how to grind chicken

Life Hack: How To Grind Your Own Chicken with Recipes

Have you ever ground your own chicken? I just started doing it a few weeks ago, and I have already noticed a significant savings on my grocery bill!  It’s really easy to do, and you don’t need all sorts of fancy equipment either.  What I really like about grinding my own chicken is that I can control the amount I make, and the freshness.  I use this easy food processor method, and have made everything from asian chicken lettuce wraps to meatballs and meatloaf.   

how to grind chicken

What You Need To Make Grind Your Own Chicken


– sharp knife
– baking sheet lined with parchment
– food processor


boneless, skinless chicken – You can use whatever you have on hand.  Chicken breast, of course will be a lot leaner than using chicken thighs.  I was able to make 20 meatballs with only one chicken breast.  I like to use a combination of chicken breast and chicken thighs when making my own ground chicken – but you really can use whatever you have on hand or what is on sale.  

How To Grind Your Own Chicken

Cut chicken into 1/2″ pieces.  By cutting the chicken into small even sized pieces allows for easier, quicker more even grinding.

how to grind chicken

Partially freeze the chicken cubes.  Place chicken cubes on your prepared baking sheet, and freeze in a single layer for 15-20 minutes depending on how much chicken you have.  The chicken should be firm around the edges, and still a little soft in the middle.  Using partially frozen chicken will help the food processor cut and “grind” the chicken instead of mashing and smashing it into a paste.  

Working in batches, grind the chicken.  Fill food processor about 1/3 of the way with partially frozen, chicken and pulse for about 10 seconds or until the chicken looks coarsely ground.  Transfer to a bowl, and continue with remaining chicken.  

how to grind chicken

Check meat and use immediately, or freeze for later use.  Check through ground chicken for larger chunks.  If there are any chunks, transfer them back to the food processor and process until ground.  I usually just make whatever I am using for a single recipe, but if you find a good bargain on chicken, make and freeze your own ground chicken for later use.  

how to grind chicken


You can substitute ground chicken for any recipe that calls for ground beef, or ground turkey.  Here are a few easy kid-friendly recipes that use ground chicken.

teriyaki chicken meatballs

Kid-Friendly Chicken Parmesan Meatballs ready for dinner in 25 minutes!

cooking matters | share our strength | no kid hungry |} turkey tacos recipe


  1. This is sooo fantastic! I constantly have chicken and fish. I crave burgers but too much fat for current lifestyle!
    Ground turkey tastes like cardboard! The super lean turkey! And incredibly expensive! You’re a life saver

  2. Thank You for sharing. It is hard to find ground chicken thighs at the grocery store. Now I can make my own.

  3. Thanks for the help. I wanted to make a recipe tonight that called for ground chicken and wasn’t sure of the best way to go about grinding up my chicken breast. Your suggestion to freeze it a little I think will make the process easier. Thanks 🙂

  4. Thanks for these instructions. Wanted to make lettuce wraps but the grocery store ground chicken looked yuck. Instead I bought some thoughts and breasts and used your recipe to make my own. Really great texture and flavour.

  5. try plant burgers they taste like ground beef. Best way is on the grill.

  6. I’d highly recommend keeping the fat in there. We raise our own heirloom birds and the older ones that get dispatched are turned into ground chicken, and the fat is what gives them (and every ground meat/sausage) the lovely flavor). Not all fat is bad!

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