Zesty Ginger Beer BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

This is a great alternative to barbecue pulled pork with new and interesting flavors from ginger beer and sweet potato biscuit buns.



July 2007

Yield: 6 servings

Jennifer White, of Columbus, Ohio, took home fifth-place honors - and a check for $1,000 - with this delicious recipe in the National Chicken Cooking Contest.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato Bacon Biscuits:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown suga
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup crisp, chopped bacon
  • 3/4 cup cold sweet potato purée
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • Chicken: 

  • 2 cups ginger beer
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 rotisserie cooked chicken, skin removed, meat shredded
  • Instructions:

    To prepare Sweet Potato Bacon Biscuits:

    1. Heat oven to 425°F.
    2. Place oil, onion and sugar in a small skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat; cook for 10 minutes, or until onions are caramelized. Cool.
    3. Place flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until mixture is mealy.
    4. Place mealy mixture in a large bowl; fold in bacon and completely cooled onions. In a glass measuring cup, mix together sweet potato purée and buttermilk; stir into flour mixture. Form a soft dough; place on a floured surface and pat to 1-inch thickness. With a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut out biscuits. Place in a buttered skillet; bake for 25 minutes.

    To prepare chicken: 

    1. Place all ingredients except chicken in a saucepan. Simmer for 15 minutes on low heat. Add chicken; remove from heat.
    2. To serve, split biscuits in half. Place 1/2 cup chicken mixture on bottom halves of biscuits; cover with top halves.
    Editor's Note: Ginger beer is a carbonated drink like ginger ale, but with a stronger flavor obtained from fermented ginger

    This recipe originally aired in the July 2006 issue of Heart of the Home.

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