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Chicken Parmesan Sliders Recipe

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Welcome to our quick and delicious meals section! Today, we’re sharing a mouthwatering recipe for Chicken Parmesan Sliders. These sliders are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a party appetizer. They feature crispy chicken tenders, gooey mozzarella cheese, and savory marinara sauce all packed into soft, pull-apart rolls. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb pull-apart dinner rolls or Hawaiian rolls
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 8 crispy chicken tenders or strips
  • 3/4 cup marinara or pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Rolls and Chicken

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Slice Rolls: Without separating the rolls, slice them horizontally in half. Place the bottom half in a baking dish.

Step 2: Assemble the Sliders

  1. Layer Cheese: Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the bottom half of the rolls.
  2. Add Chicken: Place the crispy chicken tenders evenly over the cheese layer.
  3. Add Sauce: Spoon the marinara or pizza sauce over the chicken tenders.
  4. Add More Cheese: Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and the grated Parmesan cheese over the sauce.

Step 3: Top and Bake

  1. Top with Rolls: Place the top half of the rolls over the cheese and chicken layers.
  2. Prepare Butter Mixture: In a small bowl, mix the melted butter with garlic powder and onion powder.
  3. Brush Rolls: Brush the butter mixture evenly over the top of the rolls.
  4. Bake: Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the rolls are golden brown.

Step 4: Garnish and Serve

  1. Garnish: Sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley over the top of the sliders.
  2. Serve Hot: Serve the Chicken Parmesan Sliders hot. Enjoy!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Chicken Options: You can use store-bought or homemade crispy chicken tenders. For a lighter version, use grilled or baked chicken tenders.
  • Cheese Choice: For extra flavor, you can mix shredded mozzarella with provolone or use a blend of Italian cheeses.
  • Sauce: Use your favorite marinara or pizza sauce. For a spicy kick, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the sauce.

Variations

Spicy Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Add sliced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the marinara sauce for a spicy twist.

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Cheesy Garlic Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Mix 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese with the mozzarella for a cheesy variation. Add extra garlic powder to the butter mixture for a more pronounced garlic flavor.

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Veggie Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Add a layer of sautéed mushrooms, bell peppers, or spinach over the chicken tenders before adding the sauce and cheese.

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BBQ Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Replace the marinara sauce with BBQ sauce for a tangy and smoky flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make these sliders ahead of time?

Yes, you can assemble the sliders up to the point of baking, cover, and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Bake just before serving.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.

Can I freeze these sliders?

It’s best to freeze the components separately (chicken tenders and rolls) and assemble them just before baking for the best texture.

What can I serve with these sliders?

These sliders pair well with a side salad, coleslaw, or crispy French fries.

How do I prevent the rolls from getting soggy?

Ensure the chicken tenders are crispy before assembling the sliders. You can also toast the bottom half of the rolls for a few minutes before adding the toppings.

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These Chicken Parmesan Sliders are a quick and delicious meal that’s perfect for any occasion. With crispy chicken, gooey cheese, and savory marinara sauce, they’re sure to be a hit with everyone. Enjoy making and sharing these tasty sliders with your family and friends!