When I first started with food writing, my youngest was not quite two years old and the focus was mostly on feeding his older sister, who was almost five at the time and starting kindergarten. Over the years, she has guest starred on my own blog, creating recipes, showing off how she can cook on her own, making a videos showing how kids can create their own healthy snacks, even doing a couple of sponsored videos sharing creative recipes and uses for a certain breakfast pastry. All of this has been a point of contention at my house, especially the last videos which required that the "star" be at least seven years old.
As anyone with more than one child can guess, her younger brother has wanted to know when it was going to be his turn to help Mommy write. This week, while we were picking up groceries, he insisted that we had to have these chicken sandwiches and that he was going to make them better by adding pineapple to them. This proclamation was shortly followed by "And then you can blog about it, Mommy!"
So in that spirit, and the fact that these sandwiches are tasty, quick enough for busy week nights or the holiday season, and easy enough for your six-year-old to help cook, I'm excited to give you Ben's Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches! The accomplishment level for your little helper far outweighs the simplicity of the sandwiches. Enjoy!
Pineapple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
BBQ Sauce (we like Bulls-Eye Memphis or Kansas City style, it's HFCS free and mild flavored)
1/2 an onion, cut in half again
Cheese slices of choice, we used marble and Swiss
Pineapple rings, drained
Place the chicken at the bottom of a crockpot, along with the two pieces of onion. If your whole family likes onion, dice it up. We keep ours whole so I can remove it later and slice it for the onion fans only.
Cover the chicken with a half bottle of BBQ sauce and enough water to ensure all the meat is covered; cook on low 6-8 hours.
When finished, remove the onion (if desired) and shred the chicken with forks or a plastic spatula, mixing well so it absorbs the liquid.
Slice buns and spread both sides with mayonnaise. Put a pineapple ring on the bottom bun, then a generous helping of shredded chicken, onion (if desired), a slice of cheese, and the top of the bun.
It is also quite important to select a fancy pick to help hold the sandwich together. Your little helper may also enjoy serving everyone his dinner, but will probably leave you to do the dishes on your own.
What amazing dishes are you cooking up this week? Link up below and share!