Favorite Crock-Pot Smothered BBQ Chicken Sliders

"I created smothered barbecue chicken sliders! Completely inspired by my favorite go-to entrée at those popular chain restaurants. You know the one – a sizzling hot plate of chicken breasts smothered in bbq sauce, onions, cheese…. you name it, delicious."
-- @nictastingspoon
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Prep time 1hr
Cook time 5hrs 25mins
Serves or Makes: 12

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  • 1 pound Chicken Breasts
  • 20 oz (1 Jar) Gold Barbecue Sauce
  • 3 small Onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablepoons Butter
  • 8 slices of cooked Bacon
  • 6 slices of Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 package of 12 Hawaiian Slider Rolls
  • 4 tablepoons melted Butter
  • Everything Seasoning (optional)


  • Step 1

    In a crock pot, add in your chicken breasts and cover with your gold BBQ sauce. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. Cook until the chicken is 165F and can easily be shredded. As the chicken cooks, you will want to work on the toppings, this can be done at anytime.

  • Step 2

    Bacon: You can use regular bacon or turkey bacon – or skip this all together if it's not your jam. The easiest way to make bacon is to bake it. Preheat the oven 450F. Line a sheet pan, one that has sides, with foil or parchment paper. Lay the bacon out in one layer and bake 10-15 minutes until it reaches your preferred crispiness.

  • Step 3

    Caramelized Onions: In a pan over medium heat add in your sliced onions and 2 TBSPs of butter with a pinch of salt. Slowly cook, stirring occasionally until they are soft, brown and slightly sweet.

  • Step 4

    Putting it all together:

  • Step 5

    Shred the chicken, pour some of the BBQ sauce over the chicken and reserve the rest of the BBQ sauce.

  • Step 6

    Break apart the rolls and cut to separate the tops from the bottom.

  • Step 7

    Layer your rolls, add some shredded chicken, caramelized onions, bacon and cheese.

  • Step 8

    Dip the bottom of your top roll into the reserved BBQ sauce and top your sandwich.

  • Step 9

    Once the rolls are put together, brush the top of each roll with melted butter. Add everything seasoning (optional).

  • Step 10

    Bake at 350F 25 minutes.

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