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Spicy Cranberry Chicken Sidekick Sliders
with Spicy Cranberry Aïoli

Spicy Cranberry Chicken Sidekick Sliders with Spicy Cranberry AïoliNothing mini about the taste of these super sidekick sliders! Chopped fresh cranberries and taco seasoning add an extra kick of flavor to ground chicken patties that are topped with a generous "huddle-puddle" of an easy-to-make, spicy cranberry aïoli and served in mini buns or rolls.

Recipe by Ocean Spray 2010 Tailgating Recipe Contest Winner, Denise LaRoche.

Recipe Ingredients:

Sliders:
1 pound ground chicken*
1/2 cup chopped Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries**
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
Salt and ground black pepper
Vegetable oil
8 miniature egg knot rolls or other small rolls, or mini burger buns
8 lettuce leaves

Aïoli:
1 cup Ocean Spray® Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Place chicken in large bowl. Add cranberries and 2 tablespoons seasoning mix. Shape into 8 small patties; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Lightly brush grill grate with oil. Grill patties for 8 minutes on each side or until well done. Lightly brush cut sides of rolls with oil; grill until lightly toasted.
  4. Place cranberry sauce in food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Add mayonnaise and1 teaspoon seasoning mix; pulse until blended. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each toasted roll. Top each with a leaf lettuce and generous dollop aïoli. Cover with top halves of rolls.

Makes 8 servings. (Recipe can be doubled or more to increase the amount of servings.)

*Ground beef or pork can be substituted for the chicken.

**Tip: According to Cranberry.org, fresh cranberries can be stored in the freezer for up to 18 months. It's a great way to ensure that you'll have some on hand year-round to add color, flavor and nutrition to recipes.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.