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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 make it taste exceptionally good. Plus, it’s so tender, it 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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CHICKEN:
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 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: 376 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 883mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein.

Directions

  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 April/May 2013

Blush Wine

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


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sd20 User ID: 5560294 267983
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2017

"Good, a little dry so added more barbecue sauce."

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 260967
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2017

"I made this tonight for dinner and it turned out great. I did brine my chicken overnight and it wasn't mushy at all. The chicken was tender and delicious. The only change I made was to use chicken broth instead of water and omit the salt. My entire family loved this recipe."

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klb2909 User ID: 8902826 260761
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2017

"According to America's Test Kitchen, my source for all cooking rules, NEVER brine chicken longer than an hour or it gets spongy."

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chefheidi18 User ID: 8210724 249704
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"This was Fantastic. I was worried that the chicken would dry out like it usually does with other crock pot recipes, but it didn't. the flavor was great!"

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justmbeth User ID: 1196484 240627
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

"Wow! Absolutely tremdous! Made exactly as written, flavor was perfect."

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kaid21 User ID: 8158121 233876
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"Was very good, made per recipe even though I was skeptical with that much liquid smoke. Wasn't overpowering at all."

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swinny User ID: 1858482 230174
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Delicious!!"

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 224395
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2015

"This is amazing! I thought the chicken tasted wonderful before I even stirred in the BBQ sauce. What a wonderful smoky flavor! Big hit with us!"

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luigimon User ID: 1692040 221529
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"Wow! The brine makes it amazing!!! I used bone in breasts, and KC Masterpiece Hickory bbq sauce. The flavor was out of this world and I will make it again!!"

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diggerandcrafty User ID: 6708313 220109
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015

"Excellent"

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