Sammiches. Yum. And yes, yes I do call them sammiches…I started calling them that because I can never remember how to spell the actual word. And now…I can’t seem to say (or type) it any other way. So forgive me if I sound “Duck Dynasty-esque” in this post. But I simply can’t call these anything other than..sammiches.
Anywho. Since our health journey started, we have cut back almost 100% on eating bread. That is, when we are doing good at least. 😉 So that means, no sammiches. But I had this recipe (well, the pre-adapted version that is) on Pinterest, and I just knew I had to turn it healthy because it is made using two of my favorite ingredients: Sriracha and Honey. So I busted out the good ol’ Organic, Sprouted Grain Ezekiel Bread. And we made sweet and spicy pulled chicken sammiches. I have made a few new recipes the past two weeks. I asked Mr. Rodgers which was his favorite…and he whole heartedly replied “THE SAMMICHES!!” If that alone doesn’t convince you to try it…let the pictures speak for themselves!! You’ll love ’em! Alright, let’s get this show on the road!!
Just a note…it may seem like a random combo at first…it’s because the original called for ketchup, which usually has sugar or corn syrup along with some mystery ingredients. So I worked in a recipe for home made ketchup. 🙂
Adapted from foodiewithfamily.com!
So, here’s what you need:
- 1 (6 oz) Can Tomato Paste
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt to taste
- 1 Tbsp Mustard
- 1/4 C White Wine Vinegar
- 1/4 C Water
- 1/2 C Honey + 2 Tbsp
- 1 Onion, Roughly Chopped
- 3 Cloves Garlic, Roughly Chopped
- 1- 4 Tbsp Sriracha, depending on your love of heat. I did 2 Tbsp, and will do more next time for a little more heat.
- 2 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Bragg’s Amino Acids (our soy sauce substitute)
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp liquid smoke
- 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Extra Sharp Cheddar, Sliced
- 1 Cucumber, peeled and sliced into ribbons with a mandolin or veggie peeler
- 1 Fried Egg per sammich
- 1 lb Turkey Bacon (try to get some without sugar and nitrites)
It may look like a lot, but this recipe really is quite simple. 🙂 And ohhhh so satisfying!! Let’s get down to business!
Here’s how you do it!!
- Place all the sauce ingredients into your food processor (that is everything up until the chicken breasts, as you could probably guess!!) Whiz until evenly blended and creamy!
- Salt and Pepper the chicken and place in a 4 qt crock pot. Mine was actually slightly still frozen and it still worked great!
- Dump the sauce over the chicken, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.
- Fish out the chicken and shred with two forks. Replace in the crock pot and stir to coat.
- Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lay out your bacon in a single layer. Place in a cold oven, and set the temperature to 400*. Leave for 20 minutes. It should be browned and crispy by then!
- Fry your eggs, slice some cheese, and make sure your cucumbers are ready.
- Cut your Ezekiel bread into rounds so it is like buns. (Optional)
- Butter the bread. Place under a broiler until it is browned and toasted.
- Pile pulled chicken on half of the “buns” and top with cheese. Place back under the broiler until cheese is melty.
- Move to a plate and top with cucumber, fried egg, bacon, and another piece of Ezekiel Bread.
- Devour…you can try eating this like a normal sammich if you like…but my guess is that you will have better luck with a knife and fork. Okay, it’s not really a guess. I’m speaking from experience 😉
Okay I can’t wait any longer, here is the pictures!!
Gather all your sauce ingredients…
Put them into a food processor…
Whiz until everything is combined and creamy.
Salt and pepper the chicken breasts and place in a 4 qt crock pot…
Dump the sauce on top, cover, and cook on low for 8 hours.
When done, fish out the chicken breasts and shred with two forks.
Place back in the sauce and stir to coat.
Cover a cookie sheet with foil and lay out the turkey bacon in a single layer. Crack fresh pepper over it and slide it into a cold oven. Turn the temperature to 400* and leave for about 20 minutes.
Fry your eggs to whatever doneness you prefer…
Cut your Ezekiel bread into rounds (I used a wide mouthed cup) and butter.
Slide under a broiler until browned and toasty.
Pile on some chicken from the crock pot and top with cheddar…
Replace under the broiler until cheese is melty…
Top with cucumber ribbons…
And your other piece of bread! Melty, salty, sweet, little spicy, fresh twist with the cucumber, wonderful texture and flavor of the egg, crispy smokiness of the bacon…YUM.
How fantastic is that?!