{Healthier} Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes for #SundaySupper

It’s getting hot in here!!  This week, #SundaySupper is Spicin’ it Up and bringing you recipes with a kick, like my {Healthier} Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes!

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes - get your spicy Buffalo kick in a healthier and fun way that even the kids will love | cupcakesandkalechips.com #buffalochicken #sloppyjoesAre you friends with your mom on Facebook?  I am.  It’s simultaneously awesome and annoying.  I am in New Jersey, and she is in Delaware, and we have always been very close, so it is nice to see what each other is up to, she gets to see photos of the boys, we can “chit chat” even when I can’t sit down and have a phone conversation without someone needing to be fed, a diaper changed, in and out and in and out of the minivan, “Mommy mommy mommy mommy” echoing in the background (or in my face).

But then if I mention that The Bug might be sick or Smiles isn’t sleeping or I’m in a crappy mood, she’s gotta be a typical mom and tell me what she thinks, or have I thought about this, or did I check on that, or am I sure he doesn’t need this.  I know it is just because she cares and she loves us, but like any typical daughter, I don’t always wanna hear it.  I know, I know, if I don’t want people to tell me things I don’t want to hear, don’t post on Facebook.  OK, you spend day in and day out with a control-freak toddler/preschooler who has had to adjust to life with a new sibling and an infant who clearly has not read the books that detail when and how much infants are “supposed” to sleep, and tell me you don’t need to just vent somewhere, anywhere, without actually screaming at your kids, and the iPhone and Facebook app are the closest thing at hand.  Guilty as charged.

She also reads my blog sometimes, so I am probably gonna get a beat down for this.  Actually, I don’t think she reads the blog.  She just Likes everything I post…  on Facebook.

So anyway, Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes have made their way into our dinner rotation pretty frequently over the past several months.  When mom saw me post it on Facebook, she wanted the recipe.  Actually, she really just wanted me to make them for her which I did.  And now she has the recipe, so she can make them herself.

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By using lean ground chicken, and not loading it up with butter or oil, this is a great way to get your Buffalo fix in a healthier way.  I also sneak in some veggies by adding diced carrots.  If you want the whole wings with carrot and celery stick experience, sub half the carrots with celery, but we aren’t big celery fans here.  And I like to use my Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing, but feel free to use your favorite bottle version or recipe, or just sprinkle on some crumbled blue cheese.

If you really want to go all healthy, instead of the roll (though I did use whole wheat for the boys and gluten free for me), put it on a salad, like I showed you on Instagram the other day.

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And make sure you check all of the heat #SundaySupper is bringing to the kitchen at the bottom of this post.

Buffalo, chili, chiles, cajun, curry, cinnamon – how do you like to spice things up?

{Healthier} Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes
Get your spicy Buffalo kick in a healthier and fun way that even the kids will love with Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes.
Recipe type: Main, Chicken
Serves: 4
  • 1 t oil
  • half of a medium onion, chopped (about ½ c)
  • 1 c diced carrots (or a mixture of carrots and celery)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground chicken breast
  • one 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • ¼ c hot sauce (I used Frank's Red Hot. Use more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing, or your favorite blue cheese dressing, or crumbled blue cheese
  • Rolls, for serving
  1. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, carrots (and celery, if using, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 5-6 minutes, or until onions are becoming translucent and vegetables are softening.
  4. Add the ground chicken, and cook until done, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, hot sauce, and Worcestershire, and simmer for several minutes, until heated through.
  6. Spoon onto rolls and top with blue cheese dressing or crumbles for serving.


Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes - get your spicy Buffalo kick in a healthier and fun way that even the kids will love | cupcakesandkalechips.com #buffalochicken #sloppyjoesSnappy Starters & Snacks

Hatch Chile, Grape & Grilled Onion Salsa from Shockingly Delicious
Spicy Tempeh Chips from The Urban Mrs
Sriracha Popcorn from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Cheese, Smoked Paprika and Fennel Crackers from What Smells So Good?
Baked Banana Pepper Poppers from Daily Dish Recipes
Spicy Black Bean and Corn Stew from Mama’s Blissful Bites
Caldo de Camaron y Pescado (Shrimp & Fish Soup) from girlichef
Bajia with Tomato and Chili Chutney from My cute bride
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Salad from Casa de Crews
Sriracha and Parmesan Fries from Mess Makes Food
Smoky Salmon Chowder from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Hummus with Spicy Turkish Ezme Salad from Neighborfood
Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppedew Peppers from Healthy. Delicious.
Tofu Hariyali Kebabs-(Tofu Kebabs in Cilantro Sauce) from Soni’s Food

Fiery Main Dishes

Spicy Stuffed Mexican Peppers from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Jalapeno Popper Fettuccine Alfredo from Chocolate Moosey
Baked Tilapia en Escabeche from La Cocina de Leslie
Spicy Grilled Chicken Wings with Two Dipping Sauces from Runner’s Tales
Chorizo and Scallop Skewers from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Buffalo Chicken Pizza from Cookin’ Mimi
Thai Cashew Chicken from Doggie at the Dinner Table
Skillet Jambalaya from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Firecracker Chicken from Juanita’s Cocina
Spiced Turkey Burger Patties from Cook the Story
Aubergine and Chickpea Curry from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Savory Tomato & Poblano Pie from An Appealing Plan
Venison Mole Rojo from Curious Cuisiniere
Za’atar Chicken with Fattoush from Food Lust People Love
Crispy Oven Fried Buffalo Chicken Tenders from In The Kitchen With KP
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Strips from Webicurean
BBQ Chicken Pizza with Poblano Peppers and Pepitas from The Wimpy Vegetarian
Spicy Thai Beef Salad from Magnolia Days
Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Spicy Lemon Paprika Chicken Thighs from Family Foodie

Searing Sauces & Seasonings

Homemade Buffalo Sauce from Growing Up Gabel
Whole grain Mustard recipe – Moutarde à l’ancienne from Masala Herb
Homemade Sriracha Sauce from kimchi MOM

Zesty Sweets & Sips

Cinnamon Streusel Scones from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fiery Pomelo from My Other City By The Bay
Cinnamon Monkey Bread from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Cinnamon Peanut Butter Skillet Blondies with Ice Cream from Vintage Kitchen Notes
Goldilocks and the 3 Asian-Fusion Bars from NinjaBaking.com

If you like your buffalo wingless, I’ve got you covered:

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches


Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese


Buffalo Bacon Blue Dip


Skinny Buffalo Chicken Salad


And here’s a few more from my foodie friends:

Buffalo Cauliflower from Persnickety Plates

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad from Heather’s French Press

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp Po’ Boys from Mother Thyme

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas from A Kitchen Addiction

Want to see lots more yummy food from me and my friends, and cute pictures of my kids? 

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  1. says

    People have given up on facebook ages ago, so I don’t have to worry if my mum reads my fb posts. =D
    A healthier version of buffalo chicken, no way! I could need this now. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  2. says

    Spectacular supper for Sunday or any night of the week, Brianne. Love the Blue Cheese Greek Yogurt dressing, idea, too.

    P.s. Thank you for sharing about your mother <3 It is nice that you are so close and that she's FB savvy.

    • says

      Oh, I am glad! I love the buffalo cauliflower, though I originally saw another recipe with gluten free flour. But I was happy to share yours!! And I only use ground chicken in something line this with a ton of added flavor and moisture. Kinda bland otherwise.

  3. says

    The day my mom is on my Facebook, the apocalypse is coming. She can’t even turn on the computer. We taught her, she took classes, but she just doesn’t get it. Now my dad on the other hand. He graduated to texting me sentences and knows how to like a page for a contest. Still deciding on if he reads my blog regularly.

    Anyway, when I heard the title, I need I would absolutely love these. Then I’m wondering duh why didn’t I think of this ;) Pinned!

  4. says

    My mom is not on facebook but she reads my posts because she subscribes to my blog email. I don’t think she has actually visited my blog more than once. She will call me and want to come over to have the cake or whatever and I have to keep explaining that by the time it is on my blog it is gone.

  5. says

    Buffalo chicken + healthy??? I never thought I would see the day. I love this idea. Lately I’ve been throwing all sorts of our leftovers on salad greens for lunch the next day, so I can totally see this being a great salad too. Thanks for sharing!

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