Chicken Thigh Sliders

Chicken Thigh Sliders Recipe

I like to mix things up when cooking for parties.  Burgers and dogs are great, but they get boring.  Plus, I like smoke.  Plus, people keep telling me they love when I bbq chicken.

So, unique + smoke + chicken = Chicken Thigh Sliders.

This makes so much sense it’s silly.  Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are cheap.  I bought a pack of 30 at Sam’s for less than a buck per pound.  They’re crazy easy to make.  Brine, sprinkle with chicken rub, smoke for 1-2 hours (or grill for 20 minutes), serve.  They’re diverse – use bbq sauce, mustard, pickles, cheese, lettuce – have a whole condiment bar set up for your guests!

Most importantly, of course, they’re fantastically delicious.

Chicken Thigh Slider RecipeThe most important piece to this is brine.  I know, I know, I’m beating a dead horse here.  But, whatever it takes for you to be a believer in brine.  I brine my thighs overnight – makes the next day that much easier.  Mix it up a bit – I used my basic brine recipe, but threw in about a cup of Italian Dressing for some extra zip.

The second most important piece is not to overcook.  Chicken is scary for many people – I get that.  It needs to be done, but when it’s overdone, it’s terrible.  So be careful with these little suckers.  I smoked mine at 225 for about 90 minutes – until the internal temperature of the thighs were 165-ish.  Here is a full post about smoked chicken thighs to get you more up to speed.

You could also grill over direct heat – with a handful of wood chips thrown in of course – for about 20 minutes.  They’re small, so over high direct heat they won’t take long.

Chicken Thigh Slider RecipeWhen your guests see that they get to make a sandwich out of a smoked chicken thigh, they will be giddy with excitement.  Nobody does this!  And I really don’t understand why.  I’m pretty sure you’re going to make this a standard at your bbq parties.

Chicken Thigh Sliders Recipe

Chicken Thigh Sliders

Served up on a pretzel bun for the win!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Calories 276 kcal


  • Boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Chicken Rub
  • Brine
  • Condiments of your choice


  • Brine thighs for half an hour up to over night.
  • Rinse thighs and pat dry.
  • Sprinkle thighs with chicken rub.
  • Place over indirect heat on grill (or use your smoker) for 1 - 2 hours or when internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Garnish as desired.
Keyword Chicken Thigh Sliders

2 thoughts on “Chicken Thigh Sliders

  1. I did the chicken thigh sliders for our Packer/Viking party tonight. They were great, I will definitly be doing them again. Go Packers!

  2. what an awesome idea. i just smoked my first thighs yesterday and they were great. the slider idea it’s right alley, you just solved the weekends dinner dilemma

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