Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Sliders gives a tropical twist to BBQ chicken sandwiches. BBQ sauce, pineapples, soy sauce, and garlic come together to create a BBQ chicken slider recipe that you won’t stop eating.

hawaiian chicken sliders stacked on top of each other on a white plate

We love sliders of all kinds, and we love BBQ chicken. So we put them together! These sliders are sweet and tangy, and we love to make them for dinner, gamedays, or for any special occasion.

These Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Sliders are easy and delicious.  Chicken cooks slow cooks in a flavorful sauce of BBQ sauce, pineapple juice, soy sauce, garlic and scallions.  The chicken is shredded and placed in slider buns with a pineapple ring. So delicious!!

wooden spoonful shredded hawaiian chicken in a slow cooker

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s a simple slow cooker recipe that takes very little effort.
  • It only uses a few simple ingredients.
  • The sauce ingredients make for a BBQ flavor that’s a little tropical, a little Asian, and totally delicious.


bowls of raw chicken breasts, brown sugar, green onions, bbq sauce, garlic,, pineapple rings and rolls

You’ll find everything you need for this recipe in one quick trip to the grocery store. This recipe has a lot of flavor but not a lot of ingredients. See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities.

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • BBQ sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Pineapple rings in juice
  • Lite soy sauce
  • Sliced scallions
  • Minced garlic
  • Slider buns
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

🔪 How to Make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the slow cooker to do its job. Just throw everything in, come back, and put your sliders together!

hawaiian bbq sauce being whisked in a glass measuring cup

Step 1: Make the BBQ Sauce

Combine the BBQ sauce, brown sugar, juice from the can of pineapple, soy sauce, scallions, and garlic in a small mixing bowl.

chicken, pineapple chunks, and hawaiian bbq sauce in a slow cooker

Step 2: Add Everything to the Slow Cooker

Add the chicken breasts to the slow cooker. Then, cut up half of the pineapple rings and add them to the slow cooker followed by the BBQ sauce.

Step 3: Cook

Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours until the chicken falls apart.

shredded hawaiian chicken topped with pineapple slices in a slow cooker

Step 4: Shred

Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred it with two forks. Then, remove all the liquid from the slow cooker except for 3/4 cup. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and toss it with the liquid you left inside the slow cooker.

hawaiian rolls topped with shredded chicken and pineapple slices in a glass baking dish

Step 5: Make the Sliders

Place the bottom buns in a 9×13 baking dish. Then, top them with the shredded chicken and remaining pineapple rings. Add the top buns, brush with melted butter, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and broil for a minute or two. Enjoy!


Do you want to change up this recipe and make it your own? Here are some ways that you can do that!

  • No Broil – You can also make your sliders immediately with fresh buns, no melted butter, and no sesame seeds.
  • Spicy – For a spicy kick, add diced jalapenos to the chicken before slow cooking.
  • Onions – You can use diced onions if you don’t have scallions.
  • No Buns – Serve this chicken over rice!

For another take on Hawaiian sliders, try these Hawaiian pizza sliders.

hawaiian chicken slider held in a woman's hand

🥄 Equipment

  • Measuring cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Two forks
  • Slow cooker
  • Baking dish
  • Small bowl

🥫 Storage

Refrigerate these slow cooker Hawaiian chicken sliders for up to 3 days in an air-tight container.

💭 Tips

  • Shred the chicken when it’s as hot as possible for best results.
  • Mix the BBQ sauce ingredients before adding them to the slow cooker.
  • If you broil your buns, keep an eye on them. They can burn fast!

⁉️ FAQ

Do you have questions about this recipe? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

How do you shred chicken?

Using two forks or shredding claws, place the hot chicken on a cutting board. Pull the chicken apart with the forks or claws, and at an angle as you pull to shred.

Can you cook chicken too long in a slow cooker?

If your recipe doesn’t call for shredded chicken, you can cook it for too long. For shredded chicken, it’s virtually impossible to cook it too long. You’d have to leave it in there for an entire day.

How long does it take to broil buns?

It only takes a minute or two to broil buns. Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn!

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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Sliders

These slow cooker Hawaiian chicken sliders are loaded with sweet and tangy tropical BBQ chicken, topped with pineapple, and served on buns.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 6 Sliders
Calories: 566kcal


  • slow cooker
  • Baking dish


  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 20 ounces pineapple rings in juice
  • ¼ cup lite soy sauce
  • 4 scallions sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 Slider buns
  • Sesame seeds optional


  • Into the slow cooker add your chicken breasts.
  • To a small mixing bowl combine the bbq sauce, brown sugar, juice from the can of pineapple, soy sauce, scallions and garlic.
  • Cut half of the pineapple rings into chunks and add to the slow cooker too.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 4-6 hours until the chicken fall apart.
  • Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with 2 forks.
  • Remove almost all the liquid from the slow cooker except for ¾ cup.
  • Add the shredded chicken to the slow cooker and toss in the remaining liquid.
  • You can serve these right away on the slider buns or you can place the slider buns in the bottom of a 9×13, place the shredded chicken on the slider buns and top with the remaining pineapple rings.
  • Place the tops of the buns and brush with a little melted butter and ad the sesame seeds and boil for a minute or 2.
  • Serve!


Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 1302mg | Potassium: 1142mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 302IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 3mg

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