Many people choose ground chicken or turkey as a healthier alternative to ground beef in recipes. But what is really in that package of ground chicken or turkey? Surprisingly, it might not be a healthiest alternative to the widely available extra lean ground beef.
When most people think ground chicken or turkey, they generally think ground breasts, but that isn’t true. Most ground chicken and ground turkey contains dark meat such as thigh and legs, but also contains skin and possibly bone which is ground.
Some supermarkets you can buy ground chicken and turkey that is labeled specific pieces – such as ground chicken/turkey breast or ground chicken/turkey thighs, which can be a better option but can be more expensive.
You can also buy specific chicken and turkey pieces and grind them yourself using a meat grinder or food processor. You can also buy a whole chicken or turkey, break down the pieces yourself and grind them to keep in the freezer for later – and it has the bonus that you can choose to include skin or not.