Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

  • Puyiii Posted: 11/24/09
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    This was a really good, quick, week-day recipe. I didn't have chicken, so I used a pork tenderloin instead and had great results. The sauce is nice and tangy... But best of all, it was quick and easy for a night when you don't feel like being holed up in the kitchen for long! Enjoy!

  • Sheila4 Posted: 01/30/10
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    While I thought this was tasty, it isn't the best barbecue I've had. It is easy to make. The next time I'll try it cover rice.

  • lollypaul Posted: 06/22/10
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    Good, solid, weeknight recipe. I doubled the sauce ingredients, as prior raters suggested, and used 16 oz. chicken breast tenderloins. I didn't have cider vinegar, so used red wine vinegar. This sauce will be my new homemade BBQ sauce! Would add about 4 more oz. of chicken, for a total of about 20 oz. Cooked it in a crockpot for on low for 5 hrs. Served red potatoes and BBQ beans with it.

  • gunnercade Posted: 02/26/11
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    This will not taste like grilled chicken, for sure. Nevertheless, I was undecided between 4 and 5 stars, because what it lacks in 'grill' flavor it more than makes up for in terms of how incredibly easy it is. I did use chicken breast, and quadrupled the sauce for about 1.5 pounds of meat. I added chipotle for the smokiness and to add a bit of heat. I hope it freezes well. I will certainly make it again: lots of flavor for very little hassle.

  • pogomiss Posted: 08/25/10
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    This is ridiculously easy to make. Wish I thought of. A great weeknight or fast Sat lunch recipe. I did some adjustments - a bit more chili powder. Would add less mustard next time but very good. You could use your own favorite BBQ sauce but sometimes some of mine are so corn syrupy thick - this was a nice consistency.

  • kateford Posted: 12/08/09
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    This was great! Followed recipe exactly. My husband wants to know when we are having it again :)

  • allisonjessee Posted: 11/02/09
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    We thought this was great! It was very easy to make and tasted great. We made it as-is without any changes. We served it with the mango slaw recipe (that was included in the magazine) and sweet potato fries. As recommended, we put some of the slaw on the sandwiches, and it added a nice crunch (in addition to the pickles). Will definitely make again!

  • Jessie123 Posted: 11/08/09
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    I accidentally put way too much chili powder in mine but it still turned out really, really good. The salsa with the mango gave it just the right amount of exotic taste and the pickles were good and salty on top. It was really easy and really tasty. I served it with some salt and pepper kettle chips too which went well.

  • osheace Posted: 11/05/09
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    Super easy to make. Next time I'm going to trying doubling the recipe and freezing some as suggested. I liked the molasses sauce but if you're used to a spicy bbq sauce it might be too mild for you.

  • chocoholic Posted: 10/30/09
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    We really enjoyed this recipe! The chicken came out great and was so easy to do. I will make this again. It would be good for a casual party with friends if doubled.

  • aicali Posted: 11/28/09
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    I made this using a large chicken breast, left out the pickle, and served on Dorie Greenspan's sweet potato biscuits. They were super tasty and relatively easy. I'll definitely be making again.

  • Magda1 Posted: 11/25/09
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    Great recipe - will prepare it again - great for every day and gathering - cooked it in a pressure cooker - added 1/2 cp of chicken broth to give it a little of juice for the pressure cooker - added cayenne pepper for the kick - was delish - hubby had 2 servings ....it's a keeper

  • katiebear Posted: 04/26/10
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    Made this recipe and really enjoyed the flavor. I doubled the sauce ingredients and used about 1 1/4 lbs chicken. Next time, I will double the chicken and quadruple the sauce components, especially with a hungry teenager and meat eating husband. Great quick dish for a weekday dinner. Served with Reser's macaroni salad.

  • ChefSophie Posted: 11/13/09
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    I rated it outstanding because it was so easy and tasted so good. The slaw was also great. Used homemade bread and butter pickles as that's what I had and they were also good. I will make this again, and I'm glad I doubled so I could freeze some.

  • franMc Posted: 04/23/10
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    A quick and delicious recipe. After reading reviewer comments I used part regular and part smoked chili powder to add some smoky flavor. Also, I simmered with the pot uncovered for about 5 minutes to thicken the sauce. The flavors were well balanced with just enough sweetness and spice. The whole family really enjoyed. Next time, I want to try the Mango slaw that accompanies this recipe.

  • Daniellelee Posted: 05/02/10
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    I didn't see anything great about this. The flavor was alright but not saucy enough for me, I had to add some store bought sauce at the end. It was a good idea, though next time I will just use some store sauce.

  • bethanyrn Posted: 11/10/09
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    I made this in the crockpot and it was great! I doubled the sauce portion and threw in a package of still-partially-frozen boneless skinless chicken thighs (I think about 1.25 lbs). It cooked on low alllll day long -- probably 11 hours -- and was delicious. We'll definitely make this again.

  • jobruner Posted: 04/24/10
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    I enjoyed this very much. I grilled a chicken breast and shredded it while the sauce was heating up--then put the shredded chicken in the sauce pot and stirred to coat the meat. We spooned the chicken on buns and topped with cole slaw. Seved with grilling beans. Definitely a "do-over"!

  • Saecca Posted: 11/09/09
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    Great recipe. The homemade "bbq" type sauce is wonderful. I substituted molasses for maple syrup because I was trying not to buy extras, but it really did still come out pretty good. The pickles set off the sweet-smokey chicken. I only used two 6 oz chicken breasts, but kept the sauce portions the same (I love dipping!). The accompanying mango coleslaw highlights the meal perfectly-- my husband actually asked for seconds and he hates cabbage! Worth making again.

  • jewel104 Posted: 04/26/10
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    This was yummy. I did it in the crock pot and the meat was great! I added just a tad of chicken broth to ensure it got good and tender. Yum!

  • 8stringfan Posted: 04/09/10
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    Nothing too special, but it is quick, easy and cheap. I thought the flavor was a bit underwhelming; maybe adding a bit of liquid smoke would make it taste more barbecue-y. In any event, this would likely be a very good recipe for a busy family to make. Tasty enough for the parents but also mild enough that most kids would probably like it. One thing I would suggest is making a barbecue sauce out of the cooking liguid. When you remove the chicken, it will be fairly liquidy. I brought the cooking liquid to a low boil and added a cornstarch and water mixture to thicken it up. I think I used a TBSP of water and a TBSP of cornstarch, but it may have been a bit more or less. I'd recommend taking the shredded chicken, putting it into a bowl and pouring a half cup or more of the sauce on top and mixing it up. The other comment I'd add is that the Mango coleslaw was surprisingly good.

  • kgordon566 Posted: 01/12/10
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    Yummy and easy - my bf loves it! I'm planning on making these for an upcoming superbowl party. Tip - I found that using a potato masher for a couple of minutes was an easy way to "pull" the chicken while it was still hot.

  • philcat Posted: 04/24/10
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    I couldn't believe how easy this was to make - and tastes terrific! I used a Penzey's chili powder that had a little extra spice in it, which was perfect for the "heat effect". I did make extra sauce for the chicken, though, as toward the end of the cooking time the sauce seemed to disappear from the pan. Butternut squash oven fries would go really well with the sauce, too!

  • Lolacooks Posted: 11/06/09
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    This was a simple dish to make. I used tomato paste instead of ketchup and it turned out great. The chicken was very tender. Good weeknight meal, I would make this again.

  • crusnock Posted: 05/31/10
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    Delicious and so easy to make! I doubled the recipe, but didn't get an opportunity to freeze any because it was eaten so quickly. I was short on molasses, so I used only half the amount and made up for the other half with brown sugar.

  • darcyandnat220 Posted: 03/14/10
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    Hands down a weekly staple in our house as my husband and I love this recipe. I actually make it in my crockpot. I double all the ingredients except for the chicken, for an incredibly tasty sauce and cook it on low for 4-5 hours. Served with Kaiser rolls--great, easy dinner. I serve this with cabbage salad and pineapple with mint.

  • foodiegrl1972 Posted: 04/03/10
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    i made this tonight for dinner...i love a good smokey bbq flavor and this was not over powpering at all...i did nto have kaiser rolls and i had mini rolls so i made them sliders and i sliced the dill pickle since i did not have them in a jar pre sliced...i will make this again!

  • Stephanie33 Posted: 12/27/09
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    This was a great quick meal. I was a little more liberal on the spices since I like things a little more spicy. I created BBQ soft tacos instead of sandwiches and it was perfect!

  • humboldt29 Posted: 03/09/10
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    I tried this for the first time last night & loved it. It was super simple to make...I made it at the very last minute. It was a good recipe to go to in a crunch because I already had all of the ingredients.

  • muravnick Posted: 04/28/10
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    Very good and easy to make.

  • CodyMom Posted: 08/15/10
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    We love this recipe! It has become a new dinner favorite and we'd even serve it for parties. It's definitely a new 'go to'. Like other reviewers we double the sauce as well. We like cornbread with this and we've decided a nice spinach and strawberry salsd would be a nice to serve with it.

  • ChicagoChef82 Posted: 11/03/10
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    Excellent recipe. Very easy to make. I always follow recipe exactly and it turns out great. An excellent alternative for tailgates at well, heats up very nicely on the grill. You won't be disappointed!

  • ahcooks Posted: 01/18/11
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    I was not a fan of this sauce. Cooking Light has a much better recipe for pulled chicken sandwiches, though it requires more effort since the chicken must be grilled first. The next time I will try making the sauce for the better pulled chicken recipe and cooking the chicken in it directly like this recpie calls for. Also, I doubled the sauce as many reviewers suggested and it was way too much sauce for my liking (with 16 oz chicken).

  • Jessah Posted: 02/17/11
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    SO GOOD! double the sauce recipe, and it was perfect! i used stone ground mustard. forsure making this one again soon.

  • RedandCubby Posted: 06/14/11
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    I make this in my slow cooker with boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Simply mix the sauce ingredients and pour over 3-4 chicken breasts and cook on low for 7-8 hours. I decrease the amount of chili powder to make this kid-friendly, and my children love it. When make in the slow cooker, this recipe is delicious and only requires five minutes of prep time.

  • rockindrums9 Posted: 07/02/11
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    So delicious! My boyfriend was very skeptical with the molasses since he doesn't like it, but he absolutely loved these! So insanely easy. Maybe make extra of the sauce though

  • Debbie17 Posted: 09/20/11
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    This was fine, but not special

  • nickelndime Posted: 08/28/11
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    This is a great weeknight meal recipe. I use chicken breasts instead of thighs. It is so easy. I love that the sauce is easy to put together. Much better than using store bought sauce.

  • mipinkri Posted: 11/17/11
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    I made this for dinner and it was delicious, quick, and easy. I used 2.35 lbs of chicken, so I quadrupled the sauce in the recipe. Probally would have been fine to have just tripled the recipe. We had it with a side of slaw and homemade buns. I will definitely be making this again!!

  • Nira81 Posted: 11/02/11
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    4 and 1/2 stars for an easy weeknight chicken fix! Doubled the sauce, and added 1/2 tsp onion powder. Used the advice from RedandCubby about less chili for small taste buds & used chicken breasts in the crockpot. Short on time, I browned my chicken, adding a few tsps of the sauce when nearly done for some caramelized flavor. Into the crockpot on low it all went, with the rest of the sauce, for about 4 hours on low. I added a tbsp of water twice to keep the sauce saucy in my large crock. The Mr. And little Ms. enjoyed it very much.

  • STynan Posted: 01/12/12
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    I don't like chicken thighs s I used breasts instead. I also cooked my chicken ahead but my husband and I liked the recipe and I'll use it again

  • japleve Posted: 02/03/12
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    Unbelievably easy to put together. I was doubtful ...however we were pleasantly surprised. Chicken breasts were cooked and shredded in less than 30 minutes. It was tasty and I do understand why several reviewers want to work with the sauce. Followed the recipe exactly but next time I will add some liquid smoke and maybe more chili powder.

  • seaside725 Posted: 10/29/12
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    This was a good, quick meal. It is perfect for a weeknight dinner. I thought the sauce was good, but we could have used some more. I served it with coleslaw, but it would go good with any kind of a cold salad.

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