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Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits Recipe

Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits Recipe

“There’s nothing like juicy meat over steaming grits. And the pumpkin in these grits makes them taste like a spicy, comforting bowl of fall flavors. Your family will come running to the table for this one.” —Erin Renouf Mylroie, Santa Clara, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chili pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup quick-cooking grits
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with pepper; place in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup broth, barbecue sauce, molasses, chili pepper and cinnamon; pour over chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Shred meat with two forks and return to the skillet.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring water and remaining broth to a boil. Slowly stir in grits and pumpkin. Reduce heat; cook and stir for 5-7 minutes or until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted.
  • 4. Divide grits among six serving bowls; top each with 1/2 cup chicken mixture. Serve with tomato, sour cream, green onions and cilantro. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 345 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 718mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Shredded Barbecue Chicken over Grits

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SuSey22 User ID: 1214956 175509
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2014

"I am new to grits & really enjoyed this recipe, I used a sweeter BBQ sauce but loved the zip from the ancho chilli & pepper jack, this was a little too spicy for my daughter most found it the perfect balance of flavors, will definitely make this a regular on our menu!"

melfreas User ID: 4059763 192804
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Delicious!! And pretty easy to put together."

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 212004
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"I substituted 1 TB of chili powder for the ancho chili pepper. I don't even know what an ancho chili pepper is! Also, I did not like the grits, but my husband did. I fixed a side of plain rice and put my chicken on top of that instead of the grits. I used Sweet Baby Ray's for the Barbeque Sauce. The chicken has a great flavor. The dinner was really good!!"

harmycakes User ID: 4992426 189474
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This has become a new family favorite! The flavors blend together wonderfully. Fabulous dish!"

jamiefish User ID: 2598224 190584
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2010

"My husband thought that it was "interesting". The kids didn't care for it. However, I thought it was delicious. I will be making it again regardless of the rest of my family's qualms."

katmthomas2002 User ID: 1560149 175308
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2010

"We loved this recipe! I doubled the amount of chicken it called for, and cooked the chicken mixture in the crock pot for 5 hours on high. I will definitely make it again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3913704 148327
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"We found this to be somewhat odd. Maybe it's the pumpkin in the grits? Or maybe barbecue sauce just doesn't jive with the southwestern elements (the pepper jack, cilantro, ancho chile powder, etc.). I think the quality and flavor of the BBQ sauce is crucial here - ours was okay, but not super fancy. Maybe that's the issue? I would totally eat the grits on their own, though - yum!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.