Easy Chicken Sandwich Melts

These chicken sandwich melts are scrumptious and they are an easy company-ready dish that takes minutes to put together.  They will win over a crowd every time! The first time I tried them (shamelessly eating 3 sandwiches), I was scribbling down the recipe before I finished chewing.

I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are great for unexpected visitors or even expected ones. You don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen for your friends and family to love what you cook.

This spread is loaded with cheesy chicken and tomatoes and is seasoned to perfection! (P.S. Make sure to check out the easy recipe for Johnny’s Seasoning in the post below). You have to try this recipe! I made them as soon as I could get to the grocery store and brought them to my Mom’s house and it was obvious after 5 minutes that I should have made more!

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Every time we visit our family in the Seattle, WA area, we come home with loads of inspiration and new recipes. The gals in my family are amazing cooks! They have graciously contributed loads of recipes to this blog and I’m so thankful for that.

This recipe comes from my beautiful friend/Cousin’s wife, Alla – there should be an easier term for “cousin’s wife.” For the sake of simplicity, I’ll call her my friend, nah we’re more like sisters. 😉 Other great recipes from Alla include:

 

Grilled Moroccan Veggie Skewers:
Moroccan Veggie Skewers

Grilled Moroccan Chicken:
Moroccan Chicken Recipe SQ

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe:
Tzatziki Sauce_

Pork Skewers (Shashlik):
pork skewers SQ-1

Talk about a Mediterranean experience! Thank you Alla for sharing your recipes with all of us. You’re welcome to visit us in Idaho anytime! 🙂

Ingredients for Alla’s Easy Chicken Sandwiches:

1 loaf good Bread, sliced
2 cans (12.5 oz each) chicken breast in water, well drained
3/4 cup real mayo, or to taste
*Johnny’s seasoning, to taste (see recipe for making your own seasoning below)
1 large tomato, diced
1/3 bunch Cilantro
6 oz mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded  inside or a slice of cheese on top.
Sriracha hot chili sauce to taste, or your favorite hot sauce (optional)

Easy Chicken Sandwich Melts

*You can make your own Johnny’s seasoning easily:

(NOTE: Do not use this entire batch of seasoning for this recipe – add it to taste)
1 ½ Tbsp sea salt
1 Tbsp paprika
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

How to Make Easy Chicken Sandwich Melts:

1. Drain canned chicken and transfer to a large mixing bowl and break it up lightly with a fork.

2. Stir in 3/4 cup mayo or to taste along with Johnny’s seasoning to taste (I used a little more than 1/4 tsp seasoning).
3. Add diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.

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4. Add Sriracha hot sauce to taste. The Sriracha hot sauce gives it a nice kick and it’s so good, but if you want it to be kid friendly, you can divide the mixture and only put it into half of the spread

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5. Spread generously over good sliced bread (this one’s from Costco) and bake uncovered on a cookie sheet at 350˚F for 8 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and fresh tomatoes if desired

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I hope these pictures did this sandwich justice. I really, really want you to try them and be sure to report back and let me know how much you loved them.

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Easy Chicken Sandwich Melts

5.0 from 18 reviews
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These chicken sandwich melts are scrumptious and they are an easy company-ready dish that takes minutes to put together. They will win over a crowd every time! This spread is loaded with cheesy chicken and tomatoes and is seasoned to perfection!
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $10-$12
Serving: Makes 15-20 open-faced sandwiches

Ingredients

Ingredients for Sandwiches:

  • 1 loaf good Bread
  • 2 cans (12.5 oz each) chicken breast in water, well drained
  • ¾ cup real mayo, or to taste
  • *Johnny’s seasoning, to taste (see recipe for making your own seasoning below)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • ⅓ bunch Cilantro
  • 6 oz mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded inside or a slice of cheese on top.
  • Sriracha hot chili sauce to taste, or your favorite hot sauce (optional)

*You can make your own Johnny's seasoning easily:

  • 1 ½ Tbsp sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Drain canned chicken well and transfer to a large mixing bowl, then break it up lightly with a fork.
  2. Stir in ¾ cup mayo or to taste along with Johnny's seasoning to taste (I used a little more than ¼ tsp seasoning).
  3. Add diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Add Sriracha hot sauce to taste. The Sriracha hot sauce gives it a nice kick and it's so good, but if you want it to be kid friendly, you can divide the mixture and only put it into half of the spread.
  5. Spread generously over good sliced bread (this one's from Costco) and bake uncovered on a cookie sheet at 350˚F for 8 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and fresh tomatoes if desired.

Notes

Do not use this entire batch of seasoning listed above for this recipe - add it to taste

Credits:
Johnny’s Seasoning Recipe from here.
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  • Lizaie
    January 5, 2018

    Just delicious. Added half a jalapeño, finely chopped. Total Yumzers. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2018

      Thank you the great review, I’m glad you liked it 😬 Reply

  • Lisa Aichele
    November 20, 2017

    I was wondering should I bake this at home and bring it to a gathering and reheat them there. Or will they be fine to eat cold? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 20, 2017

      Hi Lisa, I think these are best eaten soon after they come out of the oven but we have served and enjoyed them at room temperature. Reply

  • Nis
    October 18, 2017

    The best sandwich I have ever made!
    Just wondering, can i add boiled egg, instead of the tomato? Just for a little change. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2017

      Hi Nis, I do like the tomato here because it adds flavor and juiciness to the spread, but you could change it up and try eggs if you prefer to make it more of a toasted chicken and egg spread 🙂 Reply

  • Kay
    April 17, 2017

    What sort of soup would go best with these sandwiches? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2017

      Hmmm…. good quesiton! 🙂 I thin Zuppa Toscana, Creamy cauliflower soup,… there are so many! Make sure to check out our recipes index page to explore all of our soup recipes 🙂 Reply

  • Vitaliyachern
    January 4, 2017

    natasha do you think if I make the mix the night before and it stands over night and I make the sandwiches in the morning that it will still be just as good ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 4, 2017

      That would be fine, but I would recommend stirring in tomato just before topping on the breads so they don’t juice out. Reply

      • VitaliyaChern
        January 5, 2017

        Good idea. Thank you! Reply

  • Karla
    October 31, 2016

    I prepare the mixture at home and bring to work, along with the bread, and cook in our toaster oven. People think I’m a SUPER fancy cook. They are always surprised when I share how easy the recipe is to make. So yummy!!! Nurses can be a picky bunch. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2016

      Karla, thank you so much for sharing that with me, I’m all smiles 😁. Reply

  • Emily
    October 8, 2016

    Hi Natasha!:) Oh my goodness, these chicken melts are absolutely divine! Operating out of a tiny dorm-room kitchen, these sandwiches are a life-saver – I make this recipe at least once a week! Fantastic! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 8, 2016

      YAASSS!! I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂 Thanks for the awesome review! Reply

  • Valuha
    February 1, 2016

    Natashaaaa… These were supposed to be so good:( ive tried these at my sisters and they were really delicious. Now I decided to make them myself, so, sad story of the day… I tried to make these real fast and apparently read your recipe wrong and added all of the ingredients of the johnnys seasoning to the chicken!!! So much salt!! Not sure why I didn’t realize that 1.5 Tbsp of salt might be too much:( just curious if I’m the only one here who made that mistake.. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 2, 2016

      Oh noooo!! That’s such a bummer :(. You’re the first but I can see how you could make that mistake just by quickly reading the ingredient list. I did mention that I used 1/4 tsp of the seasoning in the instructions. Oh man, what a bummer! I inserted a note after the list of seasoning ingredients both at the top and in the print friendly so it doesn’t happen to anyone else. 🙁 Reply

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