BBQ Chicken Sliders

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BBQ Chicken Sliders are one of the easiest ever Crock Pot recipes!

A simple combo of bacon, chicken and bbq sauce make the most delicious pulled chicken! This recipe is great when you are looking for a change from pulled pork or beef. It’s a meal that everyone will rave about.

Open face BBQ chicken sliders prepared on a baking sheet.

Why We Love This Recipe

This easy recipe is totally no-fail! The chicken comes out delicious and flavorful every single time!

We love that this recipe only needs a only handful of ingredients!! Chicken, onions, bbq sauce and bacon!! Couldn’t be easier and oh so yummy.

I love that this can be prepped ahead of time (even the day before) and cooked to feed a family or a hungry crowd on game day.

The chicken mixture can be kept warm in the slow cooker so your guests can serve themselves, party perfect!

A serving dish of BBQ Chicken slider mixture, topped with bacon and parsley.

Ingredients and Variations

Chicken I use breasts because they’re lean, cook nicely and shred perfectly. You can use thighs in this recipe if it’s what you have on hand.  If you use chicken thighs, skim any fat off once they’re cooked before shredding.

BBQ Sauce Anything goes. I use homemade if I have it on hand but if not, store bought is just fine! Use what you love because a lot of the flavor comes from the BBQ sauce (If buying store bought, I like this one).

BBQ Chicken slider ingredients in a crockpot.

How To Make BBQ Chicken Sliders

This slow cooker chicken slider recipe is crazy easy. Just like pulled pork, simply add the ingredients and let slow cooker do the work!

  1. Cook bacon until crispy, then carmelize onions in reserved bacon grease.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. Deglaze the pan with water and pour it into the slow cooker, mixing well.

Pre-cooked bacon or bacon bits work in this recipe. If using precooked bacon, fry the onion in a bit of olive oil instead of bacon fat.

Crockpot of BBQ chicken shredded and topped with bacon and parsley.

The Best Buns For Sliders

Of course Hawaiian rolls are a favorite for sliders but you can use dinner rolls, tray buns too or even homemade biscuits.

In all honesty, this incredible chicken will taste amazing on pretty much anything. So feel free to grab a pack of ready to serve rolls from the store.

Delicious Toppings For Chicken Sliders

There are so many ways to serve these chicken sliders.

  • How about having these with some sliced tomatoes or classic coleslaw piled on top? Delicious!
  • Or, try them with a spoonful of pineapple salsa, or a pineapple ring on each sandwich! Instant Hawaiian sliders!
  • Hot sauce anyone? Or, some nacho cheese and chopped green onions? Yum!
  • French-fried onions! Need I say more?

Serving dish of BBQ Chicken slider mixture, with open faced sliders.

What To Do With Leftovers

Serve over mac and cheese or even over rice.

BBQ chicken freezes beautifully. Put leftovers including all the sauce into an airtight container, leaving about 2 inches for expansion. According to FDA guidelines, cooked poultry dishes will keep in the freezer for 4-6 months, and in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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BBQ chicken sliders on parchment paper with the bowl of meat on the side
5 from 15 votes
Review Recipe

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Servings 18 sliders
Author Holly Nilsson
What could be better than the taste of succulent pulled chicken with caramelized onion and bacon, piled high on a warm bun?

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • 18 ounces barbeque sauce
  • 12 strips bacon
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 18 rolls (such as Hawaiian Honey Wheat rolls)

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Instructions

  • Cook bacon in a frying pan over medium-high heat until crispy and drain on paper towel.
  • Leave 2 tablespoons of bacon grease in the frying pan and add the sliced onions and salt. Cook onions until tender. Add to the bottom of a 6qt slow cooker.
  • When the frying pan has cooled a bit, carefully pour the water into the pan and gently scrape up the browned bits of bacon and onion from the bottom. Pour it into the crockpot.
  • Add chicken breasts and barbecue sauce. Stir and cook on low for 7-8 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours.
  • Shred chicken using 2 forks. Stir in half of the bacon.
  • Spoon mixture on slider buns, top with remaining bacon.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is per slider.
Coleslaw is a great addition to these sandwiches.
You can use thighs instead of breasts in this recipe.  If you use chicken thighs, skim any fat off before shredding.
Use a good quality bbq sauce because that's where a lot of the flavor comes from. Splurge the extra $1-2 for a brand you love!
The chicken mixture can be kept warm in the slow cooker so your guests can serve themselves, party perfect!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 242, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 52mg, Sodium: 499mg, Potassium: 268mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 63IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword chicken sliders
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Slow Cooker
Cuisine American
Top image - open face BBQ chicken sliders. Bottom image - BBQ chicken mixture in a crockpot.
Open faced BBQ chicken sliders.
Crockpot of BBQ chicken slider mixture.
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  1. Made this for the first time yesterday, and it received rave reviews. The chicken fell apart when it was time to shred. I decided to mix in all the bacon and let it sit in the crock pot another half hour just to make serving easier.5 stars

  2. This recipe is fabulous! Since there are only two of us, I halved it and still have enough for two meals. I cooked it for the same amount of time as the full recipe calls for. Absolutely delish!!5 stars

    1. I would defrost them in the fridge before adding to the crockpot but let us know how it turns out Jessica!

  3. So many recipes, so little time …add to the problem, they all look so good!!! I wish there were more “problems” like this in life.

  4. I’m eating this for dinner tonight. Saw the recipe firing the middle of my meal. I don’t use bacon and I do user Serrano pepper. I put mine on a garlic bread full size bun.5 stars

  5. I made this about a week ago. My family loved it. Even my picky eater. Making it again tonight. Thank you for this recipe.5 stars

  6. Do I put the chicken in with the bbq sauce after all the ingredients or does the chicken an bbq sauce go in first just wondering.

  7. I hate to even ask, but can this be made minus the bacon? I personally love bacon, but I’m taking this to a potluck where others don’t eat pork. I was thinking of adapting your Dr. pepper pork shoulder recipe for chicken but wasn’t sure how much chicken?

    1. Sure you could leave out the bacon! It does add a little bit of smokiness to the dish so you might like to choose a barbecue sauce that has a little bit of a smoky flavor to substitute. Let me know how it works out for you!

  8. I am just learning to cook so I apologize if this question sounds silly. When do you shred the chicken? After everything is cooked?

  9. I’m making this this week, but I have a question…how big is the bottle of BBQ sauce? I’ve found them rangin from over a litre (4 cups +) to 250 ml. (1 cup), so not sure what size to use.

      1. Made these last night…AH-MAY-ZING!! I ususalaly make pulled pork, but the chicken was so much less greasy, and my family told me they liked the chicken over the pork. Nex time, I might substitute 4 thighs for 2 breasts, just to add a bit more moisture to the chicken…overall, great recipe!

  10. Coming back with an update. We loved it! One of our new favorites. We used Sweet Baby Rays Hickory Brown Sugar BBQ sauce. Mine cooked really fast on high for 2 hours. Not sure if it is my crock pot or because the chicken was thawed out. I just turned it on low and then shredded the chicken and mixed it all together. So good! Thank you!