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BBQ Chicken Melt Recipe with Only 5 Ingredients

Busy weeknights need quick and easy meals that everyone will enjoy. Make BBQ Chicken Melts in 30 minutes with only 5 simple ingredients.

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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. That’s where a meal of BBQ Chicken Melt works well.

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, and doing some of his (optional) homework, showers, and bedtime routine, we aren’t left with a lot of time.

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 to the grocery store, 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 the 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. 

BBQ Chicken Melt Step by Step


  • 2 lbs chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (shredded)
Ingredients for BBQ Chicken Melt in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface


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. 

Chicken in bbq sauce in a saucepan on a wooden surface

Meanwhile, toast each slice of bread in a regular toaster at a medium setting. Butter the bread with just a small amount of butter per slice. 

Toasted bread with butter on a baking sheet on a wooden surface

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.

Shredded chicken in bbq sauce in a stainless steel bowl on a wooden surface

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

Toasted bread with shredded bbq chicken on a baking sheet on a wooden surface

Add the shredded cheese of your choice to the top of the chicken. I put shredded mozzarella on ours, but provolone would also be a good choice. I find any white cheese goes well with BBQ.

Toasted bread with shredded bbq chicken and mozzarella cheese on a baking sheet next to a stainless steel bowl of shredded mozzarella cheese all on a wooden surface

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

BBQ Chicken Melt on a white plate with BBQ chips in a small bowl (vertical)

BBQ Chicken Melt Leftovers

Storage: Add leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 day. 

​Reheating: Reheat in the oven broiler for a few minutes, until warm. 


Originally Published On: October 29, 2018

Last Updated On: October 23, 2023

BBQ Chicken Melt on a white plate with BBQ chips in a small bowl

BBQ Chicken Melt

Busy weeknights need quick and easy meals that everyone will enjoy. Make BBQ Chicken Melts in 30 minutes with only 5 simple ingredients.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Main Dish
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 8 votes


  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Melt
Amount Per Serving
Calories 751 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 12g60%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 1689mg70%
Potassium 1149mg33%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 67g134%
Vitamin A 785IU16%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 395mg40%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

44 thoughts on “BBQ Chicken Melt Recipe with Only 5 Ingredients”

  1. Patricia Chamberlain

    5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.

  8. 5 stars
    OMG this looks soooo delicious!!! I am definitely making it this weekend, the recipe is very easy to put together. Thanks a lot.

  9. 5 stars
    I can literally taste that chicken melt just by looking at the picture. I have no doubt that everyone in my home will enjoy eating this as much as I will take pleasure making it for them.

  10. 5 stars
    This looks delicious. We’re always looking for quick, easy dinners and this fits the bill. And hey, we love Sweet Baby Ray’s too!

  11. 5 stars
    I love that you make such delicious home cooking and comfort foods. They make us all want to join you for a meal.

  12. 5 stars
    What a delicious and easy summer meal! I love BBQ chicken and sandwiches so this looks like the perfect combo!

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