BBQ Chicken Sliders


If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing classic that is incredibly easy to make, check out these delicious, flavour-packed BBQ Chicken Sliders.

This recipe comes together fast and is perfect for an easy dinner that will be a hit with the whole family. It’s also simple to double or triple this BBQ chicken sliders recipe to impress your guests at get-togethers or on game day.

Easy Mini BBQ Chicken Sliders Recipe

BBQ chicken sliders

BBQ Chicken Sliders

Blake Hall
A crowd-pleasing classic that is incredibly easy to make
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 12 mini rolls
  • 1.4 kg chicken thighs
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 2 tbsp green onions
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 50 g Memphis Red spice rub (or a mix of smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano onion powder, and a bit of sugar)
  • BBQ sauce


  • Season approximately 1.4 kilograms of chicken thighs with the Memphis Red rub or a mix of smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano onion powder, and a bit of sugar. 
  • Grill the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 74°C, then remove it from the grill.
  • Chop the chicken up into bite-sized pieces.
  • Place sliders on a cutting surface and carefully cut them in half, keeping your knuckles on the counter as you cut to ensure even slicing. 
  • Assemble the bottom half of the sliders in an aluminium foil pan and layer each slider with American cheese, chopped chicken, and 2 tbsp green onion.
  • Place the top of the buns back on and brush on melted butter.
  • Place the sliders on the grill or in an oven and cook at 163°C for 20 minutes until the cheese melts.
  • Remove the buns from the pan, then slice up the sliders and serve hot.
  • Serve the sliders with BBQ sauce on the side for dipping or drizzling according to taste.
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Chef’s Comments

  • With its bold, balanced mix of earthy, savoury, and sweet flavours, Memphis Red spice rub is my favourite spice for this recipe. But you know I love to experiment!
  • I like to switch it up now and then and I’ve found that Kansas Kick and Coat of Arms also complement the flavours and ingredients in this BBQ chicken sliders recipe well. If you try any of our other spices and rubs with this recipe, I’d love to hear how it turns out!
  • Feel free to play around with the type of cheese you use. American cheese is my go-to, but I’ve also loved this recipe with Swiss and provolone.
  • Play up the hint of sweetness in the Memphis Red spice rub and BBQ sauce by serving this recipe on Hawaiian sweet rolls rather than plain rolls.
  • If I’m really short on time, I’ll use leftover chicken from another recipe or pick up a rotisserie chicken to use in place of grilled chicken

My Recommended Sides

This BBQ chicken sliders recipe pairs well with a variety of sides, but here are some of my favourites:

  • Coleslaw (I can’t think of a more perfect pairing than anything BBQ served alongside coleslaw!)
  • Whole Roasted Cauliflower – Add some lightness to this meal and get a healthy dose of veggies!
  • Smashed Potatoes — If you’re really looking for a stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal, look no further than this pairing of flavourful, crispy potatoes and BBQ chicken sliders. Comfort food at its best!
  • BBQ Corn Ribs — Simple to make, loaded with flavour, and the perfect complement to the BBQ chicken sliders.
  • A fresh, simple side salad with your choice of dressing
  • Baked beans

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