recipe

BBQ chicken . . . indoors? No, we’re not pulling your leg! (Get it?)

safety
  • Uses a knife
  • Uses the stovetop
difficulty
  • Advanced
time
  • 40 minutes
yield
  • Serves 4

Prepare Ingredients

½ cup
ketchup
1 tablespoon
molasses
1 tablespoon
Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon
cider vinegar
1 tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
finely chopped shallot
¾ teaspoon
chili powder
¼ teaspoon
salt
2
(8-­ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise
4
hamburger buns

Gather Cooking Equipment

Liquid measuring cup
Whisk
12-­inch skillet with lid
Rubber spatula
Tongs
Oven mitts
Instant-read thermometer
Large plate
2
forks
Soupspoon
1
 
½ cup
ketchup
1 tablespoon
molasses
1 tablespoon
Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon
cider vinegar
1 tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce

In liquid measuring cup, whisk together ketchup, molasses, mustard, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside.

 
2
 
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
2 tablespoons
finely chopped shallot
¾ teaspoon
chili powder
¼ teaspoon
salt

In 12-­inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat for 1 minute (oil should be hot but not smoking). Add shallot, chili powder, and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally with rubber spatula, until shallot is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in ketchup mixture, scraping up any browned bits.

 
3
 
2
(8-­ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half lengthwise

Use tongs to carefully place chicken in skillet. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to medium-­low, cover, and simmer for 4 minutes.

 
4
 

Use oven mitts to remove lid. Use clean tongs to flip chicken pieces over. Cover and simmer until chicken registers 165 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 4 to 6 minutes. Turn off heat. Slide skillet to cool burner.

 
5
 

Use clean tongs to transfer chicken to large plate. Let cool slightly, then use 2 forks to shred chicken into bite-size pieces (see photo, below). Return shredded chicken to skillet and stir to coat with sauce.

Using two forks makes quick work of shredding or "pulling" the cooked chicken.

 
6
 
4
hamburger buns

Heat chicken over medium heat until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Use soupspoon to evenly divide shredded chicken between hamburger buns. Serve.