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Spicy Jerk Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw
Spicy Jerk Chicken Sliders with Mango Slaw
Kenny Neal
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I love this recipe because it is simple but good! It's kid-friendly and great tailgate item with a twist. It's like eating a taco but just elevated, the sweet, spicy and salty combination really comes out and the balance really gets those taste buds going.

Technique tips: The longer the chicken marinates, the more flavor it has. If using a spicy jerk seasoning, scale back on the amount to half. Let chicken rest a few minutes before slicing; once sliced, it can be held on warm in the oven.

Swap option: This recipe can be made using chicken tenders or breast, pork loin, fried chicken, fish or shrimp.


  • Jerk Chicken

    • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 sprig fresh thyme
    • 1/4 cup Jamaican jerk seasoning
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 8 ounces boneless chicken thighs
  • Citrus Slaw

    • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage
    • 1/4 cup shredded green cabbage
    • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
    • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
    • 1½ cups diced fresh mango
    • 1/4 cup diced red onion
    • 1½ cups diced tomato
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup mayo
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • To Serve

    • 6 mini hoagie rolls, sliced in half


For the Jerk Chicken:

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, fresh thyme, jerk seasoning, kosher salt, black pepper and olive oil; mix well.

2. Coat the chicken with the marinade and store covered in the refrigerator, at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. The marinade can be made up to 1 week ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

3. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until fully cooked, about 5 minutes per side.

For the Mango-Citrus Slaw:

Mix together the green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, cilantro, mango, onion, tomato, lime juice, olive oil, vinegar, sugar and mayo in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and allow mixture to marinate 3 hours in refrigerator.

To serve:

Slice the meat and divide it among the slider buns. Top the sliders with the mango slaw or serve it as a side.

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