Grilled Beer Chicken Sliders with Burrata and Stout Chipotle Cherry Sauce

These Grilled Beer Chicken Sliders with Burrata and Stout Chipotle Cherry Sauce can be made on a grill, or indoors in a grill pan. Easy and delicious, perfect for game day!

Welcome to 2017.

Welcome to the year that is equal parts a welcomed relief and intensely terrifying. Let’s make a plan, you and I. Let’s agree to one thing: make the small corners of the world we occupy better in hopes to cause a ripple. Let’s express gratitude more often, very often, and even to those we hardly know. Let’s compliment strangers, pay for the order behind us, donate to that charity that we always say we will donate to but always forget. Let’s make a plan to always assume positive intent, especially from those we like the least, until we are proven otherwise.

We don’t have much control over, well, pretty much anything. But we DO have control over that. We have control over what we focus on and what we put into the world. The thing I’ve learned  with counting blessings is that it tends to multiply them, or at the very least amplify them. The same applies to hardships, so be careful.

Let’s assume positive intent for 2017, and hope for the best. We’re in this together, all of us.

Grilled Beer Chicken Sliders with Burrata and Stout Chipotle Cherry Sauce

Yield: 12 sliders

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless skinless
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces wheat beer (or brown ale, pale lager, pilsner)
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon (3g) chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) smoked paprika
  • 1 cup (154g) pitted dark sweet cherries (frozen is fine)
  • 2 tablespoon (38g) minced chipotle in adobo
  • 1 tablespoon (13g) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup (240g) beer(stout beer works best)
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 8 oz ball burrata cheese
  • 12 Hawaiian buns, split like slider buns

Instructions

  1. Add the chicken to a bowl or small baking dish. Sprinkle with salt, then cover with beer. Refrigerate for one to six hours.
  2. Remove the chicken from the brine, pat dry. Add to a plate or cutting board.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and smoked paprika. Sprinkle over the chicken on both sides. Allow the chicken to sit for ten minutes.
  4. Spray the grill (or a grill pan) with olive oil or cooking spray, heat to medium high heat. Add the chicken, cooking on both sides until cooked through. Remove from grill, slice.
  5. Add the cherries, chipotle, balsamic, stout beer, and black pepper to a pan over medium high heat. Simmer, breaking up the cherries and stirring until the cherries have started to break down.
  6. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cornstarch, blend with an immersion blender until smooth (this can also be done in a small blender or food processor). Stir in the honey and return to medium heat until slightly thickened (cherry sauce can be made up to three days in advance).
  7. Fill the Hawaiian buns with chicken. Split the Burrata ball open, putting a few teaspoons of cheese on top of the chicken (the rind is very tasty and can be put on the sliders, if desired. It tastes more like traditional mozzarella), drizzle the cheese with a teaspoon or so of the cherry sauce.
  8. Serve immediately.

Notes

To make ahead of time, make all elements before hand, store separately. Transport this way, if serving off site. Heat the chicken and sauce separately and assemble just prior to serving

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12 thoughts on “Grilled Beer Chicken Sliders with Burrata and Stout Chipotle Cherry Sauce

  1. So agree and adore you for being a positive voice;(and for your recipes,and a great read too)!Reading 3-400,yes,that is 400;blogs per day…Food,fashion,beauty,health.etc.Seems to be a sense that many are holding there breath in fear of a terrible future.Have faced and survived much thus far,and humor,,joy and appreciation for the simple things;has been key.Faith that there is a higher being of some sort helps,and belief in our own strength.Never underestimate human emotional strength.Happy Every Day!!

    1. Wow 300 is a LOT of blog reading to do! And I agree, we can be as freaked out as we want about what’s to come, but that has no positive impact and may even make things worse. All we can control is ourselves.

  2. Thanks Jackie

    I totally agree with your comment about ‘Gratitude’ and ‘Compliments’ – they’re elements of life that seem to have gradually diminished over recent years – it’s people like you, that point it out to people like us, that will make a difference

    You’re a star!

  3. I absolutely love your mission statement for 2017! It’s so important, especially when the world seems to be going so crazy, to remember that we do have control over the little things and those can still have a huge impact. Side note, I am obsessed with burrata and these sliders look amazing!

    1. I have too. I’ve wrestled depression for a lot of my life. When I was in college I had someone say to me, “Depression is selfish. Resist the urge to focus on yourself, instead focus on how you can help others” Nothing else has helped as much as that.

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