Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders

Whether you are planning a party or just need a simple dinner idea, these Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders are a must make! Tender, flavorful bbq shredded chicken and tangy, crunchy coleslaw stuffed into soft slider buns is a favorite among kids and adults alike.

bbq chicken sliders with coleslaw

These Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders are just the easy appetizer you need to round out your party menu.

Crockpot bbq chicken is perfect for sliders, but you can also use it to fill a baked potato, top a salad, stuff in a tortilla or top your nachos or pizza. Makes good weekly meal prep, too.

Want another great slider option? Try my Italian Meatball Sliders!

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients for Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders
  2. How to Make BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker
  3. FAQs
  4. Serving Suggestions
  5. Variations
  6. Storage and Reheating
  7. Expert Tips
  8. More Delicious Easy Appetizers
  9. Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe
bbq chicken slider on brown paper

Ingredients for Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders

  • Chicken – I like to use boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can use skinless chicken thighs if you want, but even boneless they tend to be a little greasier.
  • BBQ Sauce – a whole bottle of your favorite sauce.
  • Chicken broth – adds flavor to the chicken.
  • Coleslaw – this is totally optional, but I love the crunch and tang to top the sliders. You could also serve this on the side as a salad. To make, you need coleslaw mix, mayo, vinegar, lemon juice and sugar.
  • Buns – You can make these into full size sandwiches if you want, but as part of an appetizer menu, sliders are the way to go. You can find slider buns in packages of 8-12 in the bread section.

How to Make BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker

  • Cook chicken. Add chicken to the bottom of the slow cooker, then pour in bbq sauce and broth. Cover and cook for a few hours or until chicken is cooked to at least 165℉.
chicken breasts and bbq sauce in slow cooker po
  • Make coleslaw. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the coleslaw by mixing coleslaw mix (shredded carrots and cabbage) with mayo, vinegar, lemon juice and sugar. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Shred chicken. Once the chicken is fully cooked, use 2 forks to shred it in the slow cooker.
shredded chicken with bbq sauce in a crockpot
  • Assemble sliders. Place chicken on the bottom bun and top with coleslaw. Replace the top of the bun and arrange on a platter.
bbq chicken slider on brown paper

FAQs

How long does chicken take to cook in a crockpot?

Chicken cooks quickly, and only takes 2-3 hours on high. Depending on the size, it could be done even faster. I always recommend cooking on high and watching the temperature. Once it hits 165℉, it’s good.

Should you cook crockpot chicken on high or low?

I always recommend to cook chicken on high in a slow cooker. To keep it tender and juicy, chicken should be cooked faster at a high temperature. If you want to cook on low, you won’t need more than 4 hours cooking time.

Serving Suggestions

I usually serve these buffet style, with the bbq chicken in the crockpot, buns and coleslaw on the side. That way everyone can make their own sliders, customizing the amount of toppings.

If you have a large spread, you may want to assemble the sandwiches yourself. If you are making them ahead of time, I recommend toasteing the inside of the bun to keep them from getting soggy.

overhead shot of slider buns with shredded bbq chicken and coleslaw

Variations

Spicy: Add a teaspoon of red pepper flakes or a few dashes of hot sauce to the crockpot, either before or after cooking.

Deluxe: Pile sliders high with lettuce, tomato and some crispy fried onions on a super soft brioche roll.

Kid Friendly: Leave off the coleslaw and serve with a side of ranch dressing.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Cool chicken completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.

Freezing: Cool chicken completely. Store in a plastic freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheating: For a small individual portion, you can microwave to reheat. If making several portions, I recommend heating in a saucepan on the stove top. If frozen, thaw completely before reheating.

Expert Tips

  • Use chicken breast. Thighs and dark meat tend to be greasier.
  • For more flavor, add garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a dash of worcestershire sauce to the chicken prior to cooking.
  • Split buns in half and toast with insides facing up. This will keep them from soaking up too much sauce and becoming soggy.
  • The coleslaw is optional. For a super simple appetizer, just serve the chicken with the buns.
  • Add a little brown sugar for sweetness or Liquid Smoke for a smoky touch.
hand holding a bbq chicken slider

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders

Whether you are planning a party or just need a simple dinner ideas, these Crockpot BBQ Chicken Sliders with tangy coleslaw are a must!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 sliders
Calories 313kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth

Coleslaw

  • 16 ounce bag coleslaw mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 slider buns

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • Place chicken, barbecue sauce, and chicken broth in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked through and tender.
  • Shred chicken with 2 forks, into the slow cooker.

Coleslaw

  • In a medium sized bowl whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, lemon juice, and sugar until combined. Add coleslaw mix and stir until coleslaw is coated with sauce. I recommend making this at least 30 minutes in advance.

Sliders

  • Optional: Warm slider buns in the oven or microwave.
  • Top buns with shredded chicken and coleslaw. Serve immediately.

Notes

Storage: Cool chicken completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
Freezing: Cool chicken completely. Store in a plastic freezer bag or freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheating: For a small individual portion, you can microwave to reheat. If making several portions, I recommend heating in a saucepan on the stove top. If frozen, thaw completely before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliderCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 18gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 517mgPotassium: 413mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 137IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword bbq chicken sliders, slow cooker bbq chicken

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the recipe developer, writer, CEO and all around badass who created Yellow Bliss Road, Inc. and EasyAppetizers.com. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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