If you like an easy recipe, these chicken bacon ranch sliders need to be on your menu. They’re loaded with grilled chicken, melted cheese and crispy bacon making the the perfect bite.
Slider recipes are one of my favorite things to make for an easy dinner or they’re a great way to level up game day. There are so many different options out there and they make it easy to serve when having people over.
Ingredients you will need from the grocery store
Protein: Chicken thighs or skinless chicken breasts and bacon
Cheese: Pepper jack and Sharp Cheddar cheese
Other items: Sweet Hawaiian rolls, green onions ranch dressing and a ranch seasoning packet
Seasoning: BBQ rub or salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
How to make Grilled Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
Prepare and cook the bacon and chicken
Start by trimming any excess fat off of the chicken thighs then season them on both sides with your favorite BBQ rub.
Grill them over a medium-high heat of 375°F flipping the chicken every 2-3 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
To save time: skip this step and use leftover chicken or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store and replace the grilled chicken with shredded chicken.
While the chicken is grilling, cook bacon in a pan. Once it’s crispy, remove from the pan and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb the excess fat.
Once the chicken is done grilling, remove it from the grill, then let the thighs rest for 5 minutes. Chop up both the bacon and the juicy chicken thighs into bite sized pieces.
Assemble the layers of the sliders
Assemble the sliders by placing the bottom portion of the bun in an aluminum foil pan. Start with a bottom layer of cheese. You can use a kind of cheese for this recipe, but I used 4 slices of Colby jack cheese.
Add the chopped chicken pieces, crumbled bacon, green onions, then top with 4 slices of pepper jack cheese and place the top of the rolls back on. If you want to add additional flavor, add a layer of BBQ sauce to the top of the chicken as you assemble.
Place some butter in a small bowl and melt it in the microwave. Brush the melted butter all over the tops of the slider buns with a pastry brush. Then sprinkle on a ranch seasoning packet over the top of them. You can also make a garlic butter by adding minced garlic or garlic powder to the butter.
Cook the sliders
Place the pan back on the grill indirect of the heat at 325°F for 15 -20 minutes until the buns begin to crisp up and the cheese melts. You can easily throw these in your oven, but I like putting them back on the grill since it is already heated up.
Once done, remove them from the grill then carefully take them out of the pan using a spatula. Place them on a cutting board and cut each individual slider.
Serve them up with a side of homemade ranch to dip them in and enjoy!Print
- 3 pounds of chicken thighs
- 1/2 pound bacon
- 2 tbsp green onions
- 4 slices Colby jack cheese
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
- Ranch Dressing
- Season 3 lbs of chicken thighs with a BBQ rub
- Grill the chicken until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F then remove from the grill
- Chop the chicken up into bite sized pieces
- Assemble sliders in an aluminum foil pan with Colby Jack cheese, chopped chicken, 2 tbsp green onion, 1/2 lb chopped bacon and pepper jack cheese
- Place the top of the buns back on and brush on melted butter then sprinkle on a ranch seasoning packet on top of the buns
- Place them back on the grill or in an oven and cook at 325°F for 20 minutes until the cheese melts.
- Remove the buns from the pan, then slice up the sliders and serve hot
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes