Chicken barb, also known as ‘barbecue chicken’, is a dish that many Americans have come to love.
It’s a dish that combines sweet and savory flavors to create something truly special.
In fact, chicken barb has become so popular that there are hundreds of variations on the recipe!
We’ve compiled a list of 5 mouth-watering recipes for you to try at home, so keep reading to find out more!
Chicken barb origin
Chicken barb is a traditional American sandwich originating from Methuen, Massachusetts.
It is defined by its unique combination of white bread, chicken, and mayonnaise.
It is also known as a “barb” or a “chicken barbeque.”
It originated in the late 19th century and has been popular in New England since the mid-20th century.
The name “chicken barb” is used because it was originally made with chicken skin, which would give it the appearance of a barb (or beard) from above.
The chicken skin has since been replaced with actual pieces of meat, but the name has stuck despite this change to the recipe.
Chicken barbs are typically available for purchase at local delis or restaurants in New England states such as Massachusetts and Maine.
They can also be prepared at home using store-bought ingredients such as Kraft Miracle Whip or Hellman’s Real Mayonnaise.
Chicken barb main ingredients
Chicken barb consists of chicken breast, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and BBQ sauce on a hoagie roll.
Chicken barb is a fairly simple sandwich to make, with the main ingredients being chicken breast, bacon and BBQ sauce.
The chicken can be grilled or fried, as long as it remains moist and juicy.
The bacon should be crispy but not burnt—a good way to achieve this is to cook it at a low temperature in a pan with some oil.
The BBQ sauce can be purchased at any grocery store or made at home by mixing ketchup with brown sugar and liquid smoke (which gives the sauce its smoky flavor).
5 mouth-watering chicken barb recipes to try at home
Traditional Chicken Barb recipe
- 1 lb. chicken breast
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1 tbsp. oil (for cooking)
- 1 tbsp. butter (for cooking)
- Heat oil and butter in a pan over medium heat until hot, but not smoking.
- Cut the chicken into strips, about ¼” thick. Season with salt and pepper on both sides of each piece of chicken.
- Add the seasoned chicken to the hot oil and butter in batches if necessary so as not to overcrowd the pan.
- Cook for 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides, then remove from heat and set aside while you prepare your sauce base.
- In a separate small saucepan over low heat, add all ingredients except cheese and cook until sauce is smooth and well combined, stirring constantly to prevent sticking or burning (about 5 minutes).
- Turn off heat and stir in cheese until melted; set aside until ready to serve with cooked chicken barb pieces on top of steamed rice!
Quick frying Chicken Barb recipe
- 1 chicken breast, cut into strips
- 1/2 cup of flour
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of oil for frying
- Cut chicken breast into strips.
- Dip chicken strip into flour and then coat with egg. Then dip the strip into water and coat with flour again. Repeat this process one more time, so that you have 3 coats on each strip of chicken.
- Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add your breaded chicken strips to the pan and cook until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Turn over each strip and cook for another 5 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
- Remove from pan and serve hot!
Tropical Chicken Barb recipe
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice (fresh if you have it, but canned will do)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger (1″ piece), or 1 teaspoon ground ginger powder
- In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and soy sauce. Set aside. In another small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cornstarch, ketchup, vinegar, garlic and ginger until combined. Set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add chicken pieces to pan and cook until golden brown on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
- Transfer chicken to plate and set aside while you make the sauce so it stays warm while you cook the vegetables.
Creamy Chicken Barb recipe
- 2 lbs of chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cups cooked rice (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except rice, if using. Stir well to combine. If desired, add rice to mixture and stir again until combined.
- Place mixture into an 8×8 baking dish that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside the thickest part of the meat when cut with a knife.
- Serve over hot cooked rice if desired!
Asian-inspired Chicken Barb recipe
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root (optional)
- Place the chicken strips in a large bowl and toss with the soy sauce until evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before you are ready to cook it so it can come to room temperature. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sesame oil when hot. Add the garlic and ginger root (if using), then add the chicken strips in one layer; do not overcrowd them or they will steam instead of browning properly.
- Cook until they are golden brown on one side, then flip them over and cook on the other side until golden brown as well—about 3 minutes per side total cooking time depending on how thick your strips are cooked through completely before removing from pan (you can use an instant read thermometer if you’d like).
- Serve immediately with rice or noodles and enjoy!
So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed our article on chicken barb and that we’ve inspired you to try a new twist on this classic dish.
Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savory, we’ve got some great recipes for you to try at home.
Don’t forget to share what your favorite variation is in the comments below!
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