Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders

9 WWPP Posted by 5 years ago 11 Comments

Last month I posted An Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwich Idea without much detail. It was one of those meals I just made on instinct without measuring or getting into specifics. Surprisingly the family LOVED it and I’ve made it again since with the same reaction from the boys.

This time, however, I took notes so I can share how I prepared it with a little more detail.

The idea with this is to get an additional meal out of an already multi-meal pot of sauce. Typically a batch of my sauce lasts us at least 3-4 pasta nights but there’s no variety there besides spaghetti, ziti, and maybe some chicken parms. The Italian Pulled Chicken Sandwich IdeaThis stretched the sauce to at least one additional meal that’s NOT pasta, and I couldn’t be happier that all the boys love it. This one has easily slipped into rotation at our house and I’ll be preparing it at least monthly throughout the winter every time I make a batch of sauce.

Here’s what I do…

  • 1 Batch of Homemade Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 cup chopped Kale
  • 2 cups of the tomato sauce listed above
  • 10 Small Whole Wheat buns
  • 5 oz of fancy shredded mozzarella or Mexican Cheese Blend

Once the sauce prep is finished add 2 frozen chicken breasts to the pot.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - before cooking

Let them stew for at least 2 hours until cooked through.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - after cooking

Remove the breasts from the sauce and place in a smaller pot. Shred the chicken with 2 forks.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - shred chicken

Do the best you can.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - shredded chicken

It’s ok if you have some larger chunks, it will get easier to shred as we begin to cook it again.

Add in 2 cups of sauce and kale and begin to cook over medium-high heat.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - kale

Stir everything together and bring to a boil. Little bubbles will form on the edges.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - done

Lower to a simmer cook for at least 30 minutes letting everything combine and thicken.

Serve immediately or place in the fridge overnight and reheat on the stove for dinner the next day.

Note: I lost some of the photos I took when making the sandwiches the next day. The rest are from my first batch

When ready to serve preheat broiler.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Layout out slider buns and top with 1/4 cup of the chicken. Top with 1/2 ounce of shredded cheese. Place sliders in the broiler until cheese melts, about 3-4 minutes.

Italian Pulled Chicken and Kale Sliders - on bun

The recipe yields about 4.5 cups, enough to make 10 sliders. Of course you don’t have to serve them that way. I have eaten a scoop over baby spinach topped with cheese and also in a low carb wrap. The Pulled Chicken and kale is yummy all by itself.

However, here’s the nutritional info 2 sliders, what I consider a serving…

Oh! and I always use additional kale to serve kale chips on the side of the sliders. All 3 boys love those too!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 2 sliders made with 1/2 cup chicken and kale mixture + 1 oz cheese
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
345 9g 11g old: 7 new: 9
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
17g 3g 44g 27g

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    Krista S.

    October 24, 2012

    I could go for one of those right now. It's lunchtime here!


    October 24, 2012

    Sounds great! I bet you could make the sauce and chicken in the slow cooker too!

    Cut `n Clean Greens

    October 25, 2012

    Another great recipe from you! You are on a roll! We're going to share this one, as usual, on our Facebook page and send people here to see how to do it. This would be good with other greens, too, if someone didn't have kale. Chard, beet greens, even escarole! --Your friendly Southern California farmers at Cut `n Clean Greens


    January 13, 2013

    I am soo not a cook, hubby does most of it.. but I made your sauce, meatballs and the sliders today... Loved it all.... we are pretty much no bready carbs, and boy it was a treat to have bread lol.. I am going to have the pulled chicken over spaghetti squash , all the time, thanks so much.

    Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    February 26, 2013

    Totally going on my menu. This sounds wonderful!!


    February 26, 2013

    Oh, YUM! I've been looking for some good chicken dishes. And we love kale! Thank you!


    April 19, 2013

    I made this today but with my own sauce that I threw together. Chopped yellow onion is a great addition to this as well. I loved the recipe!


    June 11, 2013

    I am just about to bite into this...and it is delicious! Thank you and well done!


    August 23, 2014

    I made these and they were wonderful ... I added sliced peppers.


    January 6, 2015

    Can this be done in a slow cooker?


      January 6, 2015