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Chicken sloppy joe bubble up

May 14, 2018

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 they rise as you bake the dish causing the “bubble up” effect 🙂 This simple meal is just 5 freestyle smart points per serving.

Chicken sloppy joe bubble up
Recipe type: Main Meals
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Serves: 6
5 freestyle SP, 7SP/6PP
  • 1.5lb ground chicken, fat free (weighed raw)
  • 1 7.5oz 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
  • ½ cup chopped onions (I used red onion)
  • 2 cups reduced fat pasta sauce (mine was 8SP for 2 cups)
  • ¼ cup reduced sugar ketchup
  • 1.5 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ Tbsp mustard
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp italian seasoning
  • ½ cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese (I used Trader Joe's)
  1. In a large pan brown your ground chicken using some cooking spray, add in garlic and onions.
  2. Once chicken has cook stir in your pasta sauce, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar and seasonings. Let cook on low for 5 minutes.
  3. Spray a large 9x13 casserole dish with some cooking spray and preheat oven to 350F.
  4. 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.
  5. 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- 5 using WW recipe builder
Smart Points- 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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  • Reply Linn May 25, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    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 Drizzle May 28, 2018 at 11:38 am

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

  • Reply Erica C May 27, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    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 Drizzle May 28, 2018 at 11:42 am

      Hi Erica, I personally would freeze it cooked.. Hope you both enjoy it 🙂

    • Reply Anna Rose July 4, 2018 at 5:21 pm

      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.

      • Drizzle
        Reply Drizzle July 5, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        Thanks for the tips Anna 🙂

  • Reply Kayla May 28, 2018 at 3:13 pm

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

  • Reply Nicole June 2, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    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 Drizzle June 3, 2018 at 10:56 am

      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 🙂

  • Reply Maxine June 3, 2018 at 1:01 am

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

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 3, 2018 at 10:56 am

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

  • Reply Kristine June 13, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    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.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle June 14, 2018 at 11:50 am

      Yay, so glad you both enjoy it 🙂

  • Reply Chrisi H June 27, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    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 Drizzle June 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm

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

  • Reply Ginger Brown July 7, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Tell your people that can’t print, to take and take a picture, it works for me. Can’t wait to try this.

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle July 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Ginger 🙂

  • Reply Ruby August 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    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 Drizzle August 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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

  • Reply C.J. Pfeifer August 15, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    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 Drizzle August 16, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      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 🙂

  • Reply Nicole August 27, 2018 at 8:49 pm

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

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle August 31, 2018 at 9:43 pm

      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

  • Reply Shelly August 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    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 🙂

    • Drizzle
      Reply Drizzle August 31, 2018 at 9:45 pm

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

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