Until I moved to Rhode Island, I'd never heard of coffee syrup. (It's like Hershey's chocolate syrup, except made from coffee. If that helps.) The state drink, coffee milk, combines coffee syrup with, well, milk, and the favorite iced treat, a coffee cabinet, is a milkshake made with coffee ice cream and coffee syrup. Sweet, sweet, sweet. When I met up with my friend Jen of Savor the Thyme at Dave's Coffee, in the opposite end of the state, I bought a bottle of their all-natural coffee syrup, and couldn't resist experimenting with some savory recipes. I packed this slow cooker coffee-chipotle pulled chicken into a piece of oat-bran lavash bread with some lettuce and this smoky spicy cole slaw. That's a lot of Rhode Island goodness rolled up into one great sandwich. Not to worry: you can make this in your own kitchen even if you don't have our coffee syrup. Or you can come to my kitchen and I'll make it for you.
Slow cooker coffee-chipotle pulled chicken roll-ups
2-1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed
1/2 cup coffee syrup (I like Dave's), or 1/4 cup molasses + 1/4 cup brewed instant espresso
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped (approx. 1 Tbsp)
2 tsp rice vinegar
3-4 drops hot sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder (I like Penzeys Chili 3000)
1/8 tsp kosher salt
For the roll-ups:
4 oat-bran or whole wheat lavash breads or tortillas
4 romaine lettuce leaves
Your favorite cole slaw (or this smoky spicy cole slaw)
Trim the chicken pieces, and add them to a 3-quart slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients, and pour over the chicken.
Cook on HIGH for 2-1/2 hours, stirring once. Then, uncover the slow cooker, and continue to cook for 1 hour.
When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the slow cooker into a large bowl. Shred the chicken with 2 forks. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
Roll the shredded chicken into a tortilla or lavash bread with lettuce and your favorite cole slaw.
More recipes in The Perfect Pantry:
Slow cooker hoisin chicken and slaw sandwiches
Pakistani "old clothes" beef curry (nihari) in the slow cooker
Southwestern spicy pulled pork
Slow cooker tomatillo chicken and black bean tacos
Slow cooker Middle Eastern garlic chicken
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Easiest tiramisu, from Eat Boutique
Mocha chip pancakes with espresso syrup, from Rachel Cooks
Slow cooker pulled chicken with chipotle barbecue sauce, from Elly Says Opa!
Crock pot Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps, from Skinnytaste
Slow cooker chicken tostadas, from Taste and Tell
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