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11 Ground Chicken Recipes That Are Healthy, Delicious and Easy — Perfect for Weeknights

From slow-cooker suppers to ready-in-a-flash meals, we’ve got dishes that wow without the work!

Chicken is one of our favorite mealtime go-to’s: It’s lean, packed with protein and so versatile. And while we’re fans of chicken breasts, when we’re looking to switch things up a bit, we love reaching for ground chicken. Compared to beef, it makes for lighter meals that still really satisfy while delivering on big flavors. Plus, it can cook up fast too. We’ve gathered our best healthy ground chicken recipes that show the possibilities are endless — and delicious. So keep scrolling and pick which one you’re going to try first!

11 healthy ground chicken recipes

You can swap ground chicken in almost any recipe that calls for turkey, but the Woman’s World test kitchen pros developed these recipes just for ground chicken. They’re great for an easy weeknight supper that’s packed with good-for-you flavor. Want even more speedy meal ideas? Click through for recipes that start with thin sliced chicken.

1. Chicken and Bean Sliders 

healthy ground chicken recipes: Chicken and Bean Sliders
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Our citrusy slaw is the perfect complement to spiced-just-right chicken.

2. Chimichurri Chicken Meatloaf 

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Chimichurri Chicken Meatloaf
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A combination of lean chicken and meaty mushrooms guarantees this supper sensation bakes up extra moist.

3. Baked Chicken Meatballs Alfredo

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Meatballs Alfredo
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Tender Italian-style meatballs would be equally good popped into tomato sauce and perched atop spaghetti.

4. Chicken Empanadas

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Chicken Empanadas
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Spanish olives and a kiss of cinnamon add irresistible flavor to the filling for our flaky turnovers.

5. Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Skillet Shepherd’s Pie
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Adding turnip to the potato topping gives this chicken pie a high-fiber punch.

6. Chicken Corn Chili

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Chicken Corn Chili
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This hearty dish comes together in 15 minutes, then slow cooks for deep, smoky flavor.

7. Sloppy Janes

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Sloppy Janes
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Not your same old joe — we switched to chicken and added red pepper, corn and taco sauce to take this dinner favorite from ho-hum to yum.

8. Chicken and Feta Pockets

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Chicken and Feta Pockets
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These savory hand pies are extra delicious dipped in a tangy cucumber-yogurt sauce.

9. Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Spaghetti and Chicken Meatballs
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Jarred pasta sauce makes this super-speedy — we opted for arrabbiata to give it a spicy kick.

10. Chicken Bolognese al Forno

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Chicken Bolognese al Forno
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A touch of red wine adds depth of flavor to this pasta bake — you can sub in chicken broth if you prefer.

11. Thai Chicken Burgers

Healthy Ground Chicken Recipes: Thai Chicken Burgers
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Our peanut sauce, made lighter with reduced-fat peanut butter, adds a slightly spicy kick to patties flavored with ginger, soy sauce and cilantro.


For even more chicken recipes , click through the links below:

10 Delicious Bone-In Chicken Recipes That Save You Money Too

12 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes That Make It Easy (and Delicious!) to Eat Healthy

Why Chefs Love Airline Chicken: The Unique Cut Takes Chicken Breast to a New Level of Juicy Goodness

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