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30-Minute Healthy Chicken Recipes

For a healthy dinner that's easy, too, try one of our healthy chicken recipes. Ready in under 30 minutes and ringing in less 400 calories per serving, each chicken recipe is easy and good for you. There's no need to cook separate meals for the rest of the family with these healthy recipe ideas for chicken breasts, chicken salad, chicken soup, and family-friendly chicken sandwiches; everyone will enjoy them.

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    • Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

      If it's made with pineapple, it's got to be good. Order your favorite takeout dish from the comfort of your kitchen. This fruity version is atop brown rice and is 10 times healthier than the restaurant stuff.

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    • Low-Cal Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

      Drop the drive-thru junk and whip up fresh nuggets of your own at home. These kid-friendly faves look to whole wheat panko crumbs for a healthy coating and light sour cream for the dressing base.

    • Chicken with Basil Sauce & Cucumber-Radish Salad

      A five-minute warm-up on the skillet and this chicken is all ready for its cool-down with a crisp, cucumber-radish salad and an ultra-creamy basil dressing. 

    • One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken

      Bust out the skillet and get sizzling. This two-part, Mediterranean chicken recipe is fresh, healthy, and just a little bit sweet. The secret? Watch and learn.

    • Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

      It's comfort food without the guilt! Plus you only need one skillet to make this healthy dinner!

    • Gluten Free Chicken and Lentils in Apple-Curry Sauce

      Iron-rich spinach, fiber-filled lentils, and ginger-curry apples give same-old chicken dinner a fun and healthy twist. Just be sure to stick to reduced-sodium chicken broth.

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    • Cucumber Chicken Pita Sandwiches

      Yogurt-based sauce packs in flavor, but leaves out extra fat. Top pita with lettuce, chicken, tomato, feta cheese, and dressing for a delicious, but easy, sandwich. 

    • Bake Chicken Breasts to Perfection!

      Wondering how to bake chicken that's crispy on the outside and moist on the inside? Follow our video to find out how to make this flavorful main dish in a flash!

    • Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

      Light, fresh, and fast, this pasta recipe incorporates whole grains, fresh veggies, and protein-packed chicken for a dinner that won't weigh you down. The yummy dish also makes for refreshing lunch leftovers!

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      Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

      Simple swaps can have big results. In this recipe, we replaced typical pasta with broccoli -- chicken Alfredo just became a whole lot healthier! 

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      Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

      Feta, tomatoes, and basil give this quick chicken recipe bold Mediterranean flavor. Pile the protein on a bed of fresh basil sprigs for a gourmet dinner with just 168 calories per serving.

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      Pesto Chicken Packets

      Parchment paper isn't just for cookies. Fill the baking staple with chicken breasts topped in colorful peppers, mushrooms, and a spoonful of pesto. Dinner in the microwave has never been classier.

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      20-Minute Chicken with Parmesan Noodles

      It doesn't get much easier than chicken, vegetables, and pasta. Basil pesto and Parmesan cheese pack the classic dinner with flavor. 

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      Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

      Creamy corn chowder becomes a protein-packed dinner recipe with the help of shredded chicken. Use fresh ears of sweet corn and green sweet peppers for a taste of summer. 

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      Corn Bread Chicken with Kale

      Light corn bread stuffing adds a little taste and crisp to tender chicken. And the kale, vinegar, salt, and pepper mixture is the perfect quick-and-healthy side.

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      Snappy Chicken Stir Fry

      Bright green and nutrient-rich frozen pea pods add colorful flavor to this classic chicken stir-fry recipe. The dish features a zesty orange soy sauce and packs a whopping 32 grams of protein.

      Chicken Recipe Tip: Gain additional fiber and nutrients in your chicken stir-fry recipe by replacing white rice with brown rice.

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      Orange and Watercress Salad with Chicken

      Watercress brings a zesty spin to traditional leafy greens. Pair the healthy vegetable with seasoned chicken breasts, juicy orange slices, crumbled feta, and toasted hazelnuts for a nutritious and delicious dinner salad.

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      Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

      Perfect for potlucks and picnics, our delicious cilantro-lime pasta salad features hearty chunks of chicken, grape tomatoes, sweet peppers, and avocado. The chicken recipe also incorporates spicy jalapeno pepper, which complements the sweetness of juicy mango.

      Chicken Recipe Tip: For extra-speedy chicken pasta prep, grill chicken breasts the night before or use refrigerated fully cooked chicken strips. 

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      How to Boil Chicken for Big Flavor

      Boiling is one of the healthiest methods to cook chicken, and it's an easy way to give your chicken flavor before you even start a recipe. Watch as we show you how to boil chicken for perfect, juicy results.

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      Rotisserie Chicken Banh Mi

      A toasted baguette sandwiches succulent slices of roast chicken and a crunchy cucumber-carrot topping for a delicious and quick dinner option. The Vietnamese recipe gets a spicy kick from jalapeno peppers and our homemade Sriracha mayo.

      Chicken Recipe Tip: The vinegar mixture in this sandwich recipe begins to pickle the carrots, softening them and adding bright flavor with zero fat.

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      Chicken Enchilada Wraps

      Chicken enchiladas, the Mexican dinner recipe infamous for its fat and calories, have gone healthy. Wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla, the chicken, tomatoes, green chiles, and green onions gain spunky flavor from a chili-spiced cream cheese blend. 

      Chicken Enchilada Comparison: Our classic chicken enchilada recipe comes in at 30 grams of fat per serving. By using significantly less sour cream, these chicken enchilada wraps manage to cut that fat in half, at just 15 grams of fat per serving.

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      Cajun Chicken with Red Beans

      With all the comfort of down-home cooking and half the calories, this delectable chicken recipe features classic Southern ingredients like okra and red beans in a spicy Cajun tomato sauce. The main-dish recipe clocks in at just 228 calories per serving and has a filling 8 grams of fiber.

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      Sesame Chicken and Noodles

      Create a healthy Asian dish in a snap with refrigerated grilled chicken strips and dried udon noodles. Coated in a zesty garlic-chili sauce, the pasta dinner incorporates a medley of stir-fry vegetables and grated fresh ginger for a nutritious spin on takeout. 

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      Almond-Crusted Chicken

      Dip chicken breasts in a buttermilk-egg mixture and roll in crushed almonds and crispy panko for a main dish with crunchy texture. A bed of wilted spinach adds valuable vitamins and minerals to the meal. 

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      Pappardelle with Chicken and Peas

      Make this easy 20-minute -- 10 for prep, 10 to cook -- pappardelle dinner recipe seem a little more elegant.

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      Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

      Juicy chicken breasts get even tastier when wrapped with mouthwatering pancetta and gooey cheese. Add a savory date sauce and wilted greens for a nutrient-rich dinner that is low in sodium and high in flavor.

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      Chicken Curry Skillet with Rice Noodles

      A delicious sweet-and-spicy curry-coconut milk sauce takes the stage in this healthy stir-fry. Bonus: The dish calls for a mix of veggies, lean chicken, and rice noodles, keeping the calorie count surprisingly low.

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      Chicken Breasts with Smoky Pepper Sauce

      Sweet peppers, onion, and garlic combine with undrained diced tomatoes to make a hearty-but-healthy sauce.

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      Sesame Chicken Salad

      Orange juice, rice vinegar, and sesame oil flavor this light Asian-inspired chicken salad recipe. Crunchy veggies and toasted sesame seeds complete the lively combination.

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      Basque Chicken

      Olives, tomatoes, and red peppers give this chicken stew flavor and heartiness. If you don't have a Dutch oven, you can cook it in a slow cooker!

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      Chicken-Vegetable Casserole

      Savor the creamy goodness of chicken pot pie without all the fat and calories. This chicken-vegetable casserole recipe uses deli-roasted chicken, a jar of home-style gravy, and an assortment of frozen vegetables for a healthy and homey meal that's ready in minutes.

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      Quick and Easy Chicken Recipes

      Tight on time? No problem. Whip up one of these simple yet satisfying chicken recipes for dinner tonight. With fresh chicken soups and salads, creamy chicken pastas, sandwiches, and more -- these chicken dinners are a breeze and take less than 30 minutes to make!
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