Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes

Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes - Healthy sloppy joes inspired by moo shu chicken from a Chinese carryout! | foxeslovelemons.com

Remember when I told you that my husband pretending to like brie when he really didn’t was almost the downfall of our marriage? Well, another little “food fight” Jeff and I have is over Sloppy Joes. He insists on eating them with a fork and knife. I say that the very essence of the sandwich is, well, sloppy, and thus should be required to be eaten as a sandwich in all of its messy glory. What do you think? Help us settle this debate!

Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes - Healthy sloppy joes inspired by moo shu chicken from a Chinese carryout! | foxeslovelemons.com

Whichever way we eat them, I like coming up with new flavor profiles for classic Sloppy Joes. For this recipe, I was inspired by Moo Shu Chicken, one of our favorite dishes from any Chinese carryout. Moo Shu is usually a stir-fried combination of finely chopped or ground meat, cabbage and various other veggies tossed together in a brown, umami-laden sauce. It is served with Chinese “pancakes” which are almost like giant flour tortillas. These Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes are my take on this classic carryout dish. Serve them on buns or in tortillas, eat them with your hands or silverware, but just enjoy!

Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes - Healthy sloppy joes inspired by moo shu chicken from a Chinese carryout! | foxeslovelemons.com

Asian-Style Chicken Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

For the Coleslaw Topping:



  • 1-1/2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 cups packed shredded coleslaw veggie mix


For the Sloppy Joes:



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 cups packed shredded coleslaw veggie mix

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon sriracha

  • 6 hamburger buns or tortillas


Directions:


  1. Make Coleslaw Topping: In medium bowl, whisk together vinegar and oil. Add onions and shredded coleslaw veggie mix; toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Make Sloppy Joes: In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and bell pepper; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, breaking up chicken with side of spoon as it cooks. Add garlic, tomato paste and ginger; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

  3. Stir in shredded coleslaw veggie mix, water, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened, stirring occasionally.

  4. Divide Sloppy Joe mixture between buns or tortillas; top with Coleslaw Topping.


This recipe originally appeared here on the Naturebox blog.


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