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Chicken Melts

Easy cheesy Chicken Melts showcase thick slices of bread topped with a creamy chicken sauce and cheese on top. Chicken Melts are baked and, if you like, topped with fresh herbs.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Melts
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 10 -11 melts
Calories 518kcal
Author Chelsea Lords


  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken diced
  • 1/2 cup shallots finely diced (1-2 medium-sized)
  • 3/4 cup celery finely diced (~2 large stalks)
  • 1 cup carrots shredded (~2 medium carrots)
  • 2 cups sharp Cheddar cheese freshly grated (or extra sharp), divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (lite is fine)
  • 1/2 cup mayo (we love Hellman's/Best Foods)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning blend (See Note 1)
  • 1/2 teaspoon EACH: garlic powder and paprika
  • Pinch cracked pepper
  • 1 loaf French bread (you'll use about 1/2 of it)
  • Optional: 2-3 thinly sliced Roma tomatoes, fresh green onions (thinly sliced), fresh cilantro (finely chopped), hot sauce


  • PREP: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside. Dice the chicken. Finely dice the shallots and celery. Grate the carrots on the large holes of a cheese grater. Grate the cheese.
  • CHICKEN MIXTURE: Add the chicken, shallots, celery, carrots, and 1 cup (82g) cheese to a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine the sour cream, mayo, cajun seasoning, garlic powder, paprika, and a pinch of pepper. Whisk until smooth. Pour sauce over chicken and veggies and gently stir until everything is combined. Taste and adjust this mixture to personal preference adding more Cajun seasoning if desired.
  • ASSEMBLE: Slice a loaf of French bread into thick slices, about 1 to 1-1/2 inches thick. Place bread slices on the prepared sheet pan. Add 1/3 cup (82g) of the chicken mixture onto each piece of bread. Smooth into an even layer with the black of a fork. Add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons cheese to the top of each chicken melt to use the remaining 1 cup of grated cheese.
  • BAKE: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted on top. Remove from the oven.
  • ENJOY: Garnish with fresh herbs and, if desired, a few thin slices of Roma tomato (my favorite!). Add a drizzle of hot sauce if desired. Enjoy immediately.


Note 1: Not all store-bought Cajun seasonings are the same  -- they can vary quite a bit from brand to brand. Spiciness and saltiness can vary significantly,  so be sure to add the seasoning slowly and taste frequently. I find Cajun seasoning is generally salty enough that these melts need no additional salt, but feel free to add a bit if desired or if your particular seasoning is not salted. I use McCormick® Cajun Seasoning. If you prefer a less-salty dish, look for a low-sodium Cajun seasoning blend.


Calories: 518kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 280mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4686IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 391mg | Iron: 2mg