Beer Cheese Chicken Pretzel Sliders

This easy beer cheese recipe is perfect drizzled over my pulled beer chicken! This is an easy lunch or dinner recipe that’s made in the slow cooker and served on pretzel rolls. 
chicken sandwiches with beer cheese

Well, guys. It’s official.

I’m a mean mom and a bad wife.

You’ll never believe what I did.

My family was hungry. I was in the middle of doing something (probably Facebook, but let’s pretend it was something important just for fun). I made them wait for lunch. For a whole hour.

Now, don’t worry. They didn’t starve to death. It was a really close call, but they pulled through. Those 4 hours between breakfast and lunch nearly did them in, but I got off my butt and fed them just in the nick of time.

Of course, once the food was cooked and the house smelled like a weird mixture of beer (!) and cheese (!) and pretzels (!), I sent everyone off to the dining room to wait (im)patiently while I photographed their meal.

Beer Cheese Chicken Sliders - crockpot pulled chicken cooked in beer and topped with a beer cheese sauce!

Seriously, is it just me or are hungry children and husbands the whiniest creatures on Earth? I mean, my word. I don’t think anyone was literally starving, but the moaning and wailing and rolling around the floor while crying big fat tears was sure enjoyable to watch. Except not.

So, if you’re looking at the pictures of the little pretzel sandwiches and you’re thinking, dang girl, that’s some crap photography…well, blame it on the whiners. They rushed me.

These photos do not do this sandwich justice! First, you have chicken that’s been slow cooked in beer. Because, beer.

Then you have a cheese sauce that’s made with beer. Because, beer.

Then you have pretzel rolls that are slathered with dijon mustard, because…beer? I don’t know. I was drunk at this point and mustard sounded good.

You can use my pretzel roll recipe for the buns here. Just shape them as big or as small as you like and adjust the bake time accordingly. Or you can be a cheater pants and hit up Costco for the big bag of pretzel buns. Either option is delicious.

And, if you want something to serve with these guys, may I suggest some of my crispy battered french fries? You can either dip them in the extra cheese sauce or you can make my easy fry sauce recipe. It won’t be the healthiest lunch, but I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

Beer Cheese Chicken Pretzel Sliders


For the chicken:
  • 1 pound chicken breasts
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the cheese sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 8 ounces freshly grated cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
For serving:
  • pretzel rolls (homemade or store bought)
  • dijon mustard


  1. Place the chicken, beer, garlic, salt, and pepper in the slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.
  2. When done, shred the chicken with two forks. Meat should shred easily.
  3. To prepare the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in the beer and milk and continue cooking and whisking until the sauce is smooth and thick, about 5 minutes.
  5. Turn heat to low and add the cheese, a small handful at a time, stirring until melted before adding the next handful. Stir in the chives.
  6. To serve, warm the pretzel buns in the oven. Split and spread one side with mustard. Top with the chicken and cheese mixture.