Shredded chicken sandwiches with root beer barbecue sauce

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Incredible Chicken sandwiches Mixed with a glorious barbecue sauce made from root beer and molasses it is sure to delight friends and family this summer! Chicken thighs are generously seasoned with a simple 4-ingredient recipe for rubbing, grilling, and then mixed with an easy-to-scratch barbecue sauce that will make you lick your fingers with delight. Enjoy!

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We are about 2 weeks away on summer vacation and I am already looking forward to it lasting forever. There's something incredibly magical on lazy days, eating ice cream at will and grilling almost every night of the week. The first two that my children have covered … I am in charge of the third.

Fortunately, I could add. Except on days when the temperature is over 100 degrees, I am excited to cook much of my food outside. I can play in my garden while dinner is cooking and life seems simple and easy at those times.

Last week I had a craving for minced chicken sandwiches and took a cue from my ever-popular Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches and incorporated some root beer into the barbecue sauce. Delicious guys! Add a great flavor and sweetness that I enhanced with just a touch of molasses.

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Before going outside to light the grill, I prepared a quick 4-ingredient massage that's wonderful for chicken. It is a combination of paprika, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Simple enough, and yet it really does an amazing job of seasoning the chicken. I collected all those spices (and much more!) at Walmart.

They carry more than a dozen valuable spices which are wonderful high quality spices for just 98 cents – Well then! Such treatment and as much as we cook during the summer, an absolute must for my spice cabinet. So many great spices that are perfect for roasting, cooking, baking and seasoning. Kosher too!

A quick drizzle of olive oil really helps the friction stick to the chicken. You can apply the chicken dough up to 24 hours in advance.

For these minced chicken sandwiches I opted for chicken drumsticks but if you prefer you can also use chicken breasts. While the grill was heating up and the friction was spicing up my chicken, I made an amazing barbecue sauce to toss in the shredded chicken.

Start with sautéing onions in a little olive oil, as all good barbecue sauce recipes do. Once the onions are tender and soft, I added a few more high-value spices: chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Along with the barbecue sauce and molasses mentioned above, I used ketchup to give the barbecue sauce some body and even more flavor. Let the sauce simmer for a while for a better flavor. (Note: the barbecue sauce only gets better with time. Feel free to do ahead of time, up to 3 days, and keep refrigerated until needed.)

Roast the chicken on the grill, separate and then mix with the barbecue sauce. Simple.

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I grabbed a few Kaiser rolls from my Walmart's bakery section and lightly toasted them on the grill before stacking that minced chicken. Toasting the buns helps prevent them from absorbing too much moisture. It is not a deciding factor, but it is a good idea if you think about it.

This recipe is great for a crowd as it can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a small army. I also love that the barbecue and rub sauce can be made ahead of time. Definitely a summer staple and already on the menu for July 4th!

Tips for the best pulled chicken

  • I love using chicken drumsticks because they are much more flavorful and don't dry out quickly like chicken breasts can.
  • It's all about the flavor layers here. I start with the chicken dough and that creates a base flavor. Grilling adds even more flavor and then that root beer barbecue sauce – yassss!
  • I let my chicken cool for a few minutes before pulling. It makes it a little easier and if you prefer to pull by hand instead of two forks, you will definitely want it to be cool enough to handle.
  • If you're short on time, both the rub sauce and the barbecue can be made ahead of time. In fact, I recommend it 🙂

Let me know if you try and what you think in the comments below OR tag me on social media if you take photos. I would love to see what you are doing!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Dry rub for chicken

  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 teaspoonful of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt

Root beer barbecue sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2 cup root beer
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 8 rolls or buns
  • coleslaw, optional

Instructions

  • Heat grill to 400F or around.
  • Combine the ingredients for the massage.
  • Drizzle the chicken with olive oil and generously season both sides with the batter. Chill until ready to grill.

Root beer barbecue sauce

  • Heat olive oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring frequently, until smooth and translucent.
  • Add the chili powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  • Pour root beer and stir to combine. Add the ketchup, lemon juice, and molasses.
  • Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Place the chicken on the prepared grill and cook over direct heat until well cooked, turning once or twice. Keep the lid closed while roasting. The juices should be clear when ready.
  • Let the chicken cool for a few minutes, and then shred it. Add the shredded chicken to the barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
  • Top the toasted buns with the chicken and coleslaw mixture if desired.

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