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These cheesy Chicken Parmesan Sliders are an easy game day party appetizer or a fun weeknight meal that the entire family will enjoy! Soft sandwich rolls loaded with crispy breaded chicken tenders, marinara sauce, and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese make these sliders a fun take on the classic Italian-American Chicken Parmigiana!

Two Chicken Parmesan Sliders sitting on a white plate.

Happy New Year! How was your holiday? I took a nice little break, had fun with my fam, and enjoyed a brainstorming and goal planning session for this little ol’ blog of mine!

I’ve got some really fun and exciting ideas for 2018, including some fun food projects that I’ll be sharing with you shortly! The first is a monthly collaboration I’m doing with some of my favorite food blogging friends where we will each post a different recipe around a theme and share them on the same day.

We thought we would start 2018 off right by sharing some of our favorite slider recipes so you can be ready for Game Day!

A single chicken parmesan slider being lifted out of a pan full of sliders with a spatula with melted cheese stretching down.

Sliders are always a favorite at parties and are perfect game day food because everybody loves a bite-size sandwich! Plus, chicken parmesan sliders are easy to prepare, especially if you use pre-cooked breaded chicken tenders or chicken strips from the store.

And the smell of the garlic and butter and marinara just makes your house smell so cozy and inviting!

Honestly, who doesn’t love a classic chicken parm? All those robust, savory flavors of tomato sauce and melted cheese over tender breaded chicken? What’s not to love?! It’s Italian-American comfort food at its best.

The most time consuming part of making chicken parmesan sliders is the chicken itself. You can make homemade crispy chicken tenders yourself by either frying them in oil or baking them in the oven or just buy breaded chicken tenders from your local deli at the store.

Or even get the kind in the freezer aisle and follow the package directions to heat them through before assembling these sliders.

Normally I’m not one to advocate for buying products like this from the freezer section at the store since I like to make most things from scratch, but when it comes to party planning and party food, I have a rule that simpler almost always equals better, or at least less stressful, so I will often make an exception.

Last Halloween for our annual party we made multiple batches of different kinds of sliders and a similar batch of marinara and meatball sliders were one of the first things to go.

It’s hard to say which I like better – the chicken parm or meatball version – but really the only difference is swapping out the breaded chicken tenders for cooked Italian meatballs.

Either way these are definitely a winner!

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Just slice a bag of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls in half horizontally without separating the rolls so you just have one large top and bottom section to work with.

Then arrange the fully cooked breaded chicken tenders on top, spoon a little marinara over them, and sprinkle with a generous helping of shredded mozzarella cheese before placing the remaining top section of rolls on top.

Breaded chicken tenders arranged on top of hawaiian sweet rolls for chicken parmesan sliders. Marinara sauce covered breaded chicken tenders as part of the assembly for chicken parmesan sliders. Melted garlic, herb, and parmesan butter brushed over the top of chicken parmesan sliders before going into the oven to bake.

A quick and easy garlicky herby parmesan butter sauce gets brushed over the tops of the rolls, then they get covered in foil and baked for about 20 minutes until hot all the way through, removing the foil halfway through so the tops of the buns have a chance to get nice and brown.

A 9x13-inch baking dish full of hot chicken parmesan sliders right out of the oven before being sliced apart.

Slice apart the sliders and serve them up hot for your hungry crowd! Depending on how many people are coming for the party, you can make a double batch of these or choose another slider option so that guests have a couple to choose from!

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Chicken Parmesan Sliders
Yield: 12 servings

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

These cheesy Chicken Parmesan Sliders are an easy game day party appetizer or a fun weeknight meal that the entire family will enjoy!  Soft sandwich rolls loaded with crispy breaded chicken tenders, marinara sauce, and lots of gooey mozzarella cheese make these sliders a fun take on the classic Italian-American Chicken Parmigiana!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 count) package King's Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls
  • 1 pound crispy breaded chicken strips
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Cook the chicken strips if frozen or preparing from scratch.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the rolls in half horizontally without separating.  Place the bottom halves of the rolls into a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  3. Arrange the chicken on top of the roll bottoms, then spoon the marinara sauce evenly over the chicken.  Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese and half of the Parmesan.  Top the sliders with the remaining halves of the rolls.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the butter, Italian seasoning, and remaining Parmesan cheese.  Brush over the tops of the rolls, then cover the pan with foil and place in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes uncovered until the tops of the sliders and deep golden brown and the sliders are hot throughout with the cheese completely melted.  
  6. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before cutting into individual slicers and serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149 Saturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 388mg Carbohydrates: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 13g
Be sure to check out all the other amazing Game Day Slider ideas shared by some of my favorite food blogging friends today!

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