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Spicy Korean Barbecue Chicken Sliders with Asian Slaw and Kimchi Sauce Recipe

by Jeanette on September 13, 2013 · 23 Comments
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These Spicy Korean Barbecue Chicken Sliders are topped with a cool and crunchy slaw and a tangy kimchi sauce. Inspired by food sold by Korean food trucks I hope to indulge upon one of these days.

Korean Chicken Sliders

Tomorrow, I’m participating in a local event ~ Taste of Danbury Afternoon Block Party ~ where I’ll be doing a cooking demonstration with a tailgating theme. Chef Plum is organizing a group of local food bloggers to participate in this fun family event and I can’t wait to share some healthy cooking techniques and recipes with the crowd. There are going to be over 20,000 people attending this event over the weekend, so I’m hoping lots of folks will stop by our Afternoon Block Party to check out what we’re doing.

Korean Chicken Slider

Football is a huge part of our family. With four boys and a die-hard Giants fan as a husband, Sundays are reserved for football. Fantasy football is an annual ritual that everyone looks forward – it’s fun competition and a great way to connect with friends and family, near and far.

Football snacks are a tradition every Sunday during football season, so I’m always busy in the kitchen whipping up fun snacks with a tailgate theme for my family. Over the years, I’ve been lightening up our football Sunday fare. Wings, dips, chili, and burgers are all fun football foods, but they’re often laden with fat.

One of my challenges has been to lighten up these favorite football foods. I’ve made buffalo wings using my ActiFry, lightened up dips (check out my Philly Cheese Steak Dip, 9-Layer Dip, Hot Spinach Dip, and Hot Black Bean Salsa Dip), and come up with healthier chilies, like my Crockpot Cincinnati Chili and Turkey Black Bean Chili.

For the cooking demonstration I’ll be doing, one of the recipes I’ll be sharing is a Spicy Korean Chicken Slider, inspired by the Korean food trucks in California. I’ve only eaten off of one of these food trucks a few years ago, so I dream of returning to the West Coast to try more food off these trucks.  I love the spicy and sweet notes that Korean food offers, so this slider is a conglomeration of all the flavors that I associate with Korean food.

Spicy Korean Chicken Sliders

This recipe uses both gochujang (Korean red pepper paste) and kimchi, both of which are fermented foods that are packed with flavor and spice. I’ve also lightened up this game day favorite with ground chicken and a cool Asian coleslaw. Served on a whole wheat slider bun, this is a healthier version of the typical slider with an Asian twist.

One of these days, I’m hoping to taste a slider off of a Korean food truck. Until then, these Spicy Korean Barbecue Chicken Sliders will have to keep me satisfied. I made these for my boys and husband and they gave them a huge thumbs up. Enjoy!

Korean Chicken Sliders with Asian Slaw and Kimchi Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 27 minutes

Yield: 4


  • 8 whole wheat slider buns
  • Chicken Burgers
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Korean Barbeque Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons gochujang
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons Frank's hot sauce
  • Asian Slaw
  • 3 cups coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 2 scallions or 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • dash of salt
  • Kimchi Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 few squirts sriracha sauce


    Chicken Burgers
  1. In a bowl, mix together chicken, gochujang, sesame oil and honey. Make into eight patties, the size of slider buns. Grill patties until cooked through.
  2. Korean Barbeque Sauce
  3. Mix together gochujang, honey and Frank's hot sauce. Set aside.
  4. Asian Slaw
  5. In a bowl, toss together coleslaw mix, scallions or cilantro, honey, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and salt.
  6. Kimchi Yogurt Sauce
  7. In a bowl, mix together Greek yogurt, kimchi, honey and sriracha sauce.
  8. Assemble Sliders
  9. Open slider buns and toast. Place chicken patty on bottom half of each bun. Brush chicken patties lightly with Korean Barbeque Sauce. Top with a spoonful of Asian Slaw. Add a dollop of Kimchi Yogurt Sauce. Cover with top half of bun. Serve.

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  1. These look exactly how sliders should: meaty and messy!

  2. OMG – these look sooo tasty!! Really really want some of these sliders now lol.

  3. PERFECT dish for football Sundays, Jeanette! Love this recipe with all the flavor and textures…creaminess and crunch. A crowd pleaser, for sure. Thanks for sharing! And, have fun at your cooking demo! xo

  4. Perfect sliders for our next friendly get together – thanks for sharing!

  5. Love these sliders! I just bought some already made kimchi from Trader Joes. I bet that would be good on sliders in a pinch too.

  6. Perfect football food and such awesome flavors!

  7. This looks completely gorgeous Jeanette! You should get your own food truck going; I’m sure the queues will form in an instant. Love that kimchi sauce idea, well I completely love kimchi so I doubt I can resist a sauce that has kimchi in it, and combined with spicy barbecued chicken and slaw?! Good one, love! Really glad to have hopped over to yours. x

    • Shu, thanks for stopping by. A food truck would be fun wouldn’t it. I joke about it with my kids. This burger has a lot going on in it – I had a lot of fun coming up with the toppings. I’m a kimchi lover too!

  8. I have a million and one excuses to make these for upcoming parties, and it is SO happening. Amazing sliders, Jeanette! My friends will love these!

  9. waa love it! =D Nice to see gochujang paste used here, the sauce too sounds super exciting.

  10. We have a die-hard Giants fan in this house, too. But ever single one of us, Giants fans or not, would love these sliders. Good luck with your cooking demonstration, Jeanette!

  11. It comes at such a perfect time, would love to make for our upcoming parties.
    So many yummy flavors, love the kimchi.

  12. What a great way to change up a slider!

  13. These look awesome! Kimchi on anythinnnnnG!

  14. I want these for dinner!

  15. Obviously, I’d skip the bread part…but I’d gobble up the rest of these sliders!

  16. This is very similar to the recipe featured in a recent Eating Well magazine. Sounds good.

    • So funny Megan – will have to try to track it down and compare. These are really good – hope you have a chance to make them.

  17. I’m loving all the layers of Korean and Asian flavors in this decadent sliders. Yum!!

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