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


  • 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 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 .


  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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chefheidi18 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!"

justmbeth 240627
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2015

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

kaid21 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."

swinny 230174
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015


pajamaangel 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!"

luigimon 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!!"

diggerandcrafty 220109
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2015


angcy 215535
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"chicken is moist and falls apart. Great recipe."

heaty89 191279
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"My family loved this! We served it on sesame seed hamburger buns with the freezer slaw and it was good! It doesn't specify what kind of liquid smoke to get so I just used the hickory smoke flavored liquid smoke and it turned out great! So easy to make too! Will def. make again!"

scsvatek 116566
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2014

"This is a big hit with everyone at my house. I foolishly think there will be leftovers every time I make it. Delicious!"

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