Easy Chicken Ragu

This easy and budget-friendly chicken ragu is ready to enjoy in just under 30 minutes. This recipe comes together quickly thanks to ground chicken, making it perfect for busy nights. Our family adores serving this flavorful ragu over a bed of spaghetti.

Easy 30 Minute Chicken Ragu

Related: We also love this easy weeknight friendly spaghetti and meat sauce that’s made completely from scratch

How to Make 30-Minute Ragu with Ground Chicken

While some ragu recipes require more time, we’ve simplified this version with a few shortcuts. We enhance store-bought or pre-made marinara sauce by infusing it with garlic, rosemary, and red wine.

Instead of using chicken parts like thighs or breasts, we use ground chicken. This recipe is an excellent choice for those hectic evenings with limited time.

In the recipe provided below, we specifically use ground chicken. However, feel free to experiment with ground turkey, beef, pork, or fresh sausage, as they all work well in this recipe.

To prepare the sauce, cook onions, carrots, and celery until they become tender and sweet. Stir in rosemary and garlic, allowing the flavors to become fragrant. Once the vegetables are ready, add the ground chicken and cook until nicely browned.

Next, pour in some wine (dry red or white wine will both work). If you don’t have wine on hand, don’t worry! You can substitute it with chicken or turkey broth.

Making chicken ragu

After adding the wine (or broth), incorporate the marinara sauce. When it comes to the marinara sauce, you have a few options.

You can make a homemade sauce using recipes like this flavorful red pasta sauce or this simple marinara. Alternatively, you can use your favorite store-bought jar of sauce (I personally enjoy Rao’s sauces).

Let the sauce simmer for approximately 10 minutes, and then serve it over pasta or for a lower carb option, try making zucchini noodles. There’s a tutorial for making them in this recipe for zucchini pasta.

Enjoy your homemade ragu with ground chicken served over pasta, such as spaghetti. You can also use it as a delicious filling for baked pasta dishes or even transform it into a sandwich reminiscent of Sloppy Joe’s. If you want more recipe ideas, consider scrolling through our list of must-try pasta recipes!

Ragu with Ground Chicken

Easy Chicken Ragu

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In less than 30 minutes, you can whip up this satisfying chicken ragu. While our recipe calls for ground chicken, use ground beef, turkey, pork, or fresh sausage as substitutes. If you prefer not to include wine, you can easily substitute it with chicken, vegetable, or turkey broth.

Makes 4 servings

You Will Need

8 ounces dry pasta, such as spaghetti or linguini

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 medium onion, chopped

2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped

1 medium stalk celery, chopped

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary or 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves

1 clove garlic, finely minced

1 pound ground chicken

1/4 cup dry red or white wine

3 cups marinara sauce, see our homemade marinara sauce recipe or substitute with one 26-ounce jar store-bought sauce

Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste


    1Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Once cooked, drain the pasta.

    2In the meantime, heat olive oil in a large skillet with high sides. Add onions, carrots, and celery, and cook until the onions become translucent approximately 5 minutes.

    3Stir in the garlic and rosemary, then add the ground chicken. Cook the chicken until it is browned, which should take about 10 minutes. While cooking, use a wooden spoon to break the chicken into small pieces in the pan.

    4Season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

    5Pour in the wine (or broth) and cook for 1 minute.

    6Add the marinara sauce to the skillet and cook until it reduces slightly, around 10 minutes.

    7Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning with salt and/or pepper as desired. Serve the sauce over the cooked pasta.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1/4 of the recipe / Calories 555 / Total Fat 20.3g / Saturated Fat 3.3g / Cholesterol 96.3mg / Sodium 861mg / Carbohydrate 59.9g / Dietary Fiber 6.3g / Total Sugars 9.8g / Protein 30.5g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Recipe updated, originally posted February 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

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9 comments… Leave a Review
  • Miranda Lopez March 22, 2023, 7:23 pm

    Can I add mozzarella and parm to this to make it a chicken parm ragu?

    • Joanne June 11, 2023, 2:42 pm

      That sounds excellent, Miranda.

  • Dawn September 12, 2022, 7:07 pm

    Made mostly as directed. Used Raos Marinara Sauce, a whole onion instead of half, probably double garlic & rosemary, added diced orange pepper & used 2 TBSP of lemon juice in lieu of red wine as per subs suggested online. DELICIOUS! Definite repeat!

  • Melissa May 3, 2022, 2:51 pm

    This was more than what I thought it was going to be! It was fantastic and definitely a staple in my house now. Will definitely be making this again! It was even better reheated the next day, without pasta, I was able to eat just the sauce almost like a chili, thank you!

  • Danielle March 27, 2022, 6:52 pm

    This was so good. I find the quality of pasta really takes it to the next level. Also, don’t leave the wine out if you can help it.. really adds some depth of flavour. Everyone in our family loved this dinner.

    • K.Butler April 6, 2022, 1:36 pm

      So excited to make this tonight!

  • Jo July 29, 2020, 11:51 am

    Made it earlier this year and the kids loved it! Making it again tonight 🙂

  • Nora Strange April 27, 2018, 10:40 am

    Haven’t made it yet. Chicken looks good. making it today. thanx

  • Sashi April 17, 2015, 6:47 am

    Very nice.


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