Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Sliders

By Certified Executive Chef Mark Shoopman, CEC, CFBE

2 pound                               Ground chicken thigh meat

¼ cup                                    Prepared hot wing sauce. Have additional available to baste the sliders

8 each                                   Slider buns

¾ cup                                    Maytag, (or good quality) blue cheese crumbles

2 tablespoons                   Parsley, chopped

4 tablespoons                   Honey

3 tablespoons                   Celery, finely chopped

½ cup                                    Bread crumbs

1 each                                   Whole shell egg

1 teaspoon                         Celery seed

¼ teaspoon                        Cayenne pepper

¼ teaspoon                        Chili powder

Pinch                                     Sea salt and pepper

Dressing Ingredients

2 ounces                              Blue Cheese crumbles

¼ cup                                    Sour Cream

¼ cup                                    Mayonnaise

2 teaspoons                       White wine vinegar

½ cup                                    Celery, finely chopped

Preparation and Presentation

In a medium bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and chill.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the egg, honey and 3 tablespoons of the wing sauce.  Add the celery seed, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper. Add the chicken and parsley and Bleu cheese and gently mix with your hands being careful not to overwork it as it will make the finished product tough.  Lovingly make into 3 ounce patties and chill in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Heat a medium skillet or your grill to medium-high heat . Place the chicken patties onto the skillet and cook until done, about 3 minutes per side or until reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. As an option, you may bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F until reaching and internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Baste the patties with the additional wing sauce.

Slice the slider rolls and grill them if you like and place a slider on the bottom half topped with a generous portion of the dressing and enjoy!