This chicken chorizo draws inspiration from classic Mexican pork chorizo, seasoning ground chicken with a blend of chili powder, garlic, and vinegar. You get all the familiar flavors without all the calories and fat content. Each serving has 21 grams of protein with just 6 grams of fat and 130 calories. That means you can make healthier chorizo tacos, quesadillas, or any of your favorite recipes that call for chorizo.
Chicken Chorizo Ingredients
This is a really simple recipe that works great for preparing in bulk. All you’ll need is ground chicken, white vinegar, and a chorizo seasoning blend. Admittedly, the seasoning blend has a beaucoup of ingredients. So I’d encourage you to mix it in bulk for future batches.
Don’t want to make your own chorizo seasoning? You can buy pre-mixed blends, but I’ve not personally tried any to recommend.
Homemade Chorizo Seasoning
First things first, this chorizo seasoning has a long ingredient list. Using a pre-mixed option like the Fiesta Chorizo Mix I used for my lean ground pork chorizo saves some time. And you’ll definitely use it more than once!
Here’s everything you’ll need for the seasoning blend:
- paprika and ancho chili powder
- garlic powder
- ground cumin
- ground coriander
- dried oregano
- salt and black pepper
- ground cloves and cinnamon
There’s some room for modification if you need to. If you don’t have ancho chili powder on hand, for example, you can use whatever chili powder you have. (Or make your own homemade chili powder.) The clove and cinnamon are in small amounts but really come through, similar to my shredded Mexican chicken thighs. If you’re not the biggest fan of either flavor, reduce from 1/4 teaspoon to just a pinch.
The recipe calls for 97% lean ground chicken, but you can use cuts like 92% lean if that’s all your store has. You could also use lean ground turkey to make turkey chorizo. The fattier cuts of meat obviously produce a more flavorful chorizo and are an overall better chorizo. So if you have the calories to spare, using a meat that’s not so lean is an okay idea.
While some chorizo recipes call for cider vinegar, I tested both cider and white vinegar and found white to be the best option. Either will get the job done, however.
You’ll want to mix everything together really well. If you’ve cooked with Mexican chorizo before, you know some are almost like a meat paste before cooking. Get in there and introduce those flavors!
Speaking of, you’ll definitely want to let your chicken chorizo chill in the refrigerator before cooking for best results. You could keep your chorizo in the refrigerator for up to a couple days, but I’d freeze any batches you want to preserve longer than that. Like I mentioned, this recipe would be perfect for making in bulk and freezing (before cooking).
Cooking the Chicken Chorizo
When you’re ready to cook, the recipe calls for cooking in a pan with olive oil. This helps the chicken chorizo brown better and adds some flavor and moisture.
You’ll want to really go to town on mincing the chicken chorizo into small pieces. The more surface area to touch the pan, the better. Also, if you’re cooking in cast iron or stainless steel and develop some fond in the pan you can use a little water at the end of cooking to deglaze.
And that’s it. Your chicken chorizo is ready to rock!
Serving Your Chicken Chorizo
First off, let’s start with a reheating tip. Instead of microwaving, use a teaspoon or two of oil in a hot pan to reheat the chorizo. It will give it and extra crispy texture that’s probably even better than the day-one chorizo. I like to do this followed by a tiny knob of butter for frying eggs and corn tortillas. You can assemble chorizo breakfast tacos right in the same pan. Top them with queso fresco, cilantro, and salsa verde for a *chef’s kiss* breakfast.
You could also use this chicken chorizo as a substitute for ground chorizo in recipes like my pinto bean soup, chorizo breakfast quesadillas and healthy jalapeño poppers. Here’s a handful of other recipe ideas:
- low carb chorizo and eggs
- chorizo soup with cabbage and chickpeas
- potato and chorizo soup
- chorizo hash
- chorizo sheet pan breakfast
I’d love to hear about how you serve your chicken chorizo. Let me know in a comment or a recipe review below. And if you have any questions about this recipe I forgot to cover, you can leave those in the comments as well.
- 1 lb Ground Chicken
- 2 Tbsp Paprika
- 2 Tbsp Ancho Chile Powder
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Ground Cumin
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Ground Coriander
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
- 2 Tbsp (30g) Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp (16g) Olive Oil, for cooking
- Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl before adding the ground chicken and vinegar. Mix everything together well before covering and refrigerating for at least 8 hours (up to 2 days).
- When ready to cook, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium- high heat. Brown the chorizo before mincing with a spatula and fully cooking.
- Serve with eggs and queso fresco tacos or in your favorite recipe as a replacement for ground chorizo.
You can use a ready made chorizo seasoning like Bolner's Fiesta Chorizo Mix instead of the spice blend. About 1/4 cup per pound of ground chicken gets the job done.
Each serving has 1 WW SmartPoint (blue).
Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 3 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 21g