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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

With four small children at home, I need quick yet filling meals. This family-favorite BBQ chicken sandwich filling is 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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    May 23, 2020

    Family really enjoyed this recipe!

  • Donut Queen
    Aug 9, 2015

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

  • pajamaangel
    Mar 3, 2015

    These were quite delicious! I will make these again.

  • EAW9414
    May 12, 2014

    I made this for lunch yesterday and this was deliciousI added extra sauce me and my husband enjoyed it

  • VictoriaElaine
    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
    Nov 13, 2013

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

  • dolzadell
    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
    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
    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
    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!