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Ground Chicken Picadillo
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins

Chicken Picadillo is a quick and healthy ground chicken recipe that everyone loves! Make a double batch of this easy picadillo and freeze half for next week.

Course: Mains
Cuisine: Latin, Mediterranean
Keyword: easy mayonnaise, ground chicken recipes, healthy dinner, low carb soup, picadillo
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 247 kcal
Author: Alyssa Brantley
4.92 from 45 votes
cooked chicken picadillo in a green bowl in front of a white bowl of cauliflower rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1.5 pounds ground chicken thighs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup canned, no-salt diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup pimento stuffed olives sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive brine
  • 2 tablespoons water (or 1/4 cup dry white wine)
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 handful chopped cilantro for garnish
To Prepare:
  1. Peel and finely chop garlic and onion. 

    Remove core and seeds from bell pepper and finely chop. 

    Mix spices in small dish. 

    Slice olives and measure raisins, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and olive brine plus water.

    wood cutting board with choped onion, bell pepper, olives and spices for picadillo recipe
To Cook:
  1. Heat a large skillet (12 to 14") over medium heat. Once hot, add olive oil and then garlic, onion and bell pepper.

    large frying pan with oil, chopped garlic, onion and red pepper
  2. Saute 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions are beginning to turn translucent.

    Add ground chicken and raise heat to medium-high. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break into pieces as it cooks. Continue cooking, about 4 to 6 minutes, until chicken is browned and most of the pink is gone.

    sauteeing ground chicken in a frying pan with finely chopped veggies for picadillo
  3. Toss in spices. Cook, stirring until well mixed, for about 1 minute, until spices are fragrant.

    Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sliced olives, olive juice and water (or wine) and raisins. Toss to mix and reduce heat to medium.

    adding spices, olives and tomatoes to chicken and veggies for picadillo
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

    When the Picadillo is done, the sauce should have reduced so that when you scrape the bottom of the pan with your spatula, you don't see liquid pooling.

    Stir in chopped cilantro and serve over cauliflower rice or steamed white rice. Enjoy!

    large frying pan with cooked ground chicken picadillo
Nutrition Facts
Ground Chicken Picadillo
Amount Per Serving (0.15 finished dish)
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 960mg42%
Potassium 808mg23%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 965IU19%
Vitamin C 31.8mg39%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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