Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Pickled Okra Slaw

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Nutrition Info
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1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 3 medium)

1/2 cup sliced pickled okra, plus 1/4 cup brine

3 scallions (1 cut into thirds, 2 chopped)

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus 2 whole sprigs

4 cups coleslaw mix (about 8 ounces)

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

4 whole-wheat sesame hamburger buns, split

1/2 cup chili sauce (such as Heinz)

1 tablespoon molasses

1 tablespoon yellow mustard


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken in a medium saucepan and add 2 cups water, the okra brine, large scallion pieces and dill sprigs. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and partially cover. Simmer until the chicken is just cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the coleslaw mix, pickled okra and the chopped scallions and dill in a medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss; set aside. Brush the buns with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; place on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, about 5 minutes.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup poaching liquid, then drain the chicken and transfer to a cutting board. Shred the chicken with 2 forks and return to the pot. Add the chili sauce, molasses, mustard, the remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1/4 cup of the reserved poaching liquid. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until warmed through, 2 to 3 minutes, adding the remaining poaching liquid as needed if the chicken is too dry. Pile the pulled chicken on the buns and serve with the slaw.
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