Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet

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Looking for a light yet fulfilling dinner option that won’t have you tethered to the kitchen all evening? This Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Dinner hits all the right notes. It’s the perfect blend of comfort food and healthy eating, marrying the ease of a one-pan meal with the wholesomeness of ground turkey.

Ideal for those bustling weeknights, this dish promises a family-friendly and budget-conscious solution that’ll leave everyone at the table satisfied.

So, let’s dive into creating this simple, delicious dinner that marries the convenience of a 30-minute meal with the heartiness of a classic comfort dish.

A generous serving of Ground Turkey and Rice, neatly plated on a crisp white dish, showcasing the rich blend of seasoned ground turkey and fluffy rice, all beautifully crowned with a layer of melted cheese.

Ingredients for Ground Turkey Skillet with Rice

To create this delightful skillet meal, you’ll need:

  • Ground Turkey: A leaner, healthier alternative that’s just as flavorful.
  • Onion and Bell Pepper: Adds a crunchy, sweet note.
  • Garlic: A dash for that punchy aroma.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning.
  • Diced Tomatoes: Brings a juicy, tangy kick.
  • Chicken Broth: Enhances the rice with a rich flavor.
  • Rice: Picks up all the flavors beautifully.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Just a bit for depth.
  • Cheddar Cheese: Melts into gooey perfection.
  • Parsley (optional): For a fresh garnish.

For the complete list of ingredients and exact measurements, please refer to the recipe card below.

Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Steps

Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps for making this recipe:

  1. Brown turkey; drain.
  2. Chop onion and pepper.
  3. Add onion, pepper, garlic, season; cook 3 min.
  4. Mix in broth, rice, tomatoes, sauce; simmer 20 min.
  5. Stir in cheese, garnish, serve.
A steaming cast iron skillet filled with Ground Turkey and Rice, topped with a golden layer of melted cheese, showcasing a harmonious blend of ingredients and vibrant colors peeking through the cheesy topping.

Tips and Notes

Best Rice: Long-grain white rice ensures a non-mushy texture.

Protein Choices: Mix it up with ground beef, perhaps ground pork, or plant-based options.

Storing Leftovers: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for easy reheating and meal prep.


Can I use different types of meat? Yes, this recipe is versatile. Feel free to swap ground turkey with chicken, ground beef, or even a plant-based option.

What type of rice is best? Long-grain white rice is recommended for its fluffy texture and ability to absorb flavors well.

What to Serve with Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet

Pair your Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Dinner with a simple green salad for a fresh contrast or choose roasted vegetables for a hearty, healthful side. The tanginess of a tomato salad can also complement the flavors and soak up any delicious juices.

More Skillet Dinner Recipes

A savory Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet meal served in a cast iron skillet, featuring perfectly cooked, fluffy rice mixed with seasoned ground turkey, all generously topped with melted cheese that stretches invitingly with each scoop.
Yield: 6 servings

Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Ground Turkey and Rice Skillet Dinner that combines lean protein with hearty grains. This easy-to-make, one-pan meal is perfect for family dinners, offering a nutritious and satisfying option that's ready in just 30 minutes.


  • 1.5 lb ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • parsley for garnish if desired


  1. Prepare Your Ingredients: Chop your onion, bell pepper, and garlic to have them ready.
  2. Cook the Turkey: In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground turkey until it's fully cooked and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the Veggies: Toss in the onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Sauté until they're tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Combine Everything: Mix in the diced tomatoes (juices too), chicken broth, uncooked rice, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring it to a gentle boil.
  5. Let It Simmer: Turn down the heat, cover, and simmer until the rice is fluffy and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 18-20 minutes.
  6. Cheese Time: Sprinkle the top with cheddar cheese, cover again until the cheese melts, around 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve: Garnish with parsley if you like and enjoy it hot!


Best Rice: Long-grain white rice ensures a non-mushy texture.

Protein Choices: Mix it up with ground beef, perhaps ground pork, or plant-based options.

Storing Leftovers: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for easy reheating.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 437Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 139mgSodium 929mgCarbohydrates 15gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 35g

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