Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Easy BBQ Pulled Chicken

Easy BBQ Pulled Chicken

In general, I'm a make-it- from- scratch kind of cook. No, I'm not churning my own butter and I've been known to reach for a package of frozen spinach, but I usually prefer homemade to store bought and am willing to put in some extra effort. There have been plenty of Sundays when I've roasted a chicken, complete with stuffing and veggies. The leftovers make great sandwiches and chicken salads. But, then again, sometimes that much effort just seems like a deal breaker.

Easy BBQ Pulled Chicken
So my guilty secret is that sometimes, on a weeknight, I'll stop at the store for a rotisserie chicken. Those birds are so tasty! I add a salad, some crusty bread and I have a quick, easy weeknight meal. And...the leftovers make great sandwiches and chicken salads...not to mention some tasty doggie treats. But I'm resolved that instead of continuing to feel guilty about my "shortcut" chicken, I've going to embrace the expertly prepared rotisserie birds and turn them into something even more special.






Ingredients
1 Rotisserie chicken
1 Onion, diced
1 Clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2/3 Cup BBQ sauce (homemade or your favorite store bought)
1/3 Cup water

Easy BBQ Pulled Chicken
Add the olive oil and diced onion to a large pan and saute until the onions are translucent. Add the minced garlic and continue sauteing for another minute until the garlic softens.

Remove the skin from the chicken and pull the meat apart with two forks. Add the chicken meat to the pan. In a small bowl, mix the BBQ sauce and water together. You can alter the ratio to suit your taste but I find that, without the water, the flavor of the sauce masks the flavor of the chicken and aromatics. Pour the sauce into the pan and toss to coat the chicken. Cook on a low flame until everything is heated through and serve on toasted rolls. Makes approximately 6 servings depending on the size of the chicken.

21 comments:

  1. A great and tasty shortcut. Have a great week!

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  2. Hi Anita, with all the football games and sports back to normal I cant wait to try this sounds like the perfect way to feed a crowd... hope you had a great summer... thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Anita,
    Great looking pulled chicken, and lovely presentation. Don't feel guilty about the shortcut. Embrace the idea that you had less time in the kitchen to do other things:)

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  4. Pulled chicken!? God bless you for even knowing you can do that for BBQ. I swear any BBQ place that I go to that actually HAS bbq chicken is a-ok on my list. One of my absolute favorites since I was a little girl

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  5. I am all about shortcuts! No shame there! :)

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  6. I'm drooling at the thought of these! And so easy, too...love that!

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  7. Love it, love it, love it! Those roasted chickens are my occasional go to as well, I love this recipe for the leftovers! YUMMMM!

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  8. Looks so good! I love the use of those chickens - I have used them many times! Nice job!

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  9. Nothing wrong with taking some shortcuts every now and then. Especially when they are turned into something delicious like this!

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  10. I LOVE IT! I just posted a pulled pork sandwich and came over to check out your recent post and you have this delicious sandwich on display. I really like the idea of using chicken. Next time, I will use chicken. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  11. such a great idea to use the rotisserie chicken! these look so delicious!

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  12. I totally love those rotisserie chickens too! In college I lived on those, salads, and bread. :P

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  13. I love that this is made from a rotisserie chicken!! Such a great idea!

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  14. Wow yours looks great, love this idea, sometimes easy is a great idea (and delicious) :)

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  15. You fooled me! I thought you were going to say your shortcut was the crock pot!!! This looks like it came right out of the slow cooker. Love it!

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  16. I love the idea of pulled chicken! This is such a great idea, Anita! The rotisserie chicken stuffed in toasted rolls sounds fantastic!

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  17. I love that you've used rotisserie chicken. I buy them all the time!

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  18. I enjoy using a rotisserie chicken as well, on occasion, of course. LOL Great recipe, great idea! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back and VOTE on Sunday!

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  19. That meal doesn’t even look like it was made with leftovers! There isn’t a trace of leftover chicken with the way you presented it expertly. It looks so delicious, that you could probably serve it as a meal in itself. Thanks for sharing this trick with us!

    Mae Tyler @ St. Andrew's Poultry

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  20. One more way to take the guilt out of using the rotisserie chicken is to freeze the carcass and once you have a few of them saved up, make homemade chicken broth. I usualy use 3 or 4, and toss them in the slowcooker with veggies and aromatics and use the broth for soups and gravies.

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