The 25 Best Ground Chicken Recipes for Dinner and Beyond
It’s versatile, affordable and easy to use.
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Ground chicken is one of the most versatile ingredients to have on hand for quick, family-friendly weeknight dinners. Whether you simmer it in chili, stuff it into tacos or shape it into burger patties, ground chicken is the perfect choice for so many different dishes. Case in point? These versatile meatballs. Make them your go-to on busy weeknights because they pair with anything. Serve them on top of pasta, alongside risotto or even with salad for an easy dinner that’s filling and delicious. For even more efficiency, make them in advance and store in the freezer!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili
Chicken chili is a winter staple, so it’s a good thing this recipe is easy. Packed with beans, tomato and spices, this is the perfect dish to make for a fall dinner party or game day viewing party. If you don’t have time to sit by the stove, turn to your slow cooker for an easier alternative.
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Chile-Lime Chicken Burgers
Chicken burgers can be boring, so why not spice them up with lime, cumin, cilantro and dried red pepper? This fantastic spin on standard chicken burgers adds extra flavor and flare to any weeknight meal. These spicy and savory burgers are easy, approachable and ready in just 25 minutes. Serve with avocado and tomato.
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Chicken Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce
For an easy snack that can also serve as lunch or dinner, try these chicken pot stickers with soy and sesame dipping sauce. Start by making homemade dough, then form each dumpling by hand. Next, the pot stickers get boiled first then seared in hot oil to achieve a crispy crust.
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Crispy Chicken Parm Balls
The only thing that makes Chicken Parmesan even better? Frying it into balls! These crispy Chicken Parmesan balls are stuffed with cheese and dipped in marinara sauce for a delicious appetizer that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
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White Bean and Chicken Chili
For a quick and easy dinner that tastes like it took all day, try chicken and white bean chili. Ready in under two hours, cumin, fennel, oregano and chili powder combine to make a savory, spicy and herbal broth. White beans add heartiness and corn adds sweetness to this nourishing stew.
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Tangy Ground Chicken Tacos
If you’re looking for a fun way to switch up your Tuesday routine, work this recipe into your rotation. Ground chicken gets simmered with coriander and nutmeg for a taco filling that’s packed with complex flavors. Serve with warm tortillas and top with lemony yogurt to balance out the heat.
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Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs
This hearty pasta dish is surprisingly light, thanks to the addition of ground chicken rather than the traditional sausage or beef. Mini meatballs and bocconcini mozzarella balls are the perfect addition to orecchiette pasta, all of which gets tossed with basil leaves and fresh Parmesan.
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Copycat Cheetos Chicken Fries
For a dinner your kids will love, try these Cheetos chicken fries. Ground chicken gets formed into sticks, then rolled in crushed Cheetos. Deep fry them to make them extra crave-worthy.
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Curry Chicken Meatballs
Meatballs are one of the best ways to use ground chicken, and they’re also one of the most versatile foods to have on hand. This recipe relies on cumin, curry powder, jalapeno and lime for complex flavor that’s just the right amount of spicy. Serve over fluffy rice or store them in the freezer for an easy weeknight meal.
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Chicken Parm Pizza
Chicken Parmesan and pizza is a match made in heaven. That’s why we love this super easy recipe. Ready in under 40 minutes, ground chicken gets sprinkled atop crusty pizza for a filling and flavorful dinner, lunch, appetizer or snack.
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Bolognese is typically made with beef, but this lightened-up version is just as flavorful. The process is similar, but instead of ground beef, ground chicken gets simmered with carrots, onions, garlic and tomato paste. Let the sauce simmer on the stovetop for up to an hour to achieve a thick, hearty consistency that adheres perfectly to chunky rigatoni.
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Malai Chicken Hot Dog
These homemade chicken dogs are a huge step up from standard hotdogs. Filled with warm spices like ginger and dried fenugreek along with herbs like mint and cilantro, these handmade hot dogs get seared in a hot pan to help ensure a crunchy crust. Serve with mango mustard for even more sweet and savory flavor.
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African Peanut Stew with Chicken Meatballs
A play on traditional African peanut stew, this recipe uses chicken meatballs instead of chicken pieces. Earthy peanuts and sweet potatoes add layered, complex flavor. Serve over rice for a filling and flavorful dinner.
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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Mini Buffalo chicken meatballs make the perfect appetizer, but they’re a great option for dinner, too. This super easy recipe relies on hot sauce and garlic for flavor, but the gorgonzola topping adds even more. Enjoy them on a roll, over salad or alongside your favorite appetizers at a tailgate.
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Tangy Ground Chicken Pita Sandwiches
Cumin, coriander, ginger and garlic are the secret to flavorful ground chicken in this dish. A nod to chicken Korma, this easy and approachable recipe comes together in just 35 minutes. Prepare the meat filling and serve with warm pita, cool yogurt and crunchy chopped cashews.
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If you’re looking to give handmade momo a try, this is the recipe for you. Flour and water is all you need to form a soft, pillow-y dough that gets stuffed with spiced ground chicken balls. Once folded, steam the momo until soft and fully cooked, about eight minutes.
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What could be better than fried chicken that’s stuffed with melty garlic butter? Not much! This recipe for chicken Kiev is hearty, delicious, and packed with flavor. Serve it with pasta, rice, or roasted potatoes for a special occasion meal.
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Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Cups
Lettuce wraps are an easy way to turn salad into finger food. This fresh, flavorful recipe uses Buffalo chicken flavors as the base for a hearty dinner. Ready in just 25 minutes, it’s an easy way to whip up a healthy recipe that even kids will love.
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Spicy Chicken Eggplant Boats
Eggplant is the perfect vessel for ground chicken. In this recipe, eggplant boats get stuffed with ground chicken, harissa, pine nuts and herbs. Garnish with fresh mint and lemon juice and Greek yogurt.
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Green Chicken Chili
This recipe is the perfect dish to whip up when you want a low maintenance dinner to feed a crowd. Though it’s easy enough to whip up, it’s even easier to make in advance and store in the freezer for a quick dinner on busy weeknights. Serve with tortilla chips or crusty bread.
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Chicken Patty Parm with Salami Salad
A combination of Italian-style Chicken Parmesan and American hamburgers, this easy dinner is quick, filling, and delicious. Serve it with salad, garlic bread, or buttery pasta for a complete meal that can be ready in just 30 minutes.
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Hoisin-Glazed Sesame Chicken Meatloaf
Forget boring meatloaf, try this hoisin-glazed sesame chicken meatloaf instead. Packed with ginger and garlic and topped with sweet and sticky hoisin, it’s a fun spin on the traditional. Better yet, it’s easy to make in advance and feeds a crowd.
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Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs
Chicken teriyaki is a takeout staple, but it’s even better when made at home with this recipe. A spin on the traditional style, these chicken teriyaki meatballs add a level of versatility. Serve them with rice, salad or noodles, the meatballs can be made in advance and stored in the freezer.
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Buffalo Chicken Dumplings
Pot stickers are a party favorite, and this lightened up version gets a spicy kick with Buffalo flavor. Serve them at your next dinner party or game day viewing party for a fun and inventive appetizer.
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