My dad lives in an upscale nursing facility that really knows how to deliver for its residents – especially when it comes to food and hospitality. Last week, when I stopped by to visit him, the scent of yummy barbecue filled the air. They had a whole buffet set up with several barbecue dishes and sides. Barbecued ribs were the hallmark but what caught my attention was the pulled chicken! I wanted to stay to have some but I could not. So, I opted for second-best. I bought the ingredients to make pulled chicken at home!
These days cooking needs to be easy for me. Oh, I can tackle the fancy stuff with success but I am so busy. I do other things while I cook so “E-Z” is perfect for me!
Preparation phase: this morning while planning a preschool lesson, I baked a tray of chicken thighs. Chicken thighs have a lot of grease so I baked them for an hour on 400°, drained the fat, returned it to the oven, turned down to 350° for another 30 minutes.
After the chicken had cooled enough to handle, I pulled off the skin …ate one thigh for lunch, yum!, pulled the chicken by hand into a saucepan and popped it in the frig for later.
Got a dog? Here is a safety warning from experience. When discarding the bones, wrap them up in the foil from your pan and throw them into a garbage bag. Put them in your garbage can outside the house. Chicken bones are VERY VERY dangerous for dogs but they love them. NEVER give a chicken bone to a dog. My lab, who never raided the garbage, got some chicken bones and it nearly killed her. She was so so so sick for 2 weeks. If you have a dog, get those bones away from even the possibility that your furry little love can get ’em.
Easy Pulled Chicken Recipe
Serves 2-4 people
6-8 chicken thighs
1/2 – 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
Serve with the hot pulled chicken on top.