My oldest kid started real school this year and the schedule is a real wake-up call! Fast dinners have become absolutely vital! So, say hello to BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes!

These are a little more work than tossing a package of sloppy joe mix in a pot with some chicken and calling it a day, but the tiny bit of extra effort is well worth it. You’ll still have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. Super mega promise.

If you’re really crunched for time and a great planner, you can pop all the ingredients in a slow cooker and BBQ chicken sloppy joes will be waiting for you when you need them.

BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes Base

The sauce for these is like a cheater’s BBQ sauce which uses BBQ sauce as one of the ingredients. The finished sauce is a bit more complex though and has some sweetness to it although not as sweet as some sloppy joe mixes which have a lot of sugar.

It starts by cooking some grated onion in a little butter (or oil) and seasoning it with salt and pepper. Grating the onion helps it almost dissolve entirely in the sauce. It’s also really the only chopping you have to do for these chicken sloppy joes so hang in there.

Grated onions for BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes.
So grate.

Once the onion is cooked down a bit, add the BBQ sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce. Easy enough right?

Building Sauce for Chicken Sloppy Joes
All the good stuff.

Bring that all to a simmer and add the chicken. I used boneless chicken breasts but you could use a mix of breasts and thighs if you wanted.

Just kind of nestle the chicken in the sauce.

Cooking chicken for sloppy joes
In the pool.

Cooking the Chicken Sloppy Joes

Turn the heat down to low, cover the pot, and let this simmer for about 8 minutes. Then flip the chicken and cook for 6 more minutes. About 15 minutes total should cook the chicken thoroughly.

While the chicken is cooking, absolutely get the rest of your sandwich stuff ready: slice onions, wash lettuce, toast buns, etc.

Chicken Sloppy Joes cooked

You can easily test the chicken by trying to shred a bit of it. It should shred really easily if it’s cooked through.

Shredding chicken for sloppy joes with forks.
Fork it.

Use two forks to shred the chicken once it’s cooked! You can shred it really finely or leave it kind of chunky. I like it a bit chunky. I just shred it in the actual pot. Not hard!

Shredded chicken for sloppy joes
Sandwich ready.

From here dinner is seconds away. Stack some lettuce, and onions on a bun and pile on some chicken sloppy joe mix!

As another sandwich option, you can also add a slice of Provolone cheese to the bottom and the chicken mix will melt the cheese!

BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes
Good eats.

Whether you have little ones headed back to school or you just need a quick and delicious meal, try out these BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes.

I think your whole family will give them an A+.

Easy BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes
BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes! These are perfect for a quick weeknight meal. They are fast to make from scratch or you can toss everything in a slow cooker and they are ready when you are! Great for a back-to-school, busy weeknight meal! |

Servings Ideas for Chicken Sloppy Joes

Obviously a sandwich is the basic way to serve this chicken sloppy joe mixture, but let’s get creative!

  • Try this BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes mixture on nachos or in a quesadilla.
  • Try it on a pizza with smoked gouda and mozzarella!
  • Make a pita sandwich with it with tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onion!

Storing Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes keep SO well and you can keep them in the fridge for a week or so or freeze them for up to three months. The mixture reheats fine in the microwave. Just add a splash of water to it!

BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes

3.87 from 22 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
The perfect quick weeknight meal. Good for those busy back-to-school nights or any day you’re in need of a quick, filling dinner!


  • 1 cup grated onions
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • cup BBQ sauce
  • cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breasts
  • 6 Hamburger buns, for serving
  • Lettuce, for serving
  • Red onion, sliced thin
  • 6 slices Provolone cheese
  • Pickles


  • In a medium pot, add butter over medium heat. Once melted add grated onion and salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft.
  • Add BBQ sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine. Once combined, nestle chicken in the sauce and bring to a simmer. Turn heat down to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Flip chicken in sauce, replace lid, and simmer for another 6 minutes. Test that chicken is cooked through completely. It should very easily shred apart. If it isn’t cooked through, cook for another 4 minutes and check again.
  • When chicken is cooked through, shred all the chicken using two forks. You can shred it very fine or keep it chunkier. Your call. Stir chicken back into sauce.
  • Serve chicken sloppy joes on toasted buns with provolone cheese, lettuce, red onions, and pickles.
  • This meal can also be made in a slow cooker. Add all the sauce ingredients and chicken and cook on low for at least 4 hours. Shred chicken and serve!


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 414kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 1177mg | Potassium: 674mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 234mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Main Dishes, Sandwiches
Cuisine: American

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