Monday, January 27, 2014

Pulled Chicken Jalapeno Popper Sandwiches


If you're trying to figure out what to serve during the Super Bowl this Sunday (assuming the weather cooperates and the game actually is on Sunday - what is this possible Super Bowl Friday, Saturday or Monday nonsense??), look no further. This is a perfect meal for the big game. The main component - pulled chicken - is made in the crockpot, so you can get it started in the morning and not have to worry about being in the kitchen cooking while the game is on. Or while the commercials are on! I've gotten so used to fast forwarding through commercials, or using them as a bathroom or food break, that sometimes during the Super Bowl I forget to pay attention to them!

This sandwich has a few components to it, but they're all easy to make (the breadcrumbs can be toasted ahead of time too) and they all work SO well together, with all the flavors of a classic jalapeno popper. I would eat the cheese sauce with a spoon, and while it seemed a little odd to put breadcrumbs on a sandwich, they provide a seriously awesome crunch that really made the sandwich.

The original recipe called for a mix of chicken breasts and thighs, but since I'm trying to be a little healthier, I used all chicken breast. But if you're not counting points, by all means consider using both kinds of chicken. The original recipe also called for chicken bouillon cubes, which I thought I had, but when I started cooking I realized I was out, so I didn't use any. I didn't notice that anything was missing, so I don't think you need them.

I made these for the AFC championship game, and sadly, my Patriots beer koozie did not bring the team good luck. But, I happen to love Peyton Manning (I actually like him more than Tom Brady, shhh) and Wes Welker, despite him leaving the Pats, so I will happily root for the Broncos to win. I think Peyton's a phenomenal football player, and a real class act, so I'd like to see him get his second Super Bowl ring.



Pulled Chicken Jalapeno Popper Sandwiches
Recipe from Food Fanatic
Makes about 8 sandwiches, maybe with a little chicken leftover 



Ingredients

For the Chicken:
2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 small onion, diced 
4 cloves garlic, minced 
3 (10 oz.) cans Rotel (diced tomatoes with chilies) 
2 tablespoons chili powder 
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and pepper, to taste
 
For the Panko Topping:
1 cup panko breadcrumbs 
2 tablespoons butter
 
For the Cheese Sauce:
1/2 cup heavy cream 
2 ounces cream cheese, cubed
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded or cubed
 
Extras: 
Pickled jalapeno pepper slices
Rolls
 
Directions

For the Chicken:
Place diced onion and minced garlic in crock pot. Place chicken breasts on top. Pour Rotel, undrained, over the top of the chicken. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper over top. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours. 

Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts and drain most of the juices out of the crockpot. Shred the chicken and return to the crockpot. Check to see if more salt and pepper are needed and adjust accordingly.
 
For the Panko Topping:
Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add panko crumbs, stirring until lightly toasted. Set aside.
 
For the Cheese Sauce:
In a small saucepan, heat heavy cream until almost boiling, stirring constantly. Add in cream cheese and stir until melted. Then add the cheddar, stirring until smooth and combined.
 
To Assemble the Sandwich: 
Place chicken on a sliced roll. Top with cheese sauce, crispy panko and sliced jalapenos.




or the Pulled Chicken:
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies, 2 cans - like rotel
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
For the Crispy Panko Topping:
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
For the Cheese Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
For Topping:
  • jalapeno pepper, pickled or fresh, sliced

Directions

For the Chicken:
  1. Place diced onion and minced garlic in crock pot.  Place chicken on top.  Open cans of tomato and pour that over the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin salt and pepper over top.  Put bouillon cubes in.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain almost all of the juices and season more to taste, if necessary.
​For the Panko Topping:
  1. In a skillet melt butter.  Add panko crumbs, stirring until lightly toasted.  Set aside.
For the Cheese Sauce:
  1. In small saucepan heat heavy cream until almost a boil, stirring constantly.  Whisk in cream cheese, until melted.  Then add the cheddar, stirring until smooth and combined.
To Assemble the Sandwich: 
  1. Place chicken on a bun.  Top with cheese sauce, crispy panko and sliced jalapeno.
- See more at: http://www.foodfanatic.com/2013/11/crock-pot-pulled-chicken-cheesy-jalapeno-popper-style/#sthash.QfnKfxGM.dpuf
or the Pulled Chicken:
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies, 2 cans - like rotel
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
For the Crispy Panko Topping:
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
For the Cheese Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
For Topping:
  • jalapeno pepper, pickled or fresh, sliced

Directions

For the Chicken:
  1. Place diced onion and minced garlic in crock pot.  Place chicken on top.  Open cans of tomato and pour that over the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin salt and pepper over top.  Put bouillon cubes in.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain almost all of the juices and season more to taste, if necessary.
​For the Panko Topping:
  1. In a skillet melt butter.  Add panko crumbs, stirring until lightly toasted.  Set aside.
For the Cheese Sauce:
  1. In small saucepan heat heavy cream until almost a boil, stirring constantly.  Whisk in cream cheese, until melted.  Then add the cheddar, stirring until smooth and combined.
To Assemble the Sandwich: 
  1. Place chicken on a bun.  Top with cheese sauce, crispy panko and sliced jalapeno.
- See more at: http://www.foodfanatic.com/2013/11/crock-pot-pulled-chicken-cheesy-jalapeno-popper-style/#sthash.QfnKfxGM.dpuf
or the Pulled Chicken:
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thigh
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies, 2 cans - like rotel
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon
For the Crispy Panko Topping:
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
For the Cheese Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
For Topping:
  • jalapeno pepper, pickled or fresh, sliced

Directions

For the Chicken:
  1. Place diced onion and minced garlic in crock pot.  Place chicken on top.  Open cans of tomato and pour that over the chicken.
  2. Sprinkle chili powder, cumin salt and pepper over top.  Put bouillon cubes in.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain almost all of the juices and season more to taste, if necessary.
​For the Panko Topping:
  1. In a skillet melt butter.  Add panko crumbs, stirring until lightly toasted.  Set aside.
For the Cheese Sauce:
  1. In small saucepan heat heavy cream until almost a boil, stirring constantly.  Whisk in cream cheese, until melted.  Then add the cheddar, stirring until smooth and combined.
To Assemble the Sandwich: 
  1. Place chicken on a bun.  Top with cheese sauce, crispy panko and sliced jalapeno.
- See more at: http://www.foodfanatic.com/2013/11/crock-pot-pulled-chicken-cheesy-jalapeno-popper-style/#sthash.QfnKfxGM.dpuf

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really delicious. Thanks for sharing this.

    Simon

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