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Chicken Parm Sliders

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Chicken Parm Sliders are a perfect party finger food or appetizer recipe! Made with Italian flavors, this twist on a classic Parmesan dinner is great for a game day Super Bowl party. Marinara and chicken is layered with cheeses in sweet Hawaiian rolls.
A Chicken Parm Slider after baking surrounded by other sliders

These Chicken Parm Sliders are a perfect game day appetizer finger food! Sweet Hawaiian rolls are stuffed with shredded chicken mixed with marinara, cheese, and an herb butter on top.

A Chicken Parm Slider after baking surrounded by other sliders

Easy Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Chicken Parm Sliders take all the flavors you love from traditional Chicken Parmesan and condense them into a bite-sized snack.

The combination of chicken, tangy marinara sauce, and gooey melted cheese will satisfy your cravings and leave you wanting more.

I cannot even begin to tell you how big of a hit these were!

I made them for game day when we were with friends watching football and they were just raved about.

Why is it called Chicken Parm if it’s made with mozzarella?

In Italy, foods are very often named after the city or region that it was created in.

For example, Bolognese is named after the city of Bologna.

So it is most likely that Chicken Parmigiana was named after the city of Parma.

What does parmigiana mean in Italian? It translated to “of Parma” or “in the style of Parma.”

All ingredients needed for the sliders sitting on a counter

Ingredients Needed

Here is what you need to make these amazing game day sliders!

  • Cooked Chicken (shredded preferred, or chopped)
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Provolone Cheese – optional but a great addition of flavor!
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Slider Buns (like Hawaiian sweet rolls, or preferred) – Choose mini brioche, Hawaiian, or potato rolls to provide a tender and slightly sweet base for your sliders.
  • Butter
  • Dried Parsley
  • Garlic Powder

This is a perfect opportunity to use leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken! Anything with an Italian or neutral flavor profile will work.

Chicken Parmesan Sliders with Chicken Nuggets

A fun twist to this recipe is using chicken nuggets instead of shredded chicken!

You can leave the nuggets whole if desired, or chop them up. Sauce can be tossed with the chicken, or used as a layer with the cheeses.

Keep in mind the nuggets will be a little soggy no matter what you do with them since they are trapped in the middle of layers of sauce and cheese goodness!

Top view of the Chicken Parm Sliders all cut apart on a baking sheet

Instruction Overview

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Sliders:

Slice the Hawaiian rolls in half. You can leave the entire batch attached and cut once through all of them.

Set aside the top half of the rolls.

Mix the cooked chicken with marinara sauce.

Place the bottom half of the rolls into a baking dish. Lay the sliced provolone across the bottom of the rolls.

Add about half of the mozzarella cheese across the provolone.

Then scoop the marinara chicken across the provolone.

The rolls being layered with cheese and the chicken sauce mixture

Top off the chicken with a layer of the mozzarella cheese.

Place the roll tops back on.

Melt the butter and add the rest of the topping ingredients.

Pour the butter over the top of the rolls.

A spoon pouring the seasoned butted over the top of the assembled Chicken Parm Sliders

Cover the rolls with tin foil and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. Then remove the foil and continue baking about 5 minutes longer to toast the tops as desired. Since everything is already cooked, we are aiming for heating it through and melting all the cheeses.

Remove from the oven, cut, and serve!

You can serve these delectable sliders as a main dish, appetizer, or even as party finger food. They are perfect for game nights, potlucks, or family gatherings.

For a complete meal, pair your Chicken Parm Sliders with a side salad or some crispy fries.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add some fresh basil leaves or a drizzle of balsamic glaze for an extra burst of flavor.

Modifications and Substitutions

You can use any leftover or Italian/plain flavored chicken for this recipe. Chicken nuggets or other breaded chicken is also great! But the breading is likely to get soggy when exposed to the sauce.

If using a breaded chicken, I recommend putting the provolone slices between it and a layer of sauce to help prevent this.

Close view of the Chicken Parm Sliders all stuck together

Kim’s Tips

These are messy! So be sure to have lots of napkins handy.

I love serving some additional marinara on the side to dunk into.

You can bake these on a baking sheet as well, but a few things to note:

  1. The bottom of the rolls will crisp up so be careful how long you cook them.
  2. The cheeses and butter will fall out and away from the rolls since there are no edges against the bread to hold everything together.

FAQs

What’s the difference between chicken Parmesan and chicken parmigiana?

They are the same thing!

Why isn’t chicken parm called chicken mozzarella?

Because it is named after the city of Parma, and not the cheese. (Although Parma is also where Parmesan originates from!)

What goes well with chicken sliders?

These would be great served with French fries, salad, or an Italian seasoned vegetable like broccoli or green beans.

How many sliders per person for a party?

This will vary with how much other food is served, but assume 1-2 sliders per person.
Consider how filling other options are, how many other options there are, and the guests you are serving.

Chicken Parm Sliders cut apart and closer up after baking
Pin of a Chicken Parm Slider up close with title at top
A Chicken Parm Slider after baking surrounded by other sliders

Chicken Parm Sliders Recipe

Chicken Parm Sliders are a perfect party finger food or appetizer recipe! Made with Italian flavors, this twist on a classic Parmesan dinner is great for a game day Super Bowl party. Marinara and chicken is layered with cheeses in sweet Hawaiian rolls.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Chicken/Turkey, Football, Game Day
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 314kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken and marinara sauce. Set aside.
    3 ½ cups shredded chicken, 1 ½ cups simple marinara sauce
  • Slice your slider buns in half lengthwise (this is easiest when leaving them all stuck together).
    1 pack sweet Hawaiian rolls
  • Lay the bottom half of the rolls in the baking dish.
  • Layer the provolone slices across the roll bottoms.
    6 slices provolone cheese
  • Sprinkle half of the mozzarella across the provolone.
    2 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Spread the chicken mixture across the mozzarella.
  • Top the chicken with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top half of the buns on top of the sliders in the dish.
  • In a small bowl, combine the melted butter, garlic powder, dried parsley, Parmesan, and salt.
    ½ cup butter, ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 Tablespoon dried parsley, ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pour the butter mixture over the top of the sliders.
  • Cover the dish with foil.
  • Bake the sliders for about 10 minutes, until the cheese around the edges is melting.
  • Remove the foil and cook an additional 3-5 minutes as desired to brown the top of the rolls.
  • Serve warm with additional marinara sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slider | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1054IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 2mg
By on June 7th, 2023

About Kim

Kim has grown up with a passion for cooking good food! You can find her in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes, making dog treats, and eating Italian food!

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