Chicken Tikka Sliders

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These chicken tikka sliders are a fun twist on the classics, served with Coca-Cola™ for a winning, crowd pleaser, game day meal!

The big bowl game season is just beginning to heat up, with the top teams battling it out for prize and pride. Our favorite team is in the semifinals and it will only get more exciting in the next few games. It really doesn’t matter who is cheering for whom. It’s another reason to have a great time watching the games with friends and family while indulging on some great food & drinks! Having Coca-Cola in your pantry makes entertaining everyone easier.


My hubby is a big sports fan, be it football, basketball or F1. The playoff bowl games are his favorite. We usually have his friends over for bowl games. Sometimes the house is packed with guests. It’s like a carnival of sorts.

Coca-Cola is our go-to drink for entertaining along with some snacks and our favorite recipes. I love how it complements any meal or snack just about right. One can hardly go wrong with it, which is why it is always my beverage of choice to serve my guests, be it any occasion.

Game days and food go hand in hand, don’t ya agree? I personally feel food, drinks and of course, great company is what makes watching the games even more fun! And when it comes to food, no one likes to spend endless hours in the kitchen. Yet, having something fancy and delish to dish out to your friends and family is one thing everyone wishes to do. So, say hello to these ridiculously easy, and scrummy Chicken tikka sliders!
First off, I love how easy it is to customize sliders. They are such a great choice for entertaining a crowd.
Secondly, while chicken tikka is great on its own, it works wonderfully well in the form of these sliders to make a wholesome meal!

This time I opted to take an off-beat route and created an Indo-American fusion- Chicken tikka sliders. If you are a sucker for chicken tikka masala, (or Indian food in general) you will fall in love with these sliders. They are really easy to put together and the outcome is nothing short of crazy deliciousness!
So the menu was set, Coca-Cola and Chicken tikka sliders! The perfect pair!
Coca-Cola and great company, make watching the bowl games complete. These chicken tikka sliders pair so well with the refreshingly delicious taste of Coca-Cola. It is just something that screams, laidback comfort food to me.
And after a lot of brainstorming and finally deciding on the menu, we set out to our local grocery store, to get the ingredients required for the chicken tikka and also to stock up on Coca-Cola.
CHICKEN TIKKA SLIDERS
This is such a simple recipe. Simply marinate the chicken pieces with thick, Greek yogurt, store-bought tikka masala spice mix, ginger garlic paste, oil, roasted chickpea flour, and salt. A marination time required is 30 minutes to overnight. The excess marinade can be reduced which also forms the base as a spread for the sliders. So much flavor! Assemble the sliders, bake for a couple of minutes just until the cheese is ooe-y, gooey and melty and the buns are a little toasty! Pair it with Coca-Cola and I promise this is going to be one winning, game day, crowd pleaser combo.
 

Let’s get on to the step-by-step instructions

1.In a large mixing bowl, add greek yogurt, tikka masala spice mix, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, roasted chickpea flour, red food color, and salt. Whisk well to form a smooth marinade.

2.Add the chicken pieces, mix well to coat it with the marinade. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes to overnight.

3.Thread the chicken pieces on skewers. If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them for 30 minutes in water, so that they don’t burn during the cooking process. Reserve the marinade.

4.Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken skewers on the hot skillet. Cook the chicken on medium high heat turning in between until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char, about 10-12 minutes. Brush with about 1 tbsp oil or as required when you flip to cook the other side. Transfer the chicken pieces to a platter.

5.In another saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, add the reserved marinade, bring to a boil. Let it boil for a good 5 minutes, then cover the pan, reduce the heat and let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes. When you see oil floating on top, the sauce is well cooked. Reduce it uncovered until most of the moisture evaporates and it leaves the sides of the pan. It should be a spreadable consistency.

6.To assemble the chicken tikka sliders- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the slider rolls, slit side up, on a baking sheet. Spread the reduced sauce on the bottom halves, place an onion ring, then 3-4 pieces of prepared chicken tikka and top off with mozzarella cheese. Bake just until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes. Serve right away along with a side of Coca-Cola for a winning game day meal. Enjoy!

Notes

1.The readymade chicken tikka spice mix, that is easily available in most Indian grocery stores is not really spicy. If you like some heat, add 1-2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

Measuring cup used, 1 Cup = 250 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml

Chicken Tikka Sliders

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 52 minutes

Yield: 7 to 8 chicken tikka sliders

Chicken Tikka Sliders

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes (You may also use chicken thighs or tenders)
  • For the marinade
  • 1.5 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1.5 tbsp roasted chickpea flour
  • 3 tbsp tikka masala spice mix / tandoori masala
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp lime/lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/8 tsp red food color (optional)
  • 1 tsp Salt, or to taste
  • Other ingredients
  • 7-8 slider buns
  • 3 - 4 tbsp mozzarella cheese, or as required
  • 7- 8 red onion rings
  • 1 + 1 tbsp oil

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add greek yogurt, tikka masala spice mix, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, roasted chickpea flour, red food color, and salt. Whisk well to form a smooth marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces, mix well to coat it with the marinade. Marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes to overnight.
  3. Thread the chicken pieces on skewers. If using wooden skewers, remember to soak them for 30 minutes in water, so that they don't burn during the cooking process. Reserve the marinade.
  4. Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat. Place the chicken skewers on the hot skillet. Cook the chicken on medium high heat turning in between until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char, about 10-12 minutes. Brush with about 1 tbsp oil or as required when you flip to cook the other side. Transfer the chicken pieces to a platter. 
  5. In another saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of oil, add the reserved marinade, bring to a boil. Let it boil for a good 5 minutes, then cover the pan, reduce the heat and let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes. When you see oil floating on top, the sauce is well cooked. Reduce it uncovered until most of the moisture evaporates and it leaves the sides of the pan. It should be a spreadable consistency.
  6. To assemble the chicken tikka sliders- Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the slider rolls, slit side up, on a baking sheet. Spread the reduced sauce on the bottom halves, place an onion ring, then 3-4 pieces of prepared chicken tikka and top off with mozzarella cheese. Bake just until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes. Serve right away along with a side of Coca-Cola for a winning game day meal. Enjoy!

Notes

The readymade chicken tikka spice mix, that is easily available in most Indian grocery stores is not really spicy. If you like some heat, add 1-2 tsp of cayenne pepper.

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10 comments

  1. Soniya says:

    Oh my goodness.. these sliders are to die for!! Perfect for entertaining family and friends.. loved that it’s so quick and easy to make!

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