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Ground Chicken Stir Fry

A bowl of ground chicken stir fry and vegetables with noodles.

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This flavorful and fast ground chicken stir fry is a favorite family dinner on busy weeknights. It's made from ground chicken, bell peppers, green beans and a simple stir fry sauce that you're going to love!

You can serve this chicken and veggie stir fry over rice or noodles.

Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon neutral oil (canola, sunflower or peanut oil)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 8 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
  • 1 or 2 bell peppers (red, yellow or orange), thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (low-sodium or regular)
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large non-stick skillet or wok over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil. 
  2. When the oil is hot, add the ground chicken. Lightly season the ground chicken with salt (about ¼ teaspoon).
  3. Cook for 6 to 8 minutes, until the meat is cooked through and browned, using a spatula to break up the ground meat as it cooks.
  4. Transfer the cooked ground chicken to a bowl. 
  5. Add the sesame oil to the skillet. 
  6. Add the bell pepper and green beans. Lightly season the veggies with salt. 
  7. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp-tender. If the vegetables start to burn, turn the heat down to medium.
  8. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. 
  9. Add the cooked ground chicken back to the skillet. Mix well. 
  10. Drizzle the soy sauce, rice vinegar and maple syrup over the top. Stir really well to coat the ground chicken in sauce. 
  11. Cook for another minute or two until the ground meat has been reheated. 
  12. Top with chopped green onions.  

Notes

This stir fry can be served over your favorite rice or noodles. Options include:
Instant Pot white rice
Instant Pot brown rice
Rice noodles
Knife cut style noodles
Chow mein stir fry noodles

Recipe Variations

You can choose to add fewer vegetables or add more, depending on what your family likes. You can also double the amount of meat; just double the sauce ingredients as well. 

Instead of ground chicken, you can substitute ground turkey or pork. 

If your kids really don't like veggies, you can cook the ground meat and veggies in two separate skillets. Make a double batch of the stir fry sauce and use half to flavor the meat and half to flavor the veggies. Then, serve the ground chicken and vegetables in separate bowls on the table. 

Make this recipe even faster by using pre-cut stir fry vegetables from the grocery store.  Depending on the vegetables, they might take slightly longer to cook. 

Frozen stir fry veggies are another option, although the texture tends to be softer and sometimes watery.

For a salty crunch, add roughly chopped roasted and salted cashews or peanuts to the finished dish.