Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zesty Italian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

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These sliders are flavor packed!  Two is all that anyone in our house could eat.  Enjoy!

Yield: 6
Author: Donna Elick
Zesty Italian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

Zesty Italian Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

These sliders are flavor packed! Two is all that anyone in our house could eat. Enjoy!
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 10 M


  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 12 ounce bottles barbecue sauce (use your favorite)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 recipe Homemade Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (recipe to follow)
  • slider rolls
  • dill pickle slices
  • shredded Monterey jack cheese
Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Place chicken in crock pot, pour over barbecue sauce, Italian dressing and brown sugar.
  2. Mix together well. Cook 3-4 hours on high. Stirring occasionally. Once chicken is cooked, you can use 2 large forks to pull chicken apart.
  3. Allow to cook another 1/2 hour -1 hour to let the chicken absorb the sauce and let the sauce thicken. Assemble sliders.
Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  1. Add 2 tablespoons of Italian Salad Dressing Mix to vinegar and oil, in a pint mason jar or resealable container. Chill and serve.
To assemble sliders
  1. Slice open slider rolls (we used 2 per person). Put 2 heaping tablespoons of pulled chicken on each slider. Add a tablespoon of cheese, then top with a pickle slice.


  1. my mouth is watering just so you know and I am now rethinking the salmon i was going to cook tonight and instead just do this recipe- just so you know you messed up my whole day because i have to go to the store now! LOL! Kidding but kinda not- i really do want to make this tonight

  2. Very cool assembling line! The buns look amazing. I think I could easily eat more then 2, or at least I will try to…hihihih

  3. These look wonderful and so simple! thanks!

  4. Happy hour is my favorite. These sliders look great...I'm especially loving the Blue Moon in the background. :) My favorite kind of beer.

  5. Oh yeah! This sounds great for Happy Hour! Love that pickle slice on them and Blue Moon too!

  6. Fantastic - these will be a HUGE hit!
    mary x

  7. looks great! I'm going to make this for the the pot luck lunch I'm having next month. So it makes about 6 sliders total?

    Also, question about the ingredients, you mentioned, "1/2 Homemade Zesty Italian Salad Dressing". Is that half batch, or half something else? thanks!

    1. I am wondering the same thing. How many sliders will this make? Looks great~just not sure if I need to double the recipe....Trying to serve 8 guests. Thanks.

    2. Depending on your serving size, you should easily get 16 sliders (or 8 full size) out of 2 lbs of chicken.

  8. This looks GREAT! Yummmmm! I love that this is so easy to make!

  9. Great looking sliders and I love the single pickle sitting on top! Perfection! Great taste in beer my dear. :)

  10. Today I made the zesty Italian salad dressing in advance for next weekend, then I am making the whole recipee. I can guarantee you that I am dreaming the whole week about my lunch for next weekend. Hmmmm. The dressing is super. Different uses for it. It goes with tomato, cucumber, etc. etc.


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