Thursday, September 19, 2013

5 Second Chef: BBQ Sandwiches


  Football games = sitting around watching football games and eating.
       Remember our goal: Keep entertaining, despite numerous aches and pains.  You could make easy Sloppy Joes - a real yawner if your crowd is past adolescence. Instead, consider making a more interesting apple barbecue chicken sandwich - it's just as easy, and also healthier.
       Boneless chicken breasts are simmered for hours in a "homemade" barbecue sauce, then shredded and served on buns. For a great fall meal, serve the sandwiches with coleslaw, baby carrots, chips and brownies.

Apple Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

(serves 4 but  can be doubled, tripled, etc.)


1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks (if you have problems with your hands, put uncut chicken filets in the slow cooker and shred when the chicken is tender; that's easier on joints.)
1/ 1/4 cups barbecue sauce (I use Stubbs)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 apple, sliced
Thinly sliced onion (optional)
Shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
At least 4 hamburger buns or ciabatta rolls  (gluten free folks can substitute rice)


1. Spray medium size slow cooker with Pam.
2. In a small bowl, mix barbecue and apple sauces. Add apple and onion slices, if using.
3. Put chicken in slow cooker, top with sauce. Sauce should almost cover chicken.
4. Cook chicken for several hours (depends on size of chicken chunks and temperature of cooker; low heat will take about 3-4 hours. 
5. Serve on toasted buns - if you like, top chicken mixture with shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese, then put on top half of bun.

Leftovers  store well.

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