Slide into summer with this easy and healthy Sloppy Joe recipe! Packed with protein and flavor, these keto Buffalo Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes are perfect for a quick dinner or game day party. Plus, they’re so versatile you can customize them to your liking. Give them a try today!
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What are Buffalo chicken Sloppy Joes?
Sloppy Joes are a family favorite sandwich made with ground meat, usually ground beef, in a tomato-based sauce with chili powder or bbq sauce. Some variations also include vegetables, such as onions and bell peppers. I have our favorite best easy keto Sloppy Joes recipe on the website as well.
And, of course, Buffalo chicken is a popular type of chicken dish that is made with hot sauce and butter. The two flavors combine to create a spicy and creamy dish that is perfect for serving as a main course or appetizer.
So, if we combine Buffalo chicken with Sloppy Joes, they basically a sandwich version of the popular Buffalo chicken dish. Boom!! Yum!
They’re made with ground chicken, tomatoes, celery, hot sauce, and more, and then topped with crumbled blue cheese and sliced onions. This healthy Sloppy Joes recipe is perfect for an easy dinner or quick lunch.
Are ground chicken Sloppy Joes keto?
Yes, a ground chicken Sloppy Joe can be made keto! It’s a great low-carb option and a healthier version when you’re craving something a little bit sweet and savory.
In order to make the Sloppy Joes sauce keto, it’s necessary to omit ingredients like dark brown sugar or too much Worcestershire sauce. Instead of hamburger buns, use a lettuce wrap or low carb bread option.
📏 Let’s take a look at the macros
In this recipe for ground chicken Sloppy Joes, one serving is one-fourth of the recipe.
A serving has 296 calories, 23 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat, and 3 grams net carbs per serving.
The macros listed here for Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes are figured with MyFitnessPal, with the ingredients I use in the recipe. I always recommend figuring out your own nutrition facts with the exact items/brands you use. It’s especially important to determine your own if you’re keeping close track and want to be accurate.
🍽 Equipment needed to make keto Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes
The first and most obvious kitchen item you’ll need to make Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes is a skillet. I like to use a cast iron skillet because it holds heat well and gives the meat a nice sear.
You’ll also need a few other basic kitchen items, such as a cutting board, knives, measuring spoons and cups, and a can opener.
- cast-iron skillet or another pan
- a spatula or large spoon
- measuring cups and spoons
- can opener
- knife and cutting board
🥘 Ingredients in low carb ground chicken Sloppy Joes
The ingredients you’ll need to make keto Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes are pretty simple and straightforward. Here’s what you’ll need:
ground chicken –
I like to use ground chicken breast, but you can also use ground dark meat chicken.
diced onion –
I generally use white onion, but you can also use a yellow onion.
celery sticks –
This is a key ingredient in the flavor of the dish, so don’t skip it!
minced garlic –
I like to use fresh garlic, but you can also use garlic powder.
tomato paste –
You can find this in the canned tomato aisle at your grocery store. I prefer the texture of tomato paste and bone broth to tomato sauce.
chicken bone broth –
You can find this in the canned soup aisle at your grocery store or by mail. If you don’t have any, substitute regular chicken broth or in a pinch, water.
hot sauce –
I like to use Franks Red Hot Sauce, but you can use your favorite hot sauce.
blue cheese dressing –
I prefer to make my own, but if you buy it at the store read the labels to be sure it doesn’t have added sugar.
chopped green onions –
This is for garnish, so you can omit it if you’d like.
salt and pepper –
Worcestershire sauce –
1 tsp for extra flavor is optional. Worcestershire sauce is not generally considered a keto food or flavoring but can be used sparingly in small amounts.
🔪 Instructions for making Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes
Making these keto Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes is pretty easy! Here’s how to do it.
First of all, heat the avocado (or olive) oil in a large skillet or saute pan over medium heat to medium high heat.
Secondly, add the onion, celery, and garlic to the pan. Stir the vegetables and add 1/4 teaspoon salt and the same of ground black pepper.
⏲ Cook time
Then cook it for 3-4 minutes, continuing to stir until the onions start to become translucent.
Now, add ground chicken and cook until it is browned and the chicken cooks through until no longer pink. Use a spoon or spatula to break up the meat during this process.
After that, stir in the tomato paste, hot sauce, and chicken bone broth. Whisk or mix the mixture until no tomato paste lumps remain. Simmer it for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally or until the sloppy Joes sauce reaches your desired consistency.
Next, stir in the blue cheese dressing and warm until heated through. Now’s the important part!
I believe it’s always important to taste your food and season it to your preferences. Therefore, taste the mixture and add more salt, pepper, hot sauce, or even cayenne pepper if you wish.
🍴How to serve low carb ground chicken Sloppy Joes
Personally, instead of hamburger buns, I like to serve ground chicken Sloppy Joes on lettuce wraps, a wonder bread chaffle, or other keto bread.
Spoon about 1/4 of the mixture onto a chaffle or piece of lettuce. Then top it with some sliced green onions and crumbled blue cheese. These are for garnish, but I strongly suggest including them because they really do add to the flavor.
Top with another chaffle or wrap it up in a lettuce wrap. Enjoy!
💭 Top tip
If you want a bit more of a crunch in your sandwich, feel free to add some extra chopped celery to the ground chicken mixture.
🥣 How to store keto Sloppy Joes
Any leftover sloppy Joes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
The Sloppy Joes mixture is also freezer friendly and can be frozen for up to 3 months. I like to portion them into individual servings so that I can thaw and eat them as a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
To reheat, simply microwave until warmed through.
👩🍳 Variations on Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes
If you want to mix things up, here are a few ideas for variations on these keto Buffalo chicken Sloppy Joes:
- Add some grated cheddar cheese to the Sloppy Joes sauce mixture for a cheesy twist.
- Stir in some ranch dressing, yellow mustard, and/or add onion powder for a creamy and flavorful variation.
- Add some diced jalapeño peppers, bell pepper, or other peppers for a bit of spice.
- Omit the blue cheese and use ranch dressing for a completely different flavor.
- Ground turkey or ground beef works in place of healthy ground chicken. Change it up for some variety.
- More flavorings: It’s possible to add sugar free ketchup, apple cider vinegar, or even a brown sugar substitute like Brown Swerve.
The possibilities are endless, so feel free to experiment with this healthy recipe and come up with your own variations!
🌶 Keto Buffalo ground chicken Sloppy Joes for dinner
I hope you enjoy these keto Buffalo chicken Sloppy Joes as much as we do! They are a quick and easy recipe for a meal packed with flavor.
Ground chicken Sloppy Joes are a delicious and easy meal the whole family will love. Try them for a quick lunch or family friendly dinner. Lately, I’ve also been loving this healthy tuna salad or this keto kale salad for lunch!
But back to the sloppy Joes, they’re perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, and best of all, they’re low carb and keto friendly!
And, they can easily be customized to suit your taste preferences. So, what are you waiting for? Give them a try today!
📋 More related keto recipes
Some more recipes the family will love!
- Keto Buffalo Sauce
- Keto Buffalo Chicken Casserole
- Wonder Bread Chaffle Recipe (Dairy-free)
- Garlic Parmesan Chaffle Recipe
- Keto Buffalo Deviled Eggs
- Best Easy Keto Sloppy Joes
- Keto Turkey Burgers
- Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (coming soon!)
📌 Pin the keto recipe here:
Printable recipe card
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil)
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1/2 cup chicken bone broth
- 1/4 cup hot sauce (I use Frank's)
- 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing (sugar free)
- 1/4 tsp salt (or more to taste)
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- Crumbled blue cheese
- Chopped chives
- Heat the avocado oil in a skillet or saute pan over a medium high heat.
- Add the onion, celery, and garlic. Stir and add 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes continuing to stir until the onions start to become translucent.
- Add the ground chicken and cook until it is browned and cooked through with no pink remaining. Break up the meat as it cooks.
- Stir in the tomato paste, hot sauce, and chicken bone broth. Mix until no tomato paste lumps remain and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is the desired consistency.
- Stir in the blue cheese dressing and warm until heated through. Taste and add more salt, pepper, or hot sauce as desired.
- Serve on lettuce wraps, wonder bread chaffles, or other keto bread.
- Sprinkle green onions and crumbled blue cheese over the sloppy Joe mixture to garnish.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 19gCarbohydrates: 5gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 2gProtein: 23g
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