Got Ground Chicken or Turkey? Here Are 9 Recipes to Use It!

Inspiring recipes using ground chicken and turkey for meatballs, pasta, burgers, stuffed vegetables, and quick lettuce wraps to name a few!

Three recipes side by side that use ground turkey or ground chicken.

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Having a package of ground chicken or turkey stashed in the fridge or freezer is a terrific springboard to endless home cooked meals.

You can take your ground poultry in so many flavor directions—from Thai to Tex Mex. And it can transform into so many dishes, including meatballs, pasta, burgers, stuffed vegetables, and quick lettuce wraps. 

Whether to choose white or dark meat is a matter of personal taste. White meat comes from the breast and is the leanest of the bunch. This might be appealing if you’re trying to cut your intake of saturated fat. That said, dark meat means more richness and flavor. Your best bet may be to use a combination of the two. 

Regardless of what you choose, below you’ll find inspiring recipes to use up ground chicken and turkey. You can use them interchangeably. That will change the flavor, of course, but the recipes will work (and taste delicious) either way.

  • Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps

    Turkey Larb Recipe
    Sally Vargas

    This is our kind of fast food. Ground chicken made in a skillet with a sweet/hot/tangy mix of ingredients then piled onto crispy lettuce leaves.

  • Kofta-Style Chicken Stuffed Peppers with Yogurt Mint Sauce

    A casserole dish with six yellow bell peppers to show how to make stuffed peppers.
    Alison Bickel

    Good tasting and good for you, these bell peppers are filled with kofta, a Middle Eastern-style mix of ground chicken, garlic, herbs and spices. They have just a hit of heat and come with a tangy yogurt sauce to spoon on the side. You can make the kofta and fill the peppers ahead of time. Just pop them in the oven when dinnertime approaches.

  • Baked Chicken Samosas with Mint Yogurt Dip

    Easy Baked Indian Chicken Tikki Masala Samosa folded into a triangle with Mint Yogurt Dip on a pink plate with one samosa broken open.
    Prerna Singh

    Samosas are a hugely popular street food or school snack in India, and for good reason. They’re delicious. These are made with spiced ground chicken that’s wrapped in store-bought phyllo. They’re baked, not fried, which means they’re not greasy. The recipe calls for sumac and dried mango powder. It’s worth the effort to seek them out at an Indian grocery store, spice shop, or order from amazon, but you can also leave them out if need be.

  • Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Teriyaki Chicken Lettuce Wraps
    Lisa Lin

    Homemade teriyaki sauce flavors the ground chicken. Diced zucchini, peppers, and onion make the filling extra nourishing. Feel free to swap in other veggies if you like, such as shredded carrots, finely chopped leafy greens, and scallions. Partial to your Instant Pot? Try this version: Pressure Cooker Chicken Lettuce Wraps.

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  • Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burgers

    Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burger
    Elise Bauer

    These savory burgers are based on a recipe by world-famous Israeli chef Yotam Ottolengi. The recipe works a full two cups of shredded zucchini into ground turkey meat, along with a slew of spices. The result is a pleasingly tasty burger that gets finished with a tangy sour cream sauce.

  • Turkey Meatball Soup with Spinach and Orzo

    Turkey Meatball Soup
    Sheryl Julian

    Here is an easy, hearty soup that is full of appealing Italian flavor. It starts with a brothy base enriched with little meatballs, orzo pasta, heaps of fresh spinach, and a light shower of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You can make the meatballs in advance and set them on a baking sheet to freeze. Once firm, drop them into a freezer bag for a later date.

  • Black Bean Turkey Chili

    Turkey Chili
    Elise Bauer

    Turkey and black beans make a killer combination in this simple chili recipe. Enjoy as is or bump up the fun factor by setting up a chili bar. Include any favorite fixings, such as diced avocado, grated cheese, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, and diced onion. Then hand everyone a bowl and let them have at it.

  • Turkey Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes with Turkey Recipe
    Nick Evans

    This riff on the sandwich classic is a little lighter than beef sloppy joes with a good amount of veggies worked in. The trick is to dice the vegetables finely, which helps them melt seamlessly into the mix. The Sloppy Joe meat freezes well, so feel free to double the recipe and stash the leftovers for next time.

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  • Turkey Meatballs (That Aren’t Dry!)

    Turkey Meatballs
    Elise Bauer

    Since ground turkey tends to be leaner than its ground beef counterpart, meatballs can turn out dry. Here, a secret ingredient (spoiler alert: mushrooms) not only side steps that problem, it adds delicious meaty flavor. The recipe is wonderfully flexible. You can form small meatballs for appetizer bites, larger ones for a main course meal, or flatten them to make turkey burgers.