Crack Chicken Sliders

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Crack chicken sliders combine the deliciously creamy, cheesy, bacon-y flavors of crack chicken with melty Colby Jack cheese. Then they stuff it all into buttery, sweet Hawaiian rolls and bake them to golden perfection.

Closeup shot of crack chicken slider on plate.

If you're drooling, I don't blame you. These sliders are really good! The shredded chicken combined with cream cheese, onion, bacon, and cheese, along with sweet Hawaiian rolls, certainly makes a drool-worthy recipe. If you're like me, you'll always find yourself making these!

Why You'll Love These Crack Chicken Sliders

  • It's a quick and easy recipe you can make in just a few minutes.
  • It's great for lunches, dinners, or parties.
  • The rich, creamy, zesty flavor of the crack chicken is perfect with the melty Colby Jack and Hawaiian rolls.
  • It's easy to adjust the crack chicken to suit your taste.

Top Tip

Hawaiian rolls are almost always connected at the edges. Rather than cut them all in half individually, make things easier on yourself by using a sharp serrated bread knife to cut all the rolls in half at once before separating them.

Closeup shot of crack chicken slider on plate.

Ingredients

The ingredient list for this recipe is short, and the price tag is equally small. This recipe uses basic, budget-friendly ingredients you can find in any grocery store.

Everything you need is listed here, but you'll find the exact quantities in the recipe card at the end of the post.

  • Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Chicken broth
  • Diced chives, plus 1 tbsp for garnish
  • Garlic salt
  • Onion powder
  • Pepper
  • Shredded, cooked chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken)
  • Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Colby Jack cheese
  • Butter, melted
  • Grated parmesan cheese
Overhead shot of individual crack chicken slider ingredients

Instructions

Just like my other slider recipes, this one will have you in and out of the kitchen in a few shakes. It takes next to no effort!

1: Place the bottom halves of the rolls in a prepared 9x13 baking dish.

Overhead shot of bottom halves of Hawaiian rolls in baking dish.

2: Beat the cream cheese until smooth.

Overhead shot of two blocks of cream cheese in mixing bowl.

3: Add all crack chicken ingredients except the chicken and bacon to the cream cheese and mix.

Chicken broth being poured into mixing bowl with other crack chicken ingredients.

4: Add chicken and bacon.  Stir again.

Closeup shot of chicken and bacon being stirred into cream cheese mixture.

5: Spread chicken mixture over the bottom rolls and top with sliced Colby Jack cheese.

Overehad shot of crack chicken topped with Colby Jack cheese slices on top of rolls

6: Place the tops of Hawaiian rolls on top.

Overhead shot of unbaked crack chicken sliders in baking dish.

7: Brush melted butter on the tops of the rolls.

Closeup shot of sliders being brushed with melted butter.

8: Sprinkle parmesan cheese and additional chives evenly over rolls.

Sliders topped with melted butter, paremsan, and chives.

9: Bake until the cheese is melted and the rolls are golden brown.

Closeup shot of baking dish full of baked crack chicken sliders.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Shredded rotisserie chicken works well in this dish.
  • Add diced jalapenos to the chicken mixture for a kick of heat.
  • Try any of your favorite cheeses for this recipe. Swiss, cheddar, or any of your favorites will work.

Equipment

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sharp bread knife
  • 9x13 baking dish
Closeup shot of crack chicken slider on plate.

Storage

Refrigerate any leftover sliders for up to 2 days in an air-tight container. For longer storage, wrap individual sliders in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to a month in an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

To reheat the sliders, wrap them in a damp paper towel and microwave them at 1-minute intervals until heated through.

What to Serve with Crack Chicken Sliders

Serve these creamy, zesty sliders with your favorite side dishes.

Tips for Making the Best Crack Chicken Sliders

  • Use a very sharp, serrated bread knife to ensure you don't squish the buns while slicing them.
  • Spray the baking dish lightly but evenly with non-stick spray. You don't want it to pool in the bottom of the dish.
  • Add the chicken and bacon to the crack chicken mixture last. This ensures all the other ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
Closeup shot of hand holding a crack chicken slider.

FAQ

What are sliders?

Sliders began as small hamburgers. US sailors called them sliders because they were so greasy they just slid down their throats. Today, though, sliders are any kind of hot sandwich made on rolls or buns.

What is crack chicken?

Crack chicken is a shredded chicken dish made with cream cheese, chicken broth, ranch dressing, cheese, and bacon. Its name comes from how deliciously addictive it is.

How do you keep sliders from getting soggy?

If you prefer your slider buns to absorb less of the liquid in the filling, pop the split rolls under a broiler for a few minutes to toast them. This forms a physical barrier to the moister in the filling.

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Yield: 12 sliders

Crack Chicken Sliders

Crack Chicken Sliders

Crack chicken sliders stuff sweet, buttery Hawaiian rolls with creamy, zesty crack chicken and Colby Jack cheese for the ultimate slider.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup diced chives, plus 1 tbsp for garnish
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken (I use a rotisserie chicken)
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 6 slices Colby Jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan by spraying it with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cut Hawaiian rolls in half and place the bottoms in your prepared baking pan.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  5. Add chicken broth, ¼ cup chives, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper.  Mix well.
  6. Add chicken and bacon.  Stir again.
  7. Spread chicken mixture over top of Hawaiian rolls.
  8. Top with slices of cheese.
  9. Place tops of Hawaiian rolls on top.
  10. Brush melted butter over top of the rolls.
  11. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and additional chives evenly over rolls.
  12. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown.

Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 379Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 93mgSodium 656mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 18g

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