10 Delicious Ways To Enjoy A Pound Of Ground Chicken

Ground chicken, a light source of protein, can be used to prepare multiple delicious dishes. Not only does it stand out because of its flexibility, but it also offers a great nutritional profile and offers a fulfilling experience. While most of these recipe calls for ground turkey, turkey and chicken are totally interchangeable in these recipes. So, if you’re wondering which meals are best cooked with ground chicken, here are some solid options to explore.

1. Shepherd Pie

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While shepherd’s pie typically uses ground lamb, you can prepare it using ground chicken, too, for a lighter version. The meat filling typically includes onions, carrots, peas, and garlic. It’s best served on rainy days as the dish’s warm and hearty vibes perfectly align with chilly weather.

2. Bolognese

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While the typical Italian Bolognese sauce uses ground beef, there’s no harm in replacing it with ground chicken. This, in fact, serves as a much lighter meal option for a quick dinner. While this spaghetti sauce is made with ground turkey, ground chicken is an easy switch.

3. Meatballs

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Preparing meatballs with ground chicken is super simple. All you need to do is mix the meat with breadcrumbs, cheese of your choice, garlic, and herbs. This fusion adds a flavorful touch to the dish. Once your mixture is prepared, make balls out of it and fry or bake them as you prefer.

4. Burgers

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A burger is a classic fast food item that can be served with any type of meat you like, including ground chicken. Combining the chicken with your favorite seasoning and preparing patties out of it is the first step in making this dish. You can then grill or fry the patty and add condiments of your choice. Typically, tomatoes, cheese, onions, lettuce, and different types of sauces.

5. Chili

A white crock filled with turkey chili and garnished with fresh parsley.
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I don’t think I could go through life without a few good bowls of chili to enjoy through the cold winter months. There’s just something about chili that is so homey, hearty and comforting. Paired with some cornbread, it’s the perfect dinner for a cold night in.

6. Stuffed Peppers

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Although the main ingredient of stuffed peppers is the bell pepper itself, you can use ground chicken as the base of its filling. Combining meat with rice or grains and vegetables can further enhance the flavors of this dish.

7. Meatloaf

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Having European roots, meatloaf‘s primary ingredients encompass ground meat; turkey or chicken. It’s then mixed with various seasonings and breadcrumbs, while an egg is often used to hold the mixture together. The dish has a rich and savory flavor, all thanks to the use of onions, garlic, ketchup, and a blend of herbs.

8. White Chicken Chilli

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If you’re a chili lover and want to cook something light, white chicken chili is your answer. The dish also includes onions, garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, and different types of beans. When it comes to chili spices, chili powder, cumin, and paprika are the best choices to go for in this spicy meal. You can easily use ground chicken instead of cuts of chicken in this recipe.

9. Lettuce Wraps

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Drawing inspiration from Asian cuisine, chicken lettuce wraps offer a fresh and vibrant taste. The chicken is often combined with vegetables to add colors and a touch of sweetness to the meal. Common seasonings used in lettuce wraps include soy sauce and sesame oil.

10. Gyros

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Gyros, a Greek dish, is Greece’s dominant street food choice. As the main protein source, it’s usually made with beef or lamb, but ground chicken marinated in multiple condiments is just as good. Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, Mediterranean spices, and garlic to name a few.

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Healthy Ground Turkey Dinner Ideas That Actually Taste Good

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While You’re Cooking, Prep Breakfast For Tomorrow Too. It Only Takes 5 Minutes!

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Prepping overnight oats the night before is a fantastic way to ensure that your morning runs smoothly. These delicious oatmeal recipes are prepped in just 5 minutes. In fact, you can even make homemade oatmeal packets with these recipes, so all you have to do is grab a packet and get it in the fridge.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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