Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes

Make weeknight cooking a snap with our favorite healthy chicken recipes. Low in calories and full of nutrients, these dishes are good for you, plus they're quick and easy to prepare, too, with an average start-to-finish time of 30 minutes or less. Some are low-fat chicken recipes, meaning they contain less than 30 percent of calories from fat -- and all are so delicious and filling, you'll forget they're also healthy.


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    • Chicken and Vegetable Saute

      Three colorful vegetables pack this simple chicken skillet that gains an extra boost of protein (and fiber) from cannellini beans. A touch of lemon zest adds bright flavor to the low-fat dinner.

      Best Chicken Breast Recipes
    • Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos

      Spice up taco night with zesty ground chicken seasoned with coriander and cumin. The low-fat meat joins hearty chunks of potato, green olives, and dried plums in corn tortillas for a fantastic twist of spicy and sweet.

    • Chicken, Squash, and Parmesan Spaghetti

      Skip the marinara and flavor multigrain spaghetti with cheesy sage-seasoned acorn squash. The vitamin-rich vegetable pairs perfectly with skillet-browned chicken breasts for a complete meal.

      Recipes Under 400 Calories
    • Fast Chicken Pho

      Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup, becomes extra speedy when you use precooked or rotisserie chicken. A robust broth flavored with fresh ginger, fish sauce, star anise, and cinnamon makes the restaurant favorite irresistible.

      Easy Chicken Recipe Tip: Cook the noodles at the same times as you prepare the broth for even faster prep!

    • Easy Waldorf-Style Chicken Salad

      With tart grapes, crunchy walnuts, and sweet apples, this colorful, low-fat chicken salad is a delicious dinner offering that's ready in minutes. Save even more time by using rotisserie chicken.

    • Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

      A sprinkle of dried basil and a drizzle of olive oil are all it takes to convert ordinary chicken breasts into an outstanding entree. Serve over lemony dill orzo and zucchini for a nutritious quick-fix dinner. 

    • Cucumber-Chicken Pita Sandwiches

      No time to cook? No problem. Simply throw fully cooked chicken breast slices, fresh tomatoes, and feta cheese into pita bread and dress with a low-fat yogurt sauce for a delicious meal in minutes.

    • Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables

      Shortcut ingredients like refrigerated linguine and bottled minced garlic help get dinner on the table fast. Pair them with tender chicken breasts and a vibrant homemade veggie sauce in this low-fat dinner recipe.

    • Corn Bread Chicken with Kale

      Enjoy the crisp crunchiness of fried chicken without all the fat by baking chicken breasts in corn bread stuffing mix. Complete the protein-packed entree with wilted greens dressed in balsamic vinegar.

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      Pesto Chicken Packets

      For perfectly tender chicken breasts, look to parchment paper. The material steams the meat to perfection along with your choice of veggies and rich basil pesto in this healthy 30-minute dinner idea.

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      3-Step Chicken Breasts

      A light, tasty rub and the right temperature ensure delicious and healthy chicken breasts. Watch our secrets in action!

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      Basque Chicken

      Give chicken thighs a chance to shine with this simple dinner that's just over 200 calories per serving. The quick-cooking meat stays moist and flavorful when seared and simmered with a robust red pepper sauce.

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      Chicken with Minted Yogurt Sauce

      Yogurt flavored with cool cucumber and mint makes a refreshing topping for this peppery, low-fat chicken recipe. Throw together the healthy grilled meal in about 30 minutes. 

      30-Minute Dinner Ideas
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      Pineapple-Chicken Stir-Fry

      Fresh pineapple and sweet pea pods brighten this healthy chicken and rice dish. The low-calorie, low-carb recipe transfers from skillet to table in just 25 minutes.

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      Chicken Curry Skillet with Rice Noodles

      This healthy chicken recipe comes together in one skillet and takes only 30 minutes, saving you time and dishes. A coconut milk and curry paste sauce imparts rich flavor, while juicy veggies give the low-fat dish texture.

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      Spring Chicken Stew

      Reinvent a winter favorite with a light lemon-Dijon broth and crisp spring veggies like baby carrots and bok choy. Serve the healthy chicken stew with a pinch of lemon peel and lemon thyme for a flavor boost.

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      Jerk Chicken with Avocado-Orange Salsa

      This Caribbean-inspired chicken griller packs just the right amount of heat, thanks to a dry rub made with ground coffee, thyme, and cayenne pepper. We balanced the smoky chicken recipe with a sweet and fresh avocado-orange salsa.

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      Rotisserie Chicken Banh Mi

      Banh mi is the sandwich staple of Vietnamese cuisine. Asian veggies, deli-roasted chicken, and our bold chili mayonnaise top a French baguette for an irresistible, healthy chicken meal for lunch or dinner.

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      Chicken-Vegetable Casserole

      Try this quick and easy chicken casserole. We saved time with frozen veggies, jarred gravy, and deli-roasted chicken. The cute mini casserole dishes make portion control a breeze.

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      Thai Green Curry Chicken

      Borrow Thai-inspired ingredients, like cilantro, green curry, and lemongrass, to add big flavor to this low-calorie chicken stir-fry recipe. Sauteing with vegetables and spices infuses the healthy chicken dish with all-over flavor.

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      Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

      Get all the comforting goodness of classic chicken noodle soup in less than 30 minutes. The easy-yet-healthy recipe combines tender chunks of meat, pasta, and flavorful herbs in one steaming bowl.

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      Chimichurri Chicken

      Spice-rubbed grilled chicken pairs perfectly with zesty chimichurri. A fresh green bean side with a squeeze of lemon juice rounds out the healthy chicken recipe, keeping it at just 8 grams of carbs per serving.

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      Cajun Chicken with Red Beans

      Turn up the heat with a quick and easy chicken recipe. We've dished up classic Cajun flavor with plenty of garlic, red beans, sweet peppers, and okra. And with 23 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, it's a filling low-fat chicken recipe you can make in just 20 minutes.

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      Chicken and Sweet Pepper Linguine Alfredo

      Thanks to whole wheat pasta, eating healthfully doesn't mean skipping the good stuff. Our creamy, low-fat chicken linguine bowl has all the flavor of your favorite pasta dishes but clocks in under 400 calories. We love the combination of light Alfredo sauce and crisp veggies in this healthy chicken recipe.

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      Buffalo Chicken Cobb

      We slipped everything you love about Buffalo chicken wings into a healthy salad. The best part? You only need seven ingredients and 25 minutes to pull together the delicious chicken recipe.

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      Cilantro Chicken with Peanuts

      Fresh cilantro brightens this healthy chicken salad that can be served with your choice of cabbage or rice. Topped with crunchy honey-roasted peanuts, the low-carb, low-fat recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes.

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      Southwest Chicken Skillet

      Make a healthy chicken recipe with a little Southwestern flair. We added some zing to chicken strips with black beans, salsa, zucchini, and corn.

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      Lemon Chicken with Olives and Ricotta

      You only need five ingredients and 30 minutes to pull together this healthy chicken recipe featuring creamy ricotta cheese and ribbons of lasagna. Lemon and green olives add pops of flavor to the simple dish.

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      Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry

      Mango chutney, chili garlic sauce, and fresh ginger give this low-fat chicken recipe its irresistible Asian-inspired spicy-sweet flavor.

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      Sesame Chicken Salad

      Orange juice, rice vinegar, and sesame oil dress this light Asian-inspired chicken salad. Veggies and toasted sesame seeds add lively crunch to the healthy chicken recipe and help it stay at just 154 calories per serving.

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      Chicken Dinners Under $3

      Looking for a chicken dinner that's easy on the wallet but still full of flavor? Look no further. These delicious chicken recipes all fall under $3 per serving.
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