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Crack Chicken Sliders are quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes. They're addictively delicious small sandwiches simply stuffed with meat and cheeses and baked into mini bites.
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Table of Contents
  1. Easy Ranch Chicken Sliders
  2. Why We Love This Crack Chicken Sliders Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Crack Chicken Sliders
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Slider Recipes
  11. Crack Chicken Sliders Recipe

Crack Chicken Sliders are made with a cheesy, creamy combination of shredded chicken, bacon, cheese, and ranch seasoning stuffed between the slices of soft Hawaiian rolls and baked into bite-sized sandwiches.

Simple to assemble in 10 minutes, this easy-to-make snacking slider is the perfect party food, game day appetizer, or mini-meal.

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Easy Ranch Chicken Sliders

Crack Chicken Sliders are the ideal snacking sandwich, simply made by mixing together cream cheese, shredded chicken, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, and ranch dressing then piling it high between the bottom and top layers of Hawaiian bread.

Before baking, the buns are brushed with melted butter and sprinkled with savory parmesan and chives; it perfectly complements the sweet flavor of the dinner rolls and creates a golden brown and slightly crispy slider.

This quick and easy recipe has the same addictive flavors as my Crack Dip and Baked Crack Chicken, but this version bakes the mixture between slider buns, making it a complete meal.

Or you can skip the sandwiches altogether and serve your meat mixture over my Roasted Cauliflower Popcorn and Zucchini Noodles or sit beside my Cauliflower Breadsticks; it can become a flavorful low-carb, keto-friendly dish for dieters and non-dieters alike.

Why We Love This Crack Chicken Sliders Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make and assemble in 10 minutes.
  • Uses simple, kitchen-staple ingredients.
  • Tangy, tender shredded chicken piled high on top of sweet Hawaiian rolls and topped with melted cheese.
  • Small sandwiches stuffed with meats and cheeses and baked in the oven until hot and melted
  • Addictive flavor combination of ranch, cheese, and bacon.
  • Great for serving as an appetizer at parties, potlucks, finger food for game day, or for part of a main meal.
1 slice of crack chicken sliders

Ingredients

  • Cream cheese
  • Packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • Onion powder
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • Green onion
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sweet Hawaiian Rolls
  • Salted sweet cream butter
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh chives

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Change The Cheese: Colby Jack cheese and Monterey Jack cheese are great alternatives cheddar cheese. You can even combine different types of cheeses like mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Bread Base: I like to use Hawaiian rolls for my sliders because they stay soft during baking and add a hint of sweetness, but you can use plain dinner rolls, slider buns, or potato buns.
  • Serving Suggestions: Crack chicken makes the most flavorful sandwich filling for these sliders, but you can also serve the meat mixture over pasta or rice, as a stuffings for baked potatoes or zucchini boats, or in lettuce wraps, flatbread, or tortillas.
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Nonstick spray
  • 4 – 5 quart heavy bottom stockpot
  • Measuring tools
  • Pastry brush
  • Aluminum foil
cheesy crack chicken sliders

How to Make Crack Chicken Sliders

Crack Chicken Sliders are easy-to-make, quick-to-bake, and are an ideal snacking sandwich or mini meal. It’s a deliciously addictive dinner full of tangy flavors mixed into a creamy meat mixture and baked in a bun.

  1. Make The Meat Mixture: Melt the cream cheese in a stockpot and mix in the ranch mix, onion powder, and black pepper. Remove from heat and stir in the green onion, chicken, bacon and cheddar cheese.
  2. Assemble: Place the bottom rolls into the prepared baking dish and spread the chicken mixture evenly on top. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and cover with the top rolls.
  3. Butter The Buns: Spread the melted butter over the top rolls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and chopped chives.
  4. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake an additional 5 – 8 minutes, until golden.
  5. Serve: Allow the sliders to rest for 5 minutes before cutting into individual servings. Enjoy!
Crack Chicken Sliders collage process

Tips

  • You can substitute plain “brown and serve” rolls for the sweet Hawaiian rolls, however, the sweet rolls just make them extra deliciously addictive!
  • Hawaiian rolls work great when making sliders because they are easy to slice in half without separating the buns, almost as if you have a sheet of bread for the top and bottom of your sliders.
  • For a spicy version, you can use the zesty or spicy ranch mix instead of the plain ranch mix.
  • This recipe is for 12 sliders, but you can easily make a double batch for a large crowd or if you know your guests will eat more than a few each.
Crack Chicken Sliders

Storage Tips

  • To Store: These sliders are best when served warm and fresh from the oven. However, they will store in the fridge for around 3 days.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze crack chicken mixture, although I do not recommend it (see FAQ below) for up to 3 months. Store the rolls separately in their original container.
  • To Reheat: To reheat leftover sliders, you can either place them in the oven covered with aluminum foil, or in the microwave for a quick reheat.
crack chicken sliders in casserole dish

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it called Crack Chicken?

Rumor has it that Crack Chicken is addicting, just like crack. People find the combination of ingredients addictively delicious (chicken, bacon, ranch, cheese), thus it was dubbed “crack” chicken. Try it and you’ll see why it’s so irresistible!

Can I prepare my chicken in advance?

Yes, you can pre-cook your chicken in advance and make the mixture later. Plus, there is minimal prep if you have pre-shredded chicken on hand. To save time, I like to buy frozen chicken that is already cooked and frozen. But, you can also pre-cook your chicken and use for meals just like this.

Can I freeze Crack Chicken?

I do not recommend freezing this Crack Chicken dish. The texture of cream cheese changes when it is frozen. It becomes somewhat grainy and crumbly in texture and it won’t have its normal creaminess.

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Other Easy Slider Recipes

5 from 12 votes
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Crack Chicken Sliders

Serves — 12
Crack Chicken Sliders are quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes. They're addictively delicious small sandwiches simply stuffed with meat and cheeses and baked into mini bites.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 16 ounces (2 8-ounce) packages cream cheese softened
  • 1 ounce packet dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • cup thinly sliced green onion
  • cups chicken breast cooked, shredded boneless, skinless
  • 12 ounce package cooked, crumbled bacon
  • cups mild shredded cheddar cheese (divided 1 cup and 1 ½ cups)
  • 12 count package sweet Hawaiian Rolls sliced in half
  • 6 tablespoons salted sweet cream butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.
  • Add the cream cheese to a 4 – 5 quart heavy bottom stock pot over medium heat. Stir often until the cream cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle the ranch mix, onion powder and cracked black over the melted cream cheese. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in the green onion, shredded chicken, crumbled bacon and 1 cup of shredded cheddar. Stir until completely incorporated.
  • Place the bottom rolls into the prepared baking dish.
  • Spread the chicken ranch mixture evenly over the bottom rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Lay the top rolls over the shredded cheese.
  • Use a pastry brush to spread the melted butter over the top rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the parmesan cheese over the buttered rolls.
  • Evenly sprinkle the chopped chives over the parmesan layer.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the foil and bake an additional 5 – 8 minutes, until golden. Remove from the oven and allow the sliders to rest for 5 minutes before cutting the individual servings.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: These sliders are best when served warm and fresh from the oven. However, they will store in the fridge for around 3 days.
  • To Freeze: You can freeze crack chicken mixture, although I do not recommend it for up to 3 months. Store the rolls separately in their original container.
  • To Reheat: To reheat leftover sliders, you can either place them in the oven covered with aluminum foil, or in the microwave for a quick reheat.
Tips:
  • You can substitute plain “brown and serve” rolls for the sweet Hawaiian rolls, however the sweet rolls just make them extra deliciously addictive!
  • Hawaiian rolls work great when making sliders because they are easy to slice in half without separating the buns, almost as if you have a sheet of bread for the top and bottom of your sliders.
  • For a spicy version, you can use the zesty or spicy ranch mix instead of the plain ranch mix.
  • This recipe is for 12 sliders, but you can easily make a double batch for a large crowd or if you know your guests will eat more than a few each.

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Nutrition Info

Calories: 584kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 56g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 592mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 971IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 218mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Can I make the chicken mixture a day ahead of time and assemble and bake the day of my luncheon? It will be a real time saver to have the chicken mixture ready and just have to put it all together.

  2. 5 stars
    This was a delicious recipe! I had a busy day so I put the chicken and the other ingredients (minus the rolls) in the crockpot and then shredded the chicken once it was ready. My family loved it!