Fried Chicken Sliders With Pimiento Cheese

Fried Chicken Sliders With Pimiento Cheese

Fried Chicken Sliders With Pimiento Cheese

Combining fried chicken sliders with pimiento cheese creates a match made in culinary heaven, offering a delightful spin on two Southern classics.

This dish masterfully layers fried chicken tender, pickled okra pods, and pimiento cheese between soft buns to craft a quick and easy slider that’s guaranteed to impress at any gathering.

The pimiento cheese, enriched with three different cheeses of varying intensities, finely grated sweet onions like Vidalias, and a creamy mayonnaise spread, brings a depth of flavor and sweetness that beautifully complements the crispy chicken.

What makes this slider truly stand out is the ability to prepare the pimiento cheese spread ahead of time, allowing the flavors to meld perfectly.

On the day of your gathering, simply layer the components to assemble a quick and easy slider that will leave everyone wanting more.

Whether used as a dip with crudité or to make extra sliders, this pimiento cheese recipe yields about 3 cups, ensuring there’s plenty to go around.

What Exactly Is Pimento Cheese?

Pimento cheese, affectionately referred to as “the caviar of the South,” is much more than a cheese spread; it’s a delicious combination of pimento peppers and cheese, usually Cheddar, blended with mayonnaise and cream cheese for creaminess.

The flavor is often enhanced with green onion, and the mixture is gently folded together to ensure it stays chunky, with pieces of cheese still visible rather than being puréed into a paste.

This Southern delight can be made up to two days in advance, and it’s best to store it covered in the refrigerator until it’s ready to use.

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The Ingredients Behind Pimento Cheese

The foundation of pimento cheese includes pimento peppers, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and cream cheese.

This blend creates a rich and versatile spread that can elevate any dish, providing a unique and irresistible flavor that’s celebrated across culinary circles.

The Must-Have Ingredients In Fried Chicken Sliders

  • Pimento peppers are the key ingredient in our pimento cheese spread. These small, red, heart-shaped peppers bring a mild, sweet flavor to the spread. Easily found jarred or canned in most grocery stores, they’re not just for pimento cheese; they also jazz up cheese balls and stuffed olives.
  • A mix of seasonings like salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika adds just the right bit of spice to dredge our chicken. This seasoned flour ensures our chicken is not just flavorful but also has a kick.
  • We use boneless, skinless chicken thighs because they’re a cheaper cut but oh-so flavorful and stay tender when fried. If you’re thinking about swapping in chicken breasts, I recommend slicing them thinner to cook quickly and don’t dry out.

Troubleshooting Fried Chicken

  • When your chicken turns too dark on the outside but remains raw inside, it’s likely because your oil is too hot. A good way to check the oil’s temperature without a thermometer is by inserting a wooden stick into the oil; if small bubbles form around the wood, your oil is at the right temperature to fry. If the oil is bubbling hard, it means the oil is too hot, causing the crust of the chicken to fry too fast while the inside won’t cook properly. This is a common issue when you try to cook chicken directly from the fridge, as meat that’s too cold won’t cook evenly.
  • Chicken that ends up oily or takes a long time to cook can be a sign that your oil was too cold. Oil needs to be at the desired frying temperature before adding the chicken; otherwise, the temperature of the oil decreases drastically, and the chicken absorbs more oil, becoming soggy. To avoid this, cook in batches and allow the oil to heat back up between each batch. Overcrowding the pan can also lower the temperature, so give your food enough room to ensure it fries evenly and doesn’t become oily.

Fried Chicken Sliders With Pimiento Cheese

Ingredients

  • One 8-ounce block of sharp Cheddar cheese
  • One 4-ounce block of mild Cheddar cheese
  • One 4-ounce block of creamy Gouda cheese that hasn’t been smoked
  • One cup of mayonnaise (Duke’s brand recommended)
  • Two 4-ounce jars of sliced pimientos, drained
  • Two tablespoons of sweet onion, grated finely
  • One and a half teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • One teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Half a teaspoon of kosher salt
  • A quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • A quarter teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • Twelve small buns for sliders or dinner rolls
  • Six cooked chicken tenders, cut in half
  • Twelve slices of pickled okra (Wickles brand suggested)

Instructions

  1. Start by grating your cheese using large holes on a box grater, then toss it into a large bowl and set it aside. This is the first step to creating the creamy base of your pimiento cheese.
  2. Next, stir together mayonnaise, pimientos, onion, Worcestershire, black pepper, salt, cayenne, and smoked paprika in a medium bowl. Fold this mayonnaise mixture into your cheese until it’s combined Cover and refrigerate it for 4 hours to let the flavors meld and serve it chilled for the best taste.
  3. When ready to assemble, spread about 1/4 cup of the pimiento cheese on the bottom half of each bun. Add a fried chicken tender and a slice of pickled okra on top, then cover with the top bun half. Skewer with toothpicks to hold everything in place before serving to your eager guests.

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