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Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

    ground turkey stir fry

    Does anyone else think of the Biggest Loser every time they cook with ground turkey? Maybe it’s just me…

    Ground turkey breast is a fantastic option for healthy, weeknight cooking for many reasons. It cooks quickly, it is extremely versatile and is full of protein. That being said, it is very lean and can easily become dry and tasteless.

    Stir-fries are a perfect way to add in lots of flavor without adding a lot of calories. Fresh ginger, for example, is practically calorie free and costs pennies per serving. By adding just a few tablespoons, you will completely transform ground turkey into something memorable and delicious. Leftover ginger? Peel and freeze ginger root then use a microplane to grade into soups, smoothies or stir-fries any time you need it.

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    ground turkey stir fry

    Ground Turkey Stir-Fry

    5 stars average
    Ground turkey stir fry is a fantastic option for healthy, weeknight cooking for many reasons.
    PREP: 10 mins
    COOK: 10 mins
    TOTAL: 20 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 1 tbs peanut oil (or canola)
    • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
    • 2 in piece raw ginger (minced)
    • 1 tbs chili garlic paste
    • 16 oz ground turkey breast
    • 1 onion (diced)
    • 1 red pepper (seeded and diced)
    • 2 tbs soy sauce (low sodium)
    • 2 tbs hoisin sauce
    • 1 tbs shaoxing rice cooking wine (or cooking sherry)
    • 1 tbs rice wine vinegar
    • ½ tbs sesame oil
    • ½ c scallions


    • Heat a large pan or wok on high for 30 seconds then add peanut oil.
    • Toss in garlic, ginger and chili paste and fry for 30 seconds to release flavors.
    • Add ground turkey to the pan and break down using a potato masher or wooden spoon.
    • Cook turkey for 3-4 minutes then add onions and red peppers.
    • Continue stir-frying until veggies are soft and turkey is brown.
    • Add soy sauce, shaoxing wine and hoisin to the pan; stir-fry 3-4 minutes flavors combine.
    • Right before serving, add sesame oil and scallions.
    • Serve with brown rice.


    Excellent source of Vitamin C


    Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 29.7gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 592mgFiber: 2.1g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. I made some minor modifications (OK, I threw in some extra veggies), but overall, this was a tasty recipe and easy to prepare. Even my kids ate without complaint, always a great sign. Kudos.

    2. OMG! I made this for dinner tonight and my husband and I loved it! What a great combination of favors. Thank you so much. I just had to pin it!

      1. Oh I’m so glad! It’s a staple in our house as well – great for any meat you have on hand as well as most veggies!!

    3. Hi Liz, I just recently came across your website, as it was recommended to me by my sister. She insisted that I try your Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry with Chickpeas. I prepped that last night and have it going in the crock pot today while I’m at work. Eager to try it! In printing out that recipe, I came SO MANY others that I am so excited to try. I love to cook and try new, healthy recipes so I am so happy I found your site. I cooked this Ground Turkey stir fry last night and WOW! It was delicious! And so simple too! I thought I had chili garlic paste at home but I must have run out, so I subbed that with sriracha hot sauce and even added some more to the stir fry at the end since I really like spicy. I also was out of rice vinegar so I added a tiny splash of apple cider vinegar instead – was the vinegar supposed to be added at step 6? I also added a little extra hoisin sauce since I love it! It really turned out delicious, and I will definitely make it again. (And next time I will have the chili garlic paste and rice vinegar!) Thanks so much for sharing these delicious recipes. I can’t wait to cook more of them!

      1. Wow Jessica thank you so much for your kind words – you have officially made my day!! I love the various ways you modified the recipe based on what you had on hand – so smart!! I’m glad it turned out and please stay in touch. Would love to hear what else you try!!

        1. I will let you know what else I try! I have a little shopping list going so I can get some other ingredients I don’t have in my pantry for other recipes of yours I’m dying to try!

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