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the liquid and turn the heat off.
On a plate, pull the chicken apart with two forks and then return it to the liquid.

Bring everything back to a boil and add:

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Let the liquid reduce, and your pulled chicken is done!

Serve your pulled chicken on buttered, soft buns.

I was so surprised at how delicious this was! It tastes authentic and moist and melt-in-your-mouth good! There were so many changes I made that it was nothing like the original recipe, so here you go: Mariel's Noms Pulled Chicken Sandwiches! Yum.




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