BBQ Chicken Sliders

A layer of ranch slathered on Hawaiian rolls and topped with shredded BBQ chicken, cheddar cheese and bacon makes easy and delicious sliders.

Melted cheddar cheese and bacon oozing out of bbq chicken sliders on baking sheet

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our BBQ Kielbasa.

Pulled Chicken Sliders

Chicken is a very versatile meat that can showcase so many flavors so well. We love the combination of bacon and sharp cheddar with either ranch or BBQ sauce. We enjoy mixing those two flavors to create even more excitement for our taste buds in a delicious meal!

Using shredded chicken or shredding leftover Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders allows for maximum flavor distribution around every piece of meat. Melted cheese and crumbles of bacon can settle nicely among every small piece of chicken.

We love how BBQ sauce adds so much flavor to these chicken sliders as well as our BBQ Pork Sliders. Sometimes we use a bottle from the store and sometimes we make a batch of Farmhouse BBQ Sauce. Either way the BBQ sauce compliments ranch dressing in these sliders.

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Sliced lunchmeat can be used like in our Turkey, Bacon & Cheddar Sliders. Those sliders have a sweeter glaze with more brown sugar glaze and poppy seeds. That glaze could be used in place of this glaze if you have a sweet tooth.

Stack of chicken sliders on white wood background

Chicken makes a great base for so many meals. We’ll often use leftover grilled or baked chicken breasts from a recipe like our Chicken & Berries Salad, Garlic Baked Chicken or leftover rotisserie chicken. Meat is easiest to shred when warm, so I try to plan ahead for shredded chicken sliders in advance of making them.

We have several Hawaiian roll slider recipes that are popular from our Ham, Swiss & Ranch Sliders to Italian BMT Sliders, Mushroom Swiss Burger Sliders and Pepperoni Pizza Sliders. We find sliders are just easier to make and eat than full-size sandwiches.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders

We began mixing Chicken, Bacon and Ranch on garlic bread and absolutely love the flavors, so making sliders on sweet Hawaiian rolls only makes sense.

I typically use 1/4 cup of ranch on the bottom slider roll, but extra ranch can easily be added to the top layer of sliders too for all the ranch lovers.

As a cheese lover I think cheddar cheese really enhances the chicken, bacon and ranch flavors to make a more ultimate slider. We like these flavors better with pulled chicken or a whole chicken breast than with slices of lunchmeat.

Layer of baked chicken, bacon, ranch sliders

We tend to cook with fresh chicken more often, but just like our Buffalo Chicken Roll-ups, these flavors also work well with canned chicken.

Here are a few more recipes from friends with similar flavor profiles Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch Potato Salad from Cooking with Carlee Crock Pot Chicken & Ranch Casserole from Southern Home Express, Baked Chicken & Ranch Casserole from Back to My Southern Roots and our own Red Potato Ranch Casserole.

BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

  1. Warm up the chicken and BBQ sauce in a skillet over low or medium heat while you slice the slider rolls in half and toast lightly with melted butter in a 350°F oven.
  2. Spread ranch dressing over the bottom of the slider rolls. Add layers warm BBQ chicken, cheese, and bacon before adding top layer of rolls.
  3. Mix up glaze ingredients and use a pastry brush or spoon to cover the top of the rolls.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes until rolls are lightly browned and cheese is melted.
Shredded BBQ chicken sliders with easy glaze

Tips for Making Sliders

  • If you love ranch double the amount and add a layer on the top and bottom rolls
  • Use a long bread knife to cut the Hawaiian rolls in half
  • Toasting rolls is optional, but does add a little flavor and helps prevent rolls from getting soggy with the ranch and BBQ sauces
  • 1 pound of shredded chicken roughly equals 2 cups which roughly equals a 14.5 ounce can of chicken which should be drained and fluffed with a fork before heating and adding BBQ sauce
  • I like using shredded cheese with shredded meat and slices of cheese with slices of meat
  • Bacon bits or cooked and chopped bacon both work well in this recipe
  • I like to use this non-stick mat on top of my favorite baking sheet for easy clean-up
  • A sharp, serrated knife works well to cut the sliders apart or you can go freestyle and just pull them apart
  • Sliders taste best warm, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days and reheated for a quick and easy lunch

How to Make Chicken Sliders

Add a layer of ranch to top or bottom of Hawaiian rolls, I like to work from the bottom up.

Layer of ranch dressing on Hawaiian slider rolls

Warm chicken and bbq sauce in a skillet then add to sliders on top of ranch dressing.

Layer of BBQ shredded chicken on sweet Hawaiian slider rolls

Sprinkle on some shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

Shredded cheddar cheese stacked on top of bbq chicken sliders

Next add some chopped bacon or bacon bits if you need to speed up the meal.

Chopped bacon on cheese, chicken and ranch sliders

Cover up the BBQ chicken, bacon and ranch with the top half of the slider rolls. Melt butter for the glaze and stir in the brown sugar and seasonings. Brush evenly over the top.

Sweet brown sugar glaze one pulled chicken sliders on baking sheet

Pop into the oven at 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the bacon to heat up, cheese to melt and glaze to caramelize just a bit and help brown the rolls on top.

Easy shredded bbq chicken slider loaded with bacon, ranch and cheddar cheese

What to Serve with Chicken Sliders

Printable BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

Shredded chicken slider on sweet roll with cheddar, bacon and ranch

BBQ Chicken Sliders

Servings 12 sliders
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
A layer of ranch slathered on Hawaiian rolls and topped with shredded BBQ chicken, cheddar cheese and bacon makes easy and delicious sliders.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients
  

Sliders

  • 12 sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/4 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 pound shredded chicken
  • 2/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 5 slices bacon chopped

Glaze

  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions
 

Sliders

  • In a skillet over medium high heat warm chicken and stir in BBQ sauce.
  • Slice slider rolls in half, spread a light layer of melted butter over each half. Place in a 350°F oven and brown lightly.
  • Spread ranch dressing over the bottom rolls. Add an even layer of BBQ chicken, sprinkle cheese on top and then add pieces of bacon. Place top half of sliders to make a sandwich.

Glaze

  • Stir glaze ingredients together and spread over the top of the rolls.
  • Bake for 5 – 10 minutes in a 350°F oven until cheese is melted and rolls are lightly browned.

Notes

  • If you love ranch double the amount and add a layer on the top and bottom rolls
  • Use a long bread knife to cut the Hawaiian rolls in half
  • Toasting rolls is optional, but does add a little flavor and helps prevent rolls from getting soggy with the ranch and BBQ sauces
  • I like using shredded cheese with shredded meat and slices of cheese with slices of meat
  • Bacon bits or cooked and chopped bacon both work well in this recipe
  • I like to use this non-stick mat on top of my favorite baking sheet for easy clean-up

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 16gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 492mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 291IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 84mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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2 Comments

  1. I can already tell these are going to be a hit at our dinner table! They look so good.

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