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Barbecue Chicken Sliders Recipe

Brining the chicken makes the meat tender and melt in your mouth. These barbecued chicken sliders are best served with extra napkins.

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Ingredients

for the 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

for the chicken

  • 2 Pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 Cup liquid smoke
  • 1 1/2 Cup hickory smoke-flavored barbecue sauce
  • 16 slider buns or dinner rolls, split and warmed

Directions

for the brine

In a large bowl, mix brine ingredients, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Reserve 1 cup brine for cooking chicken; cover and refrigerate.

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.

for the chicken

Remove chicken from brine and transfer to a 3-quart 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts
Servings8
Calories Per Serving429
Total Fat7g11%
Sugar28gN/A
Saturated1g7%
Cholesterol85mg28%
Protein32g64%
Carbs58g19%
Vitamin A15µg2%
Vitamin B120.3µg5.2%
Vitamin B61mg51%
Vitamin C0.7mg1.2%
Vitamin D1IUN/A
Vitamin E1mg6%
Vitamin K8µg10%
Calcium137mg14%
Fiber2g7%
Folate (food)28µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)96µg24%
Folic acid40µgN/A
Iron3mg17%
Magnesium56mg14%
Monounsaturated2gN/A
Niacin (B3)14mg71%
Phosphorus322mg46%
Polyunsaturated2gN/A
Potassium594mg17%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg25.9%
Sodium976mg41%
Sugars, added7gN/A
Thiamin (B1)0.4mg27.7%
Zinc1mg10%