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Front view of healthy chicken sloppy joes on gluten-free buns with a pickle wedge and carrot sticks

Healthy Chicken Sloppy Joes

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  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Total Time: 40-60 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Healthy Chicken Sloppy Joes – These healthy sloppy joes are a lighter take on the classic! You’ll love the savory sauce and all our favorite ways to serve them!

Recipe adapted from Perrys Plate


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground chicken breast (or ground chicken)*
  • 1 (15oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. dried minced onion (NOT onion powder!) or 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos, for paleo)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. In a Dutch oven (or large skillet with high sides), heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add ground chicken and cook 5-7 minutes or until completely cooked through. (If using diced fresh onion instead of dried onion, add the onion along with the ground chicken)
  3. When the chicken is cooked, add tomato sauce, ketchup, dried minced onion, mustard, chili powder, sage, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce or coconut aminos.
  4. Add water and stir through to combine.
  5. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and simmer at least 20-30 minutes to allow the flavor to develop and the sauce to thicken. You can simmer this mixture up to 40-60 minutes if you have time, adding a splash of water as needed if the sauce thickens too much)
  6. After the sauce is done simmering, taste and add additional salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce etc. as needed. (If your tomato sauce was particularly acidic, you may appreciate adding a pinch of brown sugar or a small drizzle of pure maple syrup.)
  7. Serve on buns, in baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes, or over sweet potato fries.


*Can’t find ground chicken breast? Just add boneless skinless chicken breast to your food processor and pulse until no large pieces remain. It works like a charm! (That’s what I did for the chicken you see in these photos)

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40-60 mintues
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American