BBQ Chicken Melt

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Ever since Tyler started kindergarten, which means 5 days per week of school, our schedule has gotten a bit crazier. There are some nights that, by the time we get home from school pickup, we only have an hour before we have to be somewhere else. Those nights, I like quick and easy recipes so we aren’t rushing through dinner

One-pan recipes and those with few ingredients are great for busy school nights. Right now, we only have Tyler doing Cub Scouts in the evening, but between that, getting his backpack and lunchbox unpacked, checking his folder, doing some of his (optional) homework, showers, and bedtime routine, we aren’t left with a lot of time.

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

One of these crazy nights I decided to try something new and completely different for us. We also were low on food and needed to go grocery shopping, so I was a bit limited. 

And that’s where the idea for this BBQ Chicken Melt came from. It’s only 5 ingredients and all foods that our family enjoys. I decided on the meal as I was making it. Earlier in the day, I had taken out some chicken to thaw, but that was the extent of my planning. 

Step by Step

In a medium saucepan, pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken. Set the heat to medium-high, and stir occasionally to make sure the chicken doesn’t stick to the pan. 

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Meanwhile, toast the bread in a regular toaster at a medium setting. As soon as it’s done, butter the bread with just a small amount of butter per slice. 

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and shred it. Return the chicken to the pan and stir to coat it all with the BBQ sauce.

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Set the toast on a baking sheet and cover each piece with a scoop of the shredded chicken. 

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Cover the chicken with the cheese of your choice. I put shredded mozzarella on most of them, but Justin wanted sliced provolone on his pieces. 

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

Broil the chicken and toast for a few minutes, just enough to melt the cheese. 

BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients
BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients
BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

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BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients
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5 from 3 votes

BBQ Chicken Melt

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, cheese, chicken
Servings: 4 servings


  • 2 lbs chicken breast boneless, skinless
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded


  • In a medium saucepan, over medium-high heat, add the chicken and your choice of bbq sauce
  • Cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally, so the chicken doesn’t stick to the pan
  • Meanwhile, toast the bread then lightly butter each piece
  • Once the chicken is done, remove it from the pan, shred it, then put it back in the pan and sauce to coat
  • Lay the bread out on a baking sheet
  • Place a scoop of the bbq chicken on each piece of bread
  • Top with cheese
  • Broil for about 3-5 minutes, until the cheese has melted
BBQ Chicken Melt

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14 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Melt with Only 5 Ingredients

  1. This looks so good! I am always looking for easy recipes for hectic days. I will be trying this out soon.

  2. I feel your pain, there really are days that it is just such a struggle to fit dinner in, in the short timespan we have available. I really love this recipe, isn’t it funny how we sometimes come up with our best stuff when we have to make do with what we have?

  3. I am all for a simple and delicious meal and you can never go wrong with BBQ chicken. I would make this again with my daughter.

  4. Yes! Easy one pot meals are such a necessity for a busy household. And I always love when there are fewer dishes to wash.

  5. Those look SO amazing!! I love anything with bbq chicken! I should add this to my list of things to cook for dinner this week! I’ve been looking for new recipes !

  6. This is a quick and simple meal to whip up. Looks delicious. I might have to add some lettuce, tomato, red onion and ranch dressing, and then I would be in heaven.

  7. Simple and delicious are always the perfect designs for amazing meals. And sometimes the best comes from necessity. This looks so great. I wouldn’t have thought to do this straight out in a pan. But the provolone is a perfect choice here. Mozzarella works too.

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