If you love chicken sliders on Hawaiian rolls, you will adore these garlic parmesan chicken sliders!
Tender pan-seared chicken smothered in a homemade garlic parmesan sauce then topped with melty cheese and added to toasted King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls along with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo.
Sliders are one of the most requested recipes for game days, gatherings, cookouts, holidays, etc. Chicken sliders are so popular even for the pickiest eaters and it’s even easier that they are handheld and snack-sized. So you can make them a full meal, or just have one or two.
Key Ingredients for these Chicken Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls:
This is a list of the main ingredients used in these garlic parmesan chicken sliders on Hawaiian rolls. Be sure to review the full recipe card listed below for all the ingredients needed.
Chicken tenders – you can also use chicken breast or thighs instead.
Garlic – lots of garlic is used in this recipe!
Butter – we’ll use salted butter, but unsalted butter works too – just adjust the salt accordingly.
Parmesan – grated parmesan works best to incorporate into the sauce.
King’s Hawaiian Rolls or Sliders – the premium choice for tender soft buns with a hint of sweetness.
Cheese – colby jack cheese, I prefer the cracker cut size since they are the perfect size for these chicken sliders.
Bacon – cooked until crispy!
Slider toppings – lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayo.
How to Make Garlic Parmesan Chicken Sliders
Step 1: Make the Garlic Parmesan Butter
In a saucepan on low heat, melt the butter and add the garlic, hot sauce, red pepper flakes and parmesan. Mix well until combined and garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and add parsley.
Step 2: Prep and Cook Chicken
Season up the chicken pieces and toss them with the chicken seasonings and olive oil until they are well coated. Cook them on the stove or on the grill, basting them on both sides with garlic parmesan butter as they cook. Once they are cooked through, turn off the heat, add the Colby Jack cheese and cover so the cheese melts.
Step 3: Toast & Assemble Sliders
Separate the sliders using a serrated knife. Toast the under-side of the sliders until light brown. Flip the top buns and spread with some of the remaining garlic parmesan butter, then toast another 1-2 minutes.
Assemble the sliders by spreading mayo on the bottom buns, then the chicken, bacon, tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Then place the top buns on and slice and serve them.
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Garlic Parmesan Chicken Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
- 2 lbs. chicken tenders boneless chicken breasts and thighs work too
- oil for marinade and cooking chicken
- 1 pack Kings Hawaiian dinner rolls or slider buns
- colby jack cheese (cracker cut sized) enough slices for the sandwiches
- 8 strips bacon, cooked crispy
- 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin
- 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin
- 1/2 head lettuce, shredded
Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce
- 1 stick butter (8 tablespoons)
- 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup parmesan, grated extra for topping
- 1 tbsp hot sauce more if desired
- 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
- 1/3 cup fresh parsley, minced
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Start by combining your chicken seasonings and place them in a large bowl or zip-top page. Cut chicken into 4" slider sized-pieces and add them in with the seasonings along with a few tablespoons of olive oil. Toss the chicken with the spices, coating well on all sides. Set aside while you prepare the garlic butter.
Make the Garlic Parmesan Butter Sauce
- Melt the butter over low heat in a saucepan. Add minced garlic, red pepper flakes, hot sauce and parmesan. Whisk together until garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add parsley, whisking to combine.
Cook The Chicken
- Cook chicken either in an oiled skillet over medium-high or grill the chicken. As they cook, spoon over the garlic parmesan butter and baste it over the chicken on both sides as they cook. Allow chicken to cook until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
- Once chicken is cooked through, hit them with a final pass of the garlic sauce and sprinkle with some extra parmesan. Turn off heat and top each piece of chicken with colby jack cheese, cover with a lid and allow it to melt slightly, about 5 minutes.
Assemble the Sliders
- If needed, slice the sliders horizontally using a serrated knife. Place them cut side up onto a baking sheet and toast under a broiler (or on your grill) until light golden brown, just a few minutes.
- Flip the top buns so the domed tops are facing up and leave them beside the bottom buns on the pan. Toast again for until they are golden brown.
- Add mayo to the bottom buns, spreading until smooth. Top the sliders with chicken, then top with bacon, tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce. Place the top buns over the sandwiches, slice to separate them and serve.