Healthy Chicken Recipes

If you're looking for easy ways to eat healthy meals, incorporate chicken as a staple. It's one of the leanest meats available and also one of the most versatile to cook with. Chicken turns out perfectly in the slow cooker, oven, or skillet, and it complements flavor combinations from all over the world. Try one of our easy and healthy chicken recipes -- including chicken enchiladas, crispy oven-fried drumsticks, and classic roasted chicken -- for dinner tonight.

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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 at under 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 that everyone will enjoy.

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    • 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! 

    • Cucumber Chicken Pita Sandwiches

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

    • 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.

    • 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. 

    • Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

      Simmered in a sweet and spicy coconut sauce, ginger-chicken meatballs star in this East-meets-West chicken recipe. Ground chicken makes a leaner meatball than beef, and when served with a spicy shredded salad, this all-in-one noodle bowl is a balanced meal.

    • 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. 

    • Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

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

    • 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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      Chicken and Sweet Pepper Linguine Alfredo

      Refrigerated light Alfredo sauce makes pasta prep a cinch. Mix a medley of fresh veggies, chicken stir-fry strips, and whole wheat linguine in the creamy sauce for an irresistible quick and healthy dinner recipe.

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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 Dijonnaise

      A trifecta of whipping cream, white wine, and Dijon mustard forms a sauce with full-bodied flavor for these skillet-cooked chicken breasts. Elegant enough for company, the healthy chicken recipe tastes great alone or on a bed of wild rice.

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      Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

      When combined, balsamic vinegar and honey provide the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness to chicken tenderloins. A trio of bright vegetables -- including carrots, tomatoes, and asparagus -- add heart-healthy vitamins to the chicken recipe.

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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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      Spring Chicken Stew

      Serve up a bowl of hearty chicken stew in just 30 minutes with the help of baby carrots, baby bok choy, and succulent chicken thighs. The soup gains light spring flavor from lemon juice and peel as well as fresh lemon thyme. 

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      Lemon-Butter Chicken Breasts

      Ban bland chicken for good with these zesty lemon-butter chicken breasts. Coated in flour and lemon pepper seasoning, then cooked in a buttery skillet, the juicy chicken breasts get an extra helping of flavor from fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

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      Chicken Noodle Soup

      A chicken-broth base keeps this recipe low in calories and difficulty. Plus the classic soup can be easily modified -- tortellini instead of noodles, anyone?

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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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      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!

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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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      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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      Pappardelle with Chicken and Peas

      Pappardelle make this easy 20-minute (10 for prep, 10 to cook) 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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      Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

      Skip the bottled barbecue sauce and whip up your own savory, low-calorie creation for this saucy chicken sandwich recipe. Mix shredded chicken into the sauce, then spoon it onto whole wheat buns.

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      Chicken Waldorf Wraps

      Turn a traditional Waldorf salad inside out with fun lettuce wraps. Fill butterhead lettuce leaves with tender shredded chicken bathed in creamy low-fat dressing. The easy chicken salad recipe gets a sweet twist from rosemary and honey.

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      Chicken Piccata

      Ready in just 25 minutes, this classic Italian recipe is easy and surprisingly healthy. Simple ingredients like lemon, salty capers, and parsley create an irresistible medley of flavors.

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      Chicken Pizza with a Kick

      Watching fat and calories? This pizza is a must. With refrigerated pizza dough for the crust and low-calorie picante sauce, this Southwestern version of chicken pizza is full of flavor without the guilt.

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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 Salad Sandwiches

      Sandwiches aren't just for lunch! Filled with apples, low-fat yogurt, and cucumbers, this healthy chicken recipe is heartier and more flavorful than a traditional chicken salad, so you'll stay full longer.

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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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      Chicken Skillet Recipes

      Saute, sear, or stir-fry your way to an amazing chicken dinner with the help of your trusty skillet. Seasonal ingredients and time-saving techniques are the secrets to these fast and fabulous chicken skillet recipes.
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