These Are the Best Ground Chicken Recipes for Meatballs, Burgers, and More

Italian Chicken Meatballs
Photo: Carson Downing

There’s so much you can do with ground chicken–it’s easy to cook, goes with almost any seasoning, and takes a lot less time than cooking chicken pieces like breasts or thighs. These recipes with ground chicken can be a hearty lunch or dinner, and for most of them, leftovers are easy to save and reheat when you need a speedy meal.

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Ground Chicken Pizza Crust

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Carson Downing

This is probably one way you’d never think to use ground chicken, but it really makes a delicious, keto-friendly pizza crust. Stir the chicken together with Italian seasoning, fresh basil, and two cheeses, then roll it out super thin and bake. Finish off the ground chicken recipe with your favorite pizza toppings, and enjoy each crunchy, savory bite.

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Herbed Chicken Parm Sliders

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Carson Downing

Mix ground chicken with fresh basil, parsley, and Parmesan cheese for a super easy ground chicken recipe with lots of fresh flavor. During summer, you can grill them outdoors then place on toasted buns, or if it’s too chilly to grill, just use a saute pan. Top with marinara sauce, more fresh basil, and Parmesan for a caprese-inspired burger you’ll make over and over.

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Chicken Cheeseburger Shepherd’s Pie

Chicken Cheeseburger Shepherd's Pie in cast iron pot
Blaine Moats

Chicken is a leaner protein than beef, so you can use ground chicken to lighten up favorites like cheeseburgers. This dish combines two comfort foods into one, for a satisfying, meaty, potato-topped shepherd’s pie. All of your favorite burger toppings are mixed into this easy ground chicken recipe, including pickles, chopped onion, cheddar cheese, and mustard.

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Italian Chicken Meatballs

Italian Chicken Meatballs
Carson Downing

This healthy ground chicken recipe sneaks riced cauliflower into the chicken meatballs. With other flavors like garlic taking center stage, you’ll probably never know it’s there, but you’ll gain all the benefits of eating more veggies. Serve with an easy homemade tomato sauce, and serve over zucchini noodles or pasta–your choice.

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Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos

Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos
Karla Conrad

Take taco night to another level by making this Peruvian-inspired ground chicken recipe. It’s not as hot as the tacos you might be used to, but they have plenty of flavor thanks to spices like coriander and cumin. Serve with a hearty potato, plum, tomato, and olive sauce, plus freshly chopped onion and cilantro.

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Open-Face Pesto-Chicken Burgers

Open-Face Chicken Pesto Burgers
Blaine Moats

Pesto chicken might already be a popular weeknight meal for you, but this recipe takes it a step further. Stir some of the pesto in with the ground chicken, then form delicious, juicy burgers. Serve on top of crusty bread with even more pesto, mozzarella cheese, and tomato slices for a simple ground chicken recipe that tastes bright and fresh.

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Mexican Chicken-Chorizo Meatballs

Mexican Chicken-Chorizo Meatballs
Carson Downing

Usually, meatballs take on Italian flavors, or sometimes Scandinavian. Not this recipe for ground chicken–instead, stir in chorizo, then serve with poblano and jalepeño peppers, plus a scoop of salsa verde. Your meatballs will be spicy and full of flavor, perfect for serving over a tortilla.

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Asian-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Andy Lyons

Recreate one of your favorite restaurant recipes in your own kitchen! For this ground chicken recipe, use teriyaki and soy sauce for seasoning, and pair with fresh ingredients like green onion and shredded carrots. Then, serve on large lettuce leaves like Bibb for an easy, healthy ground chicken recipe.

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Cheesy Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders

Cheesy Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders
Jacob Fox

Take a break from beef and make sloppy joes into a simple ground chicken recipe. This one-pot dish mixes the chicken with cheddar cheese as it cooks, for a gooey, melty, extra-sloppy sandwich filling. Serve with pickle chips to balance all of the rich flavors with a hint of briny vinegar.

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Veggie Farfalle with Mediterranean Meatballs

Veggie Farfalle with Mediterranean Meatballs
Blaine Moats

You might usually think of meatballs as paired with a rich, thick sauce, but this easy ground chicken recipe is a little lighter. Season these Mediterranean-inspired meatballs with garlic, Parmesan, and dried tomatoes, then serve over pasta with green beans and mushrooms. Serve with a generous drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of extra cheese for a hearty dinner that’s still healthy.

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Buffalo Chicken Burgers

Buffalo Chicken Burgers
Greg Luna

It’s time to turn up the heat! Combine Buffalo wings and burgers into one delicious meal by mixing ground chicken with Buffalo sauce and forming into patties. Serve topped with blue cheese sauce and your favorite burger fixings for a simple ground chicken recipe that tastes like it came out of a restaurant kitchen.

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Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup with Brown Rice and Basil

Gingered Chicken Meatball Soup
Jason Donnelly

Feeling a little under the weather? This easy ground chicken recipe will help you perk back up in no time. A comforting garlic and ginger broth pairs well with hearty chicken meatballs, brown rice, and fresh basil. This soup recipe also only takes 45 minutes from start to finish, so you’ll be slurping the broth in less than an hour.

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Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

This simple ground chicken recipe incorporates big flavors like Fresno chili peppers, ginger, and cilantro. Somewhere between a salad and a noodle soup, balance the bold flavors by serving with shredded lettuce, carrots, and rice noodles. The recipe calls for just a drizzle of pan sauce on top, but if you want to push it further into soup territory, you can always add more.

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Chicken-Apple Burgers

Chicken-Apple Burgers
The Prop Studio LLC

Hello, fall! This tasty ground chicken recipe is meant for those autumn days where the sun is shining and it’s still warm enough to break out the grill. Season the chicken patties with a cooked mix of bacon, chopped apple, and apple brandy. Toss them on the grill for a few minutes, then serve with grilled apple slices for a delicious, juicy burger recipe you’ll crave every year as soon as the leaves start to turn.

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