Easy Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes

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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!

Ground chicken sloppy joe on a plate with potato chips.

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!

If you love these, you’ll also love my Sloppy Joes on Texas Toast, too! If you need another family-friendly weeknight dinner, try these Loaded Mashed Potato Bowls!

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • HEALTHER version of this CLASSIC COMFORT FOOD.
  • Super EASY RECIPE, perfect to whip up on BUSY WEEKNIGHTS.
  • Uses SIMPLE INGREDIENTS that can be found at any grocery store…and probably a lot are already in your kitchen!
  • This recipe FREEZES GREAT--perfect to make ahead for easier dinners later.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this delicious Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes Recipe:

Ingredients needed for ground chicken sloppy joes

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.

Ground chicken browning in a skilet.

Step 2: Add all remaining ingredients.

Other ingredients for the ground chicken sloppy joes in the skillet.

Step 3: Stir well and simmer for 6-7 minutes until flavors are married.

Ground chicken sloppy joe mix being stirred with a wooden spoon.

Step 4: Pile meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve right away!

Close up of the sloppy joe on a bun.

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!

Confidence Tip

While your sloppy joe mixture is simmering on the stove, use this time to whip up a simple side like a simple salad, a veggie, or even some french fries in the oven or air fryer!

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

ADDITIONS:

  • 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!

SUBSTITUTIONS:

  • 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

Is this a healthy sloppy joes recipe?

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.

Can I use canned sloppy joe mix (like Manwich) in this recipe?

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!

What should I serve with these ground chicken sloppy joes?

French fries, chips, a simple salad, or a fresh veggie, all go great with chicken sloppy joes! Need more ideas?! I got you covered: 27 Easy Sides for Sloppy Joes!

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Two ground chicken sloppy joes on a cutting board with a blue striped cloth.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Large Skillet: My FAVORITE skillet!

Potato Masher: Gets your meat nice and finely “chopped!”

Wooden Spoon: To help break up the ground chicken.

I hope you love these Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

closeup of ground chicken sloppy joes

Easy Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes

Casey Rooney
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!
4.88 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 356 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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!

Notes

Nutrition is only an estimate based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator

Nutrition

Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 41.7gProtein: 28.6gFat: 8.4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1361mgPotassium: 334mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 17.6gCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a healthier sloppy joe recipe. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, but I try to stay away from canned goods. So between the fresher ingredients and the ground chicken, this one is a hit!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve always loved sloppy joes, but never thought about making them with ground chicken. What a genius idea! The meat is so much more tender. I really enjoyed them.

  3. 5 stars
    I love that you are using chicken instead of ground beef in this recipe! Nice to try something different and I can’t wait to make these sloppy joes!