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Chicken breast, we love you, but sometimes we want to whip up a dinner that’s even easier. Enter ground chicken. Healthier and more affordable than ground beef, it cooks quickly and freezes well (hellooo, leftovers). We usually opt for lean ground chicken, but you can totally mix in some dark meat to add some extra juicy oomph. Read on for 19 non-boring ways to put this weeknight staple to work.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Make a double batch and freeze half. Trust us.

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Half Baked Harvest

20 Minute Heirloom Tomato Basil Chicken Parmesan Bolognese

Tip: If you don’t have gorgeous tomatoes, sub in 2 cups of your fave marinara.

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A fun twist on the classic Italian dish you know and love.

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extra cheesy classic homemade lasagna

We won’t tell if you shave off time with no-boil noodles.

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Thai Lettuce Wraps

Sauté and season the meat, then scoop it into crisp leaves of Boston lettuce. Easy. 

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Well Plated

Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Easy to make, even easier to devour.

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What's Gabby Cooking

Chicken Bolognese

PureWow Coterie member Gaby Dalkin ups the ante with dark ground meat.

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Damn Delicious

Sesame Chicken Potstickers

Practically as fast as thawing the frozen version.

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Mini Chicken Chili Cups

Tortilla cups > bowls.

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Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

You could (almost) make this with your eyes closed.

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Fugal Nutrition

Orange Ground Chicken Rice Bowls

It’s pretty hard to beat $1.39 a serving.

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The Woks of Life

10-Minute Thai Basil Chicken

We challenge you to name another real meal that’s ready this quickly.

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Lasagna Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Take your average lasagna and step it up a notch. 

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Host the Toast

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

“No dishes” has a nice ring to it.

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Fit Foodie Finds

Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl Casserole

Finally, a casserole that’s not a snooze-fest.

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes

20-Minute Ground Chicken Tacos with Poblanos

Just what your dinner table needs.

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Eat Drink Paleo

Chicken Larb Salad with Red Cabbage

Presenting: A cheater's version of the traditional Thai salad (which is usually made with chopped chicken).

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Spoonful of Flavor

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joe Sliders

Talk about a crowd pleaser.

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Healing Family Eats

Herbed Chicken Zucchini Koftas with Minted Mango Salsa

Bonus: They’re paleo too.

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