Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders

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An easy, simple, and tasty dinner or appetizer, these Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders will make you a believer in your crockpot again. Also, it doesn’t heat your house in the summer. Hallelujah.

BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders

There is no way anyone in this house is surviving 104 degree temperatures with no air conditioning this weekend. Did I mention it’s going to be 104 this weekend in Portland? Well it is. 

Hey Lauren, why is no one going to survive?

>Because the heat makes me angry and bitter about summer.

>Because the heat makes everyone else in my house mild to moderately unpleasant. And that’s putting it lightly.

>Because no matter what we try to do, this house will not and cannot stay at a cool 70 degrees when it is hotter than Hades outside.

>Because my children can’t sleep in the heat which by default means NO ONE sleeps.

>Because ugly naked guy {aka my neighbor} mows his lawn in the heat in his sparkly pink bikini {I wish I was kidding}

>Because I can’t cook outside over the BBQ grill because it’s like Hades + Hades = kill me.

>Because I can’t cook inside because our boiling-hot-house-that-happens-to-be-slightly-cooler-than-outside will then become hotter than outside giving us no reprieve…not that being in the house was a reprieve to begin with.

>Because the above cooking situation means HANGRY people.

>Because my two year old doesn’t eat raw anything.

>And because my husband sweats profusely and I can’t even begin to handle it. How he survived his mission in Brazil  {in a suit!!}….I’ll never know.

I’m now taking quotes from heating and cooling companies.  You will have my business if I can pay you in cookies.

Ha! Just kidding.

It will be cookie dough.

………….no takers?

Ok, fiiiiiine. I’ll bake the cookies.

A small price to pay for a/c.


The moral of the story is: we are not going to survive.

crockpot bbq chicken cheddar sliders

So, what is a girl to do?


We’re going to the beach, ya’ll. Where the cool waves, cooler temps and even cooler a/c at our vacation rental {hallelujah} will keep us happy and hopefully well rested.

Slider with cheese on it

In other news, while I’ve been dying in my house, I’ve become bff’s with my crockpot again. It always happens every few months. I forget I own my crockpot and then suddenly I remember I have two!

I blame my overheated brain. Pretty sure it forces my neurotransmitters to just shut down. Actually, lets be honest: that’s not the heat talking. That’s straight up motherhood. #ohthejoys

Slider with melted cheese on top

Anyways, I made some BBQ chicken in my crockpot and served it on slider rolls with lots of melty cheddar and cold, zesty, dill pickle chips.

Yes, they were glorious.
BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders

I’ll be honest. BBQ chicken in the crockpot has been overdone. Everyone and their mom has a recipe for crockpot BBQ chicken because, DUH, it’s chicken and BBQ sauce. In a crockpot. Double duh. Everyone together say BEEN THERE DONE THAT.

But throwing that delightful chicken onto some soft slider rolls with lots of cheese, extra sauce and pickles?

Not so common anymore.

Still a super simple dinner or appetizer, just remixed a little to become that much more interesting and amazing.

Warning: you musn’t skip the dill pickles. You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you like that small addition. Trust the Lauren.

And for the love of everything good and holy DO NOT USE SWEET PICKLES. I beg of you.

BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders

Anyways, the point I’m trying to make in this very drawn out and ridiculous post is:

>Portland is friggin-hella-hot

>we are leaving town {can you hear the angels singing?}

>Crockpots are my friend

>Make sliders with your BBQ chicken!

>I may have a coronary if you use sweet pickles

That is all.

Printable recipe below! Hope you’re all staying cool wherever you are!! Have a wonderful sweat-free weekend…at least here’s to hoping. 😉

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders

An easy, simple, and tasty dinner or appetizer, these Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders will make you a believer in your crockpot again.
servings 16 sliders
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 lbs Boneless Skinless Chicken white meat such as breasts or tenders
  • 28 oz Favorite Bottled BBQ Sauce I use whatever is on sale; KC Masterpiece this time
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 16 slider rolls
  • dill pickle chips optional, except not really


  • Place chicken pieces into the bottom of a cold crockpot. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and 1/3 of the BBQ sauce. Stir to coat and cover with lid. Turn crockpot to high and cook 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  • Remove chicken from crockpot to a large, shallow dish and shred meat with two forks. Stir in 1/3 of the BBQ sauce and any extra cooking liquid to get the saucy consistency you'd like.
  • Open 16 slider rolls and place the bottoms onto a baking sheet. Top with about 1/4 cup shredded BBQ Chicken and 1 tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese. Broil 30 seconds to 1 minute or until completely melted. Top with dill pickle chips and slider roll tops. Serve immediately.


Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 261mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 196IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Chicken Sliders

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  1. One Month of Crockpot Meals! | Lauren's Latest

    […] Crockpot BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders – Cook the chicken first, add to slider rolls and broil with extra cheddar. So so delicious. One of my kid’s favorite dinners. […]

  2. Dianne

    5 stars
    Made these over the weekend, and they were delicious. I love how tender the chicken turned out . Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. ShaNae

    I am making these on Friday for a big potluck on Saturday. This is going to be good! I am going to use Sweet Baby Ray’s bbq sauce since I found it on sale for $1.89 for the big bottle. I love KC Masterpiece too though, and next time I am going to use that. Happy 4th of July to you and your family!

    1. ShaNae

      So I tried this since I’m taking it tomorrow to my potluck. I even put the dill pickles on and I must say they add a lot to the sandwich. It was delicious and I am looking forward to having it tomorrow and I will encourage everyone to put the pickles on! I also used cheddar slices since that’s all I had in my fridge and cut them in half. Thanks for another great recipe and one that’s easy to double or triple for a large crowd!

  4. Jeanette

    When it gets hot here, Northern California Sierras, I use my crockpot outside. I plug it in and place it on the side table of the grill… Much cooler than a warm crockpot in a too warm house! Grill is under the eaves so the pot doesn’t get any direct sun…

  5. Christine Hansley

    Hi Lauren,
    We don’t have A/C either. We’re in the suburbs of Chicago. So I know your pain. We do however, while not finished, have a basement. It is considerably cooler. We have even gone so far as to bring the lawn lounge chairs down there to sleep on. Our second floor bedrooms are just too hot even with fans running. Sometimes we sleep in the first floor family room. But when it hit 90+ and sometimes 100+ for days, it’s down to the basement. I cook a lot of things in the Microwave during the high heat spells. I usually try to cook fresh meat etc, but the fully cooked items – hamburgers, chicken nuggets, smoked sausage and other items become my food life line. We’re finished cooking in less than 15 minutes most of the time. And the Microwave generates less heat than even my crockpot. Enjoy the beach.