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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

With four small children at home, I need quick yet filling meals. These fast family-favorite sandwiches and are a cinch to make. For a spicier taste, eliminate the ketchup and increase the amount of salsa to 1 cup. —Leticia Lewis, Kennewick, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  • 1. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in the salsa, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Stir in chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve about 1/3 cup chicken mixture on each bun.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve in buns. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 284 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 770mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

Reviews for BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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Donut Queen User ID: 6883809 230947
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2015

"These are great, one of the few recipes that doesn't need adjusting!"

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 221932
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2015

"These were quite delicious! I will make these again."

EAW9414 User ID: 3055522 129544
Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"I made this for lunch yesterday and this was delicious

I added extra sauce me and my husband enjoyed it"

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 102491
Reviewed May. 3, 2014

"Very happy that I doubled the recipe - it is delicious! Only change I made was that I didn't add the apple cider vinegar since I didn't have any on hand & I added about a tablespoon of honey dijon mustard. I will make it the same way next time."

shunter4 User ID: 7432418 102467
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"My family absolutely loved this meal. It was perfect just the way it is."

dolzadell User ID: 6124785 35489
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"My enntire family loves this recipe and I always have to make a double batch which is fine with me because then I have leftovers for lunch! Yummy"

stwood64 User ID: 3644447 53119
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"This has become a regular in our house, we love it. I sauteed the veggies in olive oil instead of butter."

leeaahh User ID: 6561466 36250
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2012

"I made this lastnight for dinner. A total of 4 people and i can not tell you how much they loved it. I had to double the ingredients slighty, hungry eater's were coming over. I would not change a thing about this recipe. The flavor can be played with depending on how spicy you want it/ Very fun and I will be definitely be making this again. I'm considering trying the recipe with a shredded pork."

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 42714
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2011

"My son RAVED about these sandwiches and thinks they're even better than barbecued beef or sloppy Joes! I did add about a half a teaspoon of liquid smoke, but other than that, followed the recipe exactly. A couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts yielded enough meat to make six sandwiches, so it's economical too. I loved the crunch of the celery. Add a few potato chips and a dill pickle spear on the side and you feel like you're eating in a sandwich shop!"

CWyatt User ID: 3826639 112930
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2011

"I didn't have onion on hand, so I used chives and garlic powder instead. I also don't care for celery, so I substituted celery seed. I served it with slices of baguette instead of on a bun as well and it was delicious! Will definitely make again!"

sylvia_moss User ID: 4270982 57444
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I'm usually not very picky about my food at all. I love sloppy joes so I thought I might like these. I really was not impressed with the flavor, there was way too much of a sweet taste. I do actually wonder if the sauce would taste better with beef."

drmcnight User ID: 4328239 102465
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2010

"This is now one of my favorite recipes. The flavor is awesome and easy it is to make. I frequently cook chicken breast to freeze so I always have cooked chicken ready."

dmellmer User ID: 1202602 85504
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2010

"Been making this recipe for awhile. Easily doubled, I frequently make it for birthday parties for my children."

Joscy User ID: 2694585 79589
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2009

"Will be making these soon, for sure. Thank you."

akglmu User ID: 1794463 129541
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"I agree; these sandwiches are awesome! The flavor is so good (a little sweet with the brown sugar and a little spicy from the kick of the salsa; perfect combo). Honestly, you don't even need bread or buns to serve this with because the chicken is wonderful by itself. A recipe that I will make often, esp. for my friends who loved it so much."

jenniehandrich User ID: 1361590 53117
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2009

"These are AWESOME! I've made them several times already and my family LOVES them! Thanks for the great recipe!"

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Wine Pairings

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.