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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

I blame my mother for these.

She’s a terrible influence. And by terrible influence, I mean the best person in the whole world!

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My mom hates texting. Or at least used to hate it. By no means is she a texting savant… for example, she used to have to call me when I was away at college to ask how to turn on her laptop. No joke! But then, something all changed when she got an iPhone and officially became cooler than me – she actually TEXTED me!

And from time to time she will send me random “I love you, hugs mommy” texts, and then somedays she sends me photos of her and my step-dad’s latest cooking creation. This weekend is was step by step photos of how to make these Buffalo Chicken Sliders. I take back what I said about my mom being a terrible person. They both are. Terribly awesome.

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Saturday night Beka and I sat at my favorite restaurant here in Seattle with a couple girlfriends, drinking copious amounts of wine, sitting by a fire and enjoying a couple of hours sans husbands, children, dogs, and discussing the virtues of kids earlier versus later in life and how to cope with difficult mothers in law and husbands with hilarious quirks and far flung dreams of leavin’ it allll behind like a bad 70′s disco song to adventure to lands out yonder with no plan other than “let’s get a van and go”. Ohhh, husbands.

Then more wine was consumed.

In between the hilarity of it all – my phone started to light up repeatedly and unlocked it as soon as I saw “Mom” pop up continuously. Nothing like a slew of text messages from your non-tech savvy mother to insight panic in a daughter! It was probably payback for something I’d done long ago…

But it wasn’t anything to worry about – it was sliders. THESE Sliders.

I love my mommy.

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Buffalo chicken has an almost Pavlovian response and then all I can envision is stuff slathered in buffalo sauce. It’s insane.

Despite all of Saturday’s wine and good food – I woke up Sunday with an undeniable urge to make these. The urge so intense, I brave Costco on a Sunday to make sure I had the perfect pretzel roll. If that doesn’t explain how primal this urge for buffalo was, I don’t know what does.

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Basically it comes down these buffalo chicken sliders being your destiny to make these as homage to the SuperBowl Gods. No matter who you root for this weekend – these will please the FootBall Beings High Atop the Thing.

Don’t tempt fate.

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Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Yield: 6 Sliders

Prep Time: 1 Hour

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

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Ingredients:

1 cup Buttermilk
⅔ cup Buffalo Sauce, divided
3 Chicken Thighs, boneless and skinless, filleted in half for 6 pieces
1 cup Flour
1 tsp Cajun Seasoning
¼ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
½ tsp Onion Powder
¼ tsp Garlic Powder
2 cups Vegetable Oil
½ cup Blue Cheese Dressing
½ cup Blue Cheese, crumbled
3 stalks Celery, shaved or finely diced
6 Pretzel rolls, buttered and toasted

Directions:

In large bowl combine the buttermilk and ⅓ cup of buffalo sauce.
Pound filleted chicken thighs to even thickness. Place in buttermilk/buffalo mixture to marinade. Place chicken and buttermilk into fridge for at least 45 minutes.

In shallow bowl whisk together flour, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic salt. This will be the dredge for the chicken. Remove chicken from the fridge.

Preheat skillet with vegetable oil until it is shimmering and heated to 350 degrees. Remove one piece of chicken thigh at a time from the marinade and dredge into flour mixture. Then quickly re-dip into the marinade and dredge in the flour once again. This will create a double coating. Shake off excess flour and place into the oil to fry. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs. Fry for 4-5 minutes per side until the coating is a golden brown color and the chicken has cooked through. Remove from oil and place on plate lined with paper towels to drain. Pour remaining buffalo sauce over the freshly fried chicken thighs.

Spread blue cheese dressing to the pretzel rolls, top with diced or shaved celery, one piece of fried buffalo chicken per roll and top with more crumbled blue cheese. Top with other half of roll and promptly devour.

Inspired by Megan Keno's Parents who will remain nameless.

   

24 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Sliders”

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    Blog is the New black — January 30, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    These look incredible!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 30, 2013 @ 4:31 am

    The story itself is hilarious from start to finish – even the middle with the girls night out because omg for real. And I’m sorry but I can’t stop staring at the rolls. It’s the carb lover in me ;) Hubs would totally love these sliders!

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    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 30, 2013 @ 4:51 am

    You made me giggle… my mom can’t text… and canceled her cell plan because she could figure out how to turn it on. It drives me crazy because I can never get a hold of her. What did we do in a world without cell phones and texting? Now these sliders are making my mouth water! And those rolls… I need to either go buy some or make them today.

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — January 30, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    My girlfriends and I do this too – discuss how to deal with all the changes, then sometimes when I go to leave I just start cracking up while thinking “when did we GROW UP!?” These just look awesome my dear!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — January 30, 2013 @ 6:05 am

    I am so thrilled that you got inspired by your mom because it makes me love your nameless mom. These look so good and I love that you paired them with pretzel rolls.

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — January 30, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    Pretzel buns are awesome and perfect for these sliders. You’re making me sooo hungry!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — January 30, 2013 @ 6:29 am

    oh my…the rolls alone look killer…and Im so in love with all things buffalo. These are drool-worthy! Oh & I totally need a night like that!

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    Kathryn — January 30, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    Oh yes. I want these & I want my mum to send me pictures of her making these.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — January 30, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    I’ll go ahead and take four or five of these. Dang, girl! I love it.

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    Emily {Pink Tiger in the Kitchen} — January 30, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    These look amazing!! And all of your story makes me laugh… My mom is the same way but she’s getting better at texting. Plus I think I have the same Pavlovian response to all things Buffalo. I’m drooling all over my keyboard now!

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    Karly — January 30, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    These are gorgeous! I’m sharing a buffalo chicken sandwich on Monday, but sadly it isn’t fried. You win! ;)

    Thanks for linking up to my taquitos!

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    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 30, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Ha! I love Moms, especially when they text “bomb” you with pictures and random thoughts. I am totally craving these sliders right now! And thanks for the link love :)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — January 30, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    Oh my gravy. These sliders are impeccably amazeballs and I am DROOOOLLING over your gorge pictures, Megan. And the pretzel rolls! I DIE FOR PRETZEL ROLLS. So making this on Sunday when we root for the Niners!

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    Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife — January 30, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    Sliders are so good!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — January 30, 2013 @ 5:54 pm

    awww moms are the best – this looks PERFECT! I love that the buns are pretzel buns – gosh, my favorite type of bread!! yum

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 30, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    My mom didn’t start texting until she got her iPhone. I guess it’s just easier for them, lol!

    These are freakin’ awesome! And with the pretzel rolls just make it even more perfect!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — January 31, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    These babies are going to be the true Super Bowl Winner! And how great is your mom?! I’m a little jealous :)

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    Kristen — January 31, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    Your mom is totally cool – what a great creation. Those buns too look amazing!

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    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry — January 31, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    My mom sends me texts that are a bunch of garbled letters smushed together. She hasn’t quiet figured out how to text but I’m kinda glad she hasn’t or else I would get neurotic messages asking where I am. Anyways, these buffalo sliders look mouth watering. Props to your mother!

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — February 4, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    I’m not upset that the Niners lost, I’m upset that I didn’t get to eat any of these yesterday…

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