• Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 mins
  • Serves: 12

Beer and Bourbon Barbecue Chicken Sliders

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 Ingredients List

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, or to taste
  • 12 ounces lager beer (or your favorite beer, I used Sam Adams)
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon or whiskey, optional but strongly recommended
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 10 to 12 slider buns, lightly toasted if desired
  • sliced pickles, optional for garnishing


To a large skillet, add the olive oil, chicken, evenly season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes on each side, or until chicken is seared and lightly browned on both sides.
Reduce the heat to low and add the beer (use caution because it will bubble up), optional bourbon or whiskey, and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through; flip a couple times to ensure even cooking.

Remove chicken from pan and allow it to cool momentarily; save beer cooking liquid.
Using two forks or your hands, shred the chicken into a large bowl.
Add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the beer cooking liquid (the more you add, the more beer flavor that’ll be present); discard remainder.
Add the barbecue sauce and stir to coat evenly.
Add about 1/4 cup chicken to each slider bun, optionally top with pickles, and serve immediately.

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