Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hot Chicken Sandwiches


So I roasted one big chicken one night early in the week, then had enough leftover cooked shredded chicken to make a Chicken Pot Pie and these sandwiches. Oh, and I made chicken stock out of the leftover chicken bones and used that in an awesomely spicy (and non-kid friendly) batch of Red Beans with andouille sausage over the weekend. I'd say that chicken was a great deal!

I've never tried anything like these Hot Chicken Sandwiches, but the original version used Cream of Mushroom soup and crushed buttery crackers. Since we are trying to eat less processed food, I tried to make a recipe similiar, but cut down on the processed ingredients.

I made my own buns, which was a treat by itself! My husband and I enjoyed the sandwiches, my oldest ate about half of a sandwich (I'll call that a victory) and my youngest just ate the bread.

Hot Chicken Sandwiches

1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt plus more to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
2 cups cooked shredded chicken
1/4 cup crushed saltines

Melt the butter over medium heat, add the flour and stir for about 2 minutes. Add the water and milk and stir constantly until the sauce bubbles and thickens. Add the poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, soy sauce, stir to combine. Taste the sauce and see what else it needs - if the sauce is to your liking, add the chicken and cracker crumbs. Stir gently to combine (don't manhandle your chicken into mush) and heat until the mixture is heated through and bubbles again. Serve over spilt sandwich buns.

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