Avocado Hummus Chicken Sliders

Serves 8. Prep time: 20 minutes active; 40 minutes total.
Ingredients: 

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup prepared hummus
1/2 large avocado
1 tablespoon capers, drained
2 large Kalamata olives, chopped
8 whole wheat slider buns or whole wheat dinner rolls
16 spinach leaves

Preparation: 

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a sheet pan.

Cut each chicken breast portion in half to make two even, slider-sized portions and place the chicken on the pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. Roast for 20 minutes, until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of a breast reads 165 degrees F and the juices run clear. Cool the chicken on a rack until cool enough to handle.

Halve the avocado, remove the pit, and cut the flesh, still inside the skin, into dice and scoop into a medium bowl Add hummus, capers and olives and stir.

On each bun, place a couple of spinach leaves, a piece of chicken, and top with about 3 tablespoons of the hummus mixture. Cover with the top half of the bun, using a toothpick to hold it together, if desired. Place sliders on a platter and serve.

Tips: When the big game comes on, you’ll be ready with these flavor-packed mini-sandwiches. Just cook some chicken, and jazz up some purchased hummus with avocado, capers and olives for a slider that keeps the party going.