Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Bacon & Celery

I just read an amazing stat. It says that 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday. That is billion with a "B"! Could that be true? The number boggles the mind.  Wow! So I decided to do something a little bit different this year...Sliders made with chicken breasts cooked in spicy buffalo sauce topped with bacon, celery sticks and blue cheese dressing. Let's give the poor wings a break....

It is "Sliders" week at Food Network's Comfort Food Feast. In preparation, I have been testing numerous sliders recipes. Buffalo chicken, marinated grilled mushroom, BLATs, pulled pork with coleslaw and one that I posted over on my other blog, Napa Farmhouse 1885, with  freshly ground buffalo meat, sharp cheddar cheese, grilled onions and bacon. (notice both recipes that made the cut for blog posts include bacon?)

Sliders are perfect served as appetizers or as part of a buffet. Their small size leaves room for all the other items on your menu. I have decided to make three different sliders for Sunday...The two posted on the blogs along with a vegetarian version which includes grilled portobello mushrooms, cheese, grilled onions & peppers.  Himm..what to choose, what to choose?

Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Bacon & Celery
(makes 6 sliders, double, triple, etc recipe to make as many as you wish)

3 pieces thick sliced bacon
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 6 pieces equal to size of buns
2 tbsp Italian parsley, chopped (fresh or dried)
1 cup specialty buffalo wing sauce*
6 slider buns or dinner rolls, sliced in half lengthwise
unsalted butter or extra virgin olive oil
4 large celery stalks, cut in thirds
1/2 cup blue cheese dressing, homemade or purchased
sea salt
black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add bacon to large skillet and cook over med-high heat until crisp, turning once. Remove from skillet and place on paper towel line plate to drain. Break each slice in half. Drain off all but 2 tbsp bacon fat. Set aside.

Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper and parsley. Cook in the skillet with bacon fat over medium-high heat for 6 minutes turning after 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Pour wing sauce over chicken, turn to coat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking spread  butter or olive oil on sliced buns/rolls, place on baking sheet and warm in oven 1-2 minutes.

Place a chicken patty on top of each bun bottom. Top with a drizzle of wing sauce from pan, onions, bacon, 2 celery slices and a spoonful of blue cheese dressing. Add bun top and serve.

Four easy to find wings sauce options are:**

Frank's Red Hot Wings Sauce
Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce
Anchor Bar Buffalo Wing Sauce
Crystal Wing Sauce

P.S. I live in a two team home. Peter is a huge Denver Broncos fan...I love the San Francisco 49ers. This could have been an interesting game but, sadly, we were robbed by Seattle. (That is my story and I am sticking with it!) :)  So this year we are united in rooting for the Broncos....but Mosey is really a Niners fan!
Happy Super Bowl everyone!

It is "Sliders" week at Comfort Food Feast roundup. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends. Do you have a favorite slider recipe? Feel free to share in the comments section or link to your blog if you have one. 

Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Maryland Crab Cake Sliders
The Heritage Cook: 
Italian Sliders with Fried Polenta and Marinara Sauce
Feed Me Phoebe: 
Thai Chicken Sliders with Sriracha Mayo
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Shredded Beef Sliders
Haute Apple Pie: 
Easy Pan Cheeseburger Sliders
Pick Your Slider Stuffing for Super Bowl
Dishin & Dishes: 
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Blue Apron Blog: 
5 Tricks to a Great Slider
Mexican Chicken Sliders
Taste With The Eyes: 
Classic Chicago-Style Polish Sausage Sliders
Virtually Homemade: 
Meatball Sliders
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Buffalo Sliders with Bacon & Cheddar
Red or Green: 
Buffalo Chicken Sliders with Bacon & Celery
The Sensitive Epicure: 
Arepas — The Ultimate Gluten-Free Slider with South American Flair
Domesticate Me: 
Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
Italian Roast Beef-Smoked Almond Creamy Cheesy Sliders
FN Dish: 
Super Sliders


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  1. Mmm, I love buffalo chicken sliders! This looks so good and I wish I had one right now. Though, it may be a bit too early in the morning for them. Who knows, maybe they go well with coffee, haha.

  2. This sounds yummy! I love sliders. I love bacon. Nice combination!

  3. BILLION! Yeah, you're right - that is a little mind blowing. :) These look delicious! even at 9:24am! :)

    Visiting from SITS btw!

  4. This look like a great lunch option... thanks for sharing. :) #sitsblogging

  5. Yum, those look awesome!! I love using chicken instead of pork or beef.

  6. Buffalo chicken is one of my husband's favorites! He would love these! And I consumed zero wings on Superbowl Sunday so sadly I could not contribute to that mind-blowing figure.

  7. Stopping by from #SITSBlogging - OH MY YUMMY these look so freaking good! My husband will flip over these! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipes, am adding you to my Bloglovin' feed!

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