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Horizontal image of a chicken sloppy joe sandwich on a white plate, with more buns and meat in the background, on a white and light green cloth spread on a table.

Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Kelli McGrane
  • Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These slow-cooker chicken sloppy joes prove that family-friendly meals can be healthy and budget-friendly.


  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce without added salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns


  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper, then place in slow cooker.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine onion, tomato paste, tomato sauce, garlic, mustard, paprika, cumin, chili powder, sugar, and vinegar. Whisk well to combine.
  3. Pour tomato mixture over chicken breasts. Cook on high for 4 hours, or low for 8 hours.
  4. Carefully remove cooked chicken from the sauce and place on a cutting board. Using two forks, shred chicken and return to slow cooker.
  5. Stir into the sauce. Serve on whole wheat buns.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Poultry

Keywords: slow cooker, chicken, chicken breasts, sandwich, sloppy joes