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If you are looking for an easy dinner idea that is sure to please, our easy to make Alabama White Sauce Chicken Sliders is it! These little sliders may be small, but they are big on flavor! Full of pulled chicken, tangy spicy brown mustard, mayo, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and a variety of seasonings, this recipe will become your new to go chicken recipe!
How to Make Alabama White Sauce Chicken
If you aren't familiar with Alabama White Sauce, think of it as a tangy ranch sauce that's similar to a BBQ sauce.
I think my favorite think about making white sauce is that it goes on literally everything! You can use this tangy BBQ sauce on more than just chicken!
Whether you are planning on hosting a family get together or are already starting to plan your Fall tailgate menus, these delectable chicken sliders will definitely be a hit!
Expert Tips, Ingredient List and Suggestions for Recipe Success
You will find a complete list of all of the ingredients needed in the recipe card below, however, here are a few key tips and suggestions.
- Mayonnaise - you can use regular or lite. It's totally up to you.
- Horseradish - if your family isn't a big fan, you can omit.
- Chicken broth - I would highly suggest using this over water, however, water is fine.
- Shredded chicken - you can do this using two forks or you can also put this into a large mixing bowl and use your stand mixer to shred the chicken. I prefer using this method.
What Sides Go With This?
The great thing about chicken is that it's such a versatile protein. However, I think the best sides to serve with Alabama White Sauce Pulled Chicken Sliders are recipes such as Country Macaroni Salad, Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad, and of course, you can never go wrong with more BBQ such as these Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Legs.
The great thing about cooking the chicken for this recipe is that there are a variety of ways that you can do it!
We have included the instructions for making this in the Instant Pot in the recipe card below. If you've never made chicken in your IP below, you don't know what you are missing. The chicken always turns out moist, juicy, and simply perfect!
You can also prepare the chicken for this recipe in a slow cooker. However, there will be a little bit of a different process. I have included the steps for this in the recipe card below as well.
If you are short on time, just pick up a rotisserie chicken, your favorite canned chicken, or your favorite sliced chicken breast that is already cooked and use that in place of the uncooked chicken. That way you already have the chicken ready to go! Just fix the sauce and dinner is served!
On the Grill
Season the chicken breasts with the seasoning and place on a heated grill. Grill over medium heat to 165 or until the juices run clear. Place the chicken breasts on a serving plate and slice the chicken at an angle and top with the sauce or serve it on the slide.
Cast Iron Skillet
Follow the same method above as the grill, except heat your cast iron skillet for about four minutes on medium, then add in your favorite olive oil (about 1 tbsp) then add in your chicken breast.
Let the chicken cook until it’s done. Approximately 7 minutes or so on each side or until it’s at an internal temp of 165. Place the chicken breast on a service plate, slice at an angle and serve along with the sauce.
What Does It Taste Like?
Think of this as a ranch sauce that has a mayo base that is also tangy. I know that sounds odd. But seriously, this stuff is delicious.
How Long Does It Last?
You can store this in your fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Can It Be Frozen?
Yes, you can freeze the shredded chicken for up to three months in your freezer, however, do not make the sauce until you are ready to serve it.
Can I Make It Ahead of Time?
Sure, you definitely can. You can prepare the chicken a day or so ahead of when you need it. However, do not make the sauce until the day are you planning on serving the chicken.
When was Alabama White Sauce Invented?
This delicious sauce was invented in 1925 in Decatur, Alabama by Robert Lee Gibson. He came up with this, it is believed, because he wanted to come up with a sauce to prevent the chicken, he was smoking from drying out. And as they say, the rest is history.
Why is Alabama BBQ Sauce White?
Quite simply, because of the mayonnaise.
Step by Step Directions
Step 1: Place the chicken breasts in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of liquid.
Step 2: Place the lid on, seal, and set the timer.
Step 3: Once it's done, release the pressure, drain the broth, and shred the chicken.
Step 4: Combine the remaining ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Step 5: Pile the chicken on top of the bottom bun and slather the sauce on top, then top with the bun.
Step 1: Add all of the seasonings together in a small bowl and stir together.
Step 2: Add the chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
Step 3: Add the seasonings on top of the chicken.
Step 4: Add the liquid to the slow cooker, place the lid on, and set the slow cooker.
Step 5: Prepare the sauce and set in the fridge.
Step 6: After the chicken has thoroughly cooked through, remove it and shred it. Place it back into the slow cooker to keep warm.
Step 6: Assemble the sliders and top with the sauce.
Step 1: Use either leftover cooked chicken, rotisserie chicken, or canned.
Step 2: Heat up the chicken, prepare the sauce.
Step 3: Assemble the sliders.
Step 1: Preheat your grill. While the grill is heating, thoroughly season the breasts.
Step 2: Cook the chicken until it registers 165 degrees.
Step 3: You can either serve them as grilled chicken breasts or shred the chicken. Top with the sauce.
Cast Iron Skillet Method
Step 1: Repeat the method as the grilled.
Alabama White Sauce Chicken Sliders
- Instant Pot
- 4 to 5 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup water or chicken broth
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
- 2 teaspoons raw horseradish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Slider Buns
Instant Pot Directions
- Place the chicken breast in the Instant Pot with 1 cup of water or chicken broth.
- Place the lid on and make sure it is turned to the sealed position.
- Set to 40 minutes.
- Once it is done cooking, do a quick release and then drain the juice from the pot and shred the chicken.
- In a medium bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients to make the sauce.
- Whisk it together well to make sure there are no lumps.
- Place the sauce in the refrigerator until it is time to use.
- Place the chicken on the bun and add the Alabama White Sauce and place the bun on top.
Slow Cooker Directions
- Place the chicken breasts into the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine all of the seasonings.
- Sprinkle the seasonings over all of the chicken.
- Pour the chicken broth or water over the chicken. **If you are using frozen chicken, do NOT add any additional liquid.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn on low and cook for 6 to 8 hours or for high for 4 hours.
- Make the sauce and place it in the fridge so it’s ready to go.
- Once the chicken is ready, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and either shred the chicken with two forks or put them in a mixing bowl and shred them using your mixer.
- Assemble the sliders and top the chicken with the sauce.
- If using canned chicken or rotisserie chicken, prepare the sauce.
- Warm the chicken up in a microwave safe bowl.
- Assemble the sandwiches by adding the cooked chicken then topping with the sauce.
- Season the chicken breasts with the seasoning and place on a heated grill.
- Grill over medium heat to 165 or until the juices run clear. Approximately 7 minutes on each side.
- Place the chicken breasts on a serving plate and slice the chicken at an angle and top with the sauce or serve it on the slide.
Cast Iron Skillet Method
- Follow the same method above as the grill, except heat your cast iron skillet for about four minutes on medium, then add in your favorite olive oil (about 1 tbsp) then add in your chicken breast.
- Let the chicken cook until it’s done. Approximately 7 minutes or so on each side or until it’s at an internal temp of 165.
- Place the chicken breast on a service plate, slice at an angle and serve along with the sauce.
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