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Trying to get out of a rut: we seem to be eat the same things for dinner every night. I know I could substitute ground chicken for ground beef (ho-hum), but does anyone have a great, tried and true recipe using ground chicken?

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  1. I make mini chicken burgers with jalepeno, cilantro, and a little lime juice added in. Smaller burgers are juicer than large ones, which tend to dry out.

    1. Try laab (also spelled larb, laap, or larp), a Laotian dish also popular in Thailand. You can find recipes on Google, but the basic process is to cook the ground chicken ( or pork, or beef) with a little water, then add lime juice, fish sauce, ground roasted chilies, thinly sliced onions/green onions/shallots, mint, culantro (ngo gai) or cilantro, and ground toasted rice powder. Serve with sticky rice and lettuce, cabbage, long beans, etc. To make the toasted rice, cook raw rice in a dry skillet (no oil), stirring, until it turns brown, then grind in a food processor to the texture of sand. You can also cook dried chilies in a dry skillet until they turn dark brown, then grind in a food processor.

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      1. re: Matsukaze

        here's a video of what Matsukaze is describing (perhaps)...WHY haven't I tried this???? It sounds so fabulous!!!! I believe the 2 women are mother/daughter in this video...Matsukaze, your comments, please? I'm going out to buy some ground chicken or turkey this week!!!!

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-rjjM...

        1. re: Matsukaze

          I was going to recommend this as well!
          Epi has a good (although perhaps not authentic) recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

        2. Use your favorite meatball recipe. Sometimes I use hot Italian sausage 1/2 and 1/2 with the ground chicken. You won't need any eggs because ground chicken just seems stickier and forms fine without. I once grated a small zucchini into the mix and they were very moist. I brown the meatballs in OO and then cook 5 minutes in a pressure cooker. They're great with gravy over noodles, over mashed potatoes, in a roll. Small ones go into soup. They freeze well.

          1. When Iraqi neighbors invited us to dinner one of the dishes they served was a giant fried patty of ground chicken that was sliced like a pie. Just now I looked in my two Middle Eastern cookbooks and both have several versions of this or of basically meatballs made with ground chicken. The seasonings used are various. Do your thing.

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            1. re: Querencia

              Que, I was just trying to remember the name of a dish someone described to me not too long ago...they had visited Morocco and had a dish of meatballs made from ground chicken and pistachio nuts...very unusual...I found something vaguely similar that is Greek in origin because I might want to try it...Karen K, would this be of interest to you at all?

              1. re: Val

                Val
                Sounds like something worth making. Let me know if/when you locate a recipe.

                1. re: Karen K

                  Well, okay...here's the recipe I found...I'm sure you could use regular salted pistachios but I would cut back on the salt (1 TABLESPOON)called for in the recipe if you do...wish I could say this was tried and true...but it's another interesting one like Matsukaze's.

                  http://www.geodewines.com/recipe_meat...

            2. We eat these Chicken Burgers fairly often. I skip the peanut sauce but my husband loves it.

              http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

              1. We make tsukune with ground chicken (Japanese style chicken balls or patties). Here's the base of a recipe we use (http://www.nihonichi.jp/english/recip...) I typically add a few extra vegetables liked chopped carrorts, gobo and mushrooms. The sauce carmelizes while cooking and makes it quite delicious.

                1. Canneloni
                  thai lettuce wraps, similar to Laab, except the ground rice, I don't use it. I make these with turkey or ground chicken
                  Sweet & sour meatballs
                  little Asian patties, that are filled with scallion, cilantro,farlic and ginger root, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sherry, white pepper, etc, saute, and serve with lettuce and plum sauce, hoisin, and siraucha sauce and soy sauce
                  Sui Mei - spelling, I'm getting really bad anymore- little steamed dumplings -fillings are pretty similar as well as the dipping sauces
                  potstickers are great made with ground chicken, a little shrimp, chopped veggies, garlic and ginger root

                  1. These turkey burgers are SO not boring. They have Granny Smith apples, Major Grey's chutney and many other wonderful ingredients. I recently bought a small turkey, removed the meat and made pounds of these for the freezer. They are fabulous.

                    http://www.oprah.com/recipe/food/reci...

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                    1. re: c oliver

                      Second this idea--I made them after you posted them and everyone loved 'em!

                      I have another thought to contribute (since I can't find the recipe right now). We've made stuffed shells (the jumbo ones) with a filling of ground chicken, peas, carrots and tomato sauce and seasoning. And I just checked--the reason there is no recipe is because "it's in my head"...that's according to the person who first made it. ;)