These Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders are perfect as a party appetizer, or as an easy weeknight dinner. This recipe is also versatile with lots of options for leftovers!
Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken BBQ Sliders
Christmas is nearly here, which means holiday parties are in full swing. These Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders are perfect for any party or as a simple weeknight dinner. These babies need basically no prep and everything cooks in the crockpot. Finally, finish by shredding the chicken and you are ready to go! This is the perfect serve yourself recipe that can sit and stay warm in the crockpot all evening. Which is great because that means less work and mess for you! Also, it makes incredible leftovers and is super versatile.
What Do You Need To Make Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken BBQ Sliders?
For these Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken BBQ Sliders you will need:
- Some Veggies: Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Onion
- Some Spices: Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper
- BBQ Sauce- Preferably Famous Dave’s Sweet and Zesty
- To Serve: Cheese, King Hawaiian Rolls, Cabbage or Cole Slaw
The kitchen tools you will need for this sliders recipe are:
- A Crockpot
- A Knife and Fork
- Something to Serve with, like tongs
How Do You Make Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken BBQ Sliders?
Basically, you put everything in the crockpot, turn it on and that’s it. Pretty simple.
- First, for the red pepper, tomatoes, and onion just chop them into small pieces, they don’t have to be perfect or pretty. 2.
- Second, add the veggies to the crockpot along with your chicken. Next, add in your pineapple and BBQ sauce. Personally, for the pineapple I like to use the canned tidbits, but you could use any canned kind you prefer or have available. If you have fresh you could use that as well.
- Now for the sauce, I love, love, love, LOVE, the Famous Dave’s Sweet and Zesty. If you can find this use it. It is wonderful and perfect for this recipe. Alternatively, if you can’t find it you can just use your favorite one.
- Next, add in some salt and pepper to taste and some red pepper flakes if you want some heat.
- Finally, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Once the chicken is tender and falling apart, drain the excess liquid and shred the chicken. Stir it all together with veggies and additional sauce if desired.
- Finally, I love to serve this chicken with pepper jack cheese, King Hawaiian Rolls, and purple cabbage (or cole slaw).
See Recipe Video for a more detailed look at prep for these BBQ Chicken Sliders!
BBQ Chicken Sliders Serving Tips
When serving these sliders there are a few different options.
- You can just set out your buns, cheese, sauce, and cabbage and let each person build their own sandwich. In my opinion, this is perfect for parties and large crowds. This is also the least amount of work for you.
- Alternatively, you can toast the buns and melt the cheese. Who doesn’t love some melty cheese?! To do this slice the buns in half and add cheese slices to the bottom. Next, brush melted butter on the top bun and place them open faced on a cookie sheet. Finally, broil on low until the buns are golden, about 2-3 minutes. This is the route I take when making these sliders for dinner.
DO NOT put the pulled chicken on the buns with cheese and try and bake them together. This will result in a soggy hot-mess. I know I have seen so many recipes that you slice the buns down the middle and put your cooked meat on with cheese and bake it all together. This will not work for this recipe. Trust me, I’ve tried it. The meat has too much liquid in it from the sauce and pineapple and when you bake it in a dish all the moisture will release. The bottom bun will not survive this. Learn from me people, just add the meat separately.
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Common BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe Questions
How long do leftover BBQ Chicken Sliders stay fresh?
When stored in an airtight container in the fridge leftover sliders will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
Can this sliders recipe be frozen?
Yes! You can combine all raw ingredients in a freezer bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months. Before cooking let de-thaw in the fridge overnight, or add an additional 1-2 hours to the cook time. When ready to serve place in the crockpot and cook according to recipe instructions.
Leftover Crockpot BBQ Chicken Ideas
Whenever I make this recipe I usually double the recipe so I can have tons of leftovers for the week. This chicken is very versatile and I use it for a number of things besides these sliders.
- Nachos. Layer your favorite tortilla chips on a baking sheet and top with this BBQ chicken, shredded cheese and some jalapenos if you love some spice. Bake until cheese is gooey and serve with guacamole and sour cream. These are beyond incredible and you will want to eat them all day everyday.
- Breakfast Burritos. Toss the BBQ chicken is a skillet with some scrabble eggs, cheese, bacon and wrap it up it a tortilla with some guac. Bonus: freeze them for meal prep or a quick breakfast.
- Salad. Add this to your salad to boost your lunch. Top with some ranch, cheese, croutons, avocado, and bacon bits. This salad is far from boring and you will actually enjoy eating it.
Whether you are having these for a Superbowl party, or on a Monday night for dinner I hope you and your friends and family love this recipe!
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Crockpot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sliders
Suggested For Serving
- 12 King Hawaiian Rolls
- Purple Cabbage or Cole Slaw
- 6 Slices Pepper Jack Cheese Cut in Half
- Additional BBQ Sauce
- Combine all ingredients into a crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours. The chicken should be tender and falling apart. Once finished shred chicken and drain any excess liquid from the crockpot.
- Serve warm on King Hawaiian Rolls with pepper jack cheese, additional sauce, and purple cabbage or cole slaw if desired. Enjoy!
- Leftover Storage: Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
- Freezer Option: Combine all raw ingredients in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Follow recipe instructions when ready to cook.
- Alternate Serving Options: Serve cooked chicken with nachos, in tacos, in breakfast burritos or over rice.