Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders


A Nashville Hot Chicken Slider getting pulled from the serving platter.

Let’s talk about this delicious and simple way to feed a crowd. These Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders explode with flavor, texture, and loads of melty cheese. You’ll be throwing elbows to get a few of these sandwiches, filled with spicy smoked chicken, melty pepperjack cheese, and crispy pickles.

 

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Noshing Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

 

Pull-apart sliders are all the rage, and for many good reasons. They are so simple to put together, allowing for just about any combination you can come up with. Naturally, the signature Nashville Hot Chicken Rub needs a spotlight.

 

Classic Nashville hot chicken involves very spicy chicken (we got you covered), white bread, and pickles. The dinner rolls are perfect to soak up all of the amazing juices, inside and out. In true form, the rolls are basted with a spicy Nashville hot butter sauce to crisp up the top while adding more layers of heat. Roasted briefly in the grill adds amazing texture and crunch, giving you a complete sandwich experience.

 

Spatchcocked chicken covered in Nashville Hot seasoning.

 

 

Smoked Simple Chicken for Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders

 

Smoking a whole chicken doesn’t have to be difficult, and this Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders recipe really keeps it simple. The first step is to break down a chicken, season it, and fire up the grill. This recipe uses a whole chicken, spatchcocked, rather than individual pieces. This ensures that you have enough chicken for at least one set of sandwiches, with a little left over just in case. The combination of dark meat and white meat creates a variety of flavors and textures, but most importantly, it’s just dang easy to pull off.

 

Spatchcock the chicken by removing the backbone first, then flattening the entire bird. Season the chicken generously with the Nashville Hot Chicken Rub, and let it rest while the smoker warms up. The chicken will cook at about 300°F for 45 to 60 minutes until the breast meat registers 165°F. At this time the chicken just needs to rest for a few minutes before it’s shredded for sandwiches.

 

Pulling the cooked chicken from the smoker.

 

For more with Nashville Hot Rub, check out my Hot Honey Chicken AsadoSmoked Nashville Hot Chicken Queso and Nashville Hot Steak Frites.

 

Layering Heat and Flavor

 

We can’t forget the delicious butter sauce. True Nashville hot chicken has multiple layers of heat, glazes, and sometimes sauces. This sauce is a simple one with nothing more than butter, Nashville hot seasoning, and some added guajillo chile powder for additional heat. You could choose to use cayenne or your preference of chile in this recipe.

 

Pepper jack cheese melts incredibly well and adds an additional layer of heat. Its creamy, mild flavor doesn’t overwhelm the juicy chicken, while complimenting the smokey heat. Adding crispy pickles into the sandwich brightens the dish, enhancing all of the flavors inside and out. If you’re not a pickle fan, I highly recommend at least using some pickled onions or even some raw onions. 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders plated with the seasoning in the background.

 

For more spicy recipes, check out my Spicy Mexican Street ShrimpSpiced Lamb Kebabs with Mint Chimichurri and Cajun Rubbed Steak with Bourbon Street Sauce.

 

Roast Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders when Ready

 

This entire recipe can be prepped ahead of time. Roasting the sandwiches with the butter sauce is the main step, which melts the cheese and crisps up the bread. After we assemble the sandwiches, place them in the smoker or oven at 350°F for about 10-15 minutes until you can see the cheese melting and the bread is browning.

 

Smoking an entire chicken provides quite a bit of meat, potentially with some leftovers. Don’t be afraid to double-down on the rolls and make 2 sets of these Nashville Hot pull-apart sliders. Everyone is going to be rushing for them anyway!

 

These sliders will have you coming back for more and more.

 

For more delicious recipes, check out my second cookbook Flavor X Fire or my first cookbook Food X Fire!

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Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders for a spicy, savory treat.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 386 kcal
Author: Brad Prose
Ingredients
  • 1 pack Hawaiian Rolls or Dinner Rolls
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 tablespoons Nashville Hot Chicken Rub
  • 1 stick unsalted butter ½ cup
  • 1 tablespoon guajillo chile powder
  • 6 slices Pepperjack cheese
  • 12-16 slices of thick pickle chips
Instructions
  1. Spatchcock the chicken by first removing the backbone with kitchen shears. Flip the chicken skin-side up, and press down on the breast to snap the breastbone so it lays flat. Season the chicken generously on all sides with about 2 tablespoons of the Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning.
  2. Preheat the smoker or grill for indirect cooking at 300°F.
  3. Place the chicken bone-side down in the smoker and allow it to cook undisturbed for 45 minutes. Check the temperature, and allow it to continue to cook until the breast meat registers 165°F internal temp. Remove the chicken and tent it with loose foil for a few minutes.
  4. Using a grill-safe sauce pan, add the butter, and 1 tablespoons of the Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning and guajillo chile powder. Place this into the smoker and let it melt, stirring the spices together into a sauce.
  5. Shred the chicken completely when it’s cool enough to handle, and pour in 1 tablespoon of the spicy butter to season it.
  6. Build the sandwich. Slice the entire loaf of Hawaiian rolls with a serrated knife and cut the loave evenly with a horizontal cut. Separate the top from the bottom, giving you two large pieces of bread. Add in generous amounts of the shredded chicken, followed by the slices of cheese, and pickles. Place the top of the bread back on, and pour the rest of the spicy butter sauce all over the top. Use a pastry brush to baste the bread evenly on top.
  7. Place the entire loaf of bread back into the smoker and increase the heat to 350°F. Roast for about 10-15 minutes until you can visibly see the cheese melting and the bread browning.
  8. Remove from the smoker and allow to cool for 2 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts
Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 386 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 355mg15%
Potassium 389mg11%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 2324IU46%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 194mg19%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.

 

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