These irresistible “Chicken Pineapple Sliders” slid right into our lives by complete accident. I have to be honest and admit that I have never made sliders before. I always wondered why folks would want a smaller hamburger 😆. Well, now I know why. The answer is, because you can eat 2 😊! Trust me when I say, you will definitely want more than one of these savory, sweet, soft bun chicken sliders.
Chicken Pineapple Slider Story
I’m going to make this very short & sweet because I am about to eat the leftover chicken sliders as soon as I finish writing this post 😆. These chicken sliders almost didn’t happen. It was a complete SLIP UP, but are both so happy it happened because they are definitely going to be added to my favorite go-to meals.
So here’s how the sliders happened…on a trip earlier this year we were staying at a beautiful secluded condo on the ocean, but it didn’t have a full kitchen (just fridge, microwave, and utensils for take-out). Well, if you follow me on this blog, you know I love to cook, even while on vacation (check out my homemade recipes here).
When I packed, I decided I would only make breakfast(s) at the condo, so we only ate out twice a day. Well, we got there very late the first day because of traffic (7 hours), so we had to act quickly as we drove up to our destination. All the restaurants were on the verge of closing for the night, but I remembered we had Instacart, and luckily we just caught the last delivery going out for the evening. I quickly added ground chicken, hamburger buns, and burger fixings to the “cart” because I had brought an electric frying pan with us. A good ole chicken burger would be perfect after the the long drive.
Why put Pineapple on the Chicken Slider?
As we unloaded the car and waited for the groceries to arrive, we noticed that the owners left us a big fresh pineapple on the kitchen counter. We got so excited about that pineapple, but still had no intention of making “Chicken Pineapple Sliders”…at least not until a few moments later when the Instacart shopper arrived with our groceries with the wrong buns 😳. Oh no…our shopper dude got the little “Hawaiian Sweet Rolls” that come in a 12 serving bag -but why? It was kind of a strange substitute for hamburger buns. I was kind of thinking maybe he was craving them-poor guy he can totally come have one. What we concluded is that the shopper probably was in a hurry since it was so late.
Why Use an Electric Frying Pan?
So, now I had to figure out how to make hamburgers with little sweet rolls. I looked over at the pineapple and my handy dandy electric frying pan that I had brought for breakfast food, and realized it was pure destiny. Mini chicken burgers, on Hawaiian sweet rolls with pineapple sounded so good after our very long car trip. I even had pickles & onions to balance it all out.
NOTE: I am now in love (okay lust) with my electric frying pan. My dad always used one to cook pork chops when I was growing up, and now I know why. Electric frying pans cook extremely even.
These “Chicken Pineapple Sliders” ended up feeding us 1 meal for 3 days 👌🏻. It truly was a blessing to get the wrong buns. I could just hug that Instacart dude. I hope you try them…
Chicken Pineapple Slider Recipe
- 1 pound ground chicken (burger is fine, too!)
- 1 packet onion soup mix (I only used 1/2 of packet to decrease salt)
- dash salt & pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 large sweet onion sliced (Vadalia preferred)
- cooking spray
- fresh sliced pineapple
- large sliced dill pickle chips
- 12 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (I used King's)
Combine ground chicken, 1/2 of the onion soup mix, dash of salt & pepper, 1 egg in a medium bowl.
Combine mixture well and form balls with your hand (wetting your hand will make it easier) about the size of a kiwi placing the balls in the bowl you are working in so you can "even" them out so you have 12 balls at the end.
Spray electric frying pan with cooking spray. Heat up pan to approximately 325 degrees and place ground chicken balls on pan. Flip after 5 minutes, and be sure to cook until no more pink and 165 degrees inside. The burgers should be slightly browned.
While sliders are cooking, prep onion and pineapple by slicing both into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
Once burgers are completely cooked, remove from pan (set aside) and add the onion slices with a a splash of water. Allow onions to cook until translucent, and then browned. It takes about 10 minutes, and you can S & P them too. Just a little.
Get your plates ready and microwave the buns you are planning on using about 20 seconds before you dress them.
Once onions are soft and a caramelized, turn off frying pan, and add sliders to mix with onions. I actually added pineapple here to warm it up, but totally not necessary.
BUILD YOUR PINEAPPLE SLIDERS (skip or add whatever you like!)
Bottom bun, slider, onions, pineapple, pickle, tiny bit of ketchup & mustard on top bun.
SECRET: Smoosh slider top bun down to keep in place, and you can even stick a toothpick in if it's giving you slider issues 😆.
👉🏻 2 feeds each person nicely! Add extra pickle, pineapple, and chips on the side for extra fun.