7 Healthy Ways to Use Ground Chicken

Want a reprieve from beef and turkey? Experiment with ground chicken — an underappreciated lean protein!

Ground Chicken Nutrition

Check labels carefully, as nutrition facts for ground chicken can vary significantly depending on the ratio of white to dark meat. On average, a 3-ounce portion of raw ground chicken contains 120 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of protein.

How about its culinary prowess? Ground chicken is quick cooking and has a mild flavor. Swap it in for other ground options in recipes for burgers, meatballs and Mexican favorites.

Burgers (pictured above)

Fresh breadcrumbs are the secret to keeping these lean burgers moist and delicious.

Recipe: Chicken Burgers

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

More Burgers

Experiment with different flavor combos to find your favorite — this recipe turns up the spice and the heat.

Recipe: Middle Eastern Chicken Burgers

Tacos

Turn chicken into mini meatballs for this unusual taco recipe that has only 300 calories per serving!

Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Meatball Tacos

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Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce, as seen on Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: 30 Minute Meals Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce, as seen on Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: 30 Minute Meals Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce, as seen on Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: 30 Minute Meals Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Rachael Ray Full Recipe Name: Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce Talent Recipe: Rachael Ray’s Spanikopita Chicken Meatballs with Spicy Cucumber and Yogurt Sauce, as seen on Food Network’s 30 Minute Meals FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: 30 Minute Meals Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Meatballs

Make these bite-size delights for an appetizer or a main course. This Greek-inspired recipe comes complete with a creamy dipping sauce.

Recipe: Spanakopita

Chicken Meatballs Dumplings

Chicken and cabbage are seasoned with fresh ginger, then wrapped in tiny bundles and steamed. Serve these bites as finger food or with brown rice and cucumber salad for a light dinner.

Recipe: Steamed Dumplings

Chili

This outrageously delicious chili is made with chicken, beans and tons of veggies. Make extra and freeze for a dinner on a busy weeknight.

Recipe: Game-Time Chili

Korma

This flavorful and fast cooking meat and veggie dish is super satisfying with almost 20 grams of protein per serving.

Recipe: Chicken Korma

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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