Sloppy Joe Sauce is a very versatile starter for both weekend and weeknight meals… and sometimes, like with the recipe I’m going to share with you below, a weekend meal, that makes a whole new weeknight meal later on.
Some Sweet & Smokey Pulled Chicken Sloppy Joes with kettle chips seemed just the thing for Sunday dinner, so I picked up a big package of chicken breasts on sale, grabbed a package of bacon and a big Vidalia onion. Sloppy Joe sauce was the base for the sauce, and a few things tossed in made it my own.
I browned up some chopped bacon and onions, added the sauce and some seasonings, dropped in the chicken to simmer, and pretty much forgot about it, other than giving it a stir once or twice. After the sauce had thickened, I shredded the chicken, right back into the pot.
The pulled chicken went right on bulkie rolls with a nice slice of sharp cheddar. Nom, nom. Lil’ Foodie was not feeling the bib, so wore her dinner as usual. Later in the week I spread leftover pulled chicken onto some bakery pizza dough & topped it off with cheddar & pickled jalapenos. YUM!!! Even better than the sloppy joes.
Here is my recipe for the pulled chicken I used in both meals.
Watching your carbs? Try my Keto Root Beer Pulled Chicken Instant Pot recipe.
Sweet & Smokey Pulled Chicken
- 4 strips of center cut maple bacon or trim off fattiest sections
- 1 large Vidalia onion 3 cups sliced
- 1 sloppy joe sauce
- 1/2 can water
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbs whole grain mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs paprika
- 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast trimmed & sliced into thick strips or tenders
- Place 5 qt pot on stove over med-high heat.
- Slice across bacon and cut into thin strips, then chop up & toss into the pan. Stir. Once bacon has started to crisp & some of the fat has rendered, add the sliced onions. Saute until lightly caramelized.
- Add the sloppy joe sauce, water, maple syrup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire & paprika. Stir, then add chicken.
- As soon as the pot starts to bubble reduce heat to simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally for approximately 1 hour. Until thick enough for sandwiches.