Holly Clegg’s Open Face Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

open face pulled chicken sandwich Today’s guest recipe from Holly Clegg comes from her Too Hot in the Kitchen cookbook. Maybe it should be called Too Hot and Too Busy to Cook In the Kitchen since so many of Holly’s recipe are easy and quick like this one for pulled chicken sandwiches.

If you’re too busy to cook and want to check out more of Holly’s time-friendly trim& TERRIFIC® recipes from her Louisiana kitchen, visit hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Too busy to cook?

Looking for a quick dinner this hectic time of year? Or an easy no-fuss BBQ recipe for Labor Day? Whether you grill or not, you’ll have a guaranteed hit with my Pulled Chicken recipe. A great make-ahead recipe, this recipe can be a crowd pleaser to serve buffet style. A perfectly balanced tangy and sweet savory barbecue sauce cooks with the chicken in one pot in no time at all.

If you want another step-saver, rotisserie chicken from the grocery store may be used by heating it in the sauce.

open face pulled chicken sandwich

Open Faced Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

From Too Hot in the Kitchen

Serve with your favorite barbecue condiments—I like red onions and pickles. Try with Brie, for a fantastic addition.


  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into chunks
  • 2 whole wheat buns, split and toasted


  1. In medium pot, combine all ingredients except chicken. Bring to boil, add chicken. Reduce heat, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally until chicken is tender, 20-25 minutes.
  2. When chicken is fall-apart tender, shred chicken using two forks. Pile on toasted buns.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 - 25 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: 2 cups pulled chicken
  • Serving size: Makes 4 servings with 1/2 cup pulled chicken
  • Calories: 220
  • Calories from Fat: 12%
  • Total Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 429mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Fiber: 29g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 66mg

Spicy Advice: Try serving over Sweet Potato Cornmeal Biscuits.

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 very lean meat

6 thoughts on “Holly Clegg’s Open Face Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

  1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

    Kim, thanks for the compliments! You should also check out Holly’s website, blog and cookbooks. Her recipes are terrific and not just for people with diabetes, but anyone who wants to eat more healthfully without sacrificing taste and ease.

  2. Kim (Feed Me, Seymour)

    My husband and I were just discussing healthier recipes yesterday. I stated my difficulties in finding recipes that pleased the entire family, since the hub and daughter tend to be very picky eaters. This could satisfy all of us! It looks amazing!

    In fact, I’m sharing most of your recipes with them. And then I’ll be making them and they will be forced to eat, but will enjoy it all!


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