These Easy Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes are going to become a favorite weeknight dinner! Healthy and super easy to make, this recipe requires no chopping and VERY little prep time! Making these delicious sloppy joes are almost as easy as opening up a can of Manwich… but MUCH more flavorful and fresh-tasting!
If you need a classic, EASY weeknight meal, this is it! These healthy ground chicken sloppy joes are just a slight twist on an American classic!
Lean ground chicken is simmered in a flavorful tomato-based sauce with just the right amount of sweetness.
Pile this sloppy joe mix onto toasted buns or in lettuce wraps for a healthy option! Serve with french fries, a fresh veggie, or a simple salad. Need more ideas for sides?! Check out these 27 Sides for Sloppy Joes!
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes Recipe:
HOW TO MAKE GROUND CHICKEN SLOPPY JOES: STEP BY STEP
Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the printable recipe card below!
Step 1: Brown up your ground chicken in a skillet. Drain any grease, if necessary.
Step 2: Add all remaining ingredients.
Step 3: Stir well and simmer for 6-7 minutes until flavors are married.
Step 4: Pile meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve right away!
RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS
- Don’t forget to drain any grease from the pan before adding the remaining ingredients. If you use ground chicken BREAST or extra lean ground chicken, you most likely won’t have too much excess grease.
- A toasted bun brushed with a bit of butter is divine for serving your sloppy joes! Brioche buns (usually found in the bakery section of the grocery store or at Costco SOMETIMES) are our family’s fave!
- Whip up a double batch of these chicken sloppy joes and freeze half for an easy, future weeknight dinner!
STORAGE & REHEATING
- Storage: Store leftover sloppy joes in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. It’s best to store the meat-only, without the bun(s).
- Reheating: Reheat sloppy joe filling in a small saucepan over medium heat. You may need to add just a tiny splash of water or chicken broth to loosen up the mixture a bit.
- Freezing: These chicken sloppy joes freeze great! Cool the meat mixture completely. Then store in a freezer-safe bag, flat, in the freezer. You can also freeze it in a freezer-safe, airtight container like this.
Additions & Substitutions
- Spice it Up: Give your sloppy joes a nice little kick with a few dashes of hot sauce or a little chili powder.
- Veggies: Feel free to add some veggies like green bell pepper, red bell pepper, or onions.
- Cheese: Top your sloppy joes with some shredded cheddar cheese!
- Meat: You can substitute any ground meat in this recipe–both ground beef and ground turkey are great.
- Make it Healthier: Pile the meat mixture into lettuce wraps instead of buns for a yummy, low-carb option.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! One entire chicken sloppy joe WITH a bun is only about 350 calories. Make it an even healthier meal and ditch the bun and pile the sloppy joe mixture into crisp lettuce wraps. You can also omit the salt for a lower-sodium version.
Of course–however, I will tell you, this homemade sloppy joe mix tastes a lot like the canned version, except more fresh and flavorful! Give it a try!
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Easy Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes
- 1 lb. lean ground chicken
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp yellow mustard
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp white vinegar apple cider vinegar works too
- 4-6 hamburger buns
- Brown Meat: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add ground chicken. Cook chicken, breaking up the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks (about 2-3 minutes until no longer pink). Drain off any grease, if necessary. Pro Tip: Using a potato masher during the last minute of cooking gets the meat broken up nice and fine!
- Add & Simmer: Add all remaining ingredients (aside from the burger buns!), to the skillet. Stir well. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium low and simmer, covered for 6-7 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Serve: Spoon sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns and serve right away!