Crispy Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders


This keto chicken bacon ranch sliders embody everything I adore in a bite-sized appetizer!

Just like PB&J, milk with cookies, or the iconic peas and carrots, the elements in these sliders are inseparable and a match made in heaven. With the perfect blend of cheesy chicken, cool ranch, and crispy bacon, this becomes the culinary equivalent of a high-five, bringing together flavors that belong to each other. It’s like hosting a mini party in your mouth.

If you’re struggling to come up with something great for a get-together, quick kid-friendly snack, or potluck, these sliders are perfect. They are simple, have only a few ingredients, and are ideal finger food. Unless you tell them, most folks won’t know these keto chicken bacon ranch sliders are keto! Another great advantage of these sliders is their make-ahead convenience. You can prepare the dough and marinate the chicken ahead of time. Sounds great, right? Let’s get to cooking, shall we?


40 minutes

7 servings


For the buns
1 1/2 cup Mozzarella Cheese, shredded
2oz Cream Cheese
1 cup Almond Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Ranch Seasoning Mix
1 Egg
For the filling
1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenderloins
2 tsp Ranch Seasoning Mix
2 tbsp Olive Oil
2 slices Cheddar Cheese
4 slices of Bacon cooked
Lettuce and tomato if desired
Salt and pepper to taste
Nutritional Information
337 Calories
24g Total Fat
2.5g Net Carbs
29g Protein


Gather you Ingredients.
Mozzarella Cheese, shredded & Cream Cheese: These two are the base of our slider buns.
Almond Flour & Baking Powder: They give our buns their structure.
Ranch Seasoning Mix: It lends our chicken that tangy, herbaceous flavor.
Boneless Skinless Chicken Tenderloins: The star of our sliders! Always pick fresh and good quality chicken.
Olive Oil: A healthier option with a light, savory note.
Cheddar Cheese: It adds a rich, creamy layer.
Bacon: Brings the much-loved crispy texture and smoky flavor.
Lettuce and Tomato: Add a fresh, crunchy twist. Feel free to mix and match with other keto-friendly veggies!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees..
Cheese Mixture Preparation.
In a microwave-safe bowl, combine your shredded mozzarella and cream cheese. Melt the two in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Make sure the melted cheese is well combined, forming a consistent mixture.
Prepare the Dough.
Time to give life to our dough! Add almond flour, baking powder, and a teaspoon of dry ranch seasoning mix into your cheese blend. Using your hands, knead until the ingredients thoroughly combine. 
Add the Egg.
Transfer the dough to your mixing bowl, and introduce an egg to the mix. Blend it on high until the dough smoothens out.
Create the Slider Buns.
Partition the dough into seven equal-sized balls. Place these on your baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten them a bit before you slide them into the oven. Let them bake for around 20 minutes or until they turn a lovely shade of brown and are fully cooked through.
Prepare the Skillet.
While your slider buns are baking, take the skillet, warm it over medium-high heat, and pour two tablespoons of olive oil into it. 
Season the Chicken Tenderloins.
Toss your chicken tenderloins in the ranch seasoning mix, adding salt and pepper to taste.
Cook the Chicken.
Carefully place the seasoned chicken into your heated skillet. Sauté until the tenderloins sport a golden-brown hue and are cooked through. 
Slice the Tenderloins.
Once cooked, let the chicken tenderloins cool down before you slice each in half.
Cut the Slider Buns.
By now, your slider buns should be ready. Remove them from the oven and let them cool down. Once they are easy to handle, cut each bun into two halves - a top and a bottom.
Assemble the Sliders.
This part is where your sliders begin to take shape. On the bottom half of a slider bun, place some fresh lettuce. Follow it with half a ranch chicken mixture tenderloin, a quarter slice of cheddar cheese, and half a piece of crispy bacon or bacon crumbles. Finally, cover with the top half of the slider bun. Add some tomato if desired. Continue the assembly process for each of your sliders and serve.


Essential Tools for Slider Preparation 

  • Microwave-safe bowl: Essential for melting the cheeses.
  • Mixing bowl: This is where the dough magic happens!
  • Parchment lined baking sheet: Makes baking and cleanup a breeze.
  • Skillet: A staple to brown and cook the chicken.
  • Sharp knife: Perfect for slicing chicken tenderloins and slider buns.

Adding Your Own Twist to the Keto Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders 

  • Feel free to get creative with these sliders. You could experiment with different cheeses like sharp cheddar cheese, swiss, pepper jack cheese slices, or grated parmesan cheese.
  • You can also add a little heat with some jalapenos. Your personal flair can only make these sliders more special!

Serving Suggestions and Storage Tips for Your Keto Sliders  

  • These chicken bacon ranch sliders can be the star of any party or gathering. They pair beautifully with a fresh side salad or some crunchy keto-friendly veggies.
  • Leftovers? No problem! Store your sliders in airtight containers ( unassembled) and refrigerate for up to 3 days. 
  • When ready to serve, warm them up in a preheated oven, and they should be good as new.

Additional Notes

  • Be careful not to over-season the chicken, as the ranch dressing and bacon also contribute to saltiness.
  • If you want to prepare these ahead of time, marinate the chicken for a few hours and prep the layers but do not assemble until ready to serve.
  • You can use shredded chicken and crumbled bacon for the slider's filling.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Fat Head Dough?

Since this is a keto recipe, we will use the famous keto necessity fathead dough. This dough is made of almond flour, mozzarella cheese, cream cheese, and other seasonings.
The fathead dough is cheese-based (even though it doesn’t taste like cheese) and can be used to create all kinds of dough-based items, like cinnamon pretzels, Tasty Keto BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Keto Italian Garlic Breadsticks!
While fat head dough may sound unconventional or odd, it resembles bread quite well. The fathead dough creates a soft, bread-like bun for our recipe keto chicken bacon ranch sliders.

How can I reheat the chicken bacon ranch sliders? 

You can reheat these sliders in the oven or microwave. If using the oven, wrap them in foil and heat at 350°F until warmed through.

What type of chicken should i select for this recipe?

Selecting the boneless skinless chicken tenderloins will make sure you achieve a delightful texture and smooth the preparation process. Always choose fresh ingredients for the best flavor. If you can’t, try using rotisserie chicken or a fresh deli chicken from your local deli. Doing the latter gives interesting variations to the bacon ranch chicken sliders without rethinking the entire recipe.

Why are using ranch dressing in this recipe ?

With its tangy, herbaceous flavor profile, ranch dressing makes an excellent marinade for our chicken tenderloins. It lends a delicious depth of flavor and keeps the chicken moist during the cooking process. 
However not all ranch is keto friendly so make sure to use a keto-friendly ranch seasoning mix to maintain your diet regimen.

What kind of ranch is keto?

Most commercially-available ranch dressings, although made with buttermilk, sour cream, and mayonnaise, do contain added sugar. So, if you do use them, be mindful of the portions. That said, there are a few keto ranch dressings like Yo Mama’s Ranch dressing or Primal’s Kitchen Ranch dressing

Do I have to make my own buns for this recipe ? Are there other store bought options or alternatives?

Plenty of other keto-friendly alternatives, like keto sweet Hawaiian rolls, are available if making your own bread isn’t your thing.
You could give try store-bought “keto” bread that is low (or even zero) net-carb bread, but some object to their ingredients. If you are trying your best to stay super clean, this option may not be for you, but if you only care about net carbs and sugars, these are great options. Aldi has a pretty good “keto” bread that we highly recommend as well.
Alternatively, these keto chicken sliders would be super good on our White Bread Keto Chaffle | Wonder Bread Chaffle! If you have never tried a Chaffle, you are seriously missing out!
If none of these options sound good, try our Best Keto Buns for Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Sandwiches. These buns are similar to a Chaffle, except you bake them instead of making them in a mini waffle iron. These buns are easy to make and store super easily!

Wrap Up

There you have it – your keto chicken bacon ranch slider is done!

Serve them fresh out of the oven and enjoy the burst of savory flavors. Ideal for parties and gatherings, these sliders will become a cherished staple on your celebration menu. You’ll see smiles light up as they make their way around the room, and the platter comes back clean!

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