Halloween Monster Chicken Sliders are a goulishly fun way to feed the party crowd. They make an easy grab-and-go meal before trick-or-treating too.
The googly eyes on my Halloween monster chicken sliders will bring all the Wonder Women and Storm Troopers to the table.
Make-ahead Halloween party food
The Tex-Mex taco-seasoned chicken, topped with guacamole, will keep them hanging around!
The ingredients for these sliders can be prepared ahead and assembled just before eating. What are you waiting for? Get scary!
Slow cooker slider recipe
I love BBQ pulled chicken, easily cooked in a slow cooker. I added a Tex-Mex twist to the chicken and topped it with guacamole for something really crowd pleasing – and monster-friendly!
Plus these sandwiches have googly eyes! Well, not exactly, but they look like them and they're made of delicious cheese and olives.
Did you hear about that fish shop that was putting actual plastic googly eyes on the fish to cover up their eyes and make them look fresher? Gross! I'll stop with the googly eyes because these tasty sliders are neither fish nor gross.
What to serve at a Halloween party:
Don’t you always need a cute-little-something for your Halloween party? And usually it’s cupcakes or cookies, however, you really need to eat dinner!
My awesome Cat Cupcakes and Skeleton Cookies fill the sweets category, and Pumpkin Milkshakes keep the costumed guests happy.
The best part of these Halloween monster chicken sliders are the crazy googly eyes kids will love.
I'm hosting a fabulous Halloween recipe swap with my friend Melissa at Bless This Mess blog. We are sharing our favorite Halloween recipes and she has the most amazing Halloween Cheese Board on her site.
Add that to your party buffet and you'll be the hit of the haunted mansion! Search both of our sites for holiday party food ideas.
How to make Halloween sliders:
- First, add chicken to a slow cooker with onions, BBQ sauce, taco seasoning and chipotle.
- Next, prepare your googly eyes with string cheese, olives and cucumbers.
- Then shred the cooked chicken and assemble on rolls with guacamole.
- Finally add the eyes on top and serve.
Now, let's get started: pull out the slow cooker (check the Tara Teaspoon Shop page for my recommendation), some skinless, boneless chicken and BBQ sauce.
I usually have some taco seasoning in the cupboard and chipotle in adobo in the fridge, and I use these to really perk up a regular old slow cooker BBQ.
Make the Halloween sliders by simply combining taco seasoning with BBQ sauce, then pouring it over chicken and red onion in the slow cooker.
I cook the chicken on high for 4 hours, but you could leave it on low for 6 if you are going out and about.
To keep this meal simple (there are costumes to get into!), I bought guacamole already prepared and some cute little potato rolls.
Make food eyes for Halloween treats
The best part is the googly eyes. Monsters have scary eyes, so let’s make it so.
I cut string cheese into rounds and cut black olives with a straw! (just blow on the other end and the black circle pops out).
Slice little slits on the top of each roll and set the little monster eyes in the slits to stand up straight.
Make the chicken ahead and have it ready before your party!
The shredded chicken in sauce is topped with guacamole, more red onion and cilantro (if you like). For the kids adjust this recipe to your taste. You can leave out the chipotle, or serve the guac on the side with chips.
Play around with the recipe, but keep an eye on the monsters!
Halloween Monster Chicken Sliders
- 1 ½ cups BBQ Sauce
- 2 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1 tsp teaspoon chopped chipotle pepper in adobo
- 2 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 small red onion
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 8 slider buns
- 1 cup guacamole
- 2 string cheese sticks
- ¼ cup black olives
- 1 baby cucumber
- Mix together the BBQ sauce, taco seasoning and chipotle. Add the chicken to a slow cooker. Slice half the onion and add the slices to the chicken, then sprinkle with the salt.
- Pour BBQ sauce mixture over the chicken, cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 6 hours. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and sauce and shred with two forks. Return shredded chicken to the sauce.
- Prepare the monster eyes by slicing the string cheese in rounds and cutting the black olives with a small and bubble tea (large) straw for little circles. Or cut small triangles with a paring knife for the scary eyes. Slice baby cucumbers for the cyclops eyes. Cut slits in the top of the rolls to insert eyes so they stand up.
- Fill the rolls with chicken, top with guacamole and top with the remaining chopped red onion and cilantro. Serve warm or room temperature.
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Melissa Griffiths says
Long live all the cute things my kids will still eat that are made in the slow cooker. THIS has it all!
Mary Bench says
Great! Cutest things ever and they look yummy too! I love these!
These are darling but how do you keep the olive eyes on the string cheese? Thanks!
Hi Janette! My little bits of olive had enough juice on them to adhere to the cheese circle. It's not jiggle proof, but it works just long enough to get them to the platter for serving. Sure, some of the pupils fall off when you start to eat it, but that's ok for me! You can also totally use a bit of "glue" like mayonnaise to stick everything together.
This looks amazing! How spicy is it though! Would love to make this for my 2 year old twins.
Tara Teaspoon says
These aren't very spicy. They are as spicy as taco seasoning, but if you'd like to make them even milder, leave out the chipotle pepper in adobo. Enjoy!