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Summertime means grilled meals. BBQ pulled chicken sandwiches are just what you want for your backyard meals. Tangy bbq sauce, shredded chicken, and toasty bun piled high crunchy slaw make this a family dinner success!
Fire up the grill
It’s easy to grill chicken breasts so they stay juicy. An instant-read thermometer will do the trick for you. Generally speaking, chicken is considered fully cooked when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 165ºF. To have juicy and delicious chicken, make sure you don’t overcook it. Having said this, pulled chicken is really just a version (quicker to make) of pulled pork. If you prefer other cuts, boneless chicken thighs are a great option as well.
Note: some people prefer to grill a whole chicken, which is also fine. For this, even though it’s optional, we recommend brining to add moisture to help prevent the chicken from becoming dry.
Get the rub ready
A spice rub can be almost any combination of herbs and spices. Avoid using too much salt. Once the chicken is coated in the rub, cover it and put it in the refrigerator while you prepare the grill. Then, follow the grilling steps above.
You can either shred the chicken with two forks or chop it roughly with a knife. Let it cool briefly so you can work with it, but it will shred easier if it is warm. As you do this, stir in sauce to boost the bbq flavour!
Once the chicken is shredded, add your desired bbq sauce, tossing to evenly coat. You may use a store bought sauce and give a try to a homemade one.
Ready to serve
Pulled chicken is very similar to pulled pork, so whatever you do with pulled pork, you can try with pulled chicken. However, one of the best ways to enjoy this delicious chicken is to pile amounts of it with sauce onto rolls or burger buns, top it with a good coleslaw and enjoy!