Ready in about 30 minutes, these BBQ Chicken Sliders are a quick dinner with simple ingredients. Bite into the smoky and saucy flavors of these pull-apart barbeque chicken sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls.
Even better, pulled chicken sliders are a tasty addition to a game-day spread, summer potlucks, make a quick weeknight meal, and is the perfect party food! A great recipe for all occasions and the whole family will love them.
Easy sandwiches are the best, try these popular recipes; easy Cheesesteak sandwich, or these Philly cheesesteak sliders, and speaking of sliders, you have to try these turkey cranberry sliders (great for leftover turkey).
Who can resist Hawaiian roll pull-apart baked chicken sliders? Our family cannot get enough of these and they are requested each week.
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Why You Will Love This BBQ Chicken Slider Recipe
- Easy Weeknight Dinner – These barbeque chicken sliders take only 30 minutes, one of those easy recipes we all love.
- Versatile Recipe – The recipe makes six servings for an easy meal or twelve for a saucy appetizer and a great game-day snack!
- Make it Yours – Use leftover chicken, rotisserie, your favorite cheese, and your go-to BBQ sauce to make the ultimate version of this recipe.
- Chicken | I prefer to use rotisserie chicken removed from the bone and shredded. See variations below for more tasty protein options.
- Barbecue sauce | Smother the sliders in your favorite store-bought sauce (<== my favorite brand) or a homemade BBQ sauce recipe.
- Dinner rolls | I always use Kings Hawaiian Rolls for slider buns. Use sweet Hawaiian rolls or another variety, like brioche or keto slider rolls.
- Cheese | I like to pair the sweet and tangy BBQ with sharp white cheddar cheese.
- Onion | I sauteed red onion, though other varieties are also delicious.
- Butter Topping | Melted butter, garlic powder, and kosher salt ready to drizzle brush on the sliders for golden tops.
- Sesame seeds | Sprinkle the tops with sesame seeds before baking so they are toasted when finished. These are of course optional.
- Parsley | If you’d like, garnish the tops of the baked sliders with fresh parsley.
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How to Make Barbeque Chicken Sliders
Time to make the sammies! Set a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add some butter or oil, saute the onions until slightly browned, and remove the pan from the heat.
My favorite skillet
For the BBQ chicken mixture, stir the pre-cooked chicken and BBQ sauce in a separate large bowl.
Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half lengthwise, slicing the bottom buns slightly thicker than the top, this will help the bottoms from getting too soggy.
Place the bottom half of the slider rolls in the prepared baking dish and spread the BBQ chicken mixture on top.
Place the cheese slices over the chicken and overlapping slightly, sprinkle the onions on the cheese, and cover the sliders with the top buns.
Now, mix the melted butter, garlic, and salt in a measuring cup or a small bowl, pouring it over the tops of the sandwiches.
Lastly, sprinkle the sesame seeds all over the tops of the buns.
Then, cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake it for 15-20 minutes, removing the foil to bake for another 10 minutes until the tops are golden.
Garnish the freshly baked sliders with fresh chopped parsley, pull or slice them apart, and dig in!
- For extra crisp and golden tops for your sliders, turn on the broiler and set the dish on the top rack of the oven to toast for just a few minutes before serving.
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Variations & Substitutions
- Leftover Chicken: You have several options for the pulled chicken. Buy a ready-to-go rotisserie chicken from your local grocery stores or deli, chopped or shredded chicken leftover from the night before, try this Air Fryer Turkey Thighs or skinless chicken breasts, or even use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey. You can also make the chicken fresh in a slow cooker or crock pot.
- Onions: If preferred, substitute the red onions for sweet, yellow, or white onions. Or, add a little crunch with French fried onions instead! Nom!
- Additional Toppings: Try the delicious sliders with pickles, fried okra, pickled red onions, sauteed peppers, or more of your favorite toppings.
- Cheese: Instead of white cheddar, top the sandwich with provolone, gouda, Swiss, Pepper Jack cheese or another tasty cheese variety.
- Boost the Flavor of the Butter Topping: Sprinkle in some black pepper, a tablespoon or two of brown sugar, or add Worcestershire sauce to enhance the buttery topping flavor for the rolls. Similar to these funeral sandwiches.
- Pork Sliders: Replace the chicken with tender pulled pork.
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders: Substitute buffalo sauce for the BBQ for a tasty twist or use this Instant Pot Buffalo chicken recipe!
How to Make Gluten-Free Chicken Sliders
Purchase gluten-free slider buns (I like this brand), make sure your chicken is gluten-free as well as your barbecue sauce. Be careful with prepackaged sliced cheese, they sometimes add gluten products to preserve it.
Keto Low-Carb Barbecue Chicken Sliders
I have it on good authority that Aldi’s has killer keto slider buns! Replace the regular Hawaiian rolls with low-carb slider buns. Use a sugar-free barbecue sauce (my favorite), reduce the red onion to half and otherwise, you should be golden!
- I love this set of three bakers; bakes evenly and cleans up like a dream!
Frequently Asked Questions
There’s no wrong answer! Choose your favorite BBQ sauce to bring these mini sandwiches to life – Try tangy, smoky, sweet, or one with some heat! Make your own; try my Rocky Mountain barbecue sauce!
Start by heating some oil or butter in a pan and add the thinly sliced onions, cooking them over medium heat. They are ready to add to the sliders when caramelized, slightly brown, and soft. This usually takes around 10 minutes.
Fridge | Keep leftover BBQ sliders in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Make ahead Barbeque Chicken Sliders (Fridge or Freezer)
Make dinner time easier by prepping and refrigerating or freezing it. Assemble the sliders and skip the buttery topping (you’ll add it just before baking). Then, wrap them in plastic wrap and place in the fridge, for up to 2 days, or freeze them well wrapped in an airtight container up to 3 months.
When ready to enjoy them, if frozen, thaw overnight in fridge or see below. Bring chicken sliders to room temperature while you preheat the oven, make the butter sauce and brush on the butter mixture, and bake as directed!
How to Bake BBQ Sliders from Frozen
If you’re short on time, you can still enjoy the sliders by baking them from frozen. Add the butter, cover the dish with foil (removing all plastic wrap), and bake for about 25 minutes. Remove the foil and continue baking for about 5 or 10 more minutes until heated through.
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What doesn’t go great with a small-size chicken slider? Here are a few of our favorites! A crisp green salad, like this Romaine steakhouse wedge salad, corn on the cob, Cowboy baked beans, steak fries, the usual picnic and potluck barbecue fair; potato salad and coleslaw.
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More of my Favorite Easy Slider Recipes
- Best Philly Cheesesteak Sliders Recipe
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- Roast Beef Sliders
- Easy Cheeseburger Sliders with Hawaiian Rolls
- Easy Baked Meatball Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
Slice the rolls slightly thicker on the bottom to prevent super soggy buns!
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- 1 pound rotisserie style chicken off the bone and shredded, or use leftover chicken or turkey
- 1 cup BBQ sauce store bought or homemade
- 12 rolls Hawaiian rolls I used King's Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut lengthwise to separate the bottoms from the top, slicing the bottoms slightly thicker than the tops.
- 6-8 slices white cheddar cheese or your favorite cheese
- 1 medium red onion sliced and sauteed
- 1 tablespoon butter or oil for sauteeing the red onion
- ½ cup salted butter 1 stick, melted, if using unsalted butter, add ¼ teaspoon salt.
- ½-1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Pinch kosher salt
- ½ tablespoon sesame seeds optional garnish
- Parsley optional garnish
- Preheat the oven to 350° F (175° C) and lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish or line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, add a tablespoon of butter or oil and saute onions until soft and slightly browned. Remove from heat.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken and BBQ sauce and stir to combine.
- Place the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish and spoon on the chicken mixture and spread gently over the buns.
- Place the cheese slices evenly over the top of the chicken.
- Spread the onions over the cheese, and cover with the top buns.
- In a measuring cup combine the melted butter, garlic, and salt. Stir well, then pour over the tops of the sandwiches. Sprinkle the sesame seeds all over the tops of the buns.
- Cover with foil, and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an extra 10 minutes until tops are golden.