Saucy and Spicy Sloppy Joes with Ground Chicken

*This recipe is nut and peanut-free.”

On my hunt for a great sloppy joe recipe, I kept running across recipes that had great flavor but they didn’t really provide enough sauce. Plenty of sauce is important when you are feeding a large family and want to stretch your recipe. Plus, everyone loves sloppy joe sauce! I hope this recipe serves you (and all your people) well, like it has ours!

I use ground chicken in this recipe but you could use ground beef or ground turkey, if you prefer.

You may choose to leave off the red pepper flakes, but I find them to be the perfect amount of heat — not too hot.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 lb. ground chicken
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste 
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar (or less)
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Shredded cheese (optional)

What you need:

  • large skillet with lid
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • spatula
  • can opener
  • cutting board and knife

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and begin browning the ground chicken. Once the chicken is brown and broken up add the bell pepper and onion and cook for about 2 minutes.

Add the garlic and stir until you can smell it, about 1 minute.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined. Put a lid on the skillet and turn down to low heat. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve with cheese, if desired, over yummy toasted brioche buns or on a baked potato. I love it on sweet potatoes!

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