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Shiitake-Chicken Sliders

My husband and I love Asian cuisine. One of our favorite things to order at a Thai restaurant is chicken satay skewers with spicy peanut sauce. These chicken sliders are a fun variation on the skewers. They're moist and flavorful with the addition of shiitake mushrooms, and topped with the spicy-sweet peanut sauce and tangy cucumber slices. —Julie Hession, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    18 sliders

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups thinly sliced cucumber
  • BURGERS:
  • 1/2 pound sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup green onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • SPICY PEANUT SAUCE:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha chili sauce or 1-1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 18 dinner rolls, split and toasted

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar. Add cucumber and toss to coat; set aside.
  • In a large skillet, saute mushrooms in canola oil until tender. Add garlic and ginger; cook 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, onions, salt, pepper flakes and mushrooms. Crumble chicken over mixture and mix well. Shape into 18 patties.
  • Grill burgers, covered, on a greased grill rack over medium heat until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear, 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine the water, peanut butter, brown sugar, rice vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch and chili sauce until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve burgers on rolls with sauce and sliced cucumber.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Remember these the next time you need an appetizer.
  • While grilling these outdoors will give you a nice smoky flavor, you can easily cook them on an indoor grill, pan-fry them, or even cook them under the broiler.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 slider: 246 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 504mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein

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