Sunday, October 18, 2009

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

I saw these on Rachael Ray a a year or so ago and decided they might be worth trying. I like buffalo chicken, my husband loves sloppy joes - it's the perfect combination for us! They are very good - not too hot, and just tangy enough. My one caution: Make sure you let them simmer for a little while after you add the sauce, or you'll end up with soggy bread when you make your sandwich.

I usually serve these with the mashed potato skins from the same episode.

I halved a lot of this recipe because making the original 2 lbs. of meat was just too much for the two of us. But the veggies I kept the same - you can never have too much celery and carrots with your buffalo chicken!

2 Tbsp. EVOO
1 lb. ground chicken
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (I used the garlic press on mine)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce:
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup hot sauce
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth

Heat a EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and break it up . Cook 5 to 6 minutes. Add in carrots, celery, onions and garlic, season with salt and black pepper, and cook an additional 7 to 8 minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and broth. Pour into the pan and stir to combine. Simmer a few minutes more until sauce thickens.

Pile onto your favorite buns and top with blue cheese, pickles, or whatever toppings you like!

Adapted from: 30 Minute Meals

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