By Vicky McDonald

If you're looking to cut back on red meat, or just want to eat a bit healthier, then you need to add lean ground chicken to your shopping list. It makes easy, fast, and low-cost meals that are perfect when you have a hungry family to feed. You can still have your old favorites like chili and burgers, but relish the fact that they're a little healthier and cheaper made with ground chicken. Here are 8 easy recipes to get you started.

1. Quinoa Chicken

This one-dish dinner combines chicken, quinoa, and a can of tomatoes. It's simple to make, and and even easier to clean-up afterwards.

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2. Chicken Cheddar and Guacamole Burgers

These spicy chicken burgers are a healthier, tastier, and cheaper alternative to regular beef burgers. The cilantro, lime, and guacamole add a delicious Mexican flavor.

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3. Larb - Laotian Chicken Mince

This recipe uses chicken thighs ground up in the food processor, but to save yourself some time, you can use packaged ground chicken. This dish is full of fresh herbs, and eastern spices, and makes for a really light and delicious dinner in a lettuce wrap.

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4. Chicken and Chorizo Chili

This scrumptious chili is rich with chicken, beans, beer, and chorizo sausage. Serve with some sour cream and tortilla chips, and you have a very satisfying family meal.

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5. Bill's Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Joes

Buffalo chicken Sloppy Joes served with warm, buttery, biscuits taste divine, especially with blue cheese dressing on the side.

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6. Cheesy Chicken Meatballs

You won't miss the red meat, when you taste these cheesy, chicken meatballs. Serve with some pasta to make it a full dinner.

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7. Chef John's Chicken Satay Burger

If you like your burger a little more exotic, you'll love Chef John's Satay burger. Watch and see how easy it is to make them.

8. Tangy Apple Chicken Loaf

This tangy chicken meatloaf is a really family winner. According to Jessica Warder Ellis, "It tasted like a chicken dinner with all the fixin's -- all in one loaf! ... The kids loved it."

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9. Chicken, Spinach, and Artichoke Manicotti

Here's a creamy comforting dish. Manicotti is stuffed with ground chicken, spinach, and artichokes and topped with creamy, low-fat Alfredo sauce. Serve with a garden salad and garlic French bread.

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