crazy good turkey stir fry

ground turkey is one of my favorite meats to cook with. it’s affordable, lean, good source of protein and really versatile. turkey absorbs any flavor in minutes and i’m a big fan of that!

the thing is, i love it when you cook a dish and it’s really flavorful without using a pound of butter or a tablespoon of salt.

so, when i saw the ingredients seating in my fridge and pantry, staring at me, i thought to myself i could make something that is good-for-you, sweet and sour, easy-to-make, and with an added bonus: this stir fry is so light that you can eat it anytime of the day :)

oh, and if you have leftovers, this stir fry is one of those dishes that tastes better the next day or the next few days after being in the fridge.

here are a few of the ingredients i used for the stir fry.


sprinkle sugar over the green beans.


do the same with the oil and toss well.


ready to go into the broiler.


add red bell pepper to skillet.


brown ground turkey in same skillet. i left the peppers but you can take them out.


here’s why you don’t need any salt. garlic chili paste. so good.


after you mix well, this is what it looks like.


add chicken broth.


followed by the soy sauce mixture.


once the green beans are done, go ahead and add to the skillet.


sprinkle red pepper flakes. if you don’t like it spicy, opt this out!


add the rest of the sugar. you can also mix it in with the soy sauce mixture.


i made whole grain brown rice to complement the flavors of the stir fry. very simple rice, which absorbs all the juices from the stir fry.


eat immediately!


crazy good ground turkey stir fry


1 pound lean ground turkey
1 cup homemade or store-bought chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, cut in juliannes
1 bag green beans or 1 pound
1 1/2 tbsps brown sugar, divided {light or dark}
2 tbsps olive oil, divided
1 1/2 tbsps asian chili garlic paste
2 tbsps low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes

serves 4-6 people.


preheat oven to broil setting.

put green beans in a bowl, coat with 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of brown sugar. toss until combined and add to a cooking sheet. broil for 14 min. or until golden brown.

in the meantime, sauté red peppers with 1 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat until golden {about a minute}. set aside.

brown turkey in the same skillet. once it’s cooked all the way through, add chili paste and peppers to skillet. stir well.

while the turkey is browning, in a bowl, mix soy sauce, rice vinegar, 1/2 tbsp brown sugar and half cup of chicken broth. add mixture to ground turkey and bring to a boil. add the rest of chicken broth and red pepper flakes. stir well.

add green beans to skillet and let the liquid thicken over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. you want to have some liquid left.

make brown rice following directions on the box. serve with stir fry and you’ll see why you wanted some liquid!

you can add broccoli or cauliflower florets or snap peas or carrot sticks – the list goes on. see, it’s versatile :)


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