I have a lot of memories attached to food. Some are good (Mom’s chocolate pie), some aren’t so good (meatloaf.. ugh). Have no fear, this recipe is tied to a good food memory. My grandma makes really good chicken sandwiches. I grew up eating these at family reunions on a bun with a thick onion slice, or scarfing them down as quickly as possible after church on Christmas Eve. (The sooner dinner was over, the sooner we moved on to more important things like
tearing into our gifts taking the annual Christmas picture.) I even made sure these sandwiches made an appearance at my graduation party.
Since I’m now several hundred miles away, I don’t get to enjoy Grandma’s chicken sandwiches nearly as often as I’d like. So I set out to make the sandwiches myself. I knew they’d be perfect for our small group get together. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the recipe in my cookbook or recipe box, which meant I had to wing it. Lucky for us (and our dinner guests!) my reincarnation came pretty close to Grandma’s original!
Grandma’s Shredded Chicken
1 roasted chicken, shredded*
3 cups sauce or chicken stock*
1 small onion, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon dried parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add the olive oil. Saute the onions (and garlic if using, see note) until soft and just starting to brown. Add the flour and cook for a few minutes, or until the flour paste smells toasty. Slowly whisk in the stock or pan sauce, whisking to remove any lumps. Cook, stirring often, until the broth thickens.
Add the shredded chicken and parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat until heated through. Serve on buns, with onion and tomato.
This freezes well, so if you have more than you can eat in a reasonable amount of time, toss it in the freezer for a quick meal later on!
*Here are my thoughts about the chicken and the sauce: I roasted a large (6+ pounds) chicken the day before, using Annie’s recipe. (Which is fantastic. If you’re into roasted garlic and things like that. And really, who isn’t?) So I used the chicken that we didn’t eat for the sandwiches the next day. I had enough meat to fill my largest Pyrex bowl, and I used the leftover pan sauce from the chicken as the liquid in this recipe, along with some water to get the quantity I needed. If you don’t have the time (or desire) to roast a chicken, you could always pick up a rotisserie chicken from the store. You may want to add some garlic when you saute the onion in that case.
Inspired by my Grandma.