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Crack Chicken Sliders

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These crack chicken sliders are loaded with plenty of ooey-gooey creamy goodness with tender chicken, crispy bacon, and lots of melted cheese.
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  1. Crack Chicken Sliders Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Crack Chicken Sliders Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Rich and mouthwatering, these crack chicken sliders are utterly addictive. The creamy cheesy chicken mixture, combined with salty bacon and tangy ranch flavor make these the perfect choice for a delicious meal or appetizer.

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Crack Chicken Sliders Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 2 (8-ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened 
  • 1 (1-ounce) packet of dry ranch seasoning mix
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • ⅓ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 2½ cups cooked, shredded boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (12-ounce) package of cooked, crumbled bacon
  • 2½ cups mild shredded cheddar cheese (divided into 1 cup and 1½ cups)
  • 1 (12-count) package of sweet Hawaiian rolls, sliced in half
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives

PRO TIP:

You could use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken you pick up at the grocery store for an even quicker prep time.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHEESE: You can substitute shredded Colby jack cheese for the shredded cheddar cheese.

ROLLS: You can substitute plain rolls for the sweet Hawaiian rolls but the sweet rolls just add that extra yummy factor.

RANCH: You can substitute zesty or spicy ranch mix for the plain ranch if you want a spicy version of this easy recipe.

CHICKEN: You can use chicken thighs if you prefer dark meat to white meat.

How to Make This Crack Chicken Sliders Recipe

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.

STEP TWO: Add the cream cheese to a 4 to 5-quart heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat. Stir often until the cream cheese is melted. 

cream cheese folded in a bowl

STEP THREE: Sprinkle the ranch dressing mix, onion powder, and cracked black pepper over the melted cream cheese. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat.

ranch mix, onion powder and pepper folded in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Stir in the green onion, shredded chicken, crumbled bacon, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar. Stir until completely incorporated.

green onions, chicken, crumbled bacon, cheddar stir in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Place the bottom rolls into the prepared baking dish. 

rolls placed at the bottom of the baking dish

STEP SIX: Spread the chicken mixture evenly over the bottom slider buns.

chicken ranch mixture spread over the rolls in a baking dish

STEP SEVEN: Evenly sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese.

shredded cheese sprinkled over the chicken ranch mixture in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Lay the top rolls over the shredded cheese.

rolls laid over the shredded cheese in a baking dish

STEP NINE: Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter over the top rolls.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Don’t skimp on the butter. It soaks into all the nooks and crannies and adds a ton of flavor to both the top and the bottom half of the slider buns.

butter spread over the rolls using pastry bush in a baking dish

STEP TEN: Evenly sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the buttered rolls.

parmesan cheese sprinkled over the buttered rolls in a baking dish

STEP ELEVEN: Evenly sprinkle the chopped chives over the parmesan layer.

chives sprinkled over the parmesan layer in a baking dish

STEP TWELVE: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your sliders as the suggested baking time approaches.

baking dish cover with aluminum foil

STEP THIRTEEN: Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow the sliders to rest for 5 minutes before cutting the individual servings. 

baked Crack Chicken Sliders on baking dish

How To Serve

These crack chicken sandwiches make an easy meal with a Caesar salad and potato chips on your plate. The whole family will love all the flavor packed into the small package. These are also a fun addition to any appetizer table along with our cucumber bites and chips and dip.

Sliders are such fun alternatives to full-size sandwiches. Our pizza sliders and bacon cheeseburger sliders are two more great recipes.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of these cheesy chicken sliders in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

IN THE FREEZER: We do not recommend freezing these pizza sliders as the buns will get soggy, and they won’t reheat well. 

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Whip up this amazing slider sandwich recipe when you are looking for a quick meal or the perfect appetizer. Buttery, sweet rolls, loaded with creamy chicken, crispy bacon, and plenty of cheese will be impossible to resist.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make crack chicken sliders ahead of time?

This great recipe can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. You can warm them in the oven when you are ready to serve.

Can I freeze sliders?

We do not recommend freezing these crack chicken sliders as the buns will get soggy and they won’t reheat well.

What are the best buns to use for slider buns?

Sweet Hawaiian rolls are just the right size for these but any other mini sandwich rolls can be used as well.

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Crack Chicken Sliders

5 from 2 votes
These crack chicken sliders are loaded with plenty of ooey-gooey creamy goodness with tender chicken, crispy bacon, and lots of melted cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 ounce dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • cup thinly sliced green onion
  • cups chicken breast, cooked, shredded, boneless and skinless
  • 12 ounces cooked crumbled bacon
  • cups mild shredded cheddar cheese, divided 1 cup and 1 ½ cups
  • 12 count sweet Hawaiian Rolls, sliced in half
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.
  • Add the cream cheese to a 4 to 5-quart heavy-bottomed stockpot over medium heat. Stir often until the cream cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle the ranch mix, onion powder, and cracked black pepper over the melted cream cheese. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the green onion, shredded chicken, crumbled bacon and 1 cup of shredded cheddar. Stir until completely incorporated.
  • Place the bottom rolls into the prepared baking dish.
  • Spread the chicken ranch mixture evenly over the bottom rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Lay the top rolls over the shredded cheese.
  • Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter over the top rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the buttered rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the chopped chives over the parmesan layer.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 to 8 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow the sliders to rest for 5 minutes before cutting the individual servings.

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Notes

  • You could use leftover chicken or a rotisserie chicken you pick up at the grocery store for an even quicker prep time.
  • Don’t skimp on the butter. It soaks into all the nooks and crannies and adds a ton of flavor to both the top and the bottom half of the slider buns.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your sliders as the suggested baking time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1480mg | Potassium: 153mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 962IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1mg
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