Chicken Joes

Chicken Joes
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OK, so time for a confession. While we always had home-cooked meals, we also always had a can of Sloppy Joe mix tucked into the corner of the pantry for when we got lazy. Knowing now that processed foods are not healthy, I developed these Chicken Joes that are much more diabetes-friendly with all the same taste of the sloppy Joes of childhood. With extra vegetables, this version makes the grade.

  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Cook time
    20 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 open-faced sandwich
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 open-faced sandwich
  • Amount per serving Calories 145

  • Total Fat 4.5g
    • Saturated Fat 1.2g
  • Cholesterol 30mg
  • Sodium 340mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 6g
  • Protein 10g

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch



  • ground chicken
    3/4 lbs
  • small onion (minced)
  • garlic (minced)
    2 clove
  • chili powder
    1 tsp
  • paprika salt (to taste)
    1/2 tsp
  • red or green bell pepper (chopped)
  • zucchini (diced)
    3/4 cup
  • 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • bottled BBQ sauce (look for a brand with the lowest amount of sugar)
    1/2 cup
  • whole wheat hamburger buns (toasted )


  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground chicken, onion, garlic, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper over medium heat until meat is browned, about 5–6 minutes.

  2. Add in the green or red pepper and zucchini and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are tender. Add the diced tomatoes and BBQ sauce and simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Serve the mixture over half of a toasted bun.

  • Not recommended

    This is ok, but veggies not cooked through. Definitely recommend sauté all vegetables before browning chicken, and set aside, Then add when adding bbq and diced tomatoes

  • Recommended

    I made this recipe with ground Turkey, it was pretty good. I used G Hughes' Smokehouse Sugar-Free BBQ Sauce - Sweet & Spicy. I omitted the paprika salt just because I didn't have any. Overall good weeknight meal.