Cooking Classroom: Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches | Life
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In this edition of Kitchen Classroom, kids cook dinner! Bring a barbecue favorite inside with BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches. Kids will braise the chicken breasts in a simple, sweet and tangy sauce before shredding the meat into bite-size pieces. Cooking chicken provides a perfect opportunity to practice using a thermometer and learn all about temperature.
Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
In this recipe, kids will learn how to ‘pull’ (or shred) chicken and toss it with a sweet and tangy sauce for a barbecue dinner (inside) – no grill required! Children will discover temperature and practice using a thermometer to make sure their chicken is fully cooked. Serve these sandwiches with pickle chips, coleslaw, lettuce and / or avocado slices!
1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
2 (8 ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved lengthwise
In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the ketchup, molasses, mustard, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Put aside.
In a 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium heat for 1 minute (the oil should be hot but not steaming). Add the shallot, chili powder and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally with a rubber spatula, until the shallot is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the ketchup mixture, scraping up the golden bits.
Use tongs to carefully place the chicken in the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 4 minutes.
Use oven mitts to remove the cover. Use clean tongs to turn the chicken pieces. Cover and simmer until chicken registers 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 4 to 6 minutes. Put out the fire. Slide the pan to cool the burner.
Use clean tongs to transfer the chicken to a large plate. Let cool slightly, then use 2 forks to shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces (see photo below). Return the pulled chicken to the pan and toss to coat with the sauce.
Using two forks quickly shreds or “pull” cooked chicken.
Heat chicken over medium heat until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Put out the fire. Use a tablespoon to distribute the grated chicken evenly between the hamburger buns. To serve.
Moment of learning
Share with the children that temperature is a measure of the temperature of something. Our body can sense when something is hot or cold (for example, you can smell a cold drink in a glass in your hand or hot air on your face when you go out), but to measure exactly how much something is hot or cold, you need to use a tool called a thermometer. Most thermometers have a probe on one end (usually a thin part with metal on the tip) and a way to read numbers on the other end (sometimes on a digital line or dial, and sometimes on a digital display. ). Higher numbers mean something is hotter, and lower numbers mean something is colder. In the United States, the Fahrenheit scale is most often used to measure temperature, and in other parts of the world, the Celsius scale is used. Ask the children:
Can they think of times when they have used or seen a thermometer? (Examples include: in the kitchen, at the doctor’s office, when checking the weather outside)
Do they know which temperature scale (Fahrenheit or Celsius) is used to measure the temperature where they live?
Tell the children that temperature plays an important role in cooking. In this recipe, heat is added to the chicken to cook it. Eating raw or undercooked chicken breasts can make you sick. For chicken to be safe to eat, you need to cook it to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Help the children use a thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken in step 4 of the recipe.
To learn more about temperature and to give children a chance to practice using a thermometer, challenge them to measure the temperature of other objects in the kitchen, such as:
- cold, warm and hot running water from the tap:
- milk or juice straight from the refrigerator:
- water with ice cubes in it:
- and ice cream or frozen yogurt in the freezer.
Just be sure to clean your thermometer probe between each use – no one wants ice cream in their orange juice!
Social Studies (US regions):
Depending on the state or region of the United States you’re visiting, you’ll likely see different barbecue sauces – and different cuts and cooking methods for grilled meats. Some styles of barbecue sauce, like the one you’ll find in Kansas City, are thick, sweet, and tangy. Others contain mustard (South Carolina) or vinegar (eastern North Carolina) as the main ingredients.