Zesty Italian BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders

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Zesty Italian Chicken Sliders are flavor packed! Pulled chicken sandwiches with Italian seasoning make this the best barbecue recipe ever!

italian bbq chicken sliders


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Zesty Italian Chicken Sliders

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

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Zesty Italian Chicken Sliders

Donna Elick
Zesty Italian Chicken Sliders are flavor packed! Crockpot pulled chicken with Italian seasoning and BBQ sauce. Perfect game day food!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 6 people (2 sliders each)



  • 2-3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 24 ounces barbecue sauce, use your favorite
  • 6 ounces zesty Italian salad dressing, ingredients and recipe below, or use store bought dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

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

For Serving

  • 12 slider buns
  • 12 dill pickle chips
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese


Zesty Italian Salad Dressing

  • Add all dressing ingredients, including vinegar and oil, to a pint sized mason jar or resealable container. Shake vigorously, then transfer to the fridge to chill until ready to serve.

Pulled Chicken

  • Place chicken in a crockpot. Pour barbecue sauce, prepared Italian salad dressing and brown sugar over the top. Stir well to combine and cover crockpot with lid.
  • Cook 3-4 hours on High, stirring occasionally if possible.
  • When chicken is cooked through and shreds easily, use 2 large forks or meat shredder to pull chicken apart. Stir again to combine and cover with lid
  • Allow to cook another 30 to 60 minutes, to let the chicken absorb the sauce and let the sauce thicken.

To Assemble Sliders

  • Slice open slider rolls (we used 2 per person). Put 2 heaping tablespoons of pulled chicken on each slider.
    Add a tablespoon of shredded cheese, then top with pickle chips and top bun.
    Serve and enjoy!


Serving: 2sliders | Calories: 887cal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2028mg | Sugar: 56g | Fiber: 6g | Calcium: 386mg | Iron: 5mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published October 2011.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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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