Saving Money and Sloppy Joes

After having heard of this idea twice in the same week, I thought that maybe I should give it a try.  After all, I do enjoy saving money especially when it comes to groceries and feeding the family.

Lately I’ve been able to purchase chicken breasts with ribs for just 89-99 cents a pound.  Ground beef has been running for about $2.49 per pound.  I certainly have been stocking up on the chicken, but find it difficult to use for dishes normally using ground beef.   Did you know you can make your own ground chicken and use it just like ground beef??  This was the idea I heard twice last week.  I gave it a try tonight and it worked out great!

Cut the raw chicken off the bones and put it into a  food processor.  You don’t need to worry about getting all the meat.  The bones with the remaining meat can be boiled. This meat can be used for sandwiches or salads.

Process on high until all the chicken is ground into small pieces.

I chopped up a package of 5 chicken breasts and used  a little more than half of the meat for the following recipe.  The rest I put into the freezer for another time.


1-1/2 lb. ground chicken (or beef)

1 medium onion, chopped fine

1 fresh cayenne pepper, chopped fine

3 tbsp. olive oil

1/3 c. catsup

1/4 c. water

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. salt

5 burger buns, split and toasted if desired

In a large skillet, heat olive oil.  Saute onion and pepper.  Add ground chicken. Cook until tender, breaking up into small pieces. Stir in remaining ingredients except buns.

Cover and cook over low heat, about 10 minutes.  Fill buns with mixture. I modified a recipe I found in my old Betty Crocker cookbook for this recipe.

I served these with chips and fresh salsa (see post from summer, 2010).

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The Mrs. G's

A mother-daughter project (our married names both begin with G) to rejuvenate our love of cooking and make meals creative and exciting! And now that I (mom) have discovered the Trim Healthy Mama way of cooking, I am trying to incorporate more healthful recipes!

One thought on “Saving Money and Sloppy Joes”

  1. What a super idea! I’m doing this as soon as I get home. And, I’d love to know where you’re getting chicken breasts so cheap! Do tell =).
    Lots of love xxxx

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