In the food section, chicken is quite popular— and for a good reason too. These domestic birds have provided us with very nutritious and tasty meat that now comes in a truckload of variety and is incorporated into our everyday meals. No matter what you’re cooking, as long as there’s chicken in that recipe, it’s sure to turn out amazing.
One method of cooking chicken you don’t hear about every day is ground chicken. This is because, unlike its typical form, ground chicken isn’t so popular among many. Ground chicken comprises all chicken parts and contains lesser cholesterol than regular ground beef, plus it’s pretty easy to prepare.
In this article, we’ll be showing you how to prepare your ground chicken step-by-step, including cooking tips, guidelines, and instructions necessary for achieving a satisfactory dish of cooked ground chicken.
Ground Chicken Nutrition Facts
Tips for Cooking Ground Chicken
You can grind the chicken- some people tend to hesitate when purchasing ground chicken because ground chicken is known to have health risks attached to it. Bacteria might be mixed into the chicken when it goes into its grinding process, which makes it more unsafe to eat if it’s undercooked.
Just know that you can grind your chicken at home using a grinder. Refrigerate the chicken for about half an hour before it goes into the grinder. This allows it to grind more effortlessly. If you don’t own a grinder, just ensure your ground chicken is thoroughly cooked so you don’t eat unsafe meat.
You can make gravy- just because it’s not a whole chicken doesn’t mean you can’t eat it with gravy or sauce. To give more structure to your meal and ensure it’s tasty, add sauces like apple cider, grapeseed sauce, soy sauce, or even ketchup, or make gravy at home if you don’t want to use sauce.
Rest your ground chicken- when cooking ground chicken, it turns from its original pink color to pure white, and again from pure white to slightly brown. This process involves a medium-high level of heat which requires you to allow your ground chicken to rest when it’s ready to eat. Resting allows it to absorb some of its juices in the pan while also giving it a chance to cool off.
Use a wooden spoon- wooden spoons are excellent for cooking ground chicken and a whole lot of other foods. This is because wooden spoons are firmer to hold, they don’t burn easily and they don’t transfer heat from the pan to your hands, unlike metal spoons.
Be generous with seasoning- ground chicken doesn’t contain enough flavoring on its own, so make sure you add a lot of seasoning when cooking this dish. Ground chicken is incredible at absorbing spices too because it’s already in its minced form and not cooked whole.
Use some vegetables- not only seasoning can make your ground chicken interesting, but you can also add cut-up pieces of carrots, cucumbers, green peas, etc into your ground chicken too. Or you could make a salad to go alongside with it if you’re going for a more healthier approach. Salads are incredibly tasty with ground chicken and incredibly nutritious too!
Preheat your pan- to ensure the chicken cooks thoroughly, preheat your pan for about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the size of the ground chicken you have. Also, add a little bit of oil after you’ve preheated the pan. This helps the chicken not to stick to the pan or burn easily.
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Cooking Time for Ground Chicken
The appropriate timing guidelines you should care out when attempting to cook ground chicken have been provided below.
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- 2 lb ground chicken
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 bunch of scallions, sliced
- Olive oil
- ¼ cup of celery, sliced
- ⅓ cup of carrots, shredded
- Julienne (optional)
- Pour all the ingredients for the sauce into a bowl and whisk together.
- Set a pan on the burner and set your burner to medium-high heat. If it’s measured on your burner, set your heat to 7/10.
- Add some olive oil to your pan. Add the minced garlic and onions to the oil before you add your ground chicken.
- Break down the mold of ground chicken in the pan with a wooden spoon. Ensure the chicken is completely chopped up in the pan.
- When the ground chicken is completely white in the pan, add the bowl of sauce to it and mix well with a spoon.
- Add in the celery, carrots, and any other vegetables you have. Add the scallions and mix everything together in the pan.
- Cook for about 3 minutes before taking it down. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sesame seeds on your ground chicken and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Your delicious cooked ground chicken is ready to be eaten.
- You can eat it with rice, salads, beans or any other food you want.
Note that this is a recipe with serving size of about 2 to 3 people. If you want to cook for a larger number of people, increase the number of your ingredients by the number of people you’re cooking for.
This recipe for ground chicken can be eaten alone while you work at home, or at dinners where you can share this tasty delicacy with your friends and family. It’s savory, delicious, and very easy to cook.
If you don’t want to add anything to your ground chicken though, remember that you can just put it in a pan and cook for 10 minutes or until it’s slightly browned, and eat it with sauce when it’s ready.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to cook satisfactory ground chicken, make sure you check out this video recipe.