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Apr 24, 2010 04:51 PM

Uses for ground chicken (or turkey)

I've generally avoided ground poultry because I find it bland, a strange texture and also as a way to discourage its production (hah).

Today on ATK they used it to make stock for soup - why didn't I think of that before?
The rest of the ingredient list is onion, carrot, celery, premade chicken stock (!), bay leaf and the chicken breast to be poached. For just stock, I'd sub a chicken carcass or wings for the breast meat.
Has anyone else tried this recipe?

I just made some larb (laap) with ground turkey that was pretty good, but not as good as beef. Green chili with this white meat works pretty well.
Any other favorite recipes besides burgers or meatballs? TIA!

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  1. tacos or burritos
    poultry bolognese
    stuffed pasta - shells, ravioli, cannelloni
    dumplings/won tons
    egg rolls/spring rolls
    stuffed peppers
    stuffed cabbage

    1. ma po tofu works nicely with ground turkey...pork is the traditional ground meat but I've done it successfully with the turkey, too!

      1. Wait... What?! Store-bought chicken stock is one of the ingredients for home-made chicken stock? I've never watched that show, and now I probably never will. And I want to smack whoever came up with that.

        Haven't tried this yet, it's from Bon Appetit's Thanksgiving issue last year:

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        1. re: sonia darrow

          They were trying to 'pump up' store bought stock, so they weren't calling it 'home made'. Hmmm, can't find the recipe on their site yet.
          Between cheap chicken parts and Costco chicken carcasses, I rarely find a need to raid my 'emergency' box of stock.

          1. re: DiveFan

            The appearance of that recipe, in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of CI was the reason I did not renew my subscription, which I'd had for 13 years. Supremely wasteful and, I thought, inimical to their whole ethos. It was more suited to Rachel Ray than to an organization that did not previously prioritize convenience over wholesomeness and frugality. Whereas their chicken recipes virtually always mention their use of Bell & Evans, this recipe had a photo of Perdue ground chicken, which was a disappointment.

        2. I use ground turkey to make chili; same recipe as beef. Works find; usually costs less. If you prefer a "beefy" flavor, I suppose you could always add some bullion or use stock in place of some of the liquid..

          1. Lettuce Wraps - marinate the meat in soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, a little sesame oil; stir-fry, then mix together some hoisin, oyster sauce, soy, rice wine vinegar, garlic and sesame oil. add most of it to meat along with some celery, water chestnuts and shredded carrots; let cook through. remove the meat, then saute some mushrooms in the remaining sauce. serve with lettuce :)

            Shepherd's Pie
            Sloppy Tim's