Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes

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Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes have all the flavors of your favorite Chicken Parmesan dish in just 20 minutes and it’s totally kid friendly!

These sloppy joes are not your classic Ultimate Sloppy Joes but they are a delicious sloppy take on classic Chicken Parmesan and I can promise you they’re DELICIOUS!

Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes
 Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes

Another Monday another Sloppy Joes Recipe! We’ve started using much more ground meat since experimenting with all these easy sloppy joes recipes and we decided to make a concerted effort to use more white meat in our recipes.

So of course one of the first things I did was search the site and scroll through all the chicken recipes. Well, lo and behold chicken parm was one of the most popular recipes on the site! In fact even the Chicken Parmesan Casserole I made with the secret crunchy ingredient is in the top 50 on the site.

So of course we started testing recipes. I needed the creamy parmesan to stay chunkier instead of disappearing into the mixture.

I needed a crispy rich crunch and while the bun was a fine enough “breading” the toasted panko was by far the taste testers favorite option.

Last but not least the Parmesan cheese was a no brainer, we LOVE shaved parmesan in our house. The end result? We have made this recipe 1x a month since we first tested it almost six months ago. It’s a verified hit.

Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes

In most of my sloppy joes recipes I try to hide vegetables in the recipe so I feel like a better parent (my working mom guilt is real).

Hidden Sloppy Joes Vegetables:

  • red bell pepper, chopped finely
  • red onions, chopped finely
  • zucchini, chopped finely
  • canned diced tomatoes, water drained


These Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes are perfect served with a caesar salad and steamed broccoli and carrots.

Chicken Parm Sloppy Joes

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  • Make sure your ingredients are ready ahead of time, don’t let the pan scorch.
  • Toast the panko while the chicken mixture is reducing.
  • Stop cooking when its just slightly too wet still, it will thicken as it sits for a couple minutes.
  • If you want to meal prep just leave the sauce extra saucy before shutting off the heat. You may need a bit of water when reheating.
  • Add the mozzarella chunks at the very end of cooking and don’t stir because the cheese will mix into the mixture too much.

Are you going to join us and enjoy this recipe on Wednesday? Remember if you make this dish this Wednesday, we’ll be having the same dinner.

I’d love to know how it turns out for you so if you do make the recipe pretty please come back and leave a comment letting me know how you enjoyed them.

We put a ton of effort into recipe testing almost 40 Sloppy Joes for this weekly series!

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Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes

5 from 9 votes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Course: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder
Chicken Parmesan Sloppy Joes have all the flavors of your favorite Chicken Parmesan dish in just 20 minutes and it's totally kid friendly!


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup mozzarella chunks
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shaved
  • 1 cup panko
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • parsley for garnish
  • 4 brioche buns toasted


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Add the canola oil, chicken and onions to a large skillet on medium high heat breaking it apart but leaving some chunks about the size of a raspberry or small grape (don't crush the heck out of it, the larger crumbles will help give the sandwich stability).
  2. Cook until well browned (5-6 minutes), then add in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning and continue cooking until the sauce starts to evaporate and the mixture becomes "sloppy" (about 5-6 minutes).

  3. In a smaller skillet add the olive oil on medium high heat then add in the panko stirring until it starts to toast (about 1-2 minutes) then remove from the pan into a bowl to stop the cooking.

  4. When the sauce is reduced top with mozzarella chunks.
  5. Toast the buns then spoon over the chicken and cheese mixture, top with parmesan cheese and toasted panko.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 servings, Amount per serving: 612 calories, Calories: 612g, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 42g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 154mg, Sodium: 1230mg, Potassium: 1526mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 765g, Vitamin C: 12g, Calcium: 273g, Iron: 5.9g

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  1. This was delicious–everyone loved it. Sabrina, I appreciate the care you take–the recipe was well-written and easy. I liked the blog post, because it gave good context which in turn made me add the bread crumbs–that took it up a notch! We ate it open-faced.

  2. Thanks for this recipe. My boss and coworker loved it. I only had a pound of ground chicken so I cut back on the tomato paste. It was delicious!!!! Im making it again next week for another coworker to try.

  3. I’m drooling over here, Sabrina!! Everything about this is screaming my name and I can’t wait to try it (: