Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Total Time:
51 min
20 min
31 min

6 servings, serving size: 1 sandwich


Heat the oil in a large saute pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and cook until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, vinegar, molasses, pepper and liquid smoke and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add chopped chicken, return to a simmer, and cook an additional 10 minutes.

Split rolls. Place a leaf of lettuce on each roll, then pile on 3/4 cup of the chicken mixture onto the roll.

Per Serving:

Calories 440; Total Fat 12 g; (Sat Fat 2.5 g, Mono Fat 5 g, Poly Fat 3.5 g) ; Protein 36 g; Carb 47 g; Fiber 5 g; Cholesterol 95 mg; Sodium 400 mg

Excellent source of: Protein, Fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc

Good source of: Vitamin A, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin K, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium

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    If I could have given this a half star I would have. Stay away from this if you have any idea what a decent BBQ sauce should taste like. I signed up for an account just so that i can save others from a ruined dinner. 
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    I liked this a lot, although I used the ingredients I had on hand. I used lean chicken breasts, cooked in a Le Cruseut Dutch Oven for 25 minutes. I cooked the chicken breasts in 1/8 cup white wine and a bit of olive oil - they are too dry otherwise. I took the breasts out, and added the sauce in with the wine stock, which knocked the sweetness of the sauce down a bit. As for the sauce, I used 2/3 of the molasses called for, and added some cayenne pepper (a pinch). I heated the sauce and chicken as a final step at about 425F to put a sear on the dish. I like it, and I put it on small dinner rolls to keep the calories down and the portion small. I never go wrong with Ellie's recipes, even if not followed to the letter.
    I love this recipe. It's my go to recipe when we are heading out camping. I make it the day before we leave and we have lunch for a couple of days. Heat and eat! Wonderful.
    This my second time making these pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches.....Yummy! The second time around I added some onion powder and about a tablespoon each of both mesquite and hickory liquid smoke. I also used about 1/4 cup pomegranate red wine vinegar and 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. Didn't have any molasses so I used brown sugar. Instead of water I used the liquid/broth from the chicken I boiled. I LOVE THIS RECIPE! AWESOME!
    Okay....some of these reviews are misleading. I made some minor modifications with really good results.
     used 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
     added tabasco sauce
     added 2 splashes of worcestershire sauce
     added garlic salt and increased the pepper
     The key to making this good was to let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes and cook 10 minutes after adding the chicken.
     I also used cheddar kaiser rolls.
     The whole family loved it =
    5 stars? How can you say the reviews on this recipe are misleading when you didn't even follow it? You used 2 tablespoons of tomato paste when the recipe called for 1/4 cup. I wish I would have followed your recipe because this was absolutely terrible.
    We really liked this recipe. I served ours on good bakery roll topped with light creamy coleslaw instead of the lettuce leaf. Quick and easy, for a week night meal and plenty for leftovers when serving three people. My husband cannot do spicy so it was perfect as is for him but for my son and I next time I would either put in some diced jalapenos or chipotles. We found it was even better the second time around a few days later the flavor was even better.
    This was awesome! I left out the onions for the sake of someone who couldn't have them, and it turned out great. Will definitely make this again. Didn't come off too sweet or too spicy.
    This one came out a little bland. Can't book my finger on it, maybe it needed more molasses and no liquid smoke. At any rate this one doesn't make the rotation.
    This one just didn't do it for me. Although it was okay, the flavor of the BBQ sauce was somehow off. Not sure if it was the molassess or the liquid smoke but there was just an odd, offputting taste to it. Won't be making it again.
    I found the molasses overpowering. I added some brown sugar which made it a bit better.
    Love this! Easy, go-to, middle of the week kinda of dinner. I add one or two chipolte chilis adobo sauce to the pan, and it really adds depth and some heat.
    I'm not a big fan of "sweet" meat, so I'd half the amount of molasses, and maybe add a few drops of something spicy. That's how I'll make it next time.
    I've found a new favorite with this simple and delicious recipe! The sauce is tangy and sweet and I would use it any time I needed a bbq sauce. Instead of the rotisserie chicken, I baked chicken breasts in the oven on 350 for 25 mins. while making the sauce; the timing turned out to be perfect and just as easy in my opinion. I guess I can see how this sauce may not be tasty to some but I've made this twice now and everyone in my house loved it. I would recommend not putting the lettuce on as it gets very wilted and a bit slimy (for lack of a better word, instead get your greens from a side.
    I did not like this at all.
    As a family, we loved this recipe. The rotisserie chicken makes it easy, and soooo good! It was simple to prepare, and everyone at the table loved it. Make sure you have a nice hearty roll with it.
    I love this sauce! I've been looking for a great tasting BBQ sauce that does not have bottled sauce as one of the ingredients. This is so good and versitile. You can spice it up with some pepper flakes or sweeten it to taste with a little more molases. Yummy! I toasted my whole wheat buns under the broiler with a little garlic butter and a slice of provalone. I'm sure this made it less healthy but it was delish.
    I made this dish for a group of finicky eaters. Everyone LOVED it!
    I'm from the south so we normally have pulled pork. I gave this recipe a try because like most people this time of year, we are trying to eat better this year. My family and I were all very pleased with this recipe(even my husband who is a good ole boy. The sauce came together very quickly and tasted really good; it wasn't too sweet or too spicy. I used garlic powder and onion powder because I didn't want to bite into pieces of onions or garlic. I also used hickory liquid smoke which was great. This is a wonderful low fat, weeknight dinner.
    We made these for playoff game today as we wanted a healthier option for football fare. We were hesitant at first after reading some of the reviews, but we made just as the recipe called for and it was quite good! Thanks Ellie!
    Loved it!
     I made no modifications- and boy am I glad! Ellie's BBQ Chicken recipe is a sure KEEPER. Try it, you will love it too.
     You must use the liquid smoke. Makes a HUGE difference.
    My heading is the responses I got from my family as it's simmering on our cook top. After reading the rude and kind reviews I decided to first make it as written, while simmering I had added some brown sugar as suggested, another TBS. of molasses, Chipotle Tabasco sauce and a tad more garlic and pepper. Looking forward to a delicious dinner!! Thanks Ellie
    This recipe was easy, but bland. To me, the rotisserie chicken was better before the sauce was added. If you are looking for something innocuous to accompany some great sides, this is it - otherwise, move on to something else.
    I was very excited to try this recipe but it turned out to have no flavor. I'm now trying to figure out what to add to it so the rest of the ingredients I bought arent' wasted... Very disappointed...
    I love this bbq sauce recipe. For one it is not overly sweet like most. It is very tangy which I like. We are so used to everything being so sugary. I dont use wheat buns I use a high fiber white bun, which I feel signifigantly improves this recipe. The wheat buns make this recipe too bitter.
    I was trying to get a healthier alternative to a pulled pork sandwich but these were awful! It lacked flavor and there was a definite raw tomatoe flavor. I didn't finish my whole sandwich when I made this and threw the rest away. Don't make this! Unless you like things that are bland and have no flavor, you will be so dissapointed!
    This is my first recipe that I've tried from Ellie. Sadly I was disappointed. Except for the liquid smoke I followed the recipe to the letter. It was an ok sauce. Nothing great though. I do agree with others that there was too much tomatoe taste to the sauce. After I let it simmer I tasted it and decieded to try and add some more sweet to it and used honey like some other reviewers suggested. It helped a little. I will not be making this again. Maybe it is my lack of experience of making BBQ sauces or maybe it is just the recipe.
    Not very good. I wouldn't make it again. The BBQ sauce was super tomatoey and really didn't taste much like normal BBQ sauce. I would skip this recipe which is unfortunate because I'm a huge fan of Ellies.
    well, I know the majority of people seem to have liked this but I thought it was terrible...it smelled bad, it tasted bad...what a waste of time, food and money
     I followed the recipe exactly......my son sampled it too and thought it was nasty
    Made these sandwiches last week for dinner & they were fabulous!!!! My man really likes bbq pulled pork sandwiches, so I thought I would surprise him with this. Sauce was amazing!!! I opted to use ciabatta bread instead & brushed them with garlic/olive oil and put them in oven to get nice & crispy! Excellent, quick meal for your man!!! Thanks Ellie!
    I first read all the reviews and was excited to try this recipe but was so unhappy with the flavor. I'll keep looking though.
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