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Sloppy Joe, slop sloppy joe, sloppy joe, slop sloppy joe, MEATLOAF SANDWICH! I introduced my kids to Adam Sandlers “lunch lady land” the other day when I cooked these sloppy joes for dinner and they loved it. Good times, good times.
Unlike the unappetizing sloppy joes found in lunch lady land, these sloppy joes are seriously so good. I was even surprised at how much I liked them. When served on a toasted bun they are a great summer slow cooker supper. Plus if you watch grocery prices you’ll notice that beef is so expensive lately so you’ll save a lot of money by using chicken instead. I actually think I like the texture of the shredded chicken in these sloppy joes better than the texture of ground beef.
With just a few extra ingredients besides the chicken and sloppy joe sauce these are super fast to get into the crockpot. You could easily make these into a slow cooker freezer meal as well! Place all the ingredients in a plastic zipper bag and freeze until you’re ready to cook it. Just add about 2 hours to the cooking time listed on the recipe and you’ll be set. Another idea for those of you cooking for a large group at a family reunion or camping–you could totally make a big batch of this ahead of time and freeze it. Then just warm it up and serve the day you need it. I love making my life easier by cooking ahead of time and this is a great recipe for that. Just serve with grapes and corn on the cob and you have a perfect camping/reunion/summer meal.
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1 (15 oz) can sloppy joe sauce
- 8 buns
- In the bottom of your slow cooker combine the pepper, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and sloppy joe sauce. Stir.
- Add in the chicken.
- Cover and cook on LOW for about 4 hours (for breasts) or 6 hours (for thighs). Remove the chicken and shred on a cutting board. Add the chicken back in and stir.
- Toast the buns and serve a heaping portion of the chicken and sauce on top of each bun. Enjoy!
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-6 quart