Hey, y’all! In the south, two foods are of utmost importance: pimento cheese and fried chicken. Surprised? You shouldn’t be, as I’m a Kentuckian, after all! When thinking about easy party recipes, I decided to combine the two into the perfect, easy-to-make recipe: Fried Chicken and Pimento Cheese Sliders. The best part? There’s a shortcut: I used popcorn chicken instead of frying my own! You can make your own fried chicken, certainly; that said, I think it’s best to take a couple of shortcuts when throwing a party! It makes entertaining easier and less stressful.
Fried Chicken Pimento Cheese Sliders With Bacon
JC’s note: The pimento cheese recipe, which you will find below, is for my Southern Pimento Cheese. It’s one of my most popular recipes and I jokingly say that it’s “Better Than MeeMaw’s”. Just don’t tell your MeeMaw! You can find my original pimento cheese post here.
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Fried Chicken Pimento Cheese Sliders
For The Sliders
- Frozen Popcorn Chicken
- 12 Brioche Sliders
- 8 slices Bacon
For The Southern Pimento Cheese
- 1 c Monterey Jack shredded/freshly grated
- 1 c Sharp Cheddar shredded/freshly grated
- 1 c Parmesan shredded/freshly grated
- 3/4 c Mayonnaise
- 4 oz Cream Cheese
- 6 tbsp Diced Pimentos
- 4 tbsp Vidalia Onion grated
- Garlic Powder to taste
- Kosher Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
For The Sandwiches
- Slice brioche buns in half through the middle.
- Cook popcorn chicken according to instructions on bag.
- Cook bacon to your desired level of doneness (oven, skillet, or microwavable bacon). Allow to cool and roughly chop.
For The Pimento Cheese
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix until well-incorporated. I typically make mine in my stand mixer!
- Add more kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder to your desired taste. If the pimento cheese is too thick, slowly add more mayonnaise.
To Complete The Sandwiches
- Put pimento cheese on both sides of the brioche bun.
- Add chopped bacon + popcorn chicken to bottom bun.
- Add top bun and serve. Use small skewers or large toothpicks to hold sandwiches together if need be.
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About Pimento Cheese & The Mayonnaise Debate
According to Southern Kitchen, “the earliest home recipes were a mix of grated hoop or “rat” cheese, the cheddar-type sold at country stores, along with canned pimento peppers and mayonnaise, either homemade or one of the new store brands. There was Hellman’s, born in 1905 and popular in much of the upper South, specifically Kentucky and Tennessee. Duke’s was the regional brand of South Carolina. In fact, founder Eugenia Duke sold pimento cheese sandwiches to soldiers at Camp Sevier near Greenville, South Carolina, before she sold her mayonnaise in 1917.”
JC’s note: While I am from the upper South (Kentucky), I am team Duke’s. Duke’s is the “southerner’s mayonnaise” and I find both the taste and the quality to be exemplary.
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