By Isadora Baum
Ground chicken is cheap and protein-packed. But, like chicken breasts, it can be kind of blah. Luckily, it’s not hard to amp up the flavor. Need proof? These ground chicken recipes are anything but boring. Even better, they’re all ready in 30-minutes or less.
1. Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup from The Movement Menu
A short ingredient list and short cook time (thanks to the Instant Pot) make this flavorful soup a weeknight dinner winner. It’s also gluten free and dairy free, and can easily be made low carb by using cauliflower rice instead of white rice. Just cook the cauliflower rice separately on the stove top and stir it in once the soup is done.
2. Paleo Pesto Chicken Meatballs from Paleo Running Momma
These paleo, keto, and Whole30-approved meatballs couldn’t be easier to make and the fresh and fragrant pesto sauce feels just right for spring. Serve them on their own or with spaghetti squash noodles for an easy, healthy weeknight dinner you’ll want to make on repeat.
3. Thai Basil Chicken Bowls from Damn Delicious
These budget-friendly chicken bowls get a punch of flavor from fish sauce, rice vinegar, fresh basil, and thinly sliced chili peppers. They also take just 30 minutes to make. If you want, use honey in place of brown sugar — there’s not a lot, just enough to add a touch of sweetness — and swap out regular rice for cauliflower rice or a lettuce leaf wrap instead.
4. One Pot Ground Chicken Fajita Pasta from Nutmeg Nanny
All the flavors of fajitas, all the comfort of pasta in a one pot recipe? No, you’re not dreaming. Opt for whole-wheat pasta and, if you like, substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream. Just make sure it has at least some fat so it doesn’t break when stirring it into the hot pasta.
5. Orange Ground Chicken Rice Bowls from Frugal Nutrition
No cornstarch, no frying, all the flavor in this riff on the takeout favorite. Serve over brown rice with a hefty serving of steamed broccoli for a feel-good weeknight dinner.