Healthy Chicken & Turkey Recipes

Poultry is among the most versatile and delicious foods, as these heart-healthy recipes for soups, salads, and main dishes demonstrate.

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Cornish Game Hen with Roasted Root Vegetables
Cornish Game Hen with Roasted Root Vegetables

    These Cornish hens have a garlic-rosemary rub underneath the skin to impart a lovely flavor to the meat. The root vegetables are tossed with an oil and balsamic mix, then roasted.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

    This soup is no ordinary chicken soup. Chunks of chicken and vegetables share the bowl with lightly cooked, iron-rich leafy greens and plump, cheesy tortellini.

Yucatan-Style Turkey and Vegetable Soup

    Dry-toasted onions and garlic start off this unique soup spiced with chipotles and chunky with tomatoes, turkey, and zucchini. It is served with an intriguing combination of Queso fresco (a mild Mexican cheese), lime, and avocado.

Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

    Start this nutritious soup in a slow cooker in the morning and come home to tender chicken simmering in a flavorful broth.

Cranberry-Turkey Spinach Salad

    Use hors d'oeuvres cutters to cut the cranberry sauce into tiny stars or other shapes.

Ginger-Lime Chicken Salad

    Yogurt serves as a healthy alternative to mayonnaise in this tangy, quick-to-prepare chicken salad.

Stack-It-Up Chicken Salad

    Some nights you want a dinner that's light and completely no-cook, yet substantial. On those nights, stack this fruity salad covered with homeade peanut dressing for a delicious, easy meal.

Peppers Stuffed with Mirliton, Shrimp, and Turkey Sausage

    Mirliton, which are gourdlike fruit that taste like squash, may also be labeled chayote or vegetable pears at the supermarket.

Zesty Ginger-Tomato Chicken

    A superb balance of tomato, ginger, garlic, and crushed red pepper will make this dish a favorite. Serve over hot cooked couscous or rice.

Jambalaya-Style Chicken and Shrimp

    Hot cooked rice makes a perfect accompaniment to this Cajun-inspired dish. Pass hot sauce at the table for those who want a little extra heat.

Chicken with Fruit Salsa

    Juicy chicken breasts go Southwestern with this salsa bursting with pineapple, chipotle pepper, and lime.

Italian Chicken

    This dish contains all the best ingredients Italy has to offer: black olives, capers, garlic, basil, wine, olive oil, and tomatoes. Served with a salad and warm crusty bread, it's a memorable taste of Italy from your own kitchen.

Fruit and Chicken Kabobs

    Bring the fresh style and bold flavors of the Caribbean to your backyard grill with these red onion, nectarine, and chicken kabobs, steeped in a sweet-and-fiery marinade.

Rosemary Chicken

    You may have to fend off the neighbors once they get a whiff of this aromatic grilled chicken. Better yet, invite them to join your family for a backyard picnic.

Chicken Burritos

    Say "con mucho gusto!" to these mango salsa-topped chicken burritos. If the heat index starts to climb too high, just dab them with a little palate-soothing light sour cream.

Ginger Chicken with Rice Noodles

    Experience the taste of Southeast Asia with the very first bite of this luscious grilled chicken entree. Lemongrass and ginger make up the rub, while lime juice and fish sauce spice the noodles.

Szechwan Chicken Salad

    Jicama, a crisp root vegetable, stars in this grilled chicken salad with carrot, cucumbers, and enoki mushrooms. A light sprinkling of peanuts adds crunch and flavor.

Chicken Tofu Stir-Fry

    Mix and match the vegetable options to create a new dish every time you make this stir-fry.

Garlic and Mint Chicken Breasts

    An intriguing mint marinade bathes tender chicken breasts in cool and hot flavors simultaneously. Fresh mint is most plentiful during summer months when you're apt to enjoy a refreshing grilled dish like this.

Five-Spice Chicken Noodle Soup

    This Asian soup abounds with flavor-packed ingredients -- soy sauce, five-spice powder, and ginger -- and not a lot of fat.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

    A toasty Parmesan cheese crust makes this chicken especially crisp and flavorful, and you'll love the savings in calories and fat.

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