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BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe
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BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

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Brining the chicken overnight helps it taste exceptionally good, making it so tender it literally melts in your mouth. — Rachel Kunkel, Schell City, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + brining Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + brining Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • BRINE:
  • 1-1/2 quarts water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup liquid smoke
  • 1-1/2 cups hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 16 slider buns or dinner rolls, split and warmed

Nutritional Facts

2 sliders equals 376 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 883 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, mix brine ingredients, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Reserve 1 cup brine for cooking chicken; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Place chicken in a large resealable bag; add remaining brine. Seal bag, pressing out as much air as possible; turn to coat chicken. Place in a large bowl; refrigerate 18-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Remove chicken from brine and transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker; discard brine in bag. Add reserved 1 cup brine and 1/3 cup liquid smoke to chicken. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender.
  4. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Discard cooking juices. Shred chicken with two forks and return to slow cooker. Stir in barbecue sauce; heat through. Serve on buns. Yield: 8 servings (2 sliders each).
Originally published as BBQ Chicken Sliders in Taste of Home

Nutritional Facts

2 sliders equals 376 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 883 mg sodium, 43 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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Reviewed Mar. 17, 2014

Awesome recipe! I tripled the ingredients and made this for a family

BBQ and everyone absolutly loved it. One of the best BBQ recipes for chicken I have ever had or made.

Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

I loved this recipe! The only modification I made was that I used Italian seasoning instead of Stand alone thyme because I didn't have any. The liquid smoke measurements made the chicken delicious! The brine and the slow cooker made the chicken so tender that I just used my hands to shred it. I paired mine with some Dukes Southern Cole Slaw and French fries. ..yummy!

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2014

Made this last night to see how it would taste for the upcoming Super Bowl party. This is now a favorite in my house. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2013

After making pork BBQ in the crockpot several times, I decided to give this recipe a try. It is fabulous and has become our go-to BBQ recipe. It is much easier to make than pork, very tender, and less fatty. Tastes delicious & freezes great. Our family loves it, and it would also be great for a crowd. I agree with others' suggestions about adding more BBQ sauce.

Reviewed Sep. 25, 2013

This was great for a crowd. I was concerned about the amount of liquid smoke but went with the amount called for. It was so good. I would add more bbq sauce next time. It was a little dry for me. Everyone at the dinner loved it!

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