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

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 hours Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Serves 8 sliders     adjust servings

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

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Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 281kcal Calories from fat 164
% Daily Value
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 384mg 16%
Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g