Easy Chicken Sandwich Melts

These chicken sandwich melts are scrumptious and they are an easy company-ready dish that takes minutes to put together. ย Theyย 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).ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other great recipes from Alla include:

 

Grilled Moroccan Veggie Skewers:
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Grilled Moroccan Chicken:
Moroccan Chicken Recipe SQ

Tzatziki Sauce Recipe:
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Pork Skewers (Shashlik):
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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ingredients for Allaโ€™s Easy Chicken Sandwiches:

1 loaf good Bread, sliced
2 cans (12.5 oz each) chicken breast in water, well drained
3/4ย cup real mayo, or to taste
*Johnnyโ€™s seasoning, to taste (see recipe for making your own seasoning below)
1 large tomato, diced
1/3 bunch Cilantro
6ย oz mild cheddar cheese, finely shredded ย 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 recipeย –ย add it to taste)
1ย ยฝ 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 withย Johnny’s seasoning to taste (I used a little more thanย 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 atย 350หšF 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 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
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!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12

Ingredients

Ingredients for Sandwiches:

  • 1 loaf good Bread
  • 2 cans 12.5 oz each chicken breast in water, well drained
  • 3/4 cup real mayo or to taste
  • *Johnnyโ€™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)

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

  • 1 ยฝ 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 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.
  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 350หšF for 8 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and fresh tomatoes if desired.

Recipe 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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  • ะ›ะธะท
    June 14, 2018

    These are a perfect way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken! ๐Ÿ˜‹
    We made half with mushrooms and those were delicious as well. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 14, 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Laverne
    June 8, 2018

    DEE-LISH-US!! I had to use Monterey Jack as I had no cheddar left. I’m a native Seattleite, so I thank your sister/cousin/best friend for coming up with such a winner recipe. Thank you so much! xoxo Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2018

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Laverne! Thanks for the great review. Reply

  • SZA
    March 3, 2018

    Hi, just a quick question, did you use mature cheddar? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 3, 2018

      Hi SZA, no, it was just a regular mild cheddar cheese as seen in the photo. Any brand would work ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Yas
    February 16, 2018

    Delicious, so easy to make, my husband loved it! A hit for sure! Thanks Natasha! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‹ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 16, 2018

      You’re welcome Yas! I’m glad you both enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Lizaie
    January 5, 2018

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

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 5, 2018

      Thank you the great review, I’m glad you liked it ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Kay
    April 17, 2017

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

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 17, 2017

      Hmmm…. good quesiton! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ˜. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™ Reply

  • Viktoriya
    January 8, 2016

    Yummy! So nice and simple! It can sometimes take me a while to make even the simplest recipe, but this one took so little time! Or maybe I’m just finally getting the hang of preparing meals…=) Either way, thank you, Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 8, 2016

      I’m the same way. I was always the one to take the longest to get anything done from sweeping the floor to making recipes. Oh well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reply

  • Irina
    November 17, 2015

    A little obsessed with these? Yes, you can so so! So good!! The cilantro and sriracha give it amazing flavor! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 17, 2015

      I’m so happy you love the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Jennifer
    November 16, 2015

    Do you think these would be just as creamy if I used leftover baked chicken breast rather than the canned variety? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 16, 2015

      I think that would work if you shred it nicely with forks. If it seems too dry, just add a little more mayo to the mixture but you may not have to. Reply

  • Lena
    October 3, 2015

    Hey Natasha! I’m reporting back, just like you asked ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you SO much for the recipe. I’ve tried making these a few times already, and they’re gone within minutes! The cilantro in the sandwiches is PERFECT…I never even thought that it would be key! Thank you very much for sharing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 3, 2015

      Thank you for your awesome review! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Anna
    October 2, 2015

    So so so so good! Definitely a favorite! Easy to make and so delicious! Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 2, 2015

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Irina K
    September 16, 2015

    Great recipe ! Thanks ? Reply

  • August 13, 2015

    Hi Natasha,
    I use a small toaster to do the job and the cheese melted beautifully on the sandwich.
    KP Kwan Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 13, 2015

      Brilliant! I love that idea. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • July 7, 2015

    Husband raved over them! For heat factor I chopped a few jalapenos as we didn’t have any hot sauce or anything. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 7, 2015

      Elizabeth, thank you for the great review and I like the idea of adding jalapeรฑos since we both love spicy food :). Reply

  • Luda
    June 29, 2015

    Never mind, Natasha, i just found the answer in the previous comments. Thank you so much for the recipe!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 29, 2015

      Great! Thanks Luda ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Luda
    June 29, 2015

    Hi, Natasha,
    do you think if i bake these at home to take to a party at a park, would the sandwiches still taste good a few hours after being baked? Thank you! Reply

  • Tricia Melvin
    May 26, 2015

    We were out of lunch meat and I remembered the canned chicken in the cupboard. Not knowing what to do w/it, I Googled & found your recipe w/in a few minutes. Fifteen minutes later, they were baking in the oven. Thirty minutes later, my husband & two daughters were enjoying their 2nd Sandwiches!  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 26, 2015

      Welcome to the site Tricia and thank you for the great review. I’m so happy to hear that your family enjoyed them ๐Ÿ™‚ and hope you’ll find many new favorites on the site. Reply

  • Leah
    April 24, 2015

    These are soooo good! We have made them for our engagement party, bridal shower, and sundays dinners! Everyone loves them! Thank you Alla and Natasha!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 24, 2015

      Awww thanks Leah. I’m sharing your comment/review on my facebook page. You’re awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • NGrin
    March 26, 2015

    Are they good when they are cold? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 27, 2015

      They still taste great cold, but are best warm :). Reply

  • MB
    October 30, 2014

    So much amazing flavor in these melts! Thank you for sharing the Johnnie’s seasoning recipe, they used to not add MSG. I still buy it sometimes but love that I could mix up my own. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 30, 2014

      There are some that say specifically “no MSG” but it’s also just so easy to make your own :). I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Rebecca
    September 7, 2014

    We are trying to be more healthy lately. Do you think yogurt would work instead of mayo? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 8, 2014

      To be honest, I haven’t tried it with yogurt. If you do use yogurt, I’d recommend probably Greek. Reply

  • Shanba
    August 25, 2014

    My while family loved these and that never happens! We are having them for the second time this month tonight! Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 25, 2014

      Shanba, thank you for such a great feedback, I’m glad that your family loves the recipe :). Reply

  • Ilona
    August 21, 2014

    Thanks for an amazing and super easy recipe! They are simple enough and don’t take much time, but at the same time sophisticated enough to serve to guests. I just ate five of them for my lunch and would have more but they are quite filling as well.
    I did have to substitute cheddar for Parmesan since that’s the only cheese I had at the moment. Wonder if cheddar adds even more flavor? As for cilantro, I don’t really like it’s smell, but here it tastes good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 21, 2014

      You are welcome Ilona, and thank you for a great feedback. I haven’t tried it with Parmesan but I assume that either one of them tastes great :). Reply

  • Angie
    June 23, 2014

    These were a deffinanlty a hit with my husband:) love all your recipes. When my husband asks for something I don’t know how to make, and I tell him that I don’t know how his response is:”go to natashas kitchen” haha Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 23, 2014

      You’re so sweet ๐Ÿ™‚ lol. I’m so happy you enjoyed the melts. Aren’t they addictive? My sister also has been adding a little shrimp to the mix. You’re making me so hungry! Reply

      • Natasha Konovalchuk
        October 4, 2016

        What size shrimp did she add and was it cooked or uncooked Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          October 5, 2016

          Click here for the shrimp sandwiches recipe. Reply

  • Julie
    June 20, 2014

    Any idea how many cups chicken breast you used? I keep cooked chicken breast in my freezer and would like to use it instead of the canned. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2014

      It’s about 3 cups of shredded chicken. ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • galina
    June 18, 2014

    Love these!
    I was craving something hearty yet simple and this hit the spot.
    thank you, lady! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 18, 2014

      You’re so welcome Galina ๐Ÿ™‚ Ha ha, the first time someone called me lady was at the beach. I was 15 and it was a little boy who was maybe 6. I sure didn’t feel like a lady. “lady” seemed old to me, but now I call my friends “lady” for kicks and giggles too. lol. Anyway you just reminded me of that story. Reply

  • annie
    June 17, 2014

    How of everything would i need just for about 4-5 sandwiches? I’m only making it for 2. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 17, 2014

      You should make 1/4 of the recipe, but it’s hard to cut it down that far since you need 2 cans of chicken for the full recipe. It would be easiest to cut the recipe in half and use 1 can of chicken. Reply

  • Estera
    June 3, 2014

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I usually make a plain chicken salad sandwich (chicken breast-can with mayo) as a fast meal for the kids. But your recipe looks amazing. Presentable for guests/entertaining. I made it today; it is very yummy!!! I put lots of cilantro for my husband, lots of tomato for myself and for the kids….they saw something green (cilantro) and decided they weren’t very hungry anymore…haha.

    Can’t wait to try it with green onions or dill
    Thanks
    http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/bc/c2/ac/bcc2ac06b257c9c7acdf268eca043aa5.jpg Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 3, 2014

      Estera your picture is making me so so hungry! Surprisingly my son didn’t pick through the green stuff ;). You can always leave the cilantro out of half the mixture. ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Natalie
    June 2, 2014

    Made quesadillas instead of sandwiches. Good! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 2, 2014

      That’s creative, what a great idea Natalie :). Reply

  • Marianna
    May 29, 2014

    These are ahhmazing! An awesome go to recipe with unexpected guest;) but I also like to add bell peppers and or cucumbers:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      Oh yum! Both of those add-ins sound nice! Do the cucumbers hold up after being in the oven? Reply

  • Lily
    May 29, 2014

    Itโ€™s past 11:00 pm and I just made these. Definitely should not be eating them at this hour, but I soon as I saw the recipe just couldnโ€™t resist. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      Oh dear. I didnโ€™t foresee them having that strong of an effect on people. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reply

  • May 29, 2014

    Chicken sandwich is calling my name. ..lol ๐Ÿ™‚ this is a great recipe, Thank you Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      You’re welcome! I think you’ll love it! Reply

  • Ira
    May 29, 2014

    Very good ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      You’re welcome Ira ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Pat Tucker
    May 29, 2014

    Everything sounds great until Cilantro, don’t like it, can parsley be substituted??? thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      The flavor of the cilantro is tamed after baking these. I haven’t tried with parsley but I think it would work. Others have mentioned dill and green onion instead if cilantro. Reply

  • Nella
    May 29, 2014

    I like making these, there’s never leftovers. I like the diced tomato and cilantro, I usually places a tomato slice under the chicken mix but Alla’s way make it way more colorful and pleasant to look at : ) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      Someone else mentioned dill and green onions as well. I’ll definitely have to try your version. It looks like these are pretty popular dish in Washington! Reply

  • Tanya
    May 28, 2014

    Oh my family loves when I make those!!! I never put cilantro or sauce but I add fresh or frozen dill and green onions!!! I should try ur version!!! If you eat one you will go for one more for sure!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 29, 2014

      You’re so right! I definitely couldn’t stop after just one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reply

  • Alana
    May 28, 2014

    These have been a family favorite for years now and the good news is they never get old!!! Yes, this recipe originated in the lovely state of WA! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2014

      I think it is a recipe that we’ll be enjoying for a long long time. It was a hit with my husband and son and I sure loved it too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Snow
    May 28, 2014

    Wow, its so interesting to know that my moms cousin is related to you thru your cousin, small world eh? We have been making these sandwhiches for a while at my house and they’re a hit everytime! I should try adding hotsauce next time though:)
    Thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2014

      The hot sauce is quite a treat! You definitely should give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

      • MaryAnn Matzer
        April 25, 2018

        My system can not handle hot sauce & spicy…could you suggest what else I could do? Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 25, 2018

          Hi MaryAnn, you could omit the hot sauce and it will still work well. When we make it for the children, we omit the hot sauce. Reply

  • These look amazing. My daughter would love them. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2014

      The kids in the family all loved these! They are definitely a family friendly treat! Thanks Kathy ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Fear not! These pictures definitely did the recipe justice (or so I imagine)! My mouth is watering! This looks like a great alternative to my open-faced tuna melts and just as easy! I can’t wait to pick up a loaf of delicious, crusty bread and pop these in the oven!

    ps- All of Alla’s recipes that you have posted look delicious! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2014

      Thank you! Some of the most delicious foods are so hard to photograph. That is why we are making it our goal to re-photograph some of our older classic recipes that we make often. Thank you for your sweet comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ Reply

  • Julia
    May 28, 2014

    Um.. YES! These are speaking to me ๐Ÿ˜€ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 28, 2014

      They’re so good! I hope you get a chance to make them ๐Ÿ™‚ usually if the food is speaking to you, it’s a very good sign. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Reply

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