How to Substitute Chicken in Hamburger Helper

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Ground chicken provides a healthy and versatile alternative to ground beef.
Ground chicken provides a healthy and versatile alternative to ground beef. (Image: ground beef in a bowl isolated image by Sean MacLeay from Fotolia.com)

Ground chicken provides a lower fat alternative to ground beef. However, ground chicken tends to contain more liquid, which means that it will need breaking up as it cooks. You do not have to drain off fat when ground chicken cooks, as with beef, and ground chicken will make your Hamburger Helper dish taste lighter than beef. You could also use whole chicken, cut up into smaller pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. ground or whole chicken
  • Large skillet
  • Large spoon

Ground Chicken

Add some vegetable oil or cooking spray to the pan, place it on the oven and turn the burner to medium.

Crumble the ground chicken into the pan and use the spoon to break it up as it cooks, stirring regularly.

Cook the chicken through before proceeding through the recipe instructions, about 5 minutes.

Whole Chicken

Remove the meat from any bones. Remove the skin.

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, about 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch.

Add some oil or cooking spray to the pan and cook the chicken as you would the ground chicken, stirring frequently on medium heat. Cook the chicken thoroughly, about 5 minutes.

Proceed with the Hamburger Helper instructions, using the chicken in place of the beef.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the ground chicken has no pink left before continuing with the recipe.

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