Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches


This is about the easiest weeknight dinner you could possibly throw together.  Good taste and simplicity is what we need Monday through Friday and this meal fits those parameters quite nicely.

I also doubled this recipe because who doesn’t need leftovers, however, my guys ate it all in one sitting.  They really liked the flavors at play here.  The sauce has a great barbecue taste.  The chili powder and cumin add a nice smokiness while the ketchup and molasses provide sweetness.

Mango slaw was a suggested side dish but we just had potato chips, which worked out fine.

I will be making this simple recipe again and again.  Give it a try.

Combine the first nine ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 23 minutes or until chicken is done and tender.

Remove from heat; shred with 2 forks.  Place 1/2 cup chicken on bottom half of each roll.  Top with pickles and top half of roll.

Serve with a knife and fork.

Black Pepper and Molasses Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
Adapted from Cooking Light

3 Tablespoons ketchup
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
1 Tablespoon molasses
3/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 2″ pieces
4 (2 oz) sandwich rolls, cut in half horizontally
Dill pickle chips

Combine first nine ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, 23 minutes or until chicken is done and tender.

Remove from heat; shred with 2 forks.  Place 1/2 cup chicken on bottom half of each roll.  Top with pickles and top half of roll.

*Note:  I easily doubled this recipe in the hopes of having leftovers but it was eaten up in one meal, go figure.

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43 Comments

  1. June 1

    Oh yum, looks fabulous. Don’t you love when your guys deprive you of tomorrow’s lunch? I think that’s the ultimate compliment.

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  2. I’m on my way….

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  3. Uhhhh…yummy! I am so going to make this!

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  4. Laurie 4

    Love the easy weeknight BBQ. This recipe is so easy I must try it With three teenagers I’m definitely doubling it – or maybe tripling it!

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  5. Vicki 5

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious. The spices, mustard and molasses sounds like a great flavor combination.

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  6. Aggie 6

    Now this is my kind of meal!! Awesome!

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  7. Lena in VT 7

    These look absolutely mouthwatering, what a treat these would be any day of the week.

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  8. Barbie with a T 8

    Very simple and tasty! I agree that we need something simple during the holidays, and this fits the bill perfectly. It would serve as an alternative to BLT’s that have on some evenings, simply because it is a quick and easy meal. Thanks for this one!

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  9. Julie 9

    Hmm…I think I have almost everything I need to make this. I’m sure we’d prefer it with chips too.

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  10. deeba 10

    Delicious as ever…and beautiful colours. Easy & attractive too Cathy! Love the potato chips on the side…nom nom nom nom nom!

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  11. Oh yummy! Guess you will need to triple it next time so you can have a little left over, huh?

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  12. Cheryl 12

    Easy AND delicious? Right up my alley…plus the whole molasses helps with your iron scenario cinches it.

    :) YUMMY!

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  13. Lydia 13

    I’m going to try this in my slow cooker. It looks delicious! Maybe I’ll have to triple the recipe…

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  14. I’m with Lydia on this one…going to toss it into my crock pot and forget about it for a while. I can almost smell it cooking!

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  15. elizabethk 15

    THIS week, this is what’s on the menu! 😉
    Thanks so much for your blog and sharing your amazing recipes!

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  16. KathyB. 16

    Oh man, this does look good. If I had seen this earlier it would have been our dinner!I will be making this.

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  17. Fran 17

    Mmmmmm This sauce could be good with the left over turkey from tonite…

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  18. This photo leaves me wanting more Cathy.

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  19. Lordy, that looks good.

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  20. dawn 20

    You have been bringing so many recipes that I just love and my family loves too. I enjoy coming here everyday and enjoying myself. Thank you.

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  21. grace 21

    i’ll be the first person to jump at a pulled chicken sandwich, and that sauce is SO ridiculously appealing to me. i don’t like molasses in gingerbread, but i’ll take it any day in a)cookies or b)marinades. good stuff!

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  22. Pulled chicken sounds wonderful prepared with molasses!

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  23. Marjie 23

    I love pulled pork, and this sounds like a winner, too!

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  24. I’m always up for a good sandwich. I’m going with the crock pot idea. This sauce looks awesome.

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  25. Barbara 25

    Oh my! Doesn’t that look perfect?

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  26. Oh my that looks good! Now I am hungry!

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  27. Mary 27

    This looks awesomely delicious for a fall
    supper. The sauce really sounds good and the molasses adds a depth of flavor usually missing from the easier barbecue sauces. You’ve made me hungry.

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  28. Mary 28

    Hopefully, second time around will be a charm. Just wanted to let you know your sandwiches look delicious.

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  29. Brian 29

    Oddly enough, I was just thinking about making a pulled pork or chicken dish soon. Now I have a new recipe to try out. This looks easy and delicious which always works well for me.

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  30. annbb 30

    Another delicious looking creation!

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  31. Liz C. 31

    This is right up my alley & Mr. Snoots will love it!

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  32. oh wow, this looks amazing! i don’t think anyone can resist thi!

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  33. Keaton 33

    I just finished this recipe and it was pretty yummy. Ridiculously easy to make, simulates pulled pork with much fewer calories. My only criticism is that the sauce is a bit lacking in the “kick/bite” department. Perhaps a bit of cayenne or red pepper would remedy this.

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  34. Noble Pig 34

    Yes, cayenne would be a nice addition.  I didn’t use it because I was serving it to my children as well.

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  35. I love this sandwich! Great idea for a nice casual Friday night supper. I’m marking this one.

    I think a little hot sauce drizzled in here would be nice too.

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  36. LilSis 36

    I can’t wait to try this! If it’s easy and the family loves it, I’m in!!

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  37. pamela 37

    I made this one, too. It was really good and I really enjoyed the flavor of the sauce. Definitely a repeater. The chips are a nice idea, too!

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  38. swein 38

    I just made this tonight. It was great, simple, fast, and tasty. Thanks for the post

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  39. Darren 39

    made this for dinner tonight and it was great, with a litle bit of extra chilli (and I think some of the chilli from my mango slaw seeping through as well) it had just the right amount of kick to it. The other flavours come together really well in this recipe. You have some interesting recipes on your website.

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  40. Hannah 40

    I made these last night and they were delicious!

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  41. Robin 41

    I made these tonight (and did the chicken in the pressure cooker) and they were amazingly tender and delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  43. Wendy Atkin 43

    I would make this but use chicken breast instead. I cannot stand thighs and anymore around here ( Springfield Ohio) they are close to the same price.

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