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Easy Recipe for Chicken Sliders at your Next Cookout

This easy recipe for BBQ chicken sliders is the perfect dish for your Labor Day cookout. They’re simple to make – using your slow cooker – and they taste great. Plus, they’re perfect for serving a large group. So, get ready to enjoy some delicious barbecue chicken sliders.

Doesn’t sound like a cookout if you are using your slow cooker you say? Well, reduce your workload so you can enjoy your guests by using your slow cooker for the main. Everything else you can grill.

Additionally, look to the “How to Make this Recipe” and find alternative ways to make these sliders using your grill as well.

This is a Great Recipe for Chicken Sliders!

It may seem untraditional to cook the main course of a “cookout” in your slow cooker, but these barbeque chicken sliders are so easy the recipe is hard to pass up! The best part? Cleanup is a snap!

They’re perfect for large groups! So, if you’re looking to feed a crowd this Labor Day, look no further than these delicious chicken sliders for your main dish.

Can I Make this Recipe for BBQ Chicken Sandwiches?

Absolutely! Just double the recipe for the shredded chicken so you’ll have enough meat to pile on the sandwiches and still make 8 servings. Also, substitute hamburger buns or sandwich rolls for the smaller slider rolls.

pulled chicken sliders with dill pickle slice
Just as good without the coleslaw…

How many Servings does this Recipe Make?

I usually factor two sliders for a serving. If you are adapting the recipe to make sandwich-sized servings then I allow one sandwich per serving as well.

There are so many great sides to serve with this BBQ chicken recipe that two sliders or one sandwich usually is enough for each person.

Of course, if you have big eaters, then I would increase the recipe by 50%. The worst-case scenario is you have leftovers. But I think the chicken gets better the longer it sits in the sauce.

How Many Calories does a BBQ Chicken Sandwich Have?

Honestly, it depends on the size of the sandwich and the brand of barbeque sauce you use.

For these sliders, depending on how much you pile on, a serving of 2 sliders is about 583 calories. But that is with a lot of meat. This recipe makes more than 8 servings, but if you used all the meat for just those 8 servings it would be about that many calories as calculated using the nutritional calculator on the Very Well Fit website.

How much Chicken do I need for Pulled Chicken Sliders?

I use just about two pounds of chicken breasts for this recipe. It makes about 8 servings of sliders or 4-5 servings if you make the larger sandwich.

You can also use chicken thighs instead of breast meat, but I find that dark meat gets a little too greasy when slow cooked. But it’s really up to your preference.

If you want to make sure there’s plenty of chicken to go around, you can always use three pounds of chicken. Just be sure to increase the barbeque sauce as well!

What are the Ingredients for this Pulled Chicken Recipe?

ingredients for easy recipe for chicken sliders

To make this chicken slider recipe, you’ll need:

  • Chicken breasts (skinless, boneless)
  • Your favorite barbecue sauce. I used a Bourbon Barbeque sauce.
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Large red onion
  • Cumin
  • Dark chili powder
  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Cabbage and carrot bagged coleslaw mix
  • Mayonnaise — just a little
  • Sugar — very little
  • Celery seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • Aloha slider rolls
  • Dill pickle sandwich slices

It looks like a lot, but the recipe takes little active time.

How do I Make this Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Recipe?

For the BBQ Pulled Chicken

  1. Set your slow cooker to high. Add barbeque sauce, apple cider vinegar, and water to the slow cooker insert and stir to combine.
  2. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and sprinkle with the cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper (to taste) and sauté for 5 – 6 minutes. Add to slow cooker.
  3. Cut chicken breasts into six equal portions and nestle them into the sauce in your slow cooker.
  4. Cover and cook for 3 – 4 hours on high or until chicken reaches 165°F.
BBQ chicken in slow cooker with sauce

Coleslaw

  1. While the chicken cooks, mix the coleslaw ingredients in a medium bowl. Season to taste and refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Assemble the sliders

Shredded chicken for chicken sliders

1. Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return shredded or pulled chicken for the sliders to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Reduce heat to warm.

pulled chicken warming in slow cooker

2. Remove slider buns from the package and cut them in half. Keeping the buns intact, place on a baking sheet cut sides up, and broil until lightly toasted, 1 – 3 minutes. Pull apart.

3. Top toasted slider buns with barbeque chicken, coleslaw, and dill pickle slices. Serve immediately.

easy recipe for chicken sliders without coleslaw

You can also skip the coleslaw if your guests don’t like it. I usually set the pickles and coleslaw out and let my guests make their own sliders.

Alternative Grill Method for Pulled Chicken Sliders

If you are using your grill for the rest of the cookout foods, then why not use it for this recipe?

You can use your grill to reduce heating up the kitchen for parts of this recipe. Then let everything sit in a warm slow cooker until you are ready to serve the sliders.

Onions

onions ready for the grill in foil

Place the diced red onion in a piece of foil. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, cumin, chili powder, and salt and pepper over the onions. Fold foil into a packet.

onions in foil packet ready to grill

Grill 3 minutes per side or until the onions are a little charred and translucent. Add to sauce in the slow cooker.

chicken in slow cooker with grilled onions added

Grilled Chicken

Sprinkle breasts with salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until 165°F in the thickest part of the chicken. Let rest 10 minutes before shredding and add to the barbeque sauce in the slow cooker. Combine and keep warm until ready to serve.

Slider Buns

Slice the entire package of buns in half. Place halves on the grill cut side down and lightly toast.

What are some Good Sides to Serve with this Recipe for Chicken Sliders?

Round out your cookout menu with a few other foods from the grill.

Start with these ideas for a no-cook appetizer. This Tangy Spinach Yogurt Dip is a really good start to an awesome cookout!

Also, this Grilled Coleslaw with Dressing recipe sounds odd, but is amazing! Try it out!

Also, you can add a pasta salad like this flavorful Mediterranean Pasta Salad.  A simple green salad also goes great with these chicken sliders.

Another option, if you like a little sweet, is to make a fruit salad. Something about the sweetness of the fruit cuts through the savory sauce on the chicken. It balances the tanginess of the barbeque pulled chicken.

And there is nothing wrong with potato chips! Chips at a barbeque is a very American tradition. Salty crunchy — bring it on!

Then finish off with a cool dessert including seasonal fruit like this NO-Bake Cheesecake with Berries. Rich, creamy, and loaded with fruit!

Invite Friends Over for a Labor Day Cookout!

easy recipe for chicken sliders complete with coleslaw

Happy Labor Day, friends! If you are looking for a delicious and easy dish to serve at your cookout, then look no further than this recipe for BBQ Chicken Sliders. They’re simple to make – using your slow cooker – and they taste great. 

Plus, they’re perfect for serving a large group.  So, there you have it – an easy and delicious recipe for BBQ chicken sliders. Perfect for your Labor Day party. So, get cooking and enjoy!

Cheers Y’all!

P.S. Do you have any great Labor Day recipes? If you make this recipe, take pictures and share them with us in the comments below! Also, please share this post on your favorite social website! Happy cooking!

easy recipe for chicken sliders complete with coleslaw

BBQ Chicken Sliders

RANI
These delicious, tangy BBQ Chicken Sliders with creamy coleslaw on toasted buns will wow your guests! Use the grill method for the onions and buns to reduce heat in your kitchen.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 485 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • grill

Ingredients
  

BBQ Pulled Chicken

  • 1 bottle 12 – 13 ounces bourbon barbeque sauce, or 1 ½ cups of your favorite sauce
  • ¼ c apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • ½ large red onion small dice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ – 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 large (See Notes)

Coleslaw

  • 2 cups bagged coleslaw mix cabbage and carrot mixture
  • ¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp celery seeds
  • Salt and pepper

Sliders

  • 16 Aloha slider rolls
  • Dill pickle sandwich slices

Instructions
 

BBQ Pulled Chicken

  • Set your slow cooker to high. Add barbeque sauce, apple cider vinegar, and water to the slow cooker insert and stir to combine.
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add onions and sprinkle with the cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper (to taste) and sauté 5 – 6 minutes. Add to slow cooker. (See Notes)
  • Cut chicken breasts into six equal portions and nestle into the sauce in your slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook 3 – 4 hours on high or until chicken reaches 165°F. (See Notes)

Coleslaw

  • While the chicken cooks, mix the coleslaw ingredients in a medium bowl. Season to taste and refrigerate until ready to assemble.

Assemble the sliders

  • Remove chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return shredded chicken to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Reduce heat to warm.
  • Remove slider buns from package and cut in half. Keeping the buns intact, place on a baking sheet cut sides up and broil until lightly toasted, 1 – 3 minutes. Pull apart.
  • Top toasted slider buns with barbeque chicken, coleslaw, and dill pickle slices. Serve immediately.

Notes

Notes:
Alternatively, you can substitute chicken thighs for the breast meat.
Grill option for the onions: Place the diced red onion in a piece of foil. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, cumin, chili powder and salt and pepper over the onions. Fold foil into a packet. Grill 3 minutes per side or until the onions are a little charred and translucent. Add to sauce in slow cooker.
Grill option for the chicken: Sprinkle breasts with salt and pepper and grill until 165°F. Let rest 10 minutes before shredding and add to the barbeque sauce in the slow cooker. Combine and keep warm until ready to serve.
Grill option for the slider buns: Slice entire package of buns in half. Place halves on the grill cut side down and lightly toast.
Keyword slow cooker, summer

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