Jalapeno Chicken Sliders are an ultimate lunch, dinner, or party treat! Easy and quick to make with leftover chicken. Cheesy, salty, spicy, delicious – excellent meal to celebrate Father’s Day! Jump to Recipe
A few weeks ago my dad celebrated his 60th birthday. There was a big party at a Russian restaurant with tons of food. For those who have never been to Russian restaurants – it’s a very unique event with more food than anyone could ever eat, with 5-6 courses, and with tables covered in dozens of plates and bowls. There were different kinds of smoked fish, dozens of different pickles, Russian salads, fish, chicken, kebabs, stews, carpaccio, tuna tartar, duck. With more people drinking and dancing rather than eating I knew there would be a lot of left overs, so I asked the kitchen stuff to get me a few containers of food to go before I left.
At home I found out that there was a big box of duck confit legs. Ordinary I love duck but this particular version was a bit too salty for my taste to eat on their own. So, I decided to make sliders with the duck meat. Those delicious jalapeno sliders turned out so good that I knew I had a winner. And since duck is not something I cook at home I made them with chicken too. Jalapeno Chicken Sliders turned out even better than the duck version!
Don’t be intimidated by sliders, they are actually really quick and easy to make. If you have some leftover chicken then Jalapeno Chicken Sliders are a total mom-recipe: only 5 minutes to assemble and 10 minutes to bake. They are great for busy weeknight meals or for entertaining and they would go absolutely perfect with Michelada beer cocktail for a fun and delicious Father’s Day meal.
So, how do you make them? Easy! You need only a few ingredients that you most likely already have on hand. First, you need sliders. I used both hawaiian rolls and brioche rolls while testing the recipe. You want the kind that has 12 rolls all stuck together. You could technically use buns that are separate but it’s just easier to assemble the Jalapeno Chicken Sliders when they are in one big piece. Then you need chicken – use left over chicken meat from roast chicken, or from chicken soup; you could use store-bought rotisserie chicken or any other kind you like. Spread the rolls with some mayo and mustard mixture, cover with pickled jalapeno peppers, chopped chicken, mozzarella (or any other melty cheese), then brush with melted butter with garlic and parsley and bake. Easy-peasy!
After only 15 minutes you get warm Jalapeno Chicken Sliders with melty cheese and spicy peppers in every bite. The tops of the sliders are deliciously buttery with a slight garlicky taste. Sprinkle a little bit more parsley and enjoy with your favourite drink on a patio!
Jalapeno Chicken Sliders
Jalapeno Chicken Sliders are an ultimate lunch, dinner, or party treat! Easy and quick to make with leftover chicken. Cheesy, salty, spicy, delicious | Imagelicious
- 12 hawaiian rolls (or brioche rolls, or potato rolls, or dinner rolls)
- 2 tablespoons mayo
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeno peppers (about 40 g)
- 1.5 cups cooked chopped chicken meat (200 g - I used 3 boiled and seasoned chicken thighs)
- 6 slices mozzarella (or your favourite melty cheese)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 400F.
If the rolls are in one piece then slice them horizontally in half so that you could make sandwiches.
Place the bottom part of the rolls in an oven proof pan.
In a small bowl mix mayo and mustard. Spread the mayo-mustard mixture onto the bottom part of the rolls.
Sprinkle chopped jalapenos evenly.
Cover with finely chopped chicken.
Place mozzarella slices on top of the chicken and cover with the tops of the rolls.
In a small bowl mix melted butter, garlic powder, and chopped parsley. Brush the mixture over the tops of the rolls.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the Jalapeno Chicken Sliders are heated through and the cheese is melted.
As mentioned in the post, I've made these with both duck and chicken. I prefer chicken. I used boiled chicken thighs for these but you could use chicken breast or legs.
I made these with mozzarella and I also made them with spicy pepper jack cheese to make them even spicier. I like both versions.