Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Wondering what to make for your next party?

These easy chicken sliders that are ready in 25 minutes will do the trick. They’ll be great for Fourth of July, Labor Day, holiday parties, tailgating, and game days.

Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders - Chicken is cooked with BEER and BOURBON before being soaked in BBQ SAUCE!! So juicy, flavorful, easy, and ready in 25 minutes! A guaranteed hit at parties!!

The chicken is braised in beer and bourbon before being shredded and tossed with barbecue sauce. I used a sweeter barbecue sauce (Carolina Gold from Trader Joe’s) but use your favorite. Try a spicy barbecue sauce if you want a kick.

Beer does a wonderful job of tenderizing meat as well as adding subtle flavor and this chicken is a perfect example of beer at work. Put your beer to work for you.

Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders - Chicken is cooked with BEER and BOURBON before being soaked in BBQ SAUCE!! So juicy, flavorful, easy, and ready in 25 minutes! A guaranteed hit at parties!!

The chicken is ridiculously tender, juicy, moist, and the sliders will be a guaranteed hit with everyone.

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My family loves pickles and the tangy, crunchy pickles are a great contrast to the tender chicken.

Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders - Chicken is cooked with BEER and BOURBON before being soaked in BBQ SAUCE!! So juicy, flavorful, easy, and ready in 25 minutes! A guaranteed hit at parties!!

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Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders

These easy chicken sliders are ready in 25 minutes and are great for Fourth of July, Labor Day, holiday parties, tailgating, and game days. The chicken is braised in beer and bourbon before being shredded and tossed with barbecue sauce. Try a spicy barbecue sauce if you want a kick. Beer does a wonderful job of tenderizing meat as well as adding subtle flavor and this chicken is a perfect example of beer at work. The chicken is ridiculously tender, juicy, moist, and the sliders will be a guaranteed hit with everyone. Tangy, crunchy pickles are a great contrast to the tender chicken.

Yield: about 10 to 12 sliders

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 15 to 20 minutes

Total Time: about 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 12 ounces lager beer (or your favorite beer, I used Sam Adams)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey, optional but strongly recommended
  • about 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • about 10 to 12 slider buns, lightly toasted if desired
  • sliced pickles, optional for garnishing

Directions:

  1. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, evenly season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes on each side, or until chicken is seared and lightly browned on both sides.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and add the beer (use caution because it will bubble up), optional bourbon or whiskey, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through; flip a couple times to ensure even cooking. Remove chicken from pan and allow it to cool momentarily; save beer cooking liquid.
  3. Using two forks or your hands, shred the chicken into a large bowl.
  4. Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the beer cooking liquid (the more you add, the more beer flavor that'll be present); discard remainder.
  5. Add the barbecue sauce and stir to coat evenly.
  6. Add about 1/4 cup chicken to each slider bun, optionally top with pickles, and serve immediately. Chicken is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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16 comments

  1. I wasn’t expecting this to be such a quick recipe and I’ve never used beer and bourbon together in a braise. It sounds really good so I think we need to try this over the weekend….I have chicken in the freezer, beer in the fridge and bourbon in the bar cabinet!

    • Super easy and the flavors work great together! Perfect for 4th of July weekend or tailgating parties in the fall!

    • We had this last night and it was fantastic! The weather was perfect for outdoor cooking so I was able to grill the chicken and then finish it on the side burner. No spatter on my stove to clean up! I love the beer and bourbon together (and probably used more than 2 tbs 😉). This will be repeated–so easy and fun!

    • I’m so glad you tried this one! Great idea about doing it all outside on the grill and finishing it on the side burner! And yes to using more than 2 tbsp :) Glad it will be repeated!

  2. This looks like a crowd-pleaser for sure, and with beer, bacon, and burger involved in this one simple recipe, it might be the pure essence of summer eating. Awesome job!

  3. YES!! These sliders are like all my favorite things rolled into one! Oh, and I LOVE Carolina Gold!!

  4. OH.MY.GOD.

    I know this isn’t a veg recipe, but I’m trying to think of any ideas for what I could use instead. Obviously I could do tofu or tempeh, but that doesn’t have that shredded texture. I need to think about something that would work. Maybe just use the sauce on a slaw of some sort? IDK but this sauce needs to be in my life.

    • You could dip fake chicken nuggets in a bourbon/beer/bbq sauce combo but you won’t get the same flavor…cooking the meat in all that juiciness really provided such amazing depth of flavor and needless to say, supremely moist!

  5. I’ve been a lurker for a while, but I totally didn’t realize that you live in San Diego! We are neighbors :) Great recipe! Looks absolutely delicious.

  6. Those buns are so cute …we don’t have slider buns with sesame seeds. I’ve never tried that bbq sauce but I will need to and pickles I love!! great recipe

  7. These look so delicious and I love making sliders!! The chicken sounds so good, I know my husband especially would enjoy it! I love how quick and easy they are! Perfect dinner!

  8. Averie, what BBQ sauce do you use?

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