A couple weeks ago my best friend and I got together for a little horror movie watching and cooking (a couple of our favorite activities). We made a few treats for the horror-themed blog we write together, check it out here! We decided to watch Friday the 13th, and made a few delicious recipes to go along with the movie. While perusing recipe ideas for our dinner and a movie night, I came across these BBQ chicken meatball sliders and while we ultimately decided on making some awesome chicken parm sliders instead, I still wanted to try out this recipe, especially since we had just been gifted some Texas barbecue sauce and smoked cheddar cheese by Ron’s grandparents. These sliders turned out wonderfully! The smokiness of the barbecue sauce was especially good with the smoked cheddar cheese. They were great for a dinner, but would be an awesome appetizer to serve as well. Wouldn’t a make-your-own slider bar be a fun idea for a party? After making a couple recipes for these little sandwiches, I’ve gotta say I’m hooked.
BBQ Chicken Meatball Sliders
Makes about 16 meatballs
1 lb ground chicken
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp chili powder or chipotle chile powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 small onion, minced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Slider rolls, toasted
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
Grated cheese (I used smoked cheddar)
Tomato slices (optional)
1. Mix together the ground chicken, garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, chili powder, smoked paprika, salt and black pepper in a large bowl, until combined.
2. Form meatballs, by rolling 1-2 tbsp of the chicken mixture into balls.
3. Set a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. When the oil is heated, add the meatballs and brown on all sides. This will take about 5 minutes total.
4. Remove the meatballs to a plate, and set aside.
5. With the skillet still on medium-high heat, add the onion, and saute a few minutes until translucent. Add the meatballs back to the pan, and then add the barbecue sauce. You can add about 1/2 cup water if the sauce is too thick.
6. Bring the sauce to a simmer, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through.
7. Assemble sliders by placing on a slider roll and adding toppings of your choice.