Maybe The Best Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Ever!

Today I bought a slow cooker. Not just any slow-cooker, but one that is digital and came with a meat probe thermometer. Yes, yes there was this recipe… but I actually had to borrow a slow cooker from a friend because mine was ancient and extremely small. Oh and my oldie is also an ugly shade of burgundy, which isn’t pretty in pictures. I’ve been anti-slow cooker for so long that the mere fact that I now own a giant-digital-meat-probing-slow-cooker makes me laugh and cry at the same time. What does it all mean?… more slow cooker recipes on SS. Boom!

All-righty, now many of you might remember when I posted a recipe for homemade barbecue sauce!? Yes? Well that sauce is the base for this pulled chicken. For those who might have forgotten, it’s brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, water, worcestershire, ground mustard, paprika, salt, pepper… STIR, that’s it. And today I added to it a little more flavor with some garlic and some smoky-heat from a chipotle pepper.

Start my mincing up a large clove of garlic.

Scoot that off to the side and mince up one chipotle pepper.

Add in the minced chipotle…

…and a tablespoon of the adobo sauce.

Throw in the minced garlic.

Stir and set aside.

Remove any of the excess fat from the thighs. It’s okay if there is a little still attached, but any big pieces should be removed.

Arrange the thighs in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Pour the sauce over top.

Set it and forget it!

After 2-3 hours on high the chicken should be cooked and falling apart. Remove the lid…

…remove the chicken and grab two forks.

Shred the chicken to pulp.

Until you have a heaping mound-o-chicken.

Add the chicken back in and kill the heat to the slow cooker. Let the sauce cool and thicken a bit before serving… should take about 15 minutes.

Stuff a hoagie bun full of the shredded chicken and mow down. The chipotle gives it a little heat, just enough to heat your tongue… but I don’t think it’s crazy hot…

Unless you have a death-wish then go ahead and put jalapenos on yours, it’s craziness… pure craziness.  Just be sure to scarf these down quick before the bread soaks up all the sauciness!

Ps. I’ll have you know my husband informed me this is now his favorite dinner of all times!

So make these sammies STAT!

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Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

3 cups Homemade Barbecue Sauce

1 Garlic Clove, smashed, peeled and minced

1 Chipotle Pepper, minced

1 tablespoon Adobo Sauce {from canned chipotles}

4-6 Hoagie Buns, {buttered and toasted, optional}

Pickled Jalapenos, if you're daring!

Directions:

Trim off any excess fat from the boneless-skinless chicken thighs and arrange them in the bottom of your slow cooker.

Combine the homemade barbecue sauce with the minced garlic, chipotles and adobo sauce. Pour the sauce over the chicken and cook on high for 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and falling apart.

Turn off the heat to the slow cooker, remove the chicken and shred with two forks, return the chicken back to the pot, stir and let cool down so the sauce can thicken up, about 15 minutes.

Serve inside a hoagie and devour!

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34 Responses to “Maybe The Best Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Ever!”

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    Blog is the New Black — May 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Lloyd will LOVE this!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Oh this is totally guy approved! He will love it… and you for making it! :)

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    Nichole — May 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh No! Now I must go buy a probing slow cooking machine. Looks great!

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — May 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    BBQ chicken sandwiches in the slow cooker are one of the few things I actually make in a slow cooker. These sound delicious, I love your sauce! The addition of chipotle is a good one, I'll have to remember that one :) Congrats on the fancy slow cooker!

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    Lauren @ Part Time House Wife — May 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Love your blue plates! are those paper plates? Scott's best friend/my adopted 35yr old son would go crazy for this… Therefore I shall try it…

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    Julia @The Roasted Root — May 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Good crocks are a ton of fun! Congrats on the new purchase. Pulled pork sanwiches are delightful to me, though I would definitely prefer using chicken over pork. Next time chicken's on the menu, I'm following your pulled chicken instructions with the homemade bbq sauce and adobo!!

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    Bev Weidner (Bev Cooks) — May 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I have just died.

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    Smitten ByFood — May 8, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    This dish is Lovely… I love using slow cooker.=)

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — May 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Smitten- I must admit there's something about getting all the prep dishes washed before dinner is served that I just love!

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    Lauren's Latest — May 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    This is amazing….and so easy!! I'm dying to try your bbq sauce too!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — May 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Love this, Laurie. I still need to try your BBQ sauce. We are such huge fans of it. And of pulled chicken. This = winner, big time!

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    D B — May 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    I love slow cooker meals during the cold weather months because you can throw stuff in it in the morning and come home to a wonderfully aromatic house in the evening. Not really a quick meal, but definitely easy. Also, I'd imagine slow cookers were on sale, no? Very smart!

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    coletters — May 8, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I have that EXACT slow cooker. It is A-MAZ-ING!!! Love your blog, and your food. Thanks for sharing!!! =)

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    Steph — May 8, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Drooling heavely over this!!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — May 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    i was drooling anyway, and then i saw the shot of the jalapenos and OMG. gimme!

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    Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana — May 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing!! Can't wait to try your homemade barbecue sauce.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 9, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I have that same crock pot! My hubby got it for me about a year ago after the ceramic insert cracked on my other one. Love it!

    This bbq chicken looks awesome! Love the chipotles added to the sauce.

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    Baking Serendipity — May 9, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I love my slow cooker! It's been my savior on nights I know will be just too hectic to deal with dinner. We make pulled pork sandwiches in it a lot, but I love the idea of chicken and homemade sauce! This will be a huge hit in my house :)

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    Anonymous — May 9, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I love my new slow cooker because it can steam, braise, & brown the meat prior to slow cooking without using any other pans!! Browning gives you just a bit more yum in any recipe. I'll be trying this one – sounds great!!

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    Marina {Yummy Mummy) — May 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Oh I am so happy to see this post – my hubby looooves a pulled pork sandwich and I don't have a recipe for them! Thanks! Love my slow cooker too!

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    Jessi — May 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

    I've nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. You can pick it up here: http://doctoratehousewife.com/2012/05/09/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

    The hubby loves dark meat, so I'll definitely be shoving this at him. Thanks for helping me win point with the Mr.!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Laurie –

    I think if I made these, I'd win best girlfriend of the year! I don't eat too much pork, so this recipe is a winner in my kitchen. Thank you for a new recipe keeper!

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    Eat.Style.Play — May 9, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Sweet Jesus! These look delicious!

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    Tiffany — May 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    This is a MUST make for my meat eating buddies :D

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    Bex — May 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    A question – I've just started using a new pressure cooker for the first time in my 64 years of life, and I love it. Could I make this recipe OK with my pressure cooker?

    I made your BBQ sauce last week and still have some in a jar. It's fabulous, thank youf or it. I like cooking fast now – rather than waiting several hours. Are you a pressure cooker person, too?

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — May 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I have the exact same slow cooker and absolutely LOVE it! The chicken looks delicious – I can’t wait to try it! Thank you for sharing, Laurie!

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    Robyn — May 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    You are going to love that crockpot. My favorite thing to do in it so far, is a whole chicken….using the probe. It comes out perfect.

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    Susanne — May 26, 2012 at 12:18 am

    A word of advice….just make sure it is plugged in before you get everything in there, turn it on, and leave for work. Now THAT is a sad mess to come home to – haha! Slow cookers are great – no apologies necessary!

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    Amber — May 26, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Wow! I just made your BBQ sauce for this recipe and they’re both keepers! My partner and I agree that this recipe made the best pulled chicken sandwiches we’ve ever tried. Definitely restaurant quality.

    Thanks for the recipe. :)

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    Christene — August 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Made it. Ate it. Loved it. I even put some chipotle mayo on it!

    • simplyscratch replied: — August 21st, 2012 @ 1:55 am

      HAhaha LOVE IT!

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