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Tailgating Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Bread

Everyone loves a meal where you can get messy. This Tailgating Pull Apart BBQ Chicken Bread is crazy fun, and not just because there’s no way to dig in and not get a little BBQ sauce and cheese on your fingers. The pull-apart chicken bread is perfect for a pre-game tailgate or to serve coffee-table style for your next game party.


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Ingredients

1 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
½ C. Head Country Chipotle Bar-B-Que Sauce, plus 2 Tbsp. set aside
1 tsp. Head Country Original Championship Seasoning
1 onion, chopped
1 loaf bread (think: hearty round loaf)
8 oz cheese, shredded
2 scallions, chopped
¼ C. black beans, rinsed and drained
½ C. cherry tomatoes, chopped
4 Tbsp. sour cream
Pickled red onions

Cooking Instructions

"I am always looking for the next recipe to make for a big crowd. Something fun, fast, and loaded with flavor. I am all for manning the grill all day long, but sometimes, you just need a recipe in the back pocket that can work for a make-ahead toss on the grill pre-game party. Gather the right group of friends, and make this. Because you need an excuse to toss this recipe down in front of them and make them think you are a total BBQ genius." —Kita Roberts, Girl Carnivore

Place the chicken in a slow cooker with ½ C. Head Country Chipotle Bar-B-Que Sauce and Head Country Original Championship Seasoning. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook on low for 5-6 hours, until the chicken shreds easily with 2 forks. Shred the chicken and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the bread almost through to the bottom from one side to the other, being careful to not cut through. Rotate the bread and slice, making a crosshatch, again carefully not slicing all the way through. Pull the bread apart gently. Place into a large cast iron skillet.

Slide the bread in the oven and toast 5 to 7 minutes.

Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese over the bread, making sure the cheese falls into the slices. Place back in the oven to melt the cheese, another 5 minutes.

Remove from oven and spoon the shredded chicken over the top and cover with cheese. Place back into the oven and toast the cheese again, for another 5 minutes.

Drizzle with the remaining barbecue sauce.

Top with the scallions, black beans, cherry tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream and pickled red onions. Serve with napkins. Enjoy!

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