At your next tailgate, switch up classic grilled Buffalo wings with these sliders that have the same bold flavor. Start by marinating chicken thighs in hot sauce and butter, then grill them to get some charry flavor. Stuff the thighs into slider buns and top with an easy carrot, celery, and blue cheese slaw. Serve alongside an easy, light vegetable such as our Roasted Asparagus recipe. Make sure to pass around plenty of napkins!

We recommend serving alongside a cocktail, such as our easy Long Island Iced Tea recipe, to really impress your party guests.

For more easy shareable treats, check out our Super Bowl recipes.

What to buy: Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be used instead of thighs. Pound the breasts to 1/2-inch thickness and cut them into 8 equal pieces.

  • Yields: 8 sliders
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 35 mins, plus at least 2 hrs marinating time

Ingredients (10)

For the chicken:

  • 3/4 cup Frank’s RedHot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick), melted and cooled slightly
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound), cut in half crosswise

For the slaw and serving:

  • 4 ounces carrots (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 4 ounces celery stalks (about 2 medium celery stalks)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (about 1 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon Frank’s RedHot sauce
  • 1 medium scallion, thinly sliced (white and light green parts only)
  • 8 slider buns, split


For the chicken:

  1. Place the hot sauce and butter in a medium resealable plastic bag and stir to combine. Add the chicken and seal the bag, pressing out any excess air. Turn the bag to coat the chicken evenly. Let marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 2 hours or up to 12 hours.

For the slaw and serving:

  1. Heat a grill pan or outdoor grill to medium high (about 375°F to 425°F). Meanwhile, make the slaw.
  2. Peel the carrots and grate them on the large holes of a box grater; transfer to a large bowl. Halve the celery stalks lengthwise, very thinly slice them crosswise, and add to the bowl. Add the sour cream, blue cheese, hot sauce, and scallion and stir to combine. Set aside while you grill the chicken.
  3. When the grill is ready, remove the chicken from the marinade, letting any excess drip off, and discard the marinade. Place the chicken on the grill and close the grill. Cook, flipping the chicken after about 4 minutes. Continue cooking until cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Remove to a clean plate and tent with foil.
  4. Place the buns cut-side down on the grill and toast until grill marks appear on the bottom, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. To assemble, place 1 piece of chicken on each bottom bun. Divide the slaw over the chicken, and close with the top buns.