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Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders

Honey Pecan BBQ Chicken Sliders feature a slider bun piled high with shredded BBQ chicken, coleslaw, and chopped pecans.

This recipe was made in partnership with Fisher Nuts.

Honey BBQ Chicken Sliders

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Honey BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

Today was moving day for us! We stayed up late last night packing the last of the dishes. I have so many things, thanks to this blog. I use them all so I don’t feel like I can get rid of anything, and I also don’t want anything to break. The kitchen is my personal nemesis when it comes to packing.

This morning we sent the kids to school and got to work on finishing up the last of the garage, random things, and cleaning. We are completely out of Kevin’s house now, and as I type this he is at the closing for the home.

Tomorrow we move in to our temporary rental and get to have some down time and back to normal life for a couple of months until the home we are building is finished.

One of the things I am most looking forward to during our time going forward is getting back into the grove with cooking, trying new recipes, and experimenting in the kitchen.

I cannot wait to cook in my new kitchen when our house is finished building, and as much as I hate packing up the kitchen, I don’t feel that way about moving in. I am really looking forward to having all of my dishes and things back and organizing my new kitchen the way I want it to be.

The last few weeks have been pretty simple eating for us as we were busy tackling other things and not wanting to add a lot of food to the refrigerator and freezer that we would end up needing to pack.

These Honey Pecan BBQ Chicken Sliders were the last really good meal that I made — and so yummy! We’ll be attending a Labor Day BBQ this weekend rather than hosting one this year with all the moving that has been going on, but if you’re bringing a dish or hosting these bbq chicken sliders would be a huge hit!

Let me tell you about this delicious Pecan Honey BBQ Sauce. Unlike any other recipe for BBQ sauce that I’ve made before, this recipe is thickened with Fisher Nuts Pecans, rather than using cornstarch or flour. This gives the sauce a hint of a nutty taste, while still tasting like a Honey BBQ sauce.

I love adding nuts in unexpected places, especially Fisher’s entirely preservative-free varieties. It is a great way to add a unique twist on a traditional recipe.

What else would this homemade honey BBQ sauce be good with? If you’re a fan of Chicken Drumsticks, I would definitely give this Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce recipe a try next time you decide to grill a batch of drumsticks up. For instructions on how to do that, follow this recipe for Mango Habanero Drumsticks and simply replace the BBQ sauce with the one from this recipe.

For a BBQ Pulled Chicken or Pork, try adding this sauce to boneless, skinless chicken breasts inside your slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 -8 hours, or until tender.

Or, just serve the sauce as a condiment on the side at your BBQ. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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BBQ Chicken Sliders Ingredients

These bbq chicken sliders have a few main components: the honey bbq sauce for the chicken, the shredded chicken, and all the chicken slider fixings.

Here’s what went into the homemade honey bbq sauce:

  • Canola oil
  • Poblano pepper
  • Garlic
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Chopped Fisher Nuts Pecans
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Spices

And for the rest of the bbq chicken sliders recipe I used:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Coleslaw
  • Slider buns
  • Green onions

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Honey BBQ Chicken Sliders

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How to Make BBQ Chicken Sliders

This honey bbq chicken sliders recipe may seem complicated, but it’s actually so easy to make! Here’s how I make these bbq chicken sliders:

  1. First, prepare the homemade honey bbq sauce. You’ll need to sauté the veggies first, then puree the ingredients in a blender before cooking the sauce on the stove to thicken it up.
  2. Grill the chicken until cooked through, making sure to periodically baste with the homemade honey bbq sauce.
  3. Once cooked, chop the chicken.
  4. Assemble the bbq chicken sliders and serve!

Serve these honey bbq chicken sliders as a main dish, or as an appetizer on game day.

Can I Use Store-Bought BBQ Sauce?

Of course, although the homemade honey bbq sauce is what really makes these chicken sliders stand out.

Is the BBQ Sauce Really Spicy?

No, the poblano pepper adds a slight smokiness to the honey bbq sauce but not a lot of spice.

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Tips for Making BBQ Chicken Sliders

The homemade honey bbq sauce for the chicken can be made a few days in advance and reheated when you prep the rest of the dish.

Also note that in place of the grilled chicken, chopped rotisserie chicken or shredded slow cooker chicken works great as well.

You’re welcome to top these bbq chicken sliders as you see fit. My family loves the combo of slaw, pecans, and green onions, but add whatever toppings you want!

More Easy Super Bowl Appetizers:

Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip with Blue Cheese is a revamped and homemade version of the classic onion dip. This dip has tons of flavor thanks to the addition of blue cheese and plenty of crumbled bacon.

This Game Day Crock-Pot Queso con Carne features gooey cheese combined with spicy meat, tomatoes, and plenty of tortilla chips for scooping. It is perfect for all your homegating parties.

These Baked Wonton Chicken Taquitos are so easy to prepare, you’ll be amazed. Wonton wrappers are stuffed with chicken, cream cheese, and salsa verde. 

Queso Blanco Dip with Roasted Corn, Kale, and Tomatoes with tortilla chips is a perfect appetizer to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl, or any of your favorite sports on game day for that matter.

This Buffalo Cream Cheese Ball features hot sauce, shredded chicken, celery, green onion, blue cheese, and chopped walnuts. A twist on the traditional cheese ball recipe.

You can whip up these Easy Baked Nachos in a pinch. This Super Bowl appetizer is simple to prepare (and serve), leaving you with more time to socialize, eat, and enjoy the game!

Check out our Reader Favorite Top 20 Super Bowl Recipes that will keep your guests coming back for more . . . and even more. They are all game day approved, tested by the football fans and the food lovers so they’re sure to be a hit!

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce - Honey Pecan BBQ Chicken Sliders

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders

Yield: 6 sliders, plus extra sauce
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders features a slider bun piled high with chopped BBQ chicken, coleslaw and chopped pecans.

Ingredients

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons Canola Oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped Poblano Pepper, seeds removed
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons minced Garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Fisher Nuts Pecans
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Ground Mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika

For the Chicken

  • 1 1/2 lbs Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce for basting

For the Sliders

  • Prepared chicken
  • 2 cups Coleslaw - store-bought Broccoli Slaw Kit, Creamy Jalapeño BBQ Coleslaw, or your favorite recipe
  • 6 Slider Buns, sliced in half
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Fisher Nuts Pecans
  • 3 Sliced Green Onions
  • Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce for serving

Instructions

Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce

  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the poblano pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.
  2. Transfer the garlic and poblano pepper to a blender along with the remaining ingredients for the sauce (ketchup through smoked paprika). Secure the lid on the blender, and blend on high speed until smooth.
  3. Pour the pureed sauce into a medium saucepan. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Then, turn the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer for 20 minutes, whisking every few minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

For the Chicken

  1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Pat the chicken dry on both sides using a paper towel. Season both sides with salt and pepper according to taste.
  2. Place the chicken on the preheated grill, close the lid, and cook for 3-5 minutes. Flip the chicken. Baste the cooked side up with BBQ sauce. Cook for an additional 3 - 5 minutes. Then, flip the chicken again baste the other side. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes more, or until chicken is done and the internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
  3. Remove chicken from the grill, place on a cutting board and allow to rest, tented with foil, for about 3 minutes. Then, chop the chicken into bite-sized pieces.

For the Sliders

  1. Layer chopped chicken, BBQ sauce, coleslaw, green onions, and chopped pecans in between the two bun halves.

Notes

In place of the grilled chicken, chopped rotisserie chicken or shredded slow cooker chicken works great as well!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 987Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 130mgSodium 1369mgCarbohydrates 118gFiber 7gSugar 93gProtein 53g

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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I choose to work with Fisher Nuts because it is one of the only brands of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives. I have been compensated for my time in creating this recipe for Honey Pecan BBQ Sauce Chicken Sliders, but all opinions are my own.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Melanie | The Sisters Cafe

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

Wow--these little sliders look amazing!  My family would LOVE them!!  I will be putting them on the menu soon!!

Gina @Running to the Kitchen

Monday 12th of September 2016

I want this now!!

Jenny Flake

Friday 9th of September 2016

My family will love this!  Looks fantastic!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

Friday 9th of September 2016

These would be devoured here!

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Thursday 8th of September 2016

What a great idea for thickening a sauce! I bet it adds amazing flavor!