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Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Sandwich

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This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy green apple cilantro slaw.

Growing up we always ate shredded chickens sandwiches. You took fresh shredded chicken (that you could buy in the store fresh thanks to a local place called Root’s Poultry) mixed with some cream of mushroom soup, let it warm and then pile it high on a soft squishy roll. This is the type of sandwich that you would have at almost any occasion – birthday party, baby shower, wedding, etc. Basically if there was an event where people gathered there was bound to be shredded chicken.

Now, living in New York I cannot just easily go to the store and pick up a few pound of pre-shredded chicken. Soooooooo I have to do it myself. Not that it’s hard or anything, but it’s still an extra step.

You feel my pain?

Yeah, probably not. I’m just whining. 

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy tart apple cilantro slaw.

Now as you can see this version of a shredded chicken sandwich is not swimming in cream of something soup. This version is swimming in a homemade sweet and spicy Musselman’s apple butter bbq sauce and topped with tangy green apple and cilantro slaw. It’s a giant burst of flavor and totally worth all the extra chicken roasting effort.

Trust me!

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a spicy homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

{Looking for more sandwich recipes? Try my Cuban Sandwich, Greek Chicken Burgers with Greek Yogurt Sauce or my Smoked Blue Cheese Patty Melt.}

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Apple Butter BBQ Chicken Sandwich

This apple butter bbq chicken sandwich is made with a homemade apple butter bbq sauce, roasted chicken breast and topped with a tangy apple cilantro slaw.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients:

For sauce:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, small dice
  • 1 cup Musselman's apple butter
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

For slaw:

  • 1 large granny smith apple, cut into thin matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

For chicken:

  • 2 large bone-in chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and pepper

For serving:

  • 12 small slider sized buns

Directions:

For sauce:
Add a medium sized skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. When the oil is hot add the onions and sauté just until transparent and soft.

Add in remaining ingredients and lower heat to low. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes to let the flavors meld together.

Add salt and pepper if desired/needed.

Toss with shredded chicken or pork.

Note: If the sauce is not sweet enough you can always add a few tablespoons of dark brown sugar. This will depend on whether or not you like a sweet BBQ sauce.

For slaw:
Mix ingredients together and serve on top of sandwiches.

For chicken:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a rimmed baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

Drizzle each breast with olive oil and season with kosher salt and pepper.

Roast for about 45 minutes until fully cooked.

Remove from the oven, let cool slightly and pull chicken from the breast.

For serving:
Mix shredded chicken with warm apple butter bbq sauce and stir to combine.

Place chicken on a small slider bun and top with slaw.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Musselman’s and I received financial compensation for the development of this recipe. As always all opinions and non-sensical ramblings are 100% my own.
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Saturday 15th of October 2016

I love this chicken sandwich, it's my favorate of breakfast, Thank for sharing

Juki

Monday 6th of April 2015

I made this yesterday, and it was fabulous! I loved the tart Apple and lime juice of the slaw to balance the sweetness of the sauce. We used torta rolls. Also, I used apple butter from a local company that used Apple juice for sweetener, rather than corn syrup. It still didn't need the optional brown sugar. I'm so happy we ended up with leftovers!

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

Friday 27th of March 2015

I love your creative recipes for apple butter!

Kim Beaulieu

Thursday 26th of March 2015

I do feel your pain girl. I live in boonieville Canada. It is the culinary black hole and nothing is convenient here.

I will say this gorgeous sandwich would be worth shredding my own chicken all the live long day. It is shredtastic.

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