Crock Pot Bourbon Chicken Sandwiches with Crunchy Apple Slaw

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Currently NBA playoffs are on – game 6 of Cavaliers vs. Golden State!!  Charlie and I are Golden State fans (although I spent a few years in Ohio, we both can’t stand LeBron..), so hopefully this is it!!

These burgers are SO good.  OMG.  I thought the chicken might be dried out, but it turned out absolutely perfectly.  It tastes like a healthier and more crisp version of a sloppy joe….and the best part is that THERE IS BOURBON in the sauce.  Perfect summer meal, and really doesn’t take a ton of prep work – the Crockpot does all of the heavy lifting.

 

YIELD: 8 servings

TIME: 4-5 hours

CALORIES: 425 for chicken and slaw

INGREDIENTS
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup bourbon
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp molasses
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp Worcestershire
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp pepper
2 lbs chicken breasts, halved
6 oz smoked Gouda, sliced
whole wheat buns
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp honey
juice from 1/2 lime
salt and pepper, to taste
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbage
1 Granny Smith apple, chopped

DIRECTIONS
Combine ingredients from ketchup to pepper in a crockpot and add chicken halves.  Cover in sauce and cook on low in a crockpot for 4 hours.  Remove 2 cups of the liquid and transfer to a saucepan.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.  Set aside to let cool, and shred chicken with a fork.  Return chicken to the crockpot and cover with sauce.

To make the slaw, whisk olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Add cabbage and apples and toss until well coated.

Layer sandwiches with meat, Gouda cheese, and slaw.  Serve with reserved bourbon sauce.

 

Hope y’all enjoy!

xoxo, Sara

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