Whenever the Palestinian cuisine is mentioned, Musakhan pops up as its staple. The ultimate combination of sumac with cooked chicken and bread rolls or wraps makes it perfectly into an authentic Palestinian dish. However, these chicken musakhan sliders are a little bit different.
This recipe, Chicken Musakhan Sliders, is distinct in the sense that it presents a mix between the eastern and western cuisines. It first takes the traditional musakhhan recipe from the East and then combines it with the creamy, melting mozzarella cheese from the West. The final result is a gourmet bunch of fluffy sliders that are filled with the tastiest musakhan filling ever.
Musakhan with Cheese Sliders: An Exotic Combo
Musakhan, literally meaning “heated up“, is traditionally a Palestinian dish. It consists of boiled or roasted chicken with soft onions, sour sumac, and crunchy nuts. By this, it stands out as an epitome of Palestinian food.
Our recipe takes Palestine’s national food, Musakhhan, and blends it with mozzarella cheese. It also replaces the authentic taboon bread with which msakhan is conventionally eaten with sliders. You end up with divine sliders that are so bursting with flavors that they wow your taste buds.
Tips for the Best Musakhan Sliders
Instead of boiling the chicken, you can roast it in the oven. Just coat the chicken breasts with a generous drizzle of vegetable oil.
If you prefer chicken thighs to breasts, you can replace the breasts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
For a matchless serving, eat the chicken msakhan sliders with plain yogurt.
The sliders I used in this recipe are my own bread, but you can use those sold at stores.
These musakhan sliders make a a great idea for a popular dish during family gatherings, especially on holidays.
Frequently Asked Questions
Literally any sliders you like work. Just make sure that they are not of a very small size.
Suit yourself with your preferred spices, particularly those used with chicken mainly. Sumac is virtually the only ingredient that almost has no alternative if you want to make the traditional recipe.
It would be awkward to eat these sliders with a knife and a fork. Simply have your hands dive into each piece. This would be suitable for messy eaters as children. They will enjoy it a lot.
What Ingredients Do You Need?
To make these divine musakhan sliders, you need to get simple ingredients as follows.
For the Filling
Chicken Breast: Choose boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Seasonings: You can add black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, the 7- spice, and cinnamon (either powder or stick).
Water: Some water is needed to fully cover the chicken while it cooks.
Onions: It’s better to use red onions that are sliced into thin wings. They are a main ingredient in this recipe.
Oil: You need good quality, extra virgin olive oil to ensure that onions are soft and well-melted.
Sumac: It is the star ingredient in this recipe and makes all the authentic flavor. So its addition yields an appetizing look and a lovable, tangy taste.
For the Topping
Mozzarella: Adding mozzarella cheese into a musakhan recipe makes it special and delish.
Sumac: It is used in the filling and also drizzled on top of the sliders. Don’t forget to choose some good quality sumac.
Toasted Nuts: Golden toasted nuts as almonds or cashews give the buns a crunchy taste. However, their addition is optional.
How to Make Chicken Musakhan Sliders?
It all begins with cooking the chicken. So first put the chicken breasts in a large pot and add the seasonings.
Then, fill the pot with water until the chicken is well-covered.
After that, boil the chicken until it cooks completely. When the chicken is ready, discard the liquid and shred the chicken into thick pieces.
Next, add the sliced onions to a pan, and then wilt over medium heat. Don’t add any oil at this point.
When the onions start to have a light pink color, drizzle the oil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. They should be soft by now.
After that, add the shredded chicken and seasonings to the onions in the pan, and mix.
Adjust sumac (for tanginess) and salt to your liking, and sauté for extra 3-4 minutes. If you like it, add toasted nuts, and remove the pan from heat.
Then, place your mini buns on a lined baking pan or tray, and slice them in half. In this recipe, I have used my own made sliders, but you can use those available at stores.
Spread the entire filling on top of the buns. Top them with your desired amount of mozzarella cheese.
Put the other side of the buns on their tops, and brush the tops with melted butter.
Finally, sprinkle with sumac, and bake at 450, covered, for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Check at 5 min mark.
Chicken Musakhan Sliders
For the Filling
- 1 pound chicken breast boneless and skinless
- ½ teaspoon black pepper for poaching/boiling
- ½ teaspoon salt for poaching/boiling
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder for poaching/boiling
- 1 teaspoon onion powder for poaching/boiling
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon or one stick, for poaching/boiling
- Some water to cover the chicken
- 3 large red onions sliced into thin wings
- ½ cup olive oil extra virgin
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon more addition
- 1½ teaspoons 7 spice
- some salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons sumac
For the Topping
- 2 cups mozzarella
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- more sumac for topping
As for the sliders, I made my own buns.
- Boil the chicken with the black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and cinnamon until completely cooked.
- Discard the liquid and shred the chicken.
- To a pan on medium to high heat, add the sliced onions and let them wilt without any oil, and they start to turn into a light pink color.
- Add the oil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the shredded chicken and the remaining seasonings (sumac,7 spice, salt, cinnamon) and mix.
- Adjust sumac (for tanginess) and salt to your liking, and sauté for another 3-4 minutes.
- Add toasted nuts if you like and remove from heat.
- Add your mini buns to a lined baking pan or tray and slice in half.
- Add the entire filling and top with your desired amount of mozzarella.
- Top with the other side of the buns and brush melted butter on top.
- Sprinkle with sumac and bake at 450, covered, for about 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Check at 5 min mark.
- You can roast the chicken in the oven instead of boiling it. Just coat the chicken breasts with a generous drizzle of vegetable oil.
- If you prefer chicken thighs to breasts, you can replace the breast with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.
- For a matchless serving, eat the chicken msakhhan sliders with plain yogurt.
- These musakhan sliders make a a great idea for a popular dish during family gatherings, especially on holidays.