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10 Easy Ground Chicken Recipes with Few Ingredient

If you’re looking for easy ground chicken recipes that you can whip up any day or night of the week, we’ve got you covered. This recipe roundup of easy ground chicken recipes includes a variety of flavors and types of meals, but they all share these things in common: Few ingredients, quick preparation, and easy clean-up.

Ground chicken is one of the leanest ground proteins available. Similar to ground turkey, ground chicken has a favorable nutritional profile, making it a go-to meat choice for health-conscious eaters. Another perk of ground chicken? Because of the reduced fat content, it cooks faster than most other ground proteins.

Pro tip: Estimate 5-7 minutes total for fully cooked ground chicken. 

In this list, you’ll find a mix of easy ground chicken recipes and other recipes that use alternative ground proteins which could easily be substituted for ground chicken. While cook times may vary slightly when swapping out for ground chicken, everything else can stay the say.

10 Easy Ground Chicken Recipes for Quick Meals


chicken tortilla soup

A quick and easy ground chicken recipe full of spice and flavor!

1. Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

This spicy and aromatic chicken tortilla soup recipe calls for chicken breast, but we recommend substituting the protein for ground chicken. Using ground chicken reduces the cooking time by 20 minutes! This makes it one of the easiest ground chicken recipes on our list. This tortilla soup is great for any weekday or weeknight meal with your favorite toppings.

  • 11 Ingredients 
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes (Adjusted for ground chicken)

2. Chicken Thigh Ragu Recipe

For this easy chicken thigh ragu recipe, we’re recommending you opt for ground chicken instead of chicken thighs. The texture of the ground chicken blends well with the texture of the deliciously saucy ragu. Don’t let the total time scare you away, that’s just the extra simmer time for the sauce. Make the sauce ahead of time for quick assembly any day or night of the week.

  • 15 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 2 Hours 25 Minutes

3. Chicken Parmesan Meatballs Recipe

Chicken parmesan is a familiar favorite. But this time it’s a chicken parmesan meatball that steals the show. This easy ground chicken recipe is a bite-sized version of the traditional Italian dish and can be served with pasta, bread, or any side dish of your choice.

  • 9 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes


chicken larb recipe

If you’ve never tried larb gai, a traditional dish cooked in Laos and Thailand, this easy ground chicken recipe is for you!

4. Spicy Chicken Larb (Larb Gai) Recipe

This spicy ground chicken dish will push you outside your comfort zone. Larb gai is a traditional dish originating in Laos and often cooked in Thailand. Made with lime, mint, cilantro, scallions, chilis, and shallots, this dish is packed with herby and punchy flavors. Plus it’s an incredibly easy ground chicken recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes.

  • 12 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes

Other Ground Protein Recipes—Substitute Ground Chicken Easily!

This next set of easy ground chicken recipes originally called for a different ground protein. The beauty of ground chicken is that it’s a quick swap for any other ground meat. It cooks faster, it’s leaner and it adapts well to any flavor or meal.

5. One-Pot Cheeseburger Pasta Recipe

Designed to help you use up ingredients you already have on-hand, this one-pot cheeseburger pasta recipe is the ultimate easy ground chicken recipe. This recipe uses two essential cheeseburger condiments to play tricks on your mind. You guessed it—ketchup and (ground) mustard! Try this dish for a new family favorite meal.

  • 10 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes


spicy curry sausage with lettuce wraps

Light and fresh, this spicy curry sausage recipe cooks up fast for a tasty meal.

6. Spicy Curry Sausage Recipe

Calling all lettuce wrap lovers! This spicy curry sausage is full of flavor, and it makes for a tasty and easy ground chicken recipe. This recipe requires almost no preparation. Just throw the ground chicken and spices in a skillet to cook. Then add the ground meat to whatever dish you’d like—lettuce wraps, salads, rice noodles. It’s up to you!

  • 7 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes

7. Ground Pork Fried Rice Recipe

Next up is a ground chicken fried rice recipe that is sure to remind you of your favorite Chinese American restaurant. Fried rice is a common dish in many Asian countries, and this recipe has all the familiar ingredients: carrots, peas, onion, garlic, and ginger.

  • 11 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes

8. Curried Ground Turkey with Coconut Milk Recipe

This curried ground chicken recipe comes from the traditional Indian keema (ground meat) curries. Specifically designed around the texture of ground protein, this curry is creamy, spicy, aromatic, and easy to prepare and cook. What’s more to love?

  • 16 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes


turkey chili

Chili is the perfect excuse to use up ground protein that you have on hand.

9. Game Day Ground Turkey Chili Recipe

Ground meats and chili are a match made in heaven. This game-day ground chicken chili recipe is a great crockpot or make-ahead chili for any occasion. It’s a hearty chili that can be garnished with all your favorites—avocado, sour cream, cheese, or crackers.

  • 13 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 55 Minutes

10. Ground Beef and Wild Mushroom Stroganoff Recipe

It may be hard to believe that you can cook something so creamy and delicious with just seven ingredients. But this ground chicken and wild mushroom stroganoff pasta dish proves it’s possible. The tang from the Greek yogurt and the earthiness of the mushrooms is a winning combination. Plus, it comes together quickly and tops the charts as an easy ground chicken recipe.

  • 7 Ingredients
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes

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