Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

This delicious barbecue chicken sandwich comes from everybody likes sandwiches, and it's a real winner. You can find the original recipe here, and it results in a super spicy, flavorful sandwich that's great for any backyard gathering. Instead of the traditional slaw, I topped the sandwiches with avocado and tomato to cool some of the spice. Either way you do it, the result is delicious! Summer subletter Josh says, "That chicken was maybe the most amazing thing I've eaten in a long time."

North Carolina Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches (the original recipe from everybody likes sandwiches can be located here)

1 T cumin
1 tsp chipotle powder
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt & pepper
6 bone-in chicken thighs
1 T olive oil

2 c cider vinegar
1 T kosher salt
1 T ground white pepper
1 T red pepper flakes
2 T white sugar
1/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c ketchup

White hamburger buns

1. Mix together the cumin, chipotle, thyme, salt, and pepper. Remove the skin from the chicken and rub with the spice mixture. Brown in a large skillet on both sides with the olive oil. Place the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish and set aside.

2. Whisk together all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the chicken, making sure to coat both sides of each piece.

3. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in a 450 degree oven for forty minutes, until the meat easily pulls apart with a fork. Remove from the oven and shred chicken with two forks.

4. If you're grilling, lightly toast the buns on the grill; otherwise use a toaster oven. Top each bun with chicken, tomato, and avocado.

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