Ground Chicken Recipes

Ground chicken is just as versatile as ground beef and our delicious chicken bolognese sauce and chicken-and-broccoli meatloaf, are among favorite weeknight dinner recipes. It's lighter in taste than other ground meat and has less fat and calories, so it's a healthier option but still easy to use and economical too.

Staff Picks

Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle

Our light version of pasta Bolognese features ground chicken -- and plenty of flavor.

Chicken Burgers

Rating: 3.5 stars 76
In this recipe, submitted by reader Deurie Barker of Sanford, North Carolina, dark-meat chicken makes the patties as savory and juicy as beef burgers. Saute the vegetables until they're fully tender for the best flavor and texture.

Crispy Baked Chicken Flautas

Take taco night to the next level with this weeknight spin on cheesy, crunchy flautas. After stuffing them with a smoky, spicy ground chicken-chipotle mixture, we skipped the traditional pan-frying route in favor of letting them crisp-up in the oven.
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Chicken Koftas with Cucumbers and Yogurt

Rating: 3.5 stars 35
Koftas are like Middle Eastern meatballs -- we've packed our version full herbs for maximum flavor and brightness.

Pot Sticker Dumplings and Soy-Vinegar Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 85
Dumpling wrappers—Chinese wonton or Japanese gyoza skins—are widely available in the frozen-food section of most markets. They're the base for these savory, delicious pot stickers that you can make at home.From the book "Mad Hungry" by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Artisan Books).

Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 3.5 stars 220
Using spaghetti squash instead of pasta in this dish not only saves about 250 calories per serving, but it also creates a wonderful sweet foil for the savory turkey meat sauce.

Chicken Consomme

Rating: 3.5 stars 23

Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Balls with Blue Cheese and Hot Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 213
These mini chicken meatballs from Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow of The Meatball Shop get their signature spice from a healthy dose of Frank's RedHot, one of the original hot sauces used to make buffalo wings. Serve for a crowd-pleasing appetizer at your next casual gathering.

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Rating: 4 stars 38
For a delicious new take on Chicken Parmesan, try these giant meatballs. Ground chicken stands in for the usual cutlet and the cheese is on the inside, mozzarella oozes out when you cut into a meatball. To keep things a bit traditional, they are served atop spaghetti with marinara sauce.

Khalil's Turkey and White-Bean Chili

Rating: 3.5 stars 101
Turkey and White-Bean Chili with no tomatoes may sound unorthodox, but it is destined to become a classic. Lots of fresh rosemary and hominy also set this chili apart.

Emeril's Chicken-Patty Pockets

Rating: 4 stars 30
If you or your little helpers don't like spicy food, simply reduce the amount of cayenne pepper in the patties to a quarter teaspoon.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
This lean burger gets plenty of flavor and juiciness from canned green chiles and fresh cilantro. Finish with sour cream for a creamy spread with a little extra tang.
Light Chicken and Squash Lasagna
Rating: 3.5 stars 58

Substitute Basic Bechamel Sauce for the pasta sauce to make a richer version of this recipe.