Thursday, May 21, 2009

Pulled chicken sandwich with apple slaw and sweet corn

Sometimes good barbecue doesn't reinvent the wheel. Sometimes it doesn't even require you to go outside. I shredded some leftover roasted chicken (it had been marinated in a garlicky gochujang barbecue sauce) and warmed it in some basic hickory barbecue sauce with a little apple juice and a splash of sweet balsamic vinegar and served it on a soft wheat bun with a slice of good ol' Tillamook cheddar and some sautéed onions. So simple and unassuming.

Okay, the slaw isn't literally made of apples, it just contains some apples. This is the way my mom always made it (she added raisins, too), and it's the way I like a basic cabbage slaw. A nice, creamy mayo-vinegar-sugar dressing, shredded cabbage and chopped apples. Yum.

Corn is totally not in season yet, not here anyway. But I can't get enough of the fresh ears showing up in the store. And lord knows I love a good compound butter, but sometimes a girl only needs a little butter, crunchy salt and pepper on her corn.


Serve with an ice-cold strawberry lemonade (mix fresh strawberry puree with Newman's Own virgin lemonade).

21 comments:

duodishes.com said...

Mmmmmm! Definitely gotta put the slaw directly on the sandwich. That's how we like it!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This sounds so good Heather! I really need some BBQ in my life!

The Spiteful Chef said...

I am shamelessly greedy about sweet, fresh corn. I'm happy to see it showing up so soon! And with barbecue sammies? Man. I'm hungry

Foodycat said...

Gorgeous! Just the sight of the corn makes me want some!

Peter G said...

Simle, unassuming and most definitely delicious Heather! Love the side of corn too!

Lo said...

Well, well.
Everything here looks stellar, Heather. But, it's that apple slaw I'm really after. Gonna git me sommathat.

And, in classic fashion, my word verification is all-too-appropriate: corni (no lie)

Manggy said...

I'm not usually a fan of slaw but the apple addition sounds (and looks!) like it could overturn that. I love that you sort of have this gochujang fixation. I should really find ways to sneak it into every meal :)

Peter M said...

Just found some corn here in the market too and I couldn't resist...it was sweet all right.

I'm digging the Asian chilli paste and hickory BBQ sauce combo...that's international mamma-to-be.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Okay... I'm full right now and this made me drool anyway. I think I can guess pretty much what we'll be having for Memorial day. Especially since I'm roasting a chicken tomorrow.

Kevin said...

That pulled chicken sandwich looks really tasty!

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

I agree re the corn. Butter, a little salt, and a good whack of pepper is all it needs. Bliss.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

You know, I think I've finally figured out why I don't come to your blog as often as I should.

It's because every time I visit, I see something else I want to make, and that really reeks havoc on my posting schedule.

If I saw a starving wide-eyed orphan walking down the street right now with this plate, I would snatch it straight from their hands. Bravo!

BlueJeanGourmet said...

oh lord that's making me hungry. and I'm so with you on eating the crap out of sweet corn even before it's *actually* in season. because, seriously, who cares? it's delicious.

Heather said...

Chrystal - I usually do, but that's when I make pulled pork.

Jenn - You live in Flawda! You should hook up some BBQ.

Kristie - I've been eating so much of it that my shit looks like Spongebob.

Alicia - I doubled the amount that I'm growing this year. Can't wait!

Petah - Simple is best. :)

Lo - The apple slaw was yummy. Next time I'll add raisins.

Marky! - It just has that sticky-sweet goodness that is perfect with so many things!

El Greco - Locavory be damned, sometimes you need corn on the cob.

Jen - This is such an easy way to use leftover chicken. I get tired of a pot pie all the time.

Kevs - Boy, howdy!

Sketti - I'll save the fancy toppings for later in the season.

Marc - I've been laying low too, but only because I'm a slacker. :P

BJG - Corn is the best taste of good weather out there.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Sounds good to me. That's the only kind of barbecue I can do in my world!

The corn and the lemonade are a great touch. I miss corn season!

Zenchef said...

The idea of a delicious pulled chicken sandwich at midnight made me get up from my sofa and go to my fridge to make a giant brie sandwich. I managed to gulp it down in a few bites and now i'm ready for bed. Not a good idea. Damn you voodoolily!

Farmer Jo said...

That looks fabulous!

LC said...

I'm a huge slaw fan--will try this apple addition, though prob not the raisins. And pulled chicken? I like 'em all pulled!

Lo said...

Oh, that's fab. Raisins are awesome in coleslaw... although I often opt for cranberries myself!

tons of land said...

that looks really f-ing good, especially at 11:06 pm. carry on.

Stephanie (MileWide Nursery) said...

My mom loves making slaw. I've never been a fan. But the last time she made it, we were out of the usual carrots so she added apple. SO INCREDIBLY GOOD! Loved it.