Good bye boring chicken breast…hello ground chicken?

One of the most common pitfalls of healthy eating is boredom. We all know chicken is healthy so it’s easy to fall into the trap of boneless skinless chicken for lunch and dinner…all…the…time. We’re busy so this is something we don’t even have to think about. Before you know it *YAWN* food boredom sets in. This makes you more susceptible to making bad food choices. Here’s something new and easy to try!

A common substitution for ground beef is ground turkey but have you seen ground chicken?!?! Most people I talk to have never heard of ground chicken. When I first found it years ago only one store in Las Vegas carried it and surprisingly it was a tiny store meant for people to pop in grab a few things and go. Now of course you could go to any butcher and ask for ground chicken but finding a butcher today is like finding a teenager without a smartphone (they exist but you have to hunt for them). Today my local Walmart carries ground chicken.

You can substitute in ground chicken anywhere you would previously have used ground beef or ground turkey but I’m going to give you my favorite recipe below. Before I do let’s chat about how it compares to beef and turkey. You don’t get the grease with chicken that you do with beef. It’s so much easier to cook. There isn’t that after cooking search you have with beef. You know what I mean. “Hum…what do I have that I can store all this grease in?” Most people put it in a coffee can but I don’t drink coffee (crazy I know) and my husband uses K-Cups. Plus, then what do you do with the coffee can when it’s full anyways? Carefully put it in the trashcan and pray the automatic trash truck doesn’t dump it all over the street? Sorry I’m babbling but you know you’ve been there. Flavor wise…beef and chicken are just very different. Personally I don’t prefer one over the other. For turkey and chicken they cook pretty much the same. Flavor wise I personally prefer the flavor of ground chicken. I think ground chicken has more flavor.

Another common pitfall of healthy eating is lack of time. With this recipe you dump everything in one pan and cook it together.

What you need:

  • One pound ground chicken
  • one container of fresh salsa. The kind that comes in the round or square tub in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. Check out the photo for approximate size. I prefer the chunky salsa so my sauce is thicker.
  • fresh or canned vegetables of your choice. My favorites are black olives, corn, green beans, broccoli and mushrooms. If using canned vegetables use the no salt added cans. You won’t taste the difference with all that salsa so why add the sodium. (If you use frozen vegetables it could make your sauce a little watery)
  • fresh or canned potatoes. I use canned potatoes because I’m usually in a hurry. I like the diced potatoes. If you are on a low carb diet you can skip the potatoes.
  • Optional add in – cheese. I will occasionally add in cheese to change it up.

I love this recipe because it’s items I usually always have on hand at the house. It also reheats very well. I will usually make it Sunday night to have for lunch for the week. The only thing that gets a little soggy is the broccoli if I add that.

Mom’s corner: this recipe is kid tested by my five year old son and…I’m happy to report kid approved! Actually I was surprised how well he ate it. I’ve been making this recipe a long time and this was the first time he’s asked to try it. He even asked when I will make it again.

Lunch is all ready for the week!

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