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Jan 24, 2009 08:03 AM

what do you personally use grnd chicken for?

I am looking for some dinner ideas and bought some grnd chicken. I have made meatballs, tacos... looking for recipes.

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  1. I like to make tsukune (Japanese meatballs) and ground chicken is great for lettuce wraps.

    1. The current Cooks Illustrated has a chicken soup recipe that calls for using ground chicken as part of a quick-to-make stock which also uses water and canned broth, plus chicken breast for the actual meat in the soup. They strain out the ground chicken - here, doggy! here, kitty! You could use some of your ground chicken to make bite-sized meatballs, and the rest to enrich a commercial broth, adding vegetables and noodles or another starch.

      Creamed chicken/chicken a la king to top biscuits, rice, or waffles, or to fill crepes.

      Stir-fry with your choice of vegetables and teriyaki or soy sauce.

      Make an Italian tomato sauce with chicken rather than beef. Add Italian sausage if you have it. Layer with cheese and cooked pasta of any shape, and bake.

      1. I use ground chicken to make a simple fresh breakfast sausage or chicken & shrimp boudin sausage. Excess patties can be frozen for next weekend's brekky.

        Chicken Sausage Recipe
        A little bacon is added because chicken (or turkey) are both so very lean, they need a bit of fat.

        1 lb ground Chicken
        3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
        1/2 tsp rubbed Sage
        1/2 tsp dried Thyme
        1/2 tsp ground Nutmeg
        1/8 tsp Cayenne pepper
        2 strips of Bacon, uncooked, minced

        In a chilled mixing bowl combine all ingredients and shape into 6-8 patties or logs. Cook immediately, about 5 minutes per side or until the juices run clear. To freeze, separate patties with parchment or freezer paper when stacking.

        3 Replies
        1. re: KiltedCook

          Or Italian,

          1 tbl salt
          4 tbl fennel seed
          2 tbl chili flakes (or to taste)
          1 tsp pepper
          1/2 tsp cayenne (or to taste)

          and yeah, can be dry, but does nicely in a sauce.

          1. re: KiltedCook

            If you add some fatback to the chicken sausage it works well, rather than using bacon--bacon tastes good, but you lose some of the sausage flavor and it becomes a bacon sausage.

            1. re: hankstramm

              No argument there, adding plenty of fat will make any sausage that much better. But you can skip it if you are looking for a lean end-product.

          2. Try the ground chicken for Italian Wedding soup. The ground chicken works extremely well when substituted for the ground pork, ground beef, and chicken broth, the recipe customarily calls for. There is a small sacrifice in taste, yes, but overall the result is still *very* good, especially when you consider you've omitted 3 ingredients. : )

            1. Sausage, burgers, meatballs and anything I would stuff with ground beef, mushrooms, chili or sloppy joes, meatloaf, anything. Why not? Endless possibilities