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Ground Turkey and Potatoes

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This one-pan ground turkey and potatoes are combined with broccoli for a healthy, wholesome meal the whole family will love!

Because there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy turkey any time of the year. Like these turkey quinoa meatballs, ground turkey meatloaf, ground turkey tacos, and turkey stuffed acorn squash!

Ground Turkey and Potatoes

This quick ground turkey and potatoes dinner idea is to die for! And before you go “Oh my gosh, potatoes are starch, carbs and make me fat!” I have BIG news for you: potatoes are good for you, especially with skin on. They are full of fiber and complex carbs, combined with lean protein like turkey and stalky/filling greens like broccolini, and you got yourself a bikini body meal! Yes, that’s right – 216 calories, 4 g of fat, 19 g of carbs and 22 g of protein.

I love the combination so much that I also have recipes for Instant Pot chicken and potatoes, one-pan chicken potatoes, and roasted chicken thighs and potatoes.

I totally understand my healthy potatoes and “boring” greens can’t compete with all that cheese and simple carbs craziness happening on foodgawker, but I could care less. I’m in for a long haul of healthy and happy life. Haha, I hope you are with me. Then I have an easy stovetop dinner for you, that you can quickly throw together after work. And kids will love it too, unless they don’t like broccoli. There I can’t help you.:)


Maybe your kids will like broccolini. Mine love both! If you are not familiar with this skinny green vegetable, let me tell you it’s not baby broccoli. Broccolini is a cross between Chinese broccoli and regular broccoli, resulting in less bitter than broccoli with a sweetness similar to asparagus’ vegetable. When cooked, broccolini has a chewy texture and is super filling without extra calories. You can often find organic broccolini at a reasonable price. I buy mine at Costco for $7 a bag, that lasts a while. If you can’t find broccolini, feel free to replace it with broccoli.

I use broccoli (or broccolini) all the time! for turkey and broccoli pasta, healthy beef and broccoli, broccoli quinoa salad, healthy broccoli salad, etc! I never run out of ideas for this nutrient-dense green!

Using quick searing method results in crispy and tender veggies. The key is to have garlic, onion, broccolini and seasonings ready to go. Lately, I love using tamari or low sodium soy sauce as a seasoning for poultry and Tofu “Scrambled Eggs”. Feel free to substitute with extra salt.

Ground Turkey and Potatoes on plate

This ground turkey and potatoes skillet was one of the fastest and tastiest dinners I have on the blog. Frankly, sweet ground turkey makes anything tasty. Just pair it with some complex carbs, right veggies and proper amount of seasoning, and you got a quick dinner-winner!

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Ground Turkey and Potatoes

Ground Turkey and Potatoes

30 Minute Ground Turkey and Potatoes Recipe with broccolini or broccoli, easy enough for weeknights and even the pickiest eaters will love this skillet!
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American Ukrainian
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 322kcal
Author: Olena Osipov


  • 2 tbsp avocado or coconut oil divided
  • 7 large garlic cloves thinly sliced & divided
  • 4 cups broccolini or broccoli cut into 2" long pieces
  • 1/3 lemon juice of
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground turkey lean
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce I used Bragg liquid aminos
  • 2 lbs baby potatoes 4-5 cups, cut into even sizes
  • 1 cup water boiling
  • 2 green onion sprigs chopped


  • Preheat dutch oven, large deep skillet or heavy bottom stainless steel pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp oil, 5 garlic cloves and broccolini. Cook for 4 - 5 minutes, stirring every 45 seconds or until garlic and broccolini get a nice char on each side. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper; stir and transfer to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Return dutch oven to medium heat and add remaining 1 tbsp of oil. Add remaining 2 garlic cloves and onion; sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add ground turkey and cook for 5 more minutes, breaking meat into pieces with a spatula.
  • Add soy sauce, potatoes, water and stir gently to combine. Bring to a boil, cover and cook on low-medium heat for 20 minutes. Check potatoes for readiness and if necessary cook a bit longer. Then add previously cooked broccolini and green onion. Stir gently and serve hot.

Store: Refrigerate covered for up to 3 days.


    Serving: 1.67cups | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 921mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2842IU | Vitamin C: 178mg | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 3mg
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    1. Hi Ileana I love the convenience and quality of your instant pot recipes. Your website is the first one I go to when searching.

      I would love an instant pot version of this and your take on instant pot scalloped potatoes.

    2. 5 stars
      Loved the recipe. I added Cajun seasoning on top after serving it and went back for seconds. All three boys enjoyed it which is rare to get thumbs up all across.

    3. Real easy and a nice combo but I find it needs more flavour. I added cumin and ginger which helped, but will try some more next time

    4. 5 stars
      Simple recipe to make and very delicious. I’ve made it a few times and it’s one my family really enjoys.

    5. This looks so delicious. I love potatoes with any meal, cooked any way. I’m wondering, how do you recommend heating this dish up from frozen?

      1. I do not recommend freezing any dish with potatoes that is why I didn’t include freezing in the storage instructions. Thawed cooked potatoes just don’t taste good.

    6. 5 stars
      This was delicious! However, this took me about an hour and a half to complete as I substituted broccoli for the broccolini (due to prices), and it took forever for the broccoli to cook via the instructions. I would recommend parboiling the broccoli and then finishing in the pan with the garlic for the nice roasted flavor. We also substituted coconut aminos for the soy sauce, and we used baby red potatoes.

      1. Hi Kate. That is weird because broccoli cooks even faster than broccolini. I never had to cook broccoli longer than 5 minutes for al dente broccoli rather than mushy. Broccoli takes a few minutes to cook where as broccolini have a thicker stem and require more cooking time. Nevertheless, both are a quick cooking vegetable. Nonetheless, just my 5 cents and glad you enjoyed the meal.:)

    7. other than the broccolinni is there another vegetable you can recommend?
      I don’t tolerate any food from that family.

      1. 5 stars
        I made this tonight with some minor alterations so I could use my InstantPot. I left out the lemon juice, replaced the water with chicken stock, and used broccoli. It was a hit! The kids loved it a lot and asked me to make it again soon. A couple of kids added furikake on top and they said it made it even better.

        We are a family of 7 and everyone had their fill plus three people had seconds. Perfect meal for a busy family. Thanks!

    8. 5 stars
      Yum. Another big hit in my household. Thank you. Your recipes and techniques are reinvigorating my cooking repertoire with truly tasty, healthy, and satisfying meals.

      1. You are welcome.:) We all have different kitchen secrets and cooking techniques. Quite often I go like “yeah, that’s so cool, tasty and different”.:) I really like to keep my recipes simple like I would do for my family, probably breaking the rules of professional cooks often LOL. Enjoy!

    9. Hi Olena! Great recipes you have here- I’m so glad I found your site! Do you think I could substitute sweet potatoes with the same results?

      1. Hi Amber. Thank you!:) Yes, you can. Just make sure to cut sweet potatoes in large cubes and you might have to cook them for less than 20 minutes like the recipe tells you to cook white potatoes. Check after 15 mins. .:)

    10. Honestly, I did’t used to like being in the kitchen but with these recipes are just awesome. The way we women love shopping is the same way I’m beginning to love cooking. Your recipes are healthy and then easy too. You have motivated me to start my own personal cook book. I always look forward to what I am going to cook the next day. I also have two kids and I need them to get used to eating healthy. Thanks

      1. Good for you!!! I’m so happy to hear I could make a positive change on someone’s family. Cooking is easy and fun! healthy food is everything but mainly – health! In our days so many people are out of touch with real food eating from packages, which is not even food! So, good for you and your kids! Enjoy!

    11. 5 stars
      This is the third recipe that I have taken from this site and so far I have not been disappointed. Im trying to increase my own personal cookbook with these awesome recipes.

    12. 5 stars
      As soon as I saw the potatoes I knew I had to make this ( plus I had ground turkey in the fridge) As a fellow Ukrainian I ♡ potatoes. Such a comfort food! This is another keeper. 🙂

    13. 5 stars
      I made this today and it turned out just delicious! I’m actually in love with your blog and your recipes, it’s one of the few blogs that actually inspire me to cook, keep the great job!

      1. Haha, I’m glad I didn’t ruin your dinner.:) Cooking is really easy and so much fun. Glad I could make you feel that way.:) Enjoy and thank you so much for your kind words!

    14. Oh my goodness I totally agree with you about ignoring the mess. That can be so hard for a clutter hater like me, but so very wise or you will certainly go insane. Carolyn and I both have 3 kids and I can tell you it is pure chaos!! Thankfully I have learned to delegate to my oldest two and that helps a bunch! Love your recipe too!

      1. I hate clutter too. My cupboards and drawers used to be 100% organized. Now, maybe 70% is and the rest is hiding. I used to do spring cleaning way more. Things like that. I ignore, do less often or hire people. 3 kids…I have no idea how you can manage. Your kids are older now, so that’s easier…in a way. Is it ever easy though?!:)

    15. Ignore the mess indeed! The best thing I ever did for myself as a parent was to get some cleaners in every two weeks. Now I truly ignore the mess a lot more, knowing that someone will be in to clean soon. And like you, we don’t have family in the area at all so it’s just me and my husband! We need all the help we can get.

      1. No family in the area really sucks…or not. Kidding.:) Maybe one day I will get cleaners again. I used to have a cleaning lady and it was wonderful…I gotta admit it was amazing!

    16. The mess! Yes, this is a major source of strife and much energy wasted in our house. You are so right to not focus on it. I think I would magically have two more hours in the day if I didn’t. I agree, food blogging isn’t the hardest job. That is true. I often don’t feel like it is work since i love it so much. I just need to fix my schedule! Great recipe. We don’t eat enough broccolini. It is one of my favorite veggies to use for photo shoots though. 🙂 Thanks for your tip Olena!

      1. I think food blogging is a dream job if you love cooking and are good with technical stuff and marketing yourself.:) I have been buying broccolini a lot since Costco always seem to have it. And it fills me up magically! Looking great in pictures is an added bonus. Sometimes food tastes awesome but looks yuk, right?!:) Keep it up, mommy!:)

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