Looking for a tasty dish packed with lean protein? These 40 ground chicken recipes are perfect for easy weeknight meals the whole family will love! From hearty ground chicken burgers or meatloaf to bold spicy chicken tikka tacos or chicken picadillo, you’ll find all the inspiration you need to turn this versatile ingredient into your new favorite dish.
Want to incorporate some protein into your menu but sick of making chicken breasts, thighs, or tenderloins? These 40 ground chicken recipes will deliver all the inspiration you need!
A package of ground chicken is a budget-friendly, versatile ingredient that’s great for an easy weeknight meal. You can even use it in place of ground beef in many recipes for a healthier meal the whole family will still love!
From tasty burgers, meatballs, and chili to flavorful tacos, shepherd’s pie, and koftas, these are some of my favorite ways to put ground chicken to good use. With so many easy recipes at your fingertips, you can’t go wrong!
1. Ground Chicken Burgers
Ready for the juiciest burger you’ve ever tasted? These easy patties are made with just a few simple ingredients and can be grilled or fried to hearty perfection. You can even freeze them for future easy meals! Serve with a side of fries for a complete meal.
2. Ground Chicken Meatballs
Easy meatballs are made with garlic, herbs, and spices, then baked until golden brown and absolutely irresistible. They make a fantastic appetizer, or you can serve them on top of a big pile of spaghetti!
3. Ground Chicken Chili
Looking for a cozy bowl of chili to warm you up on a brisk day? White chicken chili is thick, creamy, and bursting with flavor! Full of ground chicken and whit beans. It has just a hint of heat but is mild enough to still be kid-friendly.
4. Ground Chicken Meatloaf
Talk about comfort food! This easy weeknight dinner has ingredients like Parmesan and Worcestershire blend into the ground chicken for a moist and satisfying loaf that will feed the whole family. Don’t forget that delicious glaze on top!
5. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Craving PF Chang’s or Pei Wei’s lettuce wraps? Skip the takeout and whip up these easy Asian-inspired lettuce wraps right at home! They can be ready in 20 minutes and taste oh-so-fresh.
6. Ground Chicken Casserole
A combination of ground chicken and zucchini make this casserole quick, easy, and budget-friendly. It’s perfect for busy weeknights, and the rich blend of sour cream and cheese make it a family favorite.
7. Ground Chicken Stir Fry
Honey soy chicken and green beans come together for a simple yet amazingly delicious stir fry. Serve it with white or brown rice or over noodles for a tasty meal even picky eaters will gobble right up!
8. Ground Chicken Breakfast Sausage
Breakfast is served, and these yummy sausage patties are sure to have the whole family running to the table! They’re a wonderful healthy alternative to traditional fat-filled pork breakfast sausage that still tastes amazing.
9. Baked Ground Chicken Tacos
Looking for a delicious dinner that can be ready in 30 minutes? Baked tacos with ground chicken cooked in a homemade taco seasoning that makes a taco meat stuffed into crispy corn shells are always a winner.
10. Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes
You won’t believe how easy it is to make sloppy joes with ground chicken! It’s a one-pan meal that’s budget-friendly, flavorful, and healthier than the ground beef version.
11. Italian Wedding Soup
Ground chicken meatballs are the perfect complement to this traditional comfort food. You can also double the batch of meatballs and freeze some for the next time you want to whip up this delicious soup!
12. Ground Chicken Shepherd’s Pie
What could be more wholesome and hearty than a rich shepherd’s pie? Ground chicken in a saucy gravy topped with a buttery, creamy mash is so good, you won’t miss the lamb filling at all!
13. Ground Chicken Stuffed Peppers
This recipe is healthy, easy to make, and dairy-free! A combination of ground chicken, black beans, and brown rice is spiced up with taco seasoning to add a yummy Mexican-inspired twist on this classic family meal.
14. Chicken Koftas
Enjoy tasty kofta kebabs in just 30-minutes! The herbs and onions keep the chicken juicy and tender while the garlicky yogurt sauce and savory spices turn these skewers into an unforgettable meal.
15. Sesame Garlic Chicken
Bring the tasty comfort of Chinese take out right into your own kitchen! Sesame garlic chicken is the best filling for homemade lettuce wraps that will knock the socks off the ones you get from P.F. Changs.
16. Ground Chicken Taquitos
When taquitos are this easy to make and turn out so delicious, you’ll rethink ever buying the premade ones from the store again! They also freeze well in case you want to store some for a later meal.
17. Sweet And Sour Ground Chicken
Ditch the breaded, fried chicken for skillet-cooked ground chicken to keep this dish light and fresh. Throw in some bell peppers and onion, serve over white rice, and you’ll have a tasty meal ready in about 20 minutes.
18. Ground Chicken Pizza Crust
Did you know you can make a healthy pizza crust out of ground chicken? That’s right, and you only need two other ingredients! Top with your choice of sauce, plenty of cheese, and your favorite toppings for healthy homemade pizza.
19. Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs
The sauce is really what takes these tasty ground chicken meatballs to a whole other level. Crushed pineapple and homemade teriyaki sauce creates the kind of flavor combination the whole family will go crazy for!
20. Chicken Patties
This recipe is so easy, but oh-so-incredible. The patties turn out tender and moist, nothing like the breaded and dry ones you find at Costco or your local store. Serve them with a dipping sauce or as a slider!
21. Chicken Nuggets
Did someone say 20-minute chicken nuggets? That might be faster than driving to your nearest drive-thru! Ground chicken makes this recipe so easy to whip up, and the nuggets will be devoured by kids and adults alike.
22. Thai Basil Chicken
Also known as Gai Pad Krapow, you’ll love how quick it is to make the popular Thailand street food right in your kitchen! It’s made with simple ingredients available at most stores and can be customized to your preferred spice level.
23. Chicken Burrito Bowls
If you’re looking for an easy way to meal prep, you’re going to love this recipe! Ground chicken, cilantro lime cauliflower rice, black beans, corn, and tomatoes come together for delicious make-ahead bowls to enjoy throughout the week.
24. White Chicken Spinach Lasagna
Cozy layers of chicken, mushrooms, spinach, creamy white sauce, lasagna noodles, and plenty of cheese mean this leaner take on lasagna is still loaded with delicious comfort!
25. Orange Ground Chicken
Easy ingredients and bold flavor make ground orange chicken a must-try “fake-out take-out” dish! Using ground chicken in place of traditional battered and fried chicken pieces also makes it healthier than the traditional version.
26. Chicken Wontons
You’ll be amazed how super crispy and yummy these homemade wontons turn out in just 20 minutes — that includes wrapping them! Indulge in some deep-fried deliciousness for an elegant appetizer or snack.
27. Chicken Egg Rolls
Save time by using a bag of coleslaw mix with shredded cabbage and carrots for the easiest homemade egg rolls ever! The Chinese Five Spice brings a sweet and nutty flavor that makes the filling so delightful.
28. Chicken Taco Spaghetti Squash
Spicy ground chicken, tomatoes, chilis, and plenty of cheese stuffed into spaghetti squash is so good, you won’t even miss the shell! Add your favorite toppings like cilantro, sour cream, or jalapeños and enjoy.
29. Spicy Chicken Tikka Tacos
This lighter twist on tikka masala still has all the flavors you love for a meal that’s oh-so-warm and comforting without being too heavy! The flour tortillas turn them into a fun handheld dish you’ll want to come back to often.
30. Avocado Ranch Chicken Burgers
Chicken delivers the lean protein while avocado adds a blast of healthy fats for the perfect skillet burger! Serve them in a lettuce wrap or on a toasty brioche bun for the burger experience that best suits you.
31. Ground Chicken Ragu
While this recipe and its ingredients might be simple, the flavor most certainly is not! The mouth-watering ragu sauce is exceptional over rigatoni or any other pasta shape you like.
32. Chicken Taco Salad
This loaded salad comes with hearty chicken, juicy tomatoes, fresh corn, and savory cheese topped off with a wonderful homemade cilantro vinaigrette. Enjoy it as a healthy lunch or side dish at summer barbecues!
33. Mexican Casserole
This healthy casserole is full of fresh veggies, topped with plenty of melty cheese, and ready in just 30 minutes! And if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, serve them over lettuce for a yummy taco salad.
34. Chicken Zucchini Fritters
Golden-brown fritters made from ground chicken, zucchini, mozzarella, and Parmesan are crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and absolutely irresistible. Whip them up for a quick weeknight dinner!
35. Chicken Avocado Burger
Ground chicken is mixed with pieces of avocado to make an amazing meal. This can be served on a bun, on top of a salad, or by itself. Try serving with your favorite sauce like this creamy avocado lime ranch.
36. Ground Chicken Casserole
Simple, budget-friendly ingredients make this stuffing mix casserole an instant family favorite. It’s easy to prep, takes less than a half an hour to bake, and is guaranteed to feed a crowd with some still leftover.
37. Baked Chicken Empanadas
Flaky crust and a juicy, perfectly-seasoned ground chicken filling make these savory empanadas a standout dish! You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make the dough from scratch for that extra homemade touch.
38. Ground Chicken Picadillo
For a quick and healthy chicken recipe that everyone loves, ground chicken picadillo has you covered! Make a double batch and freeze half for a delicious way to meal-prep.
39. BBQ Chicken Meatballs
Simple meatballs are tossed in your favorite BBQ sauce and served right out of the CrockPot for game day snacking at its finest! You can also serve them over spaghetti squash, brown rice, or quinoa for a tasty dinner.
40. French Onion Chicken Meatballs
Enjoy all the classic flavors you love in the form of juicy, tender ground chicken meatballs! A savory sauce made from caramelized onions and beef stock plus a gooey layer of melted cheese on top really seals the deal. Try serving over egg noodles.
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Ground Chicken Recipes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1/2 cup water
- Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and ground chicken. Break up the chicken and cook until cooked through.
- Add in spices, water, and tomatoes. Stir and cook for 7-10 minutes over medium-low heat. Serve hot.
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