chicken + bacon + ranch sliders

delightful little sliders layered with thinly sliced chicken, lots of cheese, crispy crumbled bacon and homemade ranch! as always, you can alter this recipe however you'd like

  • swap out the pepper jack for some colby, muenster or whatever you're feeling

  • use a different type of lunch meat; turkey, ham or even leave it vegetarian friendly (minus the bacon, of course)

  • if you don't have time or the ingredients to make my homemade ranch, you can always use store-bought

cooking the bacon:

  • preheat the oven to 400°.

  • line the bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet.

  • bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven and the thickness of the bacon -- I like to use thick-cut!

serve as a main dish alongside a salad, pass them around at a dinner party, or serve as an appetizer!

chicken + bacon + ranch sliders

yields: 12 sliders               prep time: 15 minutes              cook time: 35 minutes 

INGREDIENTS 

12-pack of Hawaiian rolls

1 lb. thinly sliced deli chicken

12 slices of pepper jack cheese, or cheese of your choice

8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1/3 cup ranch dressing [homemade recipe here]

½ cup butter [1 stick]

½ yellow onion, finely chopped

1 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. onion powder

parmesan cheese, for topping

DIRECTIONS 

  • Preheat the oven to 350° and prepare a lightly greased 9x13 glass baking dish.

  • Cut the 12-pack of Hawaiian rolls in half lengthwise, using a serrated knife.

  • *no need to individually slice each roll – keep them all stuck together.

  • Layer half of the cheese slices, then the chicken and then the crumbled bacon.

  • Evenly pour the ranch dressing over the tops and layer the remaining cheese slices.

  • Place the tops of the rolls back on.

  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until translucent.

  • Whisk in the salt, garlic and onion powder.

  • Pour the butter sauce over the top of the rolls and sprinkle on the parmesan cheese.

  • Cover with tin foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

  • Serve immediately but be careful! They will be hot!


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