We all know regular-sized burgers are delicious, but there's something about the mini-version that takes the cake when it comes to novelty. Even the most basic sliders recipe is bound to be a hit with family and friends; who doesn't love mini buns and mini patties? So by taking things up a notch and delivering a truly special sliders experience? You're going to have a new go-to recipe in your back pocket for every important get-together.
"These sliders are easy and delicious hot or cold — perfect for a get-together or potluck," says recipe developer Erin Johnson of Probably in the Kitchen. To that end, it's also a fantastic recipe when you need to make a dish ahead of an event. "If you want to make this in advance, make all the components, then assemble [them] when you're ready to serve," says Johnson.
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Gather The Ingredients For Fried Chicken Sliders With Simple Slaw And Hot Honey
Before getting started, make sure you have everything you need on hand. First, you'll need boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can use other cuts of chicken, but don't swap in cuts with bones; a boneless cut of chicken is important in this sandwich. You'll also need salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, flour, eggs, panko breadcrumbs, and slider buns. For the hot honey sauce, you'll also want honey and chili oil. For the slaw, we're going for something super simple and easy to whip together so grab broccoli slaw mix and coleslaw dressing. You certaily could buy broccoli, purple cabbage, and carrots and make your own slaw mix, but before you go through the hassle of slicing and dicing the slaw veggies, check your grocery store's prepared produce section; you can usually find a package ready to be mixed at a reasonable price, and it often includes the coleslaw dressing, too.
Cut The Chicken And Do Your Prep Work
There's a little bit of prep work to take care of before getting into the meat (so to speak) of making your sliders. First, take the chicken breasts and cut them into pieces that are more or less equal in size. Johnson says to cut them slightly larger than the size of the slider buns, as the meat will contract somewhat while cooking.
Next, season the chicken with salt, pepper, onion and garlic powders, and paprika. Set the chicken aside and pour the flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs into three separate, shallow bowls to make your dredging station. Finally, heat the vegetable oil in a skillet, but don't overdo it here! Just add enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan.
Dredge The Chicken For Frying
One by one, dredge each piece of chicken first in the flour, then in the egg, and finally in the breadcrumbs. Set the breaded pieces onto a plate while you finish the process.
Fry The Chicken
When all the chicken is dredged, add as many pieces as you can to the hot skillet. "The chicken shouldn't touch, so you may need to cook in two batches if [you're] using a small skillet," says Johnson, adding that there's no need to clean the oil of breadcrumbs between batches.
Simply fry the chicken for about five minutes per side. Check the internal temperature for doneness, aiming to hit at least 165 F. If you'd rather use an air fryer to cut down on your oil consumption, Johnson also says it's possible to air fry the chicken. "Just spray them with some cooking spray, and cook for 12 minutes or until they reach 165 F," she says.
Mix The Hot Honey Sauce
As the chicken is frying, mix the sauce by simply combining the honey and chili oil, stirring well. "The amount of chili oil should be based on your heat preference," Johnson advises. If you don't like spicy, add just a few red pepper flakes and make this a mostly sweet sandwich. If you love spice, add as much chili oil as you can handle.
Prep The Broccoli Slaw
It's so quick and easy to whip up the broccoli slaw that you can also prep this step as the chicken is frying. Simply combine the prepared broccoli slaw with the coleslaw dressing and set the bowl in the fridge until the sliders are ready to build. Also, Johnson is quick to point out that if you don't like broccoli, there's no need to be a martyr for the recipe. You can switch it out for a cabbage slaw, instead.
Build And Serve The Sliders
With all the individual parts ready to go, the last step is to build the sliders. Separate the slider buns and lie them on a plate. Spoon some slaw on the bottom half of each bun, then layer a piece of chicken on top. Finish things off with a drizzle of hot honey before adding the top bun to the sliders.
When it comes to serving, you have lots of options. Johnson prefers serving the sliders with additional broccoli slaw on the side, but she says that any typical fried chicken side will work. That means french fries, mashed potatoes, green beans, or fried okra are all good choices.
Fried Chicken Sliders With Simple Slaw And Hot Honey Recipe
Prep Time: 15mCook Time: 10mYield: 8 SlidersIngredients
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup panko
⅓ cup honey
½ tablespoon chili oil (adjust to taste)
8 slider buns
1 bag broccoli slaw mix
½ cup coleslaw dressing
Cut the chicken into equal parts, and season with the salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
Put your flour, eggs, and panko into shallow bowls.
Heat a thin layer of vegetable oil in a skillet, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan.
Dredged the chicken in the flour, then egg, then panko.
Fry the chicken in the skillet for about 5 minutes per side or until the temperature reaches 165 F.
Meanwhile, mix together the honey and the chili oil.
Combine the broccoli slaw and dressing and refrigerate until you assemble the sliders.
Once the chicken has cooked, place the slaw on top of the slider bottom, followed by the chicken and then drizzle with the hot honey.
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