Short on time but need to bring a dish to a party? This is one that everyone is going to love. I’ve seen these “dinner roll” pull-apart sandwiches all over. I love the idea because they’re so easy and you can do whatever you want with them. Bacon cheeseburger sliders, sloppy joes, pizza sliders...or, how about Chicken Parmesan Sliders? I wanted to think of something that was easy, economical but also something most people would enjoy. Enter...chicken parm sliders.
Most grocery store bakeries sell those pull-apart dinner rolls. Unless they’re the Hawaiian buns which come in combos that range from 4 to a million, I’ve only seen packs of 6 rolls for the pull-apart variety. That’s a-ok with me because when you start to get more, they’re not as easy to control. I had a bad experience with a 24-pack of the Hawaiian rolls to vouch. The first order of business is to get the bread toasted up. This will help keep the bread from getting soggy and it gives the sandwich a little extra texture.
For the chicken, I used shredded chicken quarters that I cooked up with another recipe earlier in the week. If chicken (or cooking) isn’t in the plans for the week, you can grab a Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or even buy it in the deli section. There are so many ways to grab chicken today that don’t involved dealing with raw meat. It’s nice when you’re in a pinch. Any pizza or pasta sauce works for this recipe. I have a preference towards whatever is on sale. A little mozzarella cheese acts as the glue to keep everything together. The final touch that makes these sliders unbeatable is the herby, garlicky melted butter all over the top of the buns. It causes the bun to crisp up and it adds an extra punch of flavor that will have everyone grabbing a second, third, and maybe even fourth!
Chicken Parmesan Sliders
12 Dinner Rolls, preferably the ones attached
1 cup Pasta Sauce
2 cups cooked Chicken
1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese
4 tbsp. Butter + 2 tbsp.
1 Garlic Clove, minced
½ tsp. Basil
½ tsp. Oregano
½ tsp. Parsley
1 - Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prep a baking sheet with tin foil.
2 - Slice the dinner rolls in half lengthwise, careful not to break them apart. Spread the inside of each half with butter. Place the butter side up on the baking sheet and toast for about 6 minutes until nice and toasty. Remove from the oven.
3 - On the bottom layer of the rolls, spread about ½ cup of the sauce. Place the chicken on top and drizzle the remaining ½ cup of sauce over the chicken. Top with the mozzarella cheese and cover with the top half of the buns.
4 - Melt the butter with the minced garlic in a saucepan. Brush over the tops of the buns. Sprinkle the spices on the top of the buns, place in the oven and bake 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and tops are golden brown. Serve