Pulled Chicken Sliders for a Quick Easy Supper

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Poached chicken combines with a homemade seasoning blend to make for a luscious and easy dinner of Pulled Chicken Sliders. Enjoy a quick, easy supper with no hassle!

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This recipe has Necessity-is-the-Mother-of-Invention kind of roots. One night I found myself in a bind. It was hockey season, meaning that my Saturday evenings were spent at the hockey rink. When we were lucky, there was some type of break at a decent hour so that we could have supper.

Instead of the usual run through In-N-Out Burger I had a few extra minutes to cook something at home. Just a few. I also had a batch of homemade rolls and a package of chicken tenders. Did I mention I didn’t have a lot of time?

I poached the chicken simply in water, pulled it to shred and then seasoned it with a homemade spice blend. The result was a flavorful and easy meal that we’ve enjoyed multiple times since, especially in the summer months when Sandwich Night takes over for Soup Night.

You can cook the chicken in the crockpot if you need to start it earlier in the day. This recipe for poaching allows you to cook it on the stovetop or in the instant-pot.

Serve the chicken in lettuce wraps for a low-carb/Whole 30 meal.

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Pulled Chicken Sliders
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Poached chicken combines with a homemade seasoning blend to make for a luscious and easy dinner of Pulled Chicken Sliders.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 1 to 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 peppercorns
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Jamie’s Spice Mix or other favorite spice blend
  • small rolls or hamburger buns OR lettuce leaves
  • sliced tomato
  • lettuce leaves
  • sliced pickles
  • sliced or shredded cheese
  • condiments of choice: mayo mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce
  1. If making this on the stove top: In a large pot with a lid, place the chicken, bay leaf, and peppercorns. Add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Once the water boils, simmer for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  2. If making this in the electric pressure cooker: place the chicken, bay leaf, and peppercorns in the pot with 1 cup of water. Cover and switch the pressure valve. Set to manual for 12 minutes. Allow for natural pressure release.
  3. Remove the chicken from the pot, discarding the liquid. Shred the meat with two forks. Season to taste with spice mix.
  4. Serve with buns or lettuce wraps and sandwich toppings.
Recipe Notes

To freeze: the shredded meat can be frozen for a later date. Simply cool and wrap airtight. Chill completely before freezing.

To serve: thaw completely in the refrigerator. Reheat or serve cold.

Other great sandwich recipes

Easy Tuna Melt Sandwiches
Avocado Salsa Sandwich
Egg Plus Salad Sandwiches
Fried Chicken Sandwich

Originally published April 14, 2013. Updated February 9, 2018.

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  1. This sounds like the perfect meal for lacrosse nights! I have been looking for a summery easy to tote meal. I’ll add some veggie dippers and we’ll be good. Thanks again!

  2. I love the easy yet tasty recipes you post here. I hope your kids are fine now.

  3. Never thought about poaching anything but a roasting chicken before? Are the tenders the frozen kind from a bag or fresh?

    • I typically buy them fresh. I usu do a whole chicken in the slow cooker, bone-in breasts in the oven, and boneless on the grill or poached. 🙂

  4. Would you mind posting how to make those rolls?

  5. We had these for dinner tonight and OH MY! they were so good! These are for sure on my go to list in the future. The spice mix totally made them! I am looking forward to using it on more things in the future.

    • Having your own spice blends is such a lifesaver. You can use them on anything. I use them a lot for salad dressings and to season meats. Glad you liked the sandwiches!

  6. I’ve been looking for a way to cut our grocery budget and put more towards being debt free faster! THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and menus with us and FOR FREE! You’ve blessed our family beyond words!

    I do have a question though, how would you adjust the poaching time using TJ’s frozen chicken tenders?

    Thank you again!!!

  7. Janelle says:

    How much of the spice mix do you use?

  8. whitney says:

    These are great!! I know that you shop at Trader Joes’s….how would Aldi’s be in comparison?

  9. I know readers have shopped the plans at Aldi with great success. We don’t have that store here so I don’t have personal experience.

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