Avoid high fructose corn syrup found in some store bought barbecue sauces by making your own with this simple recipe. This dinner came together quickly for a simple weeknight meal for my family. My husband approved and while it didn't win over my girls, they said it could be added to our dinner rotation.
I added additional spices, cumin and onion powder, from the original recipe to add more depth to the sauce. It's a sauce you can easily add different spices to your liking. I served the sandwich with the slaw on top and a side of steamed broccoli.
Barbeque chicken sandwiches with coleslaw
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon chili powder, divided
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder (garlic powder could also be used)
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion, divided
3/4 cup unsalted tomato sauce 3 tablespoons cider vinegar, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
3 cups packaged cabbage-and-carrot coleslaw
4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
1. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1 teaspoon chili powder. Add chicken to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan; let stand 5 minutes. shred chicken into large pieces with 2 forks.
2. While chicken cooks, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 teaspoons chili powder, tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. stir in chicken; keep warm.
3. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 1/4 cup onion, remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and coleslaw. top bottom halves of buns evenly with chicken mixture, slaw, and top halves of buns, or serve slaw on the side.
Adapted from Cooking Light