BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe
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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches Recipe

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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.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 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.


  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.
Originally published as BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in Quick Cooking July/August 2002, p35

Blush Wine

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

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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!"

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