Chicken Parmesan Poppers and Sliders – Easy Game Day Appetizers

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Get the game day party poppin’ with these Easy Chicken Parmesan Poppers made with Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken. As a bonus appetizer, make a tray of Chicken Parm Sliders with Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips!

Get ready to serve up some quick, easy, and fun-to-eat food, game day fans! Those big game celebrations are all about delicious, finger food! Okay, it might be about the football, too. But for me, it’s always about the food!

In my family, we seem to put an Italian spin on the food we serve during get-togethers. Coming from a big, Italian family, it would be odd if there wasn’t! So for game day this year, I decided to take inspiration from one of my favorite Italian entrees and turn it into fun finger food!

Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorite Italian dishes. It’s flavorful, comforting, and easy to make at home. It’s even easier to turn into finger food using Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken and Tyson®​  Crispy Chicken Strips! Since we’re gearing up for the big game, I stocked up on Tyson® products at Target and made some Chicken Parmesan Poppers and Chicken Parmesan Sliders.

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Poppers

The Chicken Parmesan Poppers are fun little bites to eat that start with Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken. Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken is never raised with antibiotics and it’s full of crave-worthy flavor!

Bake the chicken in the oven until it’s hot and crispy. Then, spoon marinara sauce over each piece of chicken and add a small slice of mozzarella cheese on top.

Pop the chicken in the oven again until the cheese has melted. Then, insert toothpicks for easy serving! Serve with a side of marinara sauce and a sprinkle of fresh, chopped parsley for an easy game day appetizer!

How to Make Chicken Parmesan Sliders

If you’re looking for a tasty sandwich to make for game day, use Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips to make easy Chicken Parm Sliders! Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips are made with 100% all-natural ingredients like white meat chicken.

Bake the chicken strips in the oven and set aside. Then, toast slider buns in the oven. When the buns are toasted, place chicken strips onto the bottom half of the buns. Top with marinara and mozzarella cheese. Put the other half of the buns on top, brush with garlic butter, and sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese. Bake the sliders just until the cheese is melted and serve!

Easy Chicken Parmesan Poppers and Sliders – Game Day Appetizers

Easy Chicken Parmesan Poppers and Sliders – Game Day Appetizers


    To make the Chicken Parmesan Poppers:
  • Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken
  • Marinara sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese slices
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • To make the Chicken Parmesan Sliders:
  • 1/2 package Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips
  • 15 oz. can tomato or marinara sauce
  • 1 package slider buns
  • 4 mozzarella cheese slices
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tsp. garlic and herb seasoning
  • 2 tsp. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped


    To make the Chicken Parmesan Sliders:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bake Tyson® Any’tizers® Popcorn Chicken on a baking sheet for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and spoon marinara sauce over each piece of chicken.
  4. Using a pizza cutter, cut the mozzarella cheese slices into four smaller squares. Then, place a piece of mozzarella on top of each piece of chicken.
  5. Place the chicken back into the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  6. Remove from oven and stick a toothpick into each Chicken Parmesan Popper.
  7. Serve with extra marinara and chopped parsley, if desired.
  8. To make the Chicken Parmesan Sliders:
  9. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  10. Add Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips to a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  11. Cut the slider buns in half and place each half, cut-side-up, on a baking sheet. Place the buns in the oven and toast for about 5 minutes.
  12. Remove buns from heat and place the chicken strips on the bottom half of the buns.
  13. Spoon sauce over the chicken strips.
  14. Top the chicken with cheese and cover with the other half of the slider buns.
  15. In a small bowl, mix the melted butter and garlic seasoning together. Brush the top of the buns with the butter mixture.
  16. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese on top and place back in the oven for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese begins to melt and turn golden brown.
  17. Remove the sliders from the oven and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
  18. Serve with extra marinara sauce for dipping.
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Make sure to stock up on these Tyson® products in the freezer aisle of Target! You might want to add a couple extra bags. These Chicken Parmesan poppers and sliders will be popping onto your guests’ plates fast! Click here to find a store near you!

Did you make this Chicken Parmesan Poppers and Sliders recipe for your game day gathering? Share it on social media using the hashtag #livinglavidaeats. Don’t forget to tag me @lavidaholoka!


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  1. These look tasty and easy! We host a student game day party every year. I will be making these for that gathering! #client

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