Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions

Shredded, grilled chicken thighs are dipped in Carolina-style barbecue sauce, a vinegar-based mix with mustard, a little honey, seasonings, and butter.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 sliders)


  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey, divided
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, trimmed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • none Cooking spray
  • 8 none (1.5-ounce) pull-apart dinner rolls (such as Sara Lee)


1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine sliced onion, 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons honey in a small bowl; toss well. Cover and refrigerate onion mixture at least 30 minutes.

3. Combine remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, remaining 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons water, mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer (do not boil). Simmer 5 minutes; stir in butter. Remove from heat; keep warm.

4. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and salt. Place on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from grill; cool slightly. Shred chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add chicken to saucepan with mustard mixture, and toss gently to coat.

5. Cut rolls in half crosswise. Place rolls, cut sides down, on grill; grill 1 minute or until toasted. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture over bottom half of each roll. Top each roll with about 1 teaspoon drained onion slices and top half of roll. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 429none
  • Fat: 18.4g
  • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 7.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Protein: 32.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 31.9g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 108mg
  • Iron: 3.2mg
  • Sodium: 569mg
  • Calcium: 82mg

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Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Pickled Onions Recipe