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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

These bites are spicy, tangy and perfectly tender. 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 fresh tomatoes available, sub in two cups of your fave marinara instead.

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Barbecue Meatloaf

This gluten-free loaf is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser that’s ready in under an hour. 

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MOZZARELLA-STUFFED CHICKEN PARMESAN MEATBALLS

A fun twist on the classic Italian dish you know and love. Don’t forget to garnish with some basil leaves and grated Parm for maximum effect.

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LASAGNA-STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS

Take your average lasagna and step it up a notch. And by that we mean use Parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta and bake it in our favorite green squash. 

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Instant Pot Mexican Casserole

Finally, a casserole that’s not a snooze-fest. With veggies, whole grains, protein and dairy, you’ve got all the food groups covered. 

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extra cheesy classic homemade lasagna

The secret to this creamy dish is a mix of spicy chicken sausage and ground chicken. Psst, we won’t tell if you shave off time with no-boil noodles.

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Healthy Chicken Burgers

Don’t forget about that spinach basil pesto and mozzarella. We have Coterie Member Monique Volz to thank for this baby. 

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Thai Lettuce Wraps

Sauté and season the meat, then scoop it into crisp leaves of Boston lettuce. Top it off with simple homemade pickles and a touch of hot chiles. Easy. 

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TUSCAN CHICKEN MEATBALL SANDWICHES

Loaded with Parmesan and garlic with just a hint of sun-dried tomato, these guys are anything but boring. Even the kiddos will love them, we promise. 

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Well Plated

Avocado Burger with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Sure, anyone can put avocado on a burger but putting one inside the patty takes your dish to another level. Easy to make, even easier to devour.

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What's Gabby Cooking

Chicken Bolognese

PureWow Coterie member Gaby Dalkin really ups the ante with dark ground meat (and crispy pancetta, of course). 

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Damn Delicious

Sesame Chicken Potstickers

These flavor-packed bites take just as long to whip up as thawing the frozen version but taste so much better. Plus, if you make a bunch, you can freeze them and enjoy all week long. 

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Mini Chicken Chili Cups

Long gone are the days of serving up food in a regular old bowl. Enter these adorable tortilla cups. 

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Light Chicken Enchiladas

Packed with crumbled chicken and then topped with shredded Manchego and a spicy enchilada sauce. Oh yeah, and it only takes 30 minutes to make. 

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GROUND CHICKEN and SPINACH NOODLE BAKE

Delicious layers of noodles, meat sauce, vegetables and cheese. Think of it as a lazy version of lasagna (but still just as fancy). 

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ENCHILADA CHICKEN And QUINOA-STUFFED BELL PEPPERS

Peppers aren’t just for tossing in a stir-fry, you know. They’re also the perfect vessel for something delicious like this medley of ground chicken, healthy grains, melted cheese and fresh jalapeño.

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CHICKEN MEATBALL NOODLE SOUP

Your favorite soup just got a serious upgrade. Tip: Make extra meatballs for the freezer and team them with buttery pasta. 

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Easy Stuffed Pasta Shells

You could almost make this hearty (and truly impressive) pasta dish with your eyes closed. Almost. 

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Additional reporting by Alexandra Hough

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