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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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Cooking Classy

Lettuce Wraps

Twenty minutes and you’re done.

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Well Plated

Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Easy to make, even easier to devour.

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Isabel Eats

Healthy Chicken Nachos

Mini bell peppers > tortilla chips.

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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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Baker By Nature

Lightened Up Chicken Parmesan Lasagna

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

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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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The Whole Dish

Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

You only need four ingredients.

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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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Host the Toast

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice

“No dishes” has a nice ring to it.

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Healing Family Eats

Herbed Chicken Zucchini Koftas with Minted Mango Salsa

Bonus: They’re paleo too.

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Damn Delicious

Sesame Chicken Potstickers

Practically as fast as thawing the frozen version.

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Healthy Seasonal Recipes

20-Minute Ground Chicken Tacos with Poblanos

Just what your dinner table needs.

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Recipe Tin Eats

Cashew Chicken Meatballs

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

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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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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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Blackberry Babe

Asian Chicken Rice Bowl

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

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