I’m all about easy comfort food casseroles, and I have been trying to make some recipes with ground chicken or turkey to keep them freestyle friendly. This sloppy joe bubble up is so easy to make and sure to be a hit with the family. I often get asked “what’s a bubble up”? It is just a term given to these types of casseroles where you use a biscuit dough cut up into pieces and theyΒ rise as you bake the dish causing the “bubble up” effect πŸ™‚ This simple meal is just 5 freestyle smart points per serving.

Chicken sloppy joe bubble up

5 SP on blue & purple, 7SP green /6PP
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 42 mins
Total Time 1 hr 7 mins
Course Main meals
Servings 6


  • 1.5 lb ground chicken fat free (weighed raw)
  • 1 7.5 oz package of biscuit dough I use great value from Walmart, there are 10 small biscuits in the roll and they come in 4 packs, one pack weighs 7.5oz
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions I used red onion
  • 2 cups reduced fat pasta sauce mine was 8SP for 2 cups
  • 1/4 cup reduced sugar ketchup
  • 1.5 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese I used Trader Joe's


  • In a large pan brown your ground chicken using some cooking spray, add in garlic and onions.
  • Once chicken has cook stir in your pasta sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar and seasonings. Let cook on low for 5 minutes.
  • Spray a large 9x13 casserole dish with some cooking spray and preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cut your 10 small biscuits into 6 pieces for each biscuit, slowly stir them into your chicken & sauce mixture then pour into your casserole dish. Be sure to spread out the biscuits in your dish so you don't have too much in one area.
  • Bake in oven for 30 minutes, remove from the oven, sprinkle with cheese and return to oven for an additional 12 minutes. Makes 6 servings, each serving weighing approx 7.5-8oz. This dish will freeze well.


Freestyle smart points-(blue & purple) 5 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points-(green) 7 using SP calculator
Points Plus- 6 using PP calculator
Calories 278...Fat 4.5g..Sat Fat 0.5g..Carbs 26.4g...Fiber 1.6g...Sugar 8.6g...Protein 27.9g using My Fitness Pal
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  1. hey Kate… this flavor combination sounds DE LISH.
    I am wondering if chopped, cooked rotisserie chicken
    (skinless) could be substituted for the ground chicken.
    Thank you for all your helpful recipes.
    God Bless You!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Linn, sure I don’t see why not, it would just be a preference thing really but should still come out the same πŸ™‚ hope you enjoy it

  2. Hi, Kate – This looks good. I’d probably need to freeze half since we’re only a two person household. Is it better to freeze this cooked or uncooked? Generally I freeze casserole before baking, but I have my doubts about freezing the raw biscuit dough. Any tips? Thanks.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Erica, I personally would freeze it cooked.. Hope you both enjoy it πŸ™‚

    • Hi Erica – I’ve frozen all the cooked bubble ups from DMS (minus the breakfast one) and they all taste great! I used to put it in the fridge the morning of but recently go right from the freezer to the microwave and it works just fine. I usually make a few of them, portion, and freeze so I have dinners ready for when I’m taking a graduate class.

  3. Hi Kate! This is one of my new favorites! So much flavour in this meal and the texture is amazing! Thanks alot

    • Does the biscuit still seem kinda slimy after cooking since its mixed in? Wondering if i put the biscuit on top, if that would help. I have a texture thing.

      • Drizzle Reply

        Mine never do no, I have had some people mention their biscuits not cooking all the way through and all I can think of is it can vary by oven maybe?

  4. Hi there, wondering if this recipe might work with drop type biscuits just put on top, made out of 2 ingredient dough. What do you think?

    • Drizzle Reply

      I think some have tried it, I’m not sure if they bake as well as the biscuits but I’d say give it a try πŸ™‚

  5. I’m unable to save recipe or send to my email; can you help me please.

    • Drizzle Reply

      HI what are you using? If it’s a tablet I know others have said the same, I’m not sure how tablets work..

  6. I LOVE this recipe. I had it for dinner tonight! (Second time making it). My husband loves it too! Perfect to freeze in portions since it’s currently just the two of us! Tastes just as good re-heated.

  7. I made this tonight and used ground turkey instead of chicken. It was delicious! I used the 9×13 pan and it doesn’t look as pretty as yours. My biscuits were higher than everything else. I think next time I’ll use a 9×9 pan. Any thoughts on that?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Chris, you definitely used the right size biscuits? A small 7.5oz pack with 10 small biscuits in them?

  8. Hi Kate,
    Made this one tonight and not sure if I will make it again. It was sooo good that I wanted to eat the whole pan!!! 🀣 Thanks for sharing all of your great recipes and meal ideas.

    • Drizzle Reply

      Haha πŸ˜‰ good and bad I guess .. maybe freeze in single portions? So glad you enjoyed it Ruby

  9. C.J. Pfeifer Reply

    I just discovered your website and love it. Thank You for creating and sharing all these fabulous recipes. I told my hubs I was trying a new recipe for dinner and he questioned me endlessly about the bubble up because he ALWAYS resists trying something new. Bottom line ……. he ate 3 servings (and I thought I would have lots of leftovers to freeze). Now, he can’t wait for me to make some of the other bubble up recipes. I loved this and thought it was delicious!!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      Ha, I love that!! So glad you both enjoyed it but sorry about the leftovers (or lack of haha) I hope you continue to enjoy the recipes πŸ™‚

  10. Hi, I’m just wondering exactly what kind of biscuits to use I’m in Canada, is this the pillsury ones?

    • Drizzle Reply

      Pillsbury discontinued the 7.5oz packs, I buy great value ones at Walmart in the U.S in Canada you can buy the smallest biscuits they have and weigh out 7.5oz, then cut those into small pieces, likely smaller than I do mine as they will be bigger biscuits if that makes sense

  11. I just want to say, I am SO GLAD I found this site!! Finally a WW friendly site that doesn’t use a bunch of weird ingredients… SOOO HAPPY! I’m a lifetime member for 30 years, been back several times and have recently rejoined to lose 20 pounds… after finding this site I KNOW I can do it…. again πŸ™‚

    • Drizzle Reply

      Hi Shelly, YAY best message ever πŸ™‚ thanks for making my day!! I hope you enjoy the recipes and good luck on your continued journey πŸ™‚

  12. I’m using my own *family recipe* sloppy joe recipe, but wow what a great Idea for the all in one bake! Thank you so much! I will be using your recipe soon, but I needed an *in a pinch* recipe!!! Thank you again!

  13. Jenese Vollman Reply

    For anyone in Canada making any of these delicious bubble ups, I use the low-fat crescent rolls as I’ve never seen low-fat biscuits. I tried with regular biscuits but like the taste of the crescent rolls better (I just cut the tube of dough into 10 rounds and then cut those into 6).

    • Drizzle Reply

      Thanks for sharing Jenese πŸ™‚ they are not low fat biscuits that I use just a smaller pack (17SP for the whole package, 10 small biscuits) Canada does not sell those packages unfortunately so I suggest people buy the smallest one they can and then weigh out 7.5 oz πŸ™‚ but the crescent roll are a great substitute as well

  14. Shannon S. Reply

    I made this last weekend and it is now a new family favorite!!! DELICIOUS!!!!

    • Drizzle Reply

      That is so awesome to hear πŸ™‚ glad everyone enjoyed it

    • Drizzle Reply

      Yum… YES and can you make it for me please haha.. I like your style and I think I might just try it out *keep in mind potatoes will take longer to cook most likely

  15. Has anyone ever prepared a day in advance then baked? Wondering if it has any effect on the biscuits if they sit uncooked in the sloppy joe sauce?

    • Drizzle Reply

      I have seen some people say they have done it and it has worked out fine, I myself have not tried it

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