Ground Chicken Recipes

40+ Healthy And Easy Ground Chicken Recipes

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If you need a good source of protein in your meals, then ground chicken should be on top of your list. Did you know that ground chicken has less cholesterol than typical ground beef? But with that in mind, what can you do with ground chicken?

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There are several ways on how you can incorporate ground chicken into a show-stopping and delicious meal: from light salads, one sheet pan dinner, crockpot recipes, and more!  See also Asian beef recipes, kid-friendly sheet pan dinner recipes and chicken wrap recipes.

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With that said, here are 43 healthy ground chicken recipes everyone at the dining table will love! 


43. Classic Stuffed Peppers Recipe with Cheesy Chicken

Classic stuffed peppers filled with ground chicken, rice, onion, carrot, and cheese make an easy weeknight supper. My family requests this classic stuffed peppers recipe time and time again, it’s just that good.

Looking for a flavorful and easy way to spice up your next meal? Try these make-ahead stuffed peppers! Partially cook the peppers and fill them with a delicious mixture of your favorite ingredients. Then, simply pop them in the oven to finish cooking when you’re ready to eat. Add some cheese on top for an extra cheesy treat!

When choosing bell peppers, look for those that are bright, shiny, and firm. Avoid those with wrinkled skin, soft spots, or moldy stems. Red peppers are my preferred choice; green peppers are unripe and have a somewhat bitter taste. (If left to fully ripen, green peppers will eventually turn another color and the flavor will become increasingly sweet.) Bell peppers can be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator crisper drawer.

42. Healthy Baked Ground Chicken Meatballs – Keto Friendly Recipe

These Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs are made with ground chicken and simple pantry ingredients and baked to crispy perfection in the oven. They’re a perfect low-carb dinner!

My family loves meatballs and these tender and juicy chicken meatballs are their all-time favorite. Healthy chicken meatballs made of ground chicken, garlic, onion, and lemon juice. Easy, healthy and the best ground chicken meatballs recipe, so easy to make and everyone loves them.

These meatballs are a fun and tasty way to enjoy the flavor of buffalo wings without all of the guilt. They make great little party appetizers, meatball subs, or a filling main dish.

41. Mexican Chicken Picadillo

Picadillo embodies a harmonious mishmash of sweet and sour elements, presenting a medley of meat, olives, and raisins. Here, it’s modified to provide a robust, zesty meal filled with nutritious vegetables, lean poultry, and tantalizing seasonings. This dish, with its profusion of tastes from cinnamon, cumin, spicy chilies, raisins, and olives, is a delightful chaos of flavors.

40. Sriracha Chicken Lettuce Cups

If you’ve ever fantasized about crafting your own Sriracha hot sauce, this recipe is for you. Once you’ve perfected the sauce, drape it generously over stir-fried chicken and crunchy celery housed in a light lettuce leaf.

39. Italian Stuffed Peppers

Bell peppers are an excellent choice for starters, sides, or light meals, boasting high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants. When filled with herbed chicken, topped with cheese and baked until golden, the result is a visually stunning, flavor-packed meal that is sure to satisfy.

38. Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

When a dish is named ‘Firecracker,’ you expect a flavorful punch, and these zesty meatballs deliver. Combining ground chicken with garlic and paprika, and then glazing them in an intense yet balanced firecracker sauce, you achieve a harmonious blend of spice and sweetness.

37. Buffalo Ground Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Sauce

The fusion of Buffalo chicken and blue cheese sauce is a time-honored pairing. Incorporating these two into a burger form elevates the dining experience. Besides packing a punch in terms of flavor, it’s also keto-friendly, low-carb, and gluten-free.

36. Grilled Chicken Kofta

Kofta, a popular kebab dish in the Mediterranean region, can be enjoyed in various ways. This recipe features ground chicken combined with parsley, mint, and Aleppo-style pepper to produce kebabs with a hint of sweetness and spice. Paired with hummus, Greek salad, and pita bread, you have a wholesome meal perfect for any occasion.

35. Stuffed Butternut Squash with Chicken and Rice

This nutritious centerpiece dish, brimming with delicious flavors, is visually enticing. The butternut squash is roasted until golden, filled with ground chicken and fluffy rice, and garnished with parmesan. A secret ingredient – Montreal steak seasoning, adds an interesting twist.

34. Spinach Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

This recipe is an easy crowd-pleaser, perfect to prepare for large gatherings. The succulent chicken meatballs baked in a rich tomato sauce with chopped spinach, and topped with melted cheese, is an irresistible treat. Be prepared to make extra, as it might be too tempting to resist before it even leaves your kitchen.

33. Ground Chicken Tacos

Tacos can be a clever way to introduce healthy elements into kids’ meals. This healthier rendition replaces beef with seasoned lean chicken and can be served with favorite sides like salsa, guacamole, and shredded lettuce.

32. Taco Burger

Who would have thought that a remarkable burger could be created with ground chicken and taco seasoning alone? This seven-ingredient recipe, including a homemade taco spice blend, is quick to prepare, can be adjusted for various dietary needs, and promises a delightful culinary experience with each bite.

31. Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken Meatballs

Poultry meatballs, imbued with a hint of ginger and sesame, are bathed in a tantalizing soy pomegranate sauce, producing an Asian-inspired meal resembling your favorite takeout dish.

This dish sings a melody of flavors – sticky, spicy, sweet – presenting an ideal solution for those predictable mid-week meal patterns. It’s not merely a dish for weeknight dinners.

With a garnish of sesame seeds and served over aromatic jasmine rice, it exudes a sophistication suitable for guests.

30. Chicken Chili with White Beans

Nothing compares to a hearty bowl of piping hot chili for chilly nights, bustling potluck gatherings, or fun game day feasts. If you’re seeking a meat alternative, this appealing poultry version is a fantastic choice.

Prepared from scratch using diced tomatoes, white beans, bell pepper, and a potent spice blend, this dish offers a healthier spin on the classic chili.

29. Chicken Egg Rolls

Egg rolls were always considered a dish best left to professionals, but this recipe introduces you to the delightful realm of homemade, crispy egg rolls.

You only need to sauté minced chicken with shredded cabbage, carrot, and onion. Flavor it with Chinese five-spice, salt, sugar, and sesame oil. Wrap the mixture into egg roll wrappers and fry until golden brown.

Forget soggy, oily egg rolls. These are the true culinary masterpieces—crispy, golden, and aromatic.

28. Asian Ground Chicken Noodles

Are you always torn between the lure of delicious takeout and the health benefits of homemade meals?

This noodle recipe brilliantly fuses the two worlds. Using basic ingredients, a speedy sauce, and any vegetables you have at hand, you can serve a dish that tastes like your favorite Chinese takeout but made in the convenience of your own kitchen.

27. Black Bean Chicken Burritos

Bringing more of the Mexican vibe, these substantial chicken and black bean burritos are easy to prepare, nutritious, and adaptable.

Peppers, tomatoes, and minced chicken are seasoned with cumin, garlic, and other robust spices, then wrapped into soft tortillas, creating a satisfying handheld meal.

If you’re the type of organized cook that puts others to shame, make a surplus. The filling for these burritos freezes well, ensuring you always have a convenient, effortless meal on hand.

26. Spicy Chicken Burrito Bowls – Make This Recipe and Enjoy!

Burrito bowls are an extremely versatile mid-week dish, inviting a variety of ingredients.

Rice, vegetables, and meat are spiced and served in a bowl, offering uncomplicated comfort food. This recipe celebrates the lively flavors of Mexico with spicy chicken, fresh cilantro, sweet corn, and wholesome brown rice.

Finish it off with a drizzle of chipotle cream sauce, and enjoy your meal!

25. Chicken Empanadas

Empanadas are filled pastries, a hit in Spain and throughout Latin America.

A flavorful savory street food, they’re created with a spice blend and typically filled with meat or shrimp. In this version, pie dough is crafted into petite discs and packed with chili, cumin, hot sauce, garlic, cheese, and minced chicken, resulting in flavor-packed flaky pies.

24. Chicken Parmesan Pasta

The quick and delightful chicken parmesan pasta can be ready in just 15 minutes, a blessing for time-constrained cooks and picky eaters alike.

Rich and comforting, this dish offers a gastronomic delight, making the most out of the conventional chicken parmesan ingredients. Just combine marinara sauce, al dente pasta, and seasoned minced chicken.

Transfer the mixture into a baking dish, generously coat with cheese, and bake until it’s bubbling and gooey. Craving the crunchy texture of chicken parmesan? Just add some breadcrumbs before baking to achieve a crispy golden-brown topping.

23. Ground Chicken Casserole

Full disclosure: I lean towards simpler cooking. If a dish requires more than two pots and an hour, it’s unlikely to catch my attention.

And that’s why this bake-style dish is a favorite.

It’s a hearty one-dish meal that’s ideal for weeknight dinners when time is scarce but you still crave something flavorful.

Also, any recipe where cheese acts as a bonding element is a winner in my book.

Indeed, this chicken and veggie bake holds together with cream cheese, creating a delicious combination. It’s also low-carb, thanks to the substitution of classic grains with cauliflower rice.

22. Chicken Cottage Pie

Interesting tidbit: traditionally, cottage pie is beef-based, while its equally favored cousin, shepherd’s pie, is lamb-based.

As far as I’m aware, there’s no name for a chicken variant of cottage pie, so this inventive recipe is charting new territory.

But with fresh vegetables, garlic, herbs, and seasoned chicken, it’s bound to gain popularity quickly.

The topping gets an innovative update as well.

Rather than the standard mash, this recipe combines sweet potato, cauliflower, and potatoes, offering a more nutritious and tastier choice.

21. Chicken Meatloaf

This isn’t the meatloaf you might remember from your grandmother’s kitchen. Instead, it’s a light yet satisfying comfort food that is far from bland (no offense intended, grandma).

Minced chicken is seasoned with an abundance of garlic, parmesan, and parsley before being shaped into a loaf and coated with a zingy glaze.

Just bake, serve, and enjoy – because meal times shouldn’t feel like a chore.

20. Chicken Parmesan Meatball Skillet

This recipe presents such a medley of flavors that your taste receptors might get momentarily confused… but they will definitely enjoy it.

Every aspect you adore about traditional chicken parm is present – the deeply flavorful tomato sauce, the tender chicken, and the melting cheese topping – but merged into a single-dish bake.

Pair it with pasta or a crisp green salad for dinner.

Alternatively, relish it with warm, toasty bread and utilize the remaining bits to soak up the sauce.

19. BBQ Chicken Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes are quintessential childhood food, and you’re bound to earn major points as a parent with this delicious and nutritious variation.

A liberal dose of BBQ sauce ensures these joes are enjoyably messy, tangy, and slightly sweet.

Fear not – it includes vegetables!

A diced bell pepper contributes to the taste and guarantees your little ones get their share of greens.

18. Italian Wedding Soup

Another timeless Italian recipe is the wedding soup, typically served not just at weddings but at any festive event requiring wholesome food for a crowd with hearty appetites.

Healthful vegetables, fresh herbs, and soft pasta are slow-cooked in a rich broth alongside juicy chicken meatballs.

It’s the sort of food that could spark love… which might account for its name.

17. Baked Chicken Meatballs

Italy has gifted us with breathtaking art, incredible architecture, and some of the world’s most delicious food.

Experience a European journey right in your kitchen with these gratifying oven-baked chicken meatballs.

The distinctive Italian flavors are all there – oregano, garlic, and fresh parsley.

Bake, glaze with a thick tomato paste, and liberally sprinkle with parmesan – and by liberal, I mean generous.

16. Chicken Burgers

Beef burgers may be America’s favored BBQ treat, but not everyone has a liking for red meat.

Poultry enthusiasts need not abandon the joy of juicy, satisfying burgers with this wholesome recipe.

Succulent and full of flavor, the secret to these minced chicken burgers lies in the fresh herbs and a scoop of mayo ensuring they stay deliciously moist.

Avoid overcooking them. Just under 10 minutes on the grill should yield a dinner you’ll crave.

15. Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Better than P.F. Chang’s)!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps (better than P.F. Chang’s)! A quick (less than 30 minutes), easy, and healthy dinner that tastes delicious! Gluten and dairy-free!

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14. Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili

This slow cooker White Bean Chicken Chili is a hearty, flavorful, and easy weeknight meal that can feed the whole family. Top with avocado, jalapeños, cilantro, and shredded cheese for a full-on, mouthwatering meal.

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13. Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Pad Kra Pao Gai)

Thai Basil Chicken Recipe made with delicious bits of ground chicken, shallots, and fresh basil stir-fried in a light and flavorful sauce filled with lots of heat and just the right amount of sweetness.

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12. Easy Chicken Meatballs

Easy Chicken Meatballs are a delicious and lighter option for those days when you’re craving an alternative to the classic Italian beef meatball.

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11. Chicken Muffins

These lean chicken meatloaf muffins make the perfect healthy meal that’s packed full of protein. Cook up a batch and freeze for a quick and healthy meal or snack! They take less than 30 minutes to prepare!

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10. Chicken Meatball Soup – Favorite Ground Chicken Dinner!

This chicken meatball soup with barley tastes similar to an Italian Wedding Soup, but is much more hearty, healthy, and flavourful! It makes the perfect balanced and comforting dish that’s kid-friendly too!

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9. Low Carb Fajita Chicken Nuggets

Nuggets aren’t just for the kids! Get your fix and keep it keto with this adult (and kid) friendly fajita inspired chicken nugget.

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8. Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

Get a tasty and healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes with these delicious air fryer chicken meatballs. Simply seasoned and made with a few simple ingredients, they come out perfectly juicy and are great for meal prep.

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7. Chicken, Cheese and Corn Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Add some flavor to your weeknight meals with these delicious chicken stuffed poblano peppers. Loaded with ground chicken, cheese and corn and cooked in a taco sauce, every bite is truly delicious!

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6. Chicken Caesar Kebabs

Chicken Caesar Kebabs feature bits of all things good. Hints of lemon, garlic, Parmesan, and summer all form together to make this a light and flavorful entrée that can be put together in less than a half-hour, all for just a few dollars per serving. Added bonus: It’s a one-pot wonder!

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5. Chicken Meatloaf

A twist on a classic comfort recipe, this Chicken Meatloaf is the easiest weeknight dinner recipe! Made with ground chicken instead of beef and with pantry staples, this ground chicken meatloaf is packed with flavour.

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4. Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Broccoli + Carrots

Sweet and tangy, these Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Broccoli and Carrots is better than takeout! Make them at home today or freeze them for later.

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3. Low Carb Butter Chicken Meatballs

Check out this Indian inspired ground chicken meatball recipe made fast and easy in 30 minutes. It’s the perfect weeknight recipe, meal prep, or healthier take out recreation you can share with the whole family.

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2. Larb Gai (Spicy Thai Minced Chicken Salad)

Tasty, healthy and done in just 15 minutes – that’s this pretty authentic Larb Gai. Made with common ingredients and loaded with Thai flavors from fish sauce, lime, chili flakes and fresh mint & cilantro. Low in carbs as well as gluten and dairy free!

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1. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai) – Easy Ground Chicken Recipe

Are you looking for a really, really fast meal that’s really, really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken, AKA Pad Krapow Gai, bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

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Ground chicken recipes

Ground Chicken Recipes

40+ Best Ground Chicken Ideas

If you need a good source of protein in your meals, then ground chicken should be on top of your list. Did you know that ground chicken has less cholesterol than typical ground beef? But with that in mind, what can you do with ground chicken? There are several ways on how you can incorporate ground chicken into a show-stopping and delicious meal: from light salads, one sheet pan dinner, crockpot recipes, and more!


  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • White Bean Chicken Chili
  • Thai Basil Chicken Recipe (Pad Kra Pao Gai)
  • Fajita Chicken Nuggets


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