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Chicken Sandwiches with Balsamic BBQ Sauce

Yield Makes 6 sandwiches
Notes: These sandwiches taste even better if you make them a few hours before eating them. A 4-pound roast chicken will yield enough meat for 6 sandwiches; otherwise, you can bake 4 boned, skinned chicken breasts (about 2 lb. total) at 350° until no longer pink in the center (cut to test), about 20 minutes. Let cool, then cut or tear into chunks. Prep and cook time: about 30 minutes.


  • 4 cups 1- to 2-inch chunks boned, skinned cooked chicken (see notes)
  • Balsamic barbecue sauce (recipe follows)
  • 6 sourdough or other sturdy sandwich rolls (3 oz. each)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 578
  • caloriesfromfat 17 %
  • protein 40 g
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • carbohydrate 78 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • sodium 1320 mg
  • cholesterol 95 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a large bowl, mix chicken and sauce. Slice rolls in half horizontally and pull centers from tops and bottoms. Divide chicken mixture evenly among bottoms; set tops in place. Pack in a cooler to transport (sandwiches can be chilled up to 4 hours).

  2. Balsamic barbecue sauce: In a 2-quart pan, combine 1 cup ketchup, 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to about 2 cups, 12 to 15 minutes. Use warm or at room temperature. Makes 2 cups.