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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    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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    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

    A yogurt-base 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. 

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    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.

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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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    Peachy Chicken Pasta Salad

    Fresh peaches, onions, and herbs blast chicken with a ton of flavor. Served warm, this pasta salad is like nothing you've had before.

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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 refreshing lunch leftovers!

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    Luau BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

    What's better than a BBQ chicken dinner? A BBQ chicken dinner that requires zero dishes—cleanup doesn't get any easier than this.

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    Tarragon Chicken Salad with Cranberries

    This flavorful chicken salad recipe is just one step: Stir everything together.

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    Mediterranean Chicken-Pomegranate Stir-Fry

    If you're craving something sweet and savory, give this stir-fry a try. It features pomegranate seeds and chicken, plus carrots, onions, and tons of spices.

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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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    Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad with Chicken

    This pretty salad is nowhere near as difficult as it looks. Plus, the orange slices add an unexpected kick.

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    20-Minute Chicken with Parmesan Noodles

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

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    Chicken-Green Curry Noodle Soup

    If you're looking for no-guilt comfort food, try this creamy two-step soup. Just toss all the ingredients together in a pot, and let it do the work for you.

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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 sits atop brown rice and is healthier than most restaurant versions.

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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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    Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry

    Premade meatballs mean this stir-fry will be ready in a flash. Really—the recipe only takes 15 minutes!

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    Cauliflower-Sauced Chicken Skillet

    Perfect for a weeknight, this protein-packed skillet recipe is done in 30 minutes.

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    Chicken-and-Apple Curry Soup

    This slightly sweet recipe features a secret ingredient: apple juice. You probably already have the rest of the ingredients on hand, too!

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    Low-Cal Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Cilantro-Ranch Dressing

    Skip the drive-through 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.

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    Chicken with Basil Sauce and 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. 

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    Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

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

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    Healthy in a Hurry

    Make a wholesome dinner in a flash with our best fast and healthy recipes. You'll find all the nutritious slow cooker, skillet, and five-ingredient meals you need in this digital cookbook.

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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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    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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    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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    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. This recipe uses significantly less sour cream, so these chicken enchilada wraps manage to cut the 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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    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 both 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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    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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    Pappardelle with Chicken and Peas

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

  • Next Slideshow 20-Minute (or Less!) Chicken Dinners

    20-Minute (or Less!) Chicken Dinners

    You don't have to settle for takeout when you're short on time--and these quick and easy chicken dinners are proof. Each recipe, such as spicy jerk chicken, classic chicken Alfredo, or sweet teriyaki stir-fry, takes less than 20 minutes to prep, plate, and serve. Choose one of these easy chicken recipes to make tonight.
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