The Super Bowl 50 is coming!
This year the Carolina Panthers versus the Denver Broncos and although I would sound all smart and like I know a little something about football by telling you this, I have to let you in on a little secret in that I have no idea what is going on in the NFL because I don’t keep up with it, but since I’m surrounded by a family full of football fans of course I know/have heard about this. Will I be watching? Probably…Somewhat…Yes. It will be pretty hard for me to avoid the Super Bowl since it will be on everyone’s minds and televisions this coming Sunday.
Now I will tell you that I will fully enjoy watching the Puppy Bowl this year like I do every year. Seriously there is just something about watching those little furry guys. So darn sweet and cute!
But enough about football and puppies because we have way more important things to cover today such as the food. I mean after all what is the point in tuning in to watch the Super Bowl with your friends and family if you can’t partake in some tasty treats.
Each year I find that the food for the occasion can be an assortment of finger foods/appetizers or a full on meal. I myself prefer either or a mixture of them both. The only problem with the food is that the host can spend countless hours with the prep. So I myself tend to go the easy route so that on game day its low stress and I can focus more on enjoying the time with my company instead of been exhausted from the time I spent in the kitchen and with that being said this year I will be serving…BBQ Chicken Sliders with Homemade Cole Slaw and a side of Roasted Potatoes. This meal is so easy and can even be prepared the day before. Plus everything is homemade (including the BBQ sauce) and these sliders are delicious and filling.
Now here is the complete list of ingredients that you will need to serve 6 guests:
BBQ Chicken Sliders with Coleslaw and a side of Roasted Potatoes
- FOR ROASTED CHICKEN
- 3 large chicken breasts, skin on, bone-in
- Salt, pepper, and paprika to taste
- 1 package of slider size buns
- FOR BBQ SAUCE
- 1 cup of ketchup
- ¼ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup of molasses
- 1 ½ teaspoons of hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- FOR COLESLAW:
- 2 cups green cabbage, thinly sliced (or use the pre-washed bagged slaw mix)
- ¼ cup red onion, thinly chopped
- ½ large carrot, chopped (if using the bagged slaw mix omit)
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- ½ Tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- FOR ROASTED POTATOES
- 2 large sweet potatoes, diced
- 2 large potatoes, diced
- olive oil
- smoked paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a separate baking sheet (without lining) for the chicken.
Wash the potatoes and dice them in large chucks leaving the skin on. Spread all of the diced potato chunks onto the baking pan that you lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Drizzle them with olive oil and season with the smoked paprika, sea salt, and pepper. Toss to make sure all of the potatoes are well coated and set the pan aside. Take the other baking sheet and place the chicken in the pan and season all sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and paprika to your liking. Place the pan with the chicken and potatoes into the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
While the chicken and potatoes are baking begin making the sauce and coleslaw. Make the sauce using a small saucepan, whisk together the ketchup, vinegar, sugar, molasses, hot sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic and allow it to come to a low boil and then reduce the heat, cover, and allow it to simmer on low heat. For the coleslaw, in a medium bowl toss in the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, celery seed, salt and pepper and whisk together until combined. Then on top of the sauce in the same bowl add in the cabbage, onion, and carrot and toss until all is coated in the sauce and cover and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Check the potatoes after 20 minutes by removing them from the oven and turning them on the other side and allow them to cook another 20 minutes. Once the potatoes are fork tender remove them from the oven and place in a serving bowl.
The chicken may need to be cooked about 30 minutes or until done and then remove it from the oven and remove the skin and shred the meat using two forks and place in a large bowl and pour the sauce on top and toss until the chicken is fully coated in the BBQ sauce. Butter the slider rolls and place under the broiler until warm and lightly toasted.
To assemble the sliders place a layer of BBQ chicken on top of the bottom bun and top with a layer of coleslaw and top with the other bun and serve with a side of roasted potatoes or place the BBQ chicken, coleslaw, and toasted sliders in their own serving dish and set up a buffet for your guest to assemble their sliders themselves. Be sure to add your favorite beverage and dessert to make for a fantastic Super Bowl meal.
*recipe adapted from Entertaining with Beth