Ground chicken is a healthier and more affordable option to ground beef and is easily substituted in most recipes. These easy, tasty Ground Chicken Recipes are a must try! From burgers and meatballs to one-pot pasta dishes and ethnic recipes, ground chicken is a versatile protein you should add to your meal planning.
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If you’re looking to make some healthy swaps to your dinner routine, try using ground chicken in place of ground beef. Not only is it lower in fat and calories, it is usually cheaper. These ground chicken recipes are packed with so much flavor that you won’t even notice that they are considered “healthy.”
Tips and FAQs for How to Use Ground Chicken
Isn’t ground chicken really dry? Ground chicken comes in different varieties and you’ll want to pay attention. You can get 100% white meat ground chicken that is very lean and can become dry if overcooked. I prefer to stick to 85%/15% meaning that the ground chicken contains 85% white meat and 15% dark meat. This provides enough fat to keep the meat from drying out when cooked.
Also, cooking ground chicken at a lower temperature and for longer will help retain the moisture in the meat.
I don’t like the texture of ground chicken. Yes, there is definitely a difference in texture from ground beef and it may be an adjustment for some. If you’re looking to make the swap to ground chicken or ground turkey for the first time, I recommend trying it in a chili or Italian recipe in which it can be mixed into sauce.
How do I know when ground chicken is done? Ground chicken must be be cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. My favorite digital thermometer for checking temperatures in the Mk4 from Thermoworks. It reads accurately and very quickly and also works perfectly for baking, grilling and candy-making.
Recipes to Easily Swap for Ground Chicken
Tasty Ground Chicken Recipes
With summer here, what better way to lighten up dinner than by adding some delicious ground chicken recipes to the menu. Ground chicken can be used in any dish that you would typically use ground beef or turkey and is usually a healthier and cheaper option.
These flavorful ground chicken recipes include a variety of different flavors that the whole family will love. From burgers to casseroles, here are some tasty ground chicken recipes to try!
Ground Chicken Salisbury Steak
Salisbury Steak is lightened up by using ground chicken. It still packs the flavor and it is on the table in 30 minutes!
Chicken Parmesan Sliders Recipe
Another tasty way to enjoy ground chicken, these sliders are full of flavor and are easy to make.
Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Honey Sriracha Ground Chicken
These zucchini boats are filled with a honey sriracha flavored ground chicken mixture that is sure to impress.
Italian Ground Chicken Pasta Skillet
This tasty one-pot pasta dish combines ground chicken with Italian seasoning and a creamy sauce for an easy, delicious crowd-pleaser.
Dill Pickle Chicken Burgers
If you love that dill pickle flavor, these chicken burgers are an easy homemade burger that is full of dill pickle flavor.
Whole30 Chicken Patties
These tasty mini chicken patties can be used as a summer appetizer or a fun dinner dish and they are Whole30 compliant and egg-free!
Ground Chicken Chili
No ground chicken recipe collection would be complete without a delicious homemade ground chicken chili recipe! And this one is also gluten-free!
Asian Glazed Chicken Meatballs
These ground chicken meatballs are tossed in a deliciously sweet and spicy Asian sauce for the perfect stir-fry topper.
Ground Chicken Crust Pizza Recipe
Looking for a healthier way to enjoy pizza? This pizza crust is made from ground chicken and makes for a delicious low-carb pizza.
Chicken Meatball Sub Casserole
Ground chicken is mixed with onions, Parmesan, and fresh herbs and simmered in a tasty sauce for a mouthwatering dinner dish.
Chicken & White Bean Soup
An easy dish to prepare and perfect for those chilly nights, this ground chicken and white bean soup is sure to be a hit.
Ground Chicken Picadillo
Green olives, raisins and spices are the flavor powerhouses of this Cuban dish.
Chickenetti (Low-Carb, Buffalo-Style!)
A low-carb dish that is sure to delight your taste buds, this ground chicken dish uses buffalo flavored chicken to create a tasty weeknight meal.
Chicken and Apple Meatballs
The fruity addition of apples to your ground chicken will make a tasty dish!
Copycat PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps
If you are looking for a favorite copycat recipe, these Instant Pot chicken lettuce wraps are a tasty way to enjoy a delicious P.F. Chang dinner at home.
Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes
Kiddos love sloppy joes and you can lighten them up by using ground chicken instead of ground beef. With a made from scratch sauce, you can feel good about the ingredients, too!
Fast and Easy Orange Chicken
Ready in less than 15 minutes, get all the flavor of your Chinese takeout at home with this super easy Orange Chicken made with ground chicken.
Keema Matar (Ground Chicken and Peas)
Ground chicken, green peas, and flavorful spices come together to create an impressively delicious dish that is quick and easy to make.
Chicken & Zucchini Stuffing Mix Casserole
A budget friendly dinner that is full of flavor, this chicken zucchini stuffing mix casserole is a filling comfort dish the whole family will enjoy.
Chicken Ramen Stir Fry
A great way to enjoy Ramen, this stir fry uses the packaged noodles to create a delicious ground chicken stir fry the family is sure to love.