Ground Chicken Anyone?

@Rollo1 (16686)
Boston, Massachusetts
April 15, 2016 7:01pm CST
One of the things we've had to change since The Man had his surgery was his diet. He's got to keep to the low-sodium, low-fat, low-sugar, heart healthy diet. I don't know how you feel about it, but for me, if you remove the salt, the sugar and the fat, there's really nothing left. Healthy means tasteless, I think. Of course, I also have a teen Boy, so I can't always cook the same thing for all of us. Teen boys insist on food tasting like something. Anyway, I have made ground turkey into nearly every kind of thing one can make ground turkey into. And yes, I season it quite a lot - because otherwise, it doesn't taste like much, but what flavor it does have is not appetizing. Turkey tacos. Turkey chili. Turkey meatballs. Turkey meatloaf. Turkey burgers. In fact, I am getting sick of the smell of ground turkey cooking. And I mean sick. It nauseates me. Come Thanksgiving, I won't be looking forward to cooking a turkey, even though a roast turkey smells nothing like this noxious ground mound of slimy greyish meat. So, I am thinking of trying ground chicken to give our taste buds a change. Does anyone have experience in cooking ground chicken? Is it better than turkey? And if you know of some good ground chicken or even ground turkey recipes, let me know.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
16 Apr 16
I hate ground turkey and ground chicken. Can't you use really lean beef? Pork is a lean meat too and to me far better than either turkey or chicken. I am so sorry about this, my hubs would never eat it that I do know. I think I would become a vegetarian first!!
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I think very lean beef would be alright once in a while. But it's turkey most of the time. I guess I will have to try to find lean beef. I don't care what anyone says, I am doing a roast beef next week.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 If it is lean and you put it on a rack so no fat attaches it should be okay, I made one last week these days they have very little fat which is a bummer when I was wanting to make Yorkshire pudding!! Turkey is pretty tasteless no matter what you do to it though I used to inject chicken for my rotisserie and it was really delicious you would just need to make your own marinade to control the sodium.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
@BelleStarr I never manange to have beef drippings, but I don't bother with them in my Yorkshire pudding. I just use vegetable oil and it comes out fine - just have gravy to put on it. I know it's fine because The Man approves and he's British. Although, now he probably can't have that anymore, either, will all those eggs. Darn, The Boy is fond of it, too. I have to check out a way to make it lighter in cholesterol...
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• United States
16 Apr 16
Turkey is healthier than chicken, but variety is good. By the way, low fat, low salt and low sugar does not equal tasteless. You just have to add spices, onions, or other tasty ingredients, if you do not like the way food tastes. Personally, I don't need to add anything, since I can taste the flavor of non adulterated foods. You might too, once you get used to them. Good luck. (By the way, I love salt, but use it only in moderations now, since I know it is not good for us.)
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• United States
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 I have low blood pressure, so I can eat salt, but in excess, it isn't good for bones. Therefore, I'm pretty careful.
@TRBRocks420 (81234)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Apr 16
You can add natural flavor, with peppers and, onions also garlic.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
Trust me, I add a lot of stuff. But you still have to smell it cooking. Ugh!
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@TRBRocks420 (81234)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 I hear you my friend.
@jaboUK (54872)
• United Kingdom
16 Apr 16
I can't help you I'm afraid, and I don't envy you trying to find something appetising. I'd particularly hate to have to do without salt.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I love salt, but I don't use it very much. There are foods that absolutely require salt for me, and on those I use far too much. I guess it evens out.
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@fishtiger58 (30320)
• Momence, Illinois
16 Apr 16
I have no idea. neither sounds like something I want to eat. Good luck I hope for your sake it tastes better.
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@richnonai (501)
• Pattaya, Thailand
16 Apr 16
I eat a lot of ground chicken. It is very popular here in Thailand and used quite a bit in fried rice dishes. Unfortunately, we seem to use sugar and soy sauces in almost everything so it would probably not be good for your husband. Can he handle tufu? it can pick up flavors and does not smell.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I can't even tell you how much I hate tofu... but I am an American, raised on beef. It's in my DNA. It's hard to find Asian sauces that are not high in sugar or sodium, there are some low sodium soy sauces, but they still bear using a light touch because there's still a lot of salt in them. But you've given me an idea for lunch because I have some light sesame ginger dressing and maybe I can make some chicken salad for lunch.
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• Pattaya, Thailand
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 I am happy that I gave you an idea! I have always loved Asian foods and of course now that I am living here I am always satisfied. One think that I like to do is go to the small markets and find some new green vegetable I have never seen before. Their are so many unique flavors just waiting for us. If you can use it, there is a vegetarian oyster sauce that you may be able to utilize.
• United States
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 I hate tofu, but I'm allergic to soy, so it is out anyway, as is soy sauce, of course. You can make your own mixes of spices and herbs. Just read the labels in stores or online and leave out what you must. It's a little effort, but since you can put them into Mason jars, they will last.
@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
16 Apr 16
We do a version of this http://www.healthywomen.org/content/blog-entry/how-season-your-food-without-salt Trust me, salt is not necc. I eat low carb, so I had to cut out tons of sugar and things, just gotta start digging for recipes!
Chicken Pizza Crust, Gluten Free, Pizza Crust, Chicken, Low Carb, Cheese, BBQ Chicken, Paleo, Chicken Crust, Pizza, Crust, BBQ Chicken Pizza
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I have this problem with bread... I LOVE IT! I have seen ideas for replacing pizza crust and pie crust, etc., but I really love my bread. I know that's wrong. But I will consider the above for The Man, who has to be careful with things. Luckily, I usually have the opposite problem - my sodium is always too low. I feel the urge for some potato chips right now!
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• Centralia, Missouri
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 you may need to experiment to get it right, but the Parmesan and ground chicken crust is AMAZING. I love my bread (cant have tons) and this was still good!
@1creekgirl (11500)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Due to high Triglycerides, I have to cut down on fat and sugar. (There went my sausage, bacon, and cheese.) But I make sausage patties with ground turkey, a little olive oil and sausage seasoning. It's pretty good if you don't over-fry it.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I didn't know they sold sausage seasoning. If it has sodium in it, I can't use it. I note that most of the pretend pork products that are made of turkey contain huge amounts of sodium. Even tofu products do.
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@1creekgirl (11500)
• United States
16 Apr 16
@Rollo1 I really don't like the already made turkey products, but the sausage seasoning does have a lot of salt. It has sage and black pepper so maybe you could use just those.
@mom210 (6779)
• Atlanta, Georgia
25 Apr 16
My hubby has high blood pressure and is diabetic, so I understand how you feel. I really have to watch what I cook for him. All the things I use to stretch a meal for a large family, like rice, potatoes, and noodles are bad for him. Makes things difficult.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
25 Apr 16
That is so true, it's expensive when you can't stretch things out. I am quite used to putting small amounts of meat in rice or pasta dishes. Very hard to budget.
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• Rochester, New York
16 Apr 16
When I worked in day care they used to serve ground turkey. They would get it in big logs and slice off what was needed. The cook would season it, but it still tasted disgusting. The children would eat it because they didn't really know any better, but I started taking my own lunches to work after they switched from beef.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
In some dishes, I don't mind it, you can't tell the difference. But it has to be a highly seasoned dish, like chili or tacos. I don't think it's the answer to all my healthy cooking problems, that's for sure.
@Rohvannyn (3118)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Use chicken like you would turkey - there's more flavor and on the whole it's altogether better.
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@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
16 Apr 16
I think I will try it. And maybe I will do both in different dishes at times. I think that there's just so much ground turkey you can eat before you revolt. I may try getting extra lean ground beef and just mixing a bit in with the turkey? I don't know. It can't be healthy to want to regurgitate your food...
@Teep11 (7121)
• United States
16 Apr 16
We jad ground chicken a couple of times and I'm not so fond of it but ground turkey is healthier. Yes, teens want their food seasoned, sometimes loads of salt. I don't need all of that salt but if it's not seasoned right. Leave it to a teen to let you know.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25843)
• United States
8 May 16
I prefer ground turkey to chicken. Good luck.
@SIMPLYD (81660)
• Philippines
26 Apr 16
I never had a dish with ground chicken . It's the first time actually i have heard of ground chicken .