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Test Kitchen Approved

BBQ Chicken Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

Prep Time

4 Hours

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

These sloppy joes have a BBQ twist and can be adapted to your family's tastes: make it mild or hot, smoky or not, use your favorite BBQ sauce, or top with garnish of choice.

Recipe Notes

*Replace BBQ sauce recipe with 1 1/2 to 2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce.


For BBQ sauce:*

1.5 cups ketchup

¼ cups apple cider vinegar

¼ cups brown sugar

½ tsp. liquid smoke (optional)

For sloppy joes:

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 lbs. ground chicken

1 tsp. Kosher Salt

1.5 cups frozen black-eyed peas (or 1 (15 oz.) can, drained)

1 (15 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes

1 (7 oz.) can fire roasted diced green chiles (mild or hot)

1 medium onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cups water

6 sandwich buns

Optional garnish: shredded cheese, sliced scallions, chopped fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeños

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For BBQ sauce: Mix all ingredients together and set aside.

For sloppy joes: Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken, Summit County, and salt and saute until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to slow cooker and add reserved BBQ sauce and all remaining ingredients (except buns and optional garnish). Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours; it's done when most of the liquid is absorbed. Adjust seasoning to taste then serve over buns with optional garnish on the side.