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Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

I promised Big Daddy I would get back into the swing of things with cooking dinner. Real dinners, not “kiddie dinners” while the adults fend for themselves with whatever is hanging around the fridge. Even if it means the kids won’t eat it. Even if it means they will whine, and complain, and groan, and send me into fits at dinner time. Even if Big Daddy is in Hawaii and I am…NOT in Hawaii.

Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking Spray

2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses

Don’t forget sandwich rolls and sides!

Prepare grill

To prepare chicken, combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl to create a rub. Rub the spice mixture evenly over chicken.

Place chicken on a coated grill rack
Grill for approx 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
(we like it crispy on the grill)

Shred with 2 forks
(hands are easier but messy)

To prepare the sauce, heat canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in sugar and next 5 ingredients (through pepper); cook just to dissolve. Stir in ketchup, vinegar, and molasses; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes until slightly thickened.

Stir in chicken until heated through.4 servings.
Double sauce recipe if you like a lot of sauce.

The first time I made this, my kids gobbled it up! The 2nd, 3rd and 4th time. They refused to eat it. Oh well, it still tastes good.

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  1. Mmmm… the pictures make it look even yummier!

    LOL about cooking for daddy. I finally had enough when I found myself making 3 meals– one for picky daddy, one for picky toddler and then the baby. *I* am not picky, why in the world do they have to be?!

    I got some fabulous advice from a wise 80-something year old woman. When I explained my problem to her, she said plainly “Honey, that’s your problem! You have to stop asking them what they want. Your job is to cook it. Their job is to eat it. End of story.”

    I found that not only can my kids learn to eat what’s in front of them (besides, it’s good life skills to eat what is before you!), but my husband is not nearly so picky if I don’t give him a choice. I keep his preferences in mind when I’m cooking, but if he’s hungry, he’ll usually eat it– and might even find that it tasted better than he thought it would!

    Okay, end of my novel here, Karin. :-)


  2. Marsha,
    Thanks for passing along that sage advice—-I love it! “Their job is to eat it—end of story!” I’m going to try honey!

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