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Ground Turkey Zucchini Chickpea Skillet

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This ground turkey skillet couldn’t be easier to make. The turkey is browned in a pan, then mixed with vegetables, chickpeas, tomatoes and spices. Freshly grated mozzarella is melted on top for extra flavor. Serve on its own, with rice, pasta or quinoa for a healthy family dinner.

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Zucchini Turkey Skillet

Need a quick and healthy dinner idea? This ground turkey skillet is easy to make and perfect for busy nights when you need a meal in under 15 minutes.

I’m a big fan of meals that save me time and money! This easy recipe checks all the boxes and is something you can repeat throughout the month.

Once you learn this easy one-pan method you can use it for a variety of dinner recipes including our ground turkey sweet potato skillet, our easy chicken burrito bowl, and ground beef with sweet potatoes.

Recipe ingredients including ground turkey, bowl of chickpeas, chopped zucchini, diced tomatoes, chopped onion, tomato paste, shredded mozzarella, frozen peas, garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper, and spices.

Recipe Ingredients

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How To Make Ground Turkey Zucchini Chickpea Skillet

Full ingredients and instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

STEP 1: Cook the 1 lb ground turkey with 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat, breaking it apart as you go.

Four images of a frying pan. First with ground turkey and onion unmixed, then mixed together. Third image is zucchini, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, peas and tomato paste over top of cooked ground turkey. Last image is

STEP 2: Move the ground turkey to the side and add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 3 minced garlic cloves and 1 cup chopped onion. Cook until onion turns translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir everything together.

STEP 3: Now add in 1 ½ cups chopped zucchini, 1 cup chickpeas, 1 cup diced tomatoes (with juice), ¾ cup peas, ¼ cup tomato paste and all spices (1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp chili powder, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp ground black pepper).

STEP 4: Mix everything and cook on low for 2-4 minutes, or until zucchini is crisp-tender when poked with a fork.

STEP 5: Remove from heat and sprinkle 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with a lid or a plate for 1-2 minutes to help the cheese melt. Dish on to plates and enjoy!

Close up of ground turkey zucchini skillet recipe topped with melted cheese

Recipe Tips

  • You’ll need 1 lb of ground turkey for this recipe. You can also use lean ground beef or ground chicken.
  • Drained and rinsed chickpeas are mixed in but can be replaced with any type of bean you prefer. Lentils, black beans, and white navy beans would also work.
  • Once the skillet recipe is cooked, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top. You can also use cheddar cheese, marble cheese, monterey jack cheese, parmesan or feta.
  • The cheese might not melt easily – If needed, just add a lid or plate to the top of the frying pan (removed from heat) for 1-2 minutes. It should easily melt then.
  • Zucchini should be “crisp-tender” when ready to serve. That means it can easily be poked with a fork but isn’t too mushy. The longer you cook, the mushier it can get.
  • This recipe can be adapted to your tastes. Try different veggies like asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes. Top with ketchup, salsa or hot sauce!

How To Store Leftovers

  • To Refrigerate – The leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • To Reheat – Reheat in a pan on the stove or the microwave until warmed through.
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Tools For This Recipe

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  • 10″ Professional Nonstick Fry Pan – One of the top bestselling frying pans on Amazon.
  • Ninja Foodi Never Dull Knife Set – I love this set as it comes with a foolproof sharpening system built right in. Great for getting those thin strips of beef for this recipe!
  • Measuring Spoons – I have these magnetic ones which stay nice and organized in my utensil drawer.
  • Spatula – Gentle enough to scrape along the bottom of the pan without scratching it. This is a sauce-making must-have! this

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Ground Turkey Zucchini Chickpea Skillet

Ground turkey is browned in a pan, then mixed with vegetables, chickpeas, tomatoes and spices. Freshly grated mozzarella is melted on top for extra flavor. Serve on its own, with rice, pasta or quinoa for a healthy family dinner.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Cook the 1 lb ground turkey with 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat, breaking it apart as you go.
  • Move the ground turkey to the side and add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 3 minced garlic cloves and 1 cup chopped onion. Cook until onion turns translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Stir everything together.
  • Now add in 1 ½ cups chopped zucchini, 1 cup chickpeas, 1 cup diced tomatoes (with juice), ¾ cup peas, ¼ cup tomato paste and all spices (1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp chili powder, ½ tsp paprika, ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp ground black pepper).
  • Mix everything together and cook on low for 2-4 minutes, or until zucchini is crisp tender when poked with a fork.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with a lid or a plate for 1-2 minutes to help the cheese melt. Dish on to plates and enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • Your cheese might not melt easily – If needed, just add a lid or plate to the top of the frying pan (removed from heat) for 1-2 minutes. It should easily melt then.
  • Zucchini should be “crisp-tender” when ready to serve. That means it can easily be poked with a fork, but isn’t too mushy. The longer you cook, the mushier it can get.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Sodium: 351mg | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 199mg

The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.

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