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Juicy chicken tenders tossed with sweet and spicy honey Sriracha barbecue sauce are the perfect base for open-faced sliders topped with fresh cilantro.
I have a confession to make: I still watch Grey’s Anatomy. I started watching the debatably realistic medical drama in college, after watching a certain big football game at a friend’s sorority house in 2005.
(In case you were wondering, the recipe for the perfect football watch party when you’re a senior in college included seven girls, buffalo chicken dip and the most incredibly rich spinach dip from the only restaurant in town that was nicer than the Applebee’s and of course, some delicious beverages).
After the game, my friend Alice turned to me and said, “well, that was worth it for the dips.”
After we watched said big game, which we did solely as an excuse to eat your standard game day snacks, we flipped to Grey’s Anatomy and watched the episode where Meredith has her hand on a bomb, which is lodged in someone’s chest cavity.
I’m sure whatever happened that year the game was also significant and important, but I digress.
Along with Grey’s Anatomy, I still love a good football game and I still love the snacks that accompany them.
Even if you’re not a football super fan, game day food is often simple, hearty and crowd pleasing. When you’re having a game day watch party, you need to be sure you have options and snacks to keep everyone satisfied.
Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips® are a versatile way to satisfy a crowd. With crispy, homestyle breading and 100% all natural ingredients,Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips® are minimally processed, made with chicken raised without added hormones or steroids. I happen to be all about the chicken tenders when I want to indulge, but you can also prepare these in a variety of ways, including in open-faced chicken sliders.
Along with Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips®, Tyson® Any’tizers® are a great way to round out your football watch party menu. Tyson® Any’tizers® are the ultimate tailgate food and I love how versatile they are. If you’re entertaining a group of people with different tastes, Any’tizers® let you offer a nice variety of snacks without spending hours in the kitchen. Packed with protein and made with all white meat chicken, Any’tizers® come in many delicious varieties (so there are various flavors to choose from, and a variety of snacks your guests will love).
Find them in the freezer section at your local Meijer store, where they have their own special shelves and everything.
To make these sliders, you need a blender or a food processor and a few simple ingredients that are probably already on hand in your kitchen. I’m sure you could use a store-bought honey Sriracha barbecue sauce, but making your own only takes a few minutes and think how impressed your guests will be.
Once you’ve whipped up your sauce, use a bowl or a baking sheet to toss your Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips® in the sauce until they’re well coated. It might not look like the prettiest thing you’ve ever created, but it will be well worth it in the end.
Once your chicken strips are ready to become sandwiches, that’s where the real fun begins. You can dress your sandwiches as simply or as much as you’d like. I went the simple route, using a little bit of mayonnaise or aioli on the bottom half of the bun and a pinch of cilantro as a refreshing garnish. I served these open-faced, because they were part of a spread that included a number of other hearty dishes.
For the Chicken Strips:
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 1 onion, peeled and diced
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons of Sriracha
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (alternate options: white wine or apple cider vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
- 1 (25-ounce) package Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
For the Sandwiches (optional):
- 1 English cucumber, sliced or cut into ribbons with a vegetable peeler
- Fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
- 1 slider bun per sandwich
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place the first eight ingredients in a blender and pulse until mixture is combined and smooth. In a large bowl or on a baking sheet, toss chicken tenders with about a cup of the barbecue sauce, reserving the rest for serving. NOTE: I suggest lining your baking sheet with parchment paper to keep the mess to a minimum.
- Bake chicken strips for 18-20 minutes, or until chicken is heated through. Assemble sandwiches with your desired accompaniments on slider buns and serve warm.