By Isadora Baum
Ground chicken is super versatile, as you can use it for hearty meatballs, as a burger patty, in citrusy or spicy tacos, and as a meat sauce for spaghetti squash or zoodles. Yet, most people often lean towards grilling or roasting chicken instead. Now is the time to take advantage of ground chicken, though, as it’s lean, packed with protein, and can take on so many flavors and texture. Here are 7 simple, delicious ways to use ground chicken for meals throughout the week.
These wraps are low-carb and paleo approved, and so they are also low in sugar, too. You can use ground chicken with a variety of spices and herbs, like onion, cloves, garlic and ginger, to boost flavor and antioxidant power, which will keep your immune system up. Add in sesame seeds on top for crunch and fiber, so you’ll stay fuller longer.
These keto-approved meatballs are made with ground chicken and have an herbaceous and fragrant pesto sauce to complement the spaghetti squash noodles. The walnuts in the pesto add in healthy omega-3 fats to lower inflammation, and the dish has 22 grams of protein per serving to fill you up fast. You can season with nutritional yeast for a cheesy bite, which also has B vitamins and protein, too.
This curry and chickpea stew is high in calcium and protein from the Greek yogurt and chicken, which is great for bone health, in particular. It’s a warm, spicy dish that’s low on the glycemic index, so it’s a good option for those looking out for their heart health and blood sugar, and it is gluten-free. Plus, it’s ready in under 40 minutes for a quick weeknight meal. Skip the beans and double up on the chicken if you want a lower-carb stew.
Love sliders but resent the buns? You can enjoy these chicken sliders that are made with a sweet potato bun instead to keep refined grains and carbs low. And this blue cheese sauce is actually Whole30 approved, too. Tack on other veggies if you like, and whip up a large batch for your next outdoor BBQ. They’re done in 45 minutes, tops.
Ditch the grains that come with standard pizza dough and use ground chicken thighs as a pizza dough base instead. It’s a low-carb, high-protein pizza crust alternative that you can then add toppings to. Mix and match bright veggies and a favorite cheese (or two) of choice. It’s a great recipe for family night when you want a healthier pie with substantial protein.
This tomato-based, fragrant soup is easy to make in the Instant Pot, for a one-pot meal, and it uses ground chicken for protein to fill you up. You can use cauliflower rice instead of white rice to make it low-carb. Just cook it separately on the stove top and stir it in once the soup is done. It takes just 15 minutes to whip up, and you can season with herbs, like thyme, oregano and rosemary, which may help improve cognition, too.
These chicken bowls are healthier than your average takeout chicken and broccoli dish. Plus, it’s a 30-minute meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights when you’re short on time. To ditch the grains and keep it low in carbs, swap out jasmine rice for cauliflower rice or a lettuce leaf wrap instead. Use reduced sodium soy sauce to reduce bloat and protect your heart.
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