BBQ Chicken Sliders

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When I was a little girl, all of our family gatherings centered around my granddaddy’s BBQ. He made a name for himself in his hometown and beyond as being a true southern BBQ cook. Ribs and chickens were his specialty, and he made his own special sauce. If ever you opened one of the cabinets in my grandparents’ kitchen, you were likely to find jars of BBQ sauce he had canned. I can still see myself sitting on the stool in their kitchen and smell the sharpness of the vinegar, lemon, and spices as he cooked a big pot of his homemade sauce. Memories like those are the reason BBQ is still one of my favorite dinners.

Truth be told, I don’t make my own BBQ sauce. It’s one short-cut I allow myself since there are so many really good sauces on the market these days. My favorite is Costa’s, which is a Birmingham restaurant that markets their sauce in grocery stores, but I also really enjoy the Sticky Fingers sauces (particularly Carolina Sweet) and the Sweet Baby Ray’s line. Although none of these are the “real” sauce my granddaddy was known for, they are delicious substitutes. And they are quick and easy, which make them perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

BBQ Chicken Sliders are a common middle-of-the-week dinner around here. They meet my BFF (Busy Family Friendly) standards, and are healthy crowd-pleasers. I top mine with our favorite Cilantro Slaw to give them a little more depth of flavor. Cilantro Slaw is creamy, crisp, and very fresh tasting, which is a great compliment to the BBQ chicken.

All I do is sprinkle a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder and place them in a baking dish. I cover with about a half bottle of BBQ sauce, seal tightly with foil, and bake on 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes. When chicken is done, leave in baking dish and shred with forks. Place shredded chicken on slider bun and top with a spoonful of cilantro slaw.

[yumprint-recipe id=’8′]Hope y’all enjoy my BBQ Chicken Sliders. If so, you might also like our Brunswick Stew and our Spicy Drip Beef Sandwiches. You can see all of our recipes in our Recipe Index.


  1. I love the ease of this recipe. Although, now that you have totally teased me with your grandfather’s sauce, I want that, too!! 🙂

  2. They sound fabulous!

  3. loving this!

  4. This is so simple – I can’t wait to try this for a weeknight meal. Why haven’t I already done this? Great idea! And I love the story about your grandpa.

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