Chicken Sloppy Joes I: An American Classic Recipe

Chicken Sloppy Joes I

Chicken Sloppy Joes I: An American Classic Recipe
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 25 minutes | Servings: 6


Chicken Sloppy Joes I
Chicken Sloppy Joes I

Chicken Sloppy Joes are a delicious twist on the classic Sloppy Joe sandwich, using ground chicken instead of beef for a lighter and healthier option. This recipe is quick and easy to make, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.


Sloppy Joes are believed to have originated in the United States in the early 20th century. The exact origins of the dish are unclear, but it is thought to have been created as a way to stretch ground meat during the Great Depression. The addition of vegetables and a flavorful sauce helped to make the meat go further and create a filling and satisfying meal.


How to prepare

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  2. Add chicken and cook for 4 to 6 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  3. Stir in pepper and onion, and cook for 1 to 3 minutes. Then, add Sloppy Joe Sauce.
  4. Cook over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Stir in rice and cook until thoroughly heated.
  6. To serve, spoon the mixture into hamburger buns.


  • Use ground turkey or beef instead of chicken for a different flavor.
  • Add diced tomatoes or corn to the mixture for extra vegetables.
  • Top the Chicken Sloppy Joes with shredded cheese or avocado for added flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the ground chicken thoroughly to ensure it is no longer pink.

- You can customize the recipe by adding your favorite vegetables or spices to the mixture.

- Serve the Chicken Sloppy Joes with a side salad or coleslaw for a complete meal.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Chicken Sloppy Joes with a side of sweet potato fries or a green salad for a complete meal.

Cooking Techniques

The key to making delicious Chicken Sloppy Joes is to cook the ground chicken until it is no longer pink, and to simmer the mixture with the Sloppy Joe sauce to allow the flavors to meld together.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have ground chicken, you can use ground turkey or beef instead. You can also use homemade Sloppy Joe sauce instead of canned.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the Chicken Sloppy Joe mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply reheat it on the stove before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Chicken Sloppy Joes on a platter with a garnish of fresh parsley or cilantro for a pop of color.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair the Chicken Sloppy Joes with a glass of iced tea or lemonade for a refreshing drink.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover Chicken Sloppy Joes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stove before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chicken Sloppy Joes contains approximately 350 calories.


Each serving of Chicken Sloppy Joes contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Chicken Sloppy Joes contains approximately 10 grams of fat.


Each serving of Chicken Sloppy Joes contains approximately 20 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chicken Sloppy Joes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.


This recipe contains wheat (hamburger buns) and soy (Sloppy Joe sauce).


Chicken Sloppy Joes are a balanced meal that provides a good mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. They are also a good source of vitamins and minerals.


Chicken Sloppy Joes are a delicious and easy-to-make meal that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. With a balance of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, they are a satisfying and nutritious option for the whole family. Enjoy this twist on a classic comfort food dish!

How did I get this recipe?

I recall the feeling of curiosity that overcame me when I found this recipe for Chicken Sloppy Joes. It was a hot summer day, and I was rummaging through old cookbooks that had been passed down to me from my own grandmother. As I flipped through the pages, my eyes landed on a faded, handwritten recipe card tucked between the pages of a well-loved cookbook.

The words "Chicken Sloppy Joes" were scrawled across the top of the card in neat cursive handwriting. Intrigued, I read through the ingredients and instructions, my mouth watering at the thought of a new twist on an old classic.

I had always loved cooking, and I had learned many recipes from my grandmother over the years. She was a wonderful cook, and her kitchen was always filled with delicious smells and warm memories. I had inherited her love of cooking, and I was always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

As I read through the recipe for Chicken Sloppy Joes, I knew that I had to give it a try. The combination of tender chicken, tangy barbecue sauce, and crisp vegetables sounded like the perfect comfort food. I could already imagine the savory aroma that would fill my kitchen as the dish cooked.

I gathered the ingredients and set to work, following the instructions on the recipe card with care. I diced the chicken breast into small pieces and sautéed them in a hot skillet until they were golden brown and cooked through. The smell of the cooking chicken filled the air, making my stomach growl with anticipation.

Next, I added a generous amount of barbecue sauce to the skillet, stirring it in with the chicken until it was coated in a rich, smoky sauce. The aroma that wafted up from the skillet was mouthwatering, and I couldn't wait to taste the finished dish.

I spooned the chicken and barbecue sauce mixture onto toasted buns, topping them with a crunchy slaw made from shredded cabbage, carrots, and onions. The contrast of the warm, saucy chicken with the cool, crisp slaw was irresistible, and I couldn't resist taking a bite before I had even finished assembling the sandwiches.

The first taste of the Chicken Sloppy Joe was everything I had hoped for and more. The tender chicken was perfectly seasoned with the tangy barbecue sauce, and the crunchy slaw added a refreshing contrast of textures. It was a symphony of flavors in my mouth, and I savored every bite.

As I sat down to enjoy my meal, I couldn't help but think about the journey that had led me to this delicious recipe. It was a reminder of how much I had learned from my grandmother, and how her love of cooking had been passed down through the generations.

I knew that I would be making Chicken Sloppy Joes again and again, adding it to my repertoire of beloved recipes that I had collected over the years. I would share it with my own grandchildren one day, passing on the tradition of good food and family togetherness that had always been so important to me.

As I finished my meal, I felt a sense of contentment and gratitude for the simple pleasure of a delicious home-cooked meal. The recipe for Chicken Sloppy Joes had brought me joy and satisfaction, and I knew that it would always hold a special place in my heart as a reminder of the love and connection that food can bring to our lives.


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