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Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

March 14, 2016

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

Hi all.  First off, I have to appologize that I haven’t been posting the nutritional info on my recipes lately.  Two reasons mainly, life has just gotten to crazy busy over the last few months (hence the seldom posts) and I’ve been trying to improve my relationship with food.  Counting calories and stressing about every little thing that went into my mouth was really taking over my life and making me not a nice mom and wife (sorry guys).  I’m still obsessed with food, and good healthy food for sure, but I’m trying to make it more of a healthy lifestyle with less stress and guilt.  I don’t want to punish myself for enjoying a treat once or twice a week, or a big Cafe Rio Salad with all the fixins every once in a while.  

Don’t get me wrong, I completely believe that there is a time and a place to count calories and watch what you are eating.  I think that everyone should educate themselves as much as possible about what they are putting in their mouths along with how much of it, and keeping some sort of log or using an App is the quickest way to inform yourself about your own nutrition.  I would say track for a while, a few months maybe, try to stay with in your calorie or macro goals, and then if you are at a healthy weight, or when you have reached your healthy weight, try to go it on your own and keep making those healthy choices.  By then you should know how much you should be eating each meal and what the nutritional info is in most foods that you eat.  Like I have said before, balance in all things.  Extremes usually aren’t the best way to go.

Well, now on to today’s recipe. 🙂  I really like the flavor of Buffalo Chicken and I also really like sloppy joes.  So the logical thing to do would be to put them together right?  I’m all about efficiency. 🙂  Now, I have been working on a healthier homemade bbq sauce, but I wanted to keep things simple, so this could be a quick weeknight meal, so the sauce uses ketchup.  I know, not the best for you, but you can buy low or no sugar ketchup if you want to reduce the added sugar, and that’s always a good thing.  So here we go:

Heat a medium sized saucepan on medium to high heat and add in your lean ground chicken.  

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Cook it until it’s almost cooked through.  Add in the diced celery and finish cooking the chicken all the way, stirring every minute or so.

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Once the chicken is cooked through, add in the ketchup, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, liquid smoke, and Frank’s Hot sauce.  Stir completely to combine everything and coat all the chicken.  Let it simmer another minute or two and then you are ready to serve it up!  

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So quick and easy.  Place about a third cup sized scoop on a whole wheat bun, or piece of lettuce if you want to make them into wraps, then top with 1-2 T of crumbled blue cheese.  Perfect for Monday night football, or any night really. 🙂

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes
Serves 5
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lb lean ground chicken
  2. 1/2 C diced celery
For the sauce
  1. 1/3 C low sugar ketchup
  2. 2 t yellow mustard
  3. 1 T vinegar (apple cider or white)
  4. 3 T brown sugar
  5. 1 t liquid smoke (optional)
  6. 1/4 C Frank's Hot Sauce
  7. crumbled blue cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium sized saucepan on medium to high heat and add in your lean ground chicken. Cook it until it's almost cooked through.
  2. Add in the diced celery and finish cooking the chicken all the way, stirring every minute or so.
  3. Once the chicken is cooked through, add in the ketchup, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, liquid smoke, and Frank's Hot sauce. Stir completely to combine everything and coat all the chicken. Let it simmer another minute or two and then you are ready to serve it up!
  4. Place about a third cup sized scoop on a whole wheat bun, or piece of lettuce if you want to make them into wraps, then top with 1-2 T of crumbled blue cheese.
Notes
  1. These can easily be eaten on a bun or they make awesome lettuce wraps too!
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