Barbecue Cheddar Chicken Meatloaf

Mike tried this recipe on July 30, 2023

If you’ve noticed, I happen to like meatloaf. There are several recipes on this site for meatloaf that call for many different ingredients including cheese and even prosciutto, but they always start with ground beef. This time, I asked what a meatloaf might taste like if I used ground chicken instead. So, I started looking around for one to try and found this recipe.

This is definitely different than your mom’s meatloaf… for one thing, the only “traditional” ingredients you’ll find in this one are eggs and breadcrumbs. Everything else is different… but they all come together and give it a unique taste (let’s face it: barbecue sauce and Cheddar cheese are definitely not an everyday combination). It’s allegedly healthier than regular meatloaf as well, but I won’t get into a nutritional comparison here. Just sit back and enjoy it.

Adapted from Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen

Barbecue Cheddar Chicken Meatloaf

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 50 mins Rest Time 5 mins Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 12
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


A different take on traditional meatloaf using ground chicken, barbecue sauce, and Cheddar cheese.

Adapted from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen



  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. In a large bowl combine chicken, eggs, onions, breadcrumbs, barbecue sauce, and 1 cup of cheese. Using your hands, mix thoroughly.

  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the meat mixture onto the sheet and shape into a rectangular loaf. Top with remaining cheese.

  3. Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until the meatloaf reaches an internal temperature of 180 F. Remove from oven and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 12

Amount Per Serving
Calories 230kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14.4g23%
Saturated Fat 5.5g28%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 372mg16%
Potassium 76mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 10.7g4%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugars 3.5g
Protein 21.4g43%

Calcium 160 mg
Iron 2 mg
Vitamin D 200 IU

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Any flavor of barbecue sauce can be used.
  • The original recipe called for scallions instead of green onions. Use whichever is available at your local grocer or market.
  • Serving suggestion: Traditionally, meatloaf is served with ketchup on the side. Instead, provide extra barbecue sauce on the side.
Keywords: meatloaf, ground chicken, barbecue sauce, Cheddar cheese
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