Buffalo chicken sliders with Gorgonzola slaw

Buffalo chicken sliders with Gorgonzola slaw

August 31, 2017

Where I grew up in New Jersey, game day is serious business.  Whether a potluck year with neighbors cozied up around the TV, or just me and the ‘rents, the Super Bowl has always been a Sunday of comfy clothing, raucous laughter, fun-spirited (both of the metaphorical and, for the adults,  alcoholic variety) rivalry, and classic comfort foods like buffalo wings with creamy blue cheese dipping sauce.

Nowadays, it’s my turn to host the big game, and I love it – Thanksgiving’s dressed-down fired-up February sibling, the Super Bowl means gathering good friends to share in tradition and some old-fashioned home cooking.  This year, I decided to prepare a twist on those standard buffalo wings and, judging from our test batch, these two-napkin sourdough sliders will have you wishing you’d doubled the recipe by the end of your first tangy, creamy bite.  Of course you can do it the busy workweek way – buy a rotisserie chicken and some grocery store slaw – but you know me, I like to go for the win.  The heat of the buffalo sauce matched against the creamy crunch of the gorgonzola slaw – which my husband claims is the best slaw he’s ever tasted – will have your guests cheering you on as much as their favorite team.  If only the guys on tv played together this well…

P.S. – Judging from the way Eleanor attacked the food shoot when we turned our backs, dogs like ‘em too!

*Adapted from recipe by thewickednoodle


      1 Whole Chicken, cut into pieces
        1 tsp. Whole Black Peppercorns
          2 large fresh Bay Leaves
            1 rib Celery, coarsely chopped
              1 Lemon, sliced
                pinch Salt



                  4 cups Green Cabbage
                    2 cups Celery
                      ½ cup Red Onion
                        1 tbls. whole grain mustard
                          1 cup Mayonnaise
                            1 tsp. Celery Salt
                              6 oz. Gorgonzola, crumbled
                                3 tbls. Apple Cider vinegar


                              BUFFALO SAUCE INGREDIENTS

                                  1 stick Unsalted Butter, melted
                                    2/3 cup Hot Sauce (we used Louisiana)
                                      splash Worstershire Sauce
                                        1 tbls. Tapioca Starch
                                          Poached Whole Chicken
                                            6-8 Sourdough Slider Rolls.


                                          TO POACH THE CHICKEN:

                                          Place entire chicken in large stock.  Add water to cover the chicken by a couple inches, bring water to a boil, then reduce to a rolling simmer and allow to cook for 45 minutes or until the juices run clear. Shred chicken.

                                          TO ASSEMBLE THE SLIDERS:

                                          Shred the poached chicken.  For the gorgonzola slaw, julienne all vegetables in a food processor and place in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, mix mustard, mayonnaise, celery salt, gorgonzola, and red wine vinegar, then add to the dry slaw and stir until mixed.  Set aside.  Heat oven to 350 degrees, and warm rolls.  Melt the butter, then mix in the hot sauce as well as the salt and the worstershire.  Remove from heat, add tapioca starch, and whisk until the sauce thickens, then add sauce back to the pan and heat another minute.   Place the pulled chicken in the same pan as the buffalo sauce, and stir until the chicken is coated entirely and warmed through.  To assemble the sliders, open a roll and spoon a generous portion of the chicken onto the bottom half of a roll, then slather with gorgonzola slaw.  Top with other half of roll, toothpick, and devour!

                                          SERVES 6-8

                                          POACHED CHICKEN PREP TIME: 45 minutes or until the juices run clear.

                                          TOTAL SLIDER COOKING TIME: 30 minutes.





  1. Tony Falter

    August 27, 2015

    Hi Ali -

    I saw you on the Today show and liked your Buffalo Chicken sliders. In looking at you recipe on the web page, I have a quick question. The ingredients call for 5 whole chickens. Is this correct. It seems to be quite a bit for the 6 to 8 sliders buns.

    I am going to make these and the slaw for our Labor Day cookout.

    Thanks for your help and the recipe!

    Tony Falter

    1. Ali Larter

      September 3, 2015

      Thank you for noticing this mistype. It's been corrected.

  2. Andrea Idone

    August 28, 2015

    Great recipee Ali!

  3. Debbie Chavoya

    September 13, 2015

    Hi Ali,

    Making your buffalo chicken sliders tonight for the Cowboy vs. Giant game! Game starts in 1 minute! Go Cowboys!!!!


  4. Lisa

    September 14, 2015

    OMG, Ali. This ROCKS, I will be a frequent visitor to your site. YUM,

  5. Jennifer Borgatti

    September 16, 2015

    Hi Ali! Thank you so much for this recipe. You mention a whole chicken above, but I'm wondering if you could provide an estimated weight? I'm just unsure how big of a chicken I need to poach in order to serve 4 people with this meal. Thanks again!

    1. Ali Larter

      September 21, 2015

      I think a 3-4 pound chicken would suffice. Depending on your portion sizes, you can set the breasts aside for another purpose and just shred and use the dark meat for this recipe. Thanks!

  6. Renee miller

    January 29, 2016

    Could you use chicken breast instead of whole chicken and would you still poach the chicken

    1. Ali Larter

      March 7, 2016

      Absolutely! Poaching helps the chicken stay moist so definitely continue to poach. If you're just making a small meal, keep the same portions for the poaching liquid and poach extra breasts - for use in salads, tacos, name it. xA

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