Sliders with Smoked Chicken and Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato Cornbread

Smoked Chicken Sliders

Some would say it’s almost getting too cool to cook outside, but that’s never stopped me before. I live in the South, so cooking outdoors can be a year round activity for dedicated grillers. When it comes to outdoor cooking, I really couldn’t live without my Big Green Egg. This versatile smoker/grill works well year round and it’s the perfect tool for smoking anything, especially chicken.

In my last post, I wrote about hosting a cocktail party for our friends, Kevin and Matt. These sliders got raves at the party and I’m definitely keeping these on my list of delicious party food.

Smoked Chicken Sliders

I personally like the smoked flavor of these sliders, but if you don’t have a smoker or don’t want to bother with cooking the chicken, a rotisserie chicken sold in most supermarkets works beautifully. You can use your favorite bottled barbecue sauce for the dressing, but I really like my barbecue sauce that I featured in a previous post and I always keep some on hand.

For convenience, you can cook the chicken and make the sauce ahead of time. The batter for the cornbread comes together very easily so assembly is the only slightly time consuming step. Are they worth the effort? You bet!

I usually use plain, organic cornmeal for cornbread. If you use self-rising cornmeal, reduce the amount of baking powder to 1/2 teaspoon and salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

These “southern” sliders make a great addition to your holiday party fare. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Sliders with Smoked Chicken and Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato Cornbread

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 28 to 32 sliders

Sliders with Smoked Chicken and Cheddar Sun-Dried Tomato Cornbread

Ingredients

For the chicken:

1 3 pound chicken

Your favorite barbecue rub

For the cornbread:

2 cups stone ground cornmeal (not self-rising)

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped scallions

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

For the sliders:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

cornbread muffins

2 cup arugula

Prepared chicken

Instructions

For the chicken:

1. Prepare smoker to 325 degrees.

2. Season chicken inside and out with barbecue rub.

3. Smoke for 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

4. When chicken is cooled, remove meat from bones and shred.

For the cornbread:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray two mini muffin tins with cooking spray.

2. Whisk cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add buttermilk and eggs and whisk until well combined. Add tomatoes, scallions, and cheese and mix until incorporated.

3. Fill muffin tin cups with batter. Batter should makes approximately 28 to 32 muffins.

4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

To assemble sliders:

1. Combine mayonnaise and barbecue sauce.

2. Slice muffins and place several arugula leaves on bottom half. Top with shredded chicken and sauce. Replace tops and serve immediately

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Bill Harris

I grew up in small town Mississippi eating traditional southern fare.A lifelong foodie, I started cooking and experimenting with food at a very young age. I started Southern Boy Dishes as a creative outlet and a way to share my love of food.

Comments

  1. That’s a very interesting twist to sliders. I’ll have to come back to this recipe when my husband gets out his smoker and have him smoke some chicken for me.

  2. What cute little sliders!!! I’m a sucker for smoked meats so I know that I’d love these little sliders.

  3. Fantastic idea! These look totally delish. Really creative idea and excellent looking recipe. Thanks for this.

  4. They are so gorgeous. A perfect party starter, love the use of cornbread, quite an inventive dish.
    Beautiful pictures.

  5. Oh my. WANT! I saw this on facebook and had to come straight over – it looks like food for *wee people* (gnomes and such). I am in love with the photos, I just want to lick ‘em – and I am soooo very going to cook those cheddar sun-dried tomato cornbread muffins at the weekend. Fab post, Bill! x

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