This BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipe is completely homemade, no store bought BBQ sauce in this recipe (wohoo!) The sauce takes just 5 minutes to make and then it’s simmered with soft and tender shredded chicken. Toss the shredded BBQ chicken on a toasted bun and you have the perfect summer (or year round) dinner! 

A BBQ chicken sandwich set on a wooden cutting board.

School will be starting next month, and with that I know families are pressed for time. Getting dinner on the table in a timely manner can be stressful.

I’m here to tell you that good flavors, delicious meals, and easy dinners don’t have to take forever.

This BBQ chicken sandwich recipe is a testament to that.

A BBQ chicken sandwich without the top bun.

If you need a some additional quick and easy dinner recipes check out these: creamy mustard chicken, deconstructed pizza casserole, Greek pasta salad, grape jelly meatballs, curry chicken and rice, and chickpea curry.

There are more dinner recipes I can single out, but to make it easier check out my “main dishes” tab and you’ll find plenty of dinner-mayhem solutions there.

How to make BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

To make the sauce add diced onion, celery, garlic, and butter to a saucepan. Sauce the veggies over medium heat until the onion is tender and translucent.

A saucepan with diced celery, onion, and butter.

Next, stir in some salsa, ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, salt, and pepper.

A large saucepan with the ingredients to make BBQ chicken sandwiches.

Add cooked, shredded chicken to the pot and stir to combine.

Shredded chicken in a large pot with BBQ chicken sandwich sauce.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes.

To serve, portion the chicken on toasted buns and serve immediately.

This BBQ chicken sandwich recipe will make enough for 4 thick and fully loaded sandwiches… so maybe we should say it will feed 5 people easily, depending on how much meat you put on your buns.

A pot with shredded BBQ chicken sandwich meat.

Expert Tips

To freeze the shredded BBQ chicken, cool the meat and sauce mixture (after simmering it) and place in a freezer safe container.

This will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat the mixture in a saucepan and add 1/4 cup water or more to the saucepan if needed.

A BBQ chicken sandwich on a wooden board, with hamburger buns stacked in the background.

A perfect side to this meal would be these crispy baked potato wedges.

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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Soft shredded chicken marinated in a delicous homemade BBQ sauce, perfect for any time of year.
prep time 7 mins
cook time 20 mins
total time 27 mins
servings: 4 servings
calories: 193kcal

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • hamburger buns toasted

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a saucepan over medium heat saute the onion, celery, garlic, and butter until the celery and onions are tender about 7 mins.
  • Stir in the salsa, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Add the chicken to the pot and stir to combine. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes. 
  • To serve, portion the chicken on the toasted buns and serve immediately. 

RECIPE NOTES

To freeze: cool the meat mixture and place in freezer safe containers. Will keep in freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat mixture in a saucepan and add ¼ of water or more to the saucepan if necessary. 
Note: hamburger buns are not included in the nutritional information.
recipe source: adapted from Taste of Home
Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 561mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 550IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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