Pile crunchy slaw atop this bbq sandwich for an exciting contrast to the tender grilled pork.
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon chili powder, divided
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion, divided
3/4 cup unsalted tomato sauce
3 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
3 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw
4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
Est. added sugars 9g
How to Make It
Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon chili powder. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. shred chicken into large pieces with 2 forks.
While chicken cooks, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. stir in chicken; keep warm.
Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 cup onion, remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and coleslaw. top bottom halves of buns evenly with chicken mixture, slaw, and top halves of buns, or serve slaw on the side.
The flavors of this were great, but chicken thighs are not meant to be quick cooked in a skillet. The meat was rubbery. I want to try again modifying to cook the thighs in the sauce in a slow cooker...
This might have been a higher rating except hubby accidentally grabbed chicken breasts, not thighs, as the store. I poached them to keep them moist which worked pretty good. I will try it again with the thighs and double the sauce, keeping half aside to put on the burger with service.
I pretty much made this as written except I used less sugar ( 1/2 tablespoon for the chicken and only 1/2 tsp for the sauce... It doesn't and shouldn't require that much sugar) and this was delicious. I thought the chicken came out moist and so flavorful. The thighs were a perfect choice- definitely a dark meat dish. I also added a little bit more vinegar to th coleslaw - I didn't measure the slaw since it was from a bag. I just used the entire bag. Again, this was yummy. I was pretty quick to make and didn't require too many ingredients or prep. I will be making this dish again.
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