Healthy Chicken Recipes for Summer

Summer is an easy time to enjoy healthy chicken recipes: Fresh produce abounds, and low-fat grilled chicken is already on your menu. We have a healthy chicken recipe for every night of the week, including fresh chicken salads, hot-off-the-grill kabobs, and savory chicken sandwiches.

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    Thai Chicken Satay with Grilled Pineapple

    Beautifully glazed in a sweet-and-sour Thai sauce, this grilled chicken satay is the perfect healthy recipe for your summer cookout. Pair the low-fat chicken skewers with fresh pineapple and warm cooked rice for a nutritious dinner with international flavor.


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    Grilled Chicken Salad

    Toss seasoned chicken with fresh greens, juicy red grapes, and creamy goat cheese for a dinner recipe that hits four food groups. A sprinkle of pine nuts adds the perfect amount of crunch to the low-carb chicken salad.


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    Chicken with Minted Yogurt Sauce

    Seasoned grilled chicken gets a refreshing summer twist with the help of cool cucumber, red sweet pepper, and a creamy minted yogurt sauce. Greek yogurt and chicken combine to pack the low-calorie chicken recipe with 24 grams of protein per serving.


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    Fresh Corn and Chicken Chowder

    This low-calorie chicken chowder gets its creamy texture from instant mashed potato flakes. Brimming with fresh sweet corn, green sweet pepper, and chunks of chicken breast, the summer soup takes just 30 minutes from start to finish.

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    Rotisserie Chicken Banh Mi

    Thanks to shortcut ingredients like rotisserie chicken, this Vietnamese-inspired chicken sandwich is ready in just 30 minutes. Light mayonnaise and reduced-sodium soy sauce help keep the sandwich nutritious.

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    Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

    Fresh lime juice adds tart citrus flavor to this bright chicken pasta salad. Balance it with spicy jalapeno, sweet peppers, and creamy avocado for a 350-calorie lunch option that's simply irresistible.

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    Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

    If it’s too hot to cook, use leftover chicken or deli-roasted chicken to whip up an authentic Caesar salad, complete with garlicky dressing. For extra nutrients in your salad, throw in garden-fresh vegetables. We love the bright color and flavor of cherry tomatoes.

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    Chicken and Sweet Pepper Linguine Alfredo

    Light Alfredo pasta sauce and whole wheat linguine keep this creamy chicken pasta under 400 calories. Give it a splash of summer flavor with fresh garden veggies like zucchini, summer squash, and red sweet pepper. 

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    Grilled Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce

    Grilled chicken and grilled corn—this simple skewer dinner tastes like summer! Just add a side of cooked rice or quinoa and a light yet filling dinner is ready to hit your (picnic) table.

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    Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Classic chicken salad can be made lighter with the help of plain low-fat yogurt and light mayonnaise. For an easy lunch recipe, combine the creamy concoction with cubed chicken and apple, then spread onto whole wheat bread. 

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    Tortellini and Garden Vegetable Bake

    Brimming with bright summer vegetables, this creamy chicken casserole is perfect for potlucks and picnics. Prepare the bubbly bake 24 hours in advance for a speedy dinner solution.

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    Balsamic Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Basil-Spinach Sauce

    Grilled Brussels sprouts and chicken kabobs taste fresher when you pass up calorie-packed BBQ sauce for our pestolike dipper. The fragrant puree of spinach and basil is full of tang (and protein!) thanks to low-fat Greek yogurt. 

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    Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

    Tossed in a light honey-orange vinaigrette, this easy whole grain pasta dish gets fresh flavor from cherry tomatoes, crumbly feta, and a bed of baby spinach. Grilled chicken gives the healthy recipe added protein.

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    Grilled Chicken Paillards

    The secret to expertly grilled chicken? Use a mallet to flatten the poultry evenly and tenderize tough cuts of meat. Fresh gazpacho salsa tops these tasty chicken paillards that are marinated in a delectable Dijon-lemon sauce.

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    Chicken Enchilada Wraps

    Skip the mess (and the calories) by putting our custom enchilada sauce inside the tortilla. A zippy blend of cheddar cheese and sour cream gets a Mexican kick from green chiles and cilantro. Mix it, wrap it, and serve it for a fiesta-worthy chicken dinner that's as fun as it is healthy.

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    Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

    Tight on time? Try this easy low-calorie chicken recipe that is cooked in one skillet. The poultry joins crisp-tender asparagus, fresh tomatoes, and crunchy carrots with a drizzle of sweet balsamic dressing.

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    Grilled Honey-Orange Chicken Salad

    For a snappy summer salad recipe, infuse your chicken with bright orange juice and zest. The bold citrus marinade gets hints of sweetness from honey and thyme.

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    Chicken with Summer Squash

    Transform purchased roasted chicken into a summertime hit with bright yellow grape tomatoes and tender summer squash. Plate on a layer of fresh arugula leaves for a one-skillet meal with 42 grams of protein.

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    Jamaican Jerk Chicken Sliders with Pineapple Salsa

    Take advantage of these delicious slow cooker chicken sandwiches so you can spend more time in the summer sun. The 190-calorie Jamaican sliders feature seasoned shredded chicken topped with a sweet pineapple salsa.

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    Tangerine Tare-Glazed Grilled Chicken Salad

    Sake-infused tangerine dressing and crispy wonton strips give your grilled chicken an Asian makeover. A nutrient-rich bed of vegetables and udon noodles creates a healthy recipe that's bursting with citrus flavor.

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    Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

    Love Buffalo chicken wings? Get the same great taste in a pizza, complete with all the wing ingredients you love -- crunchy celery, spicy deli chicken, and that blue cheese tang. Bake these pizzas in the oven or toss them onto the grill for a healthy Southwestern-style dinner that's ready in just 20 minutes.

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    Almond-Crusted Chicken

    Rosemary-laced panko and chopped almonds team up to give this chicken recipe a bold but healthy crunch. Add flair by serving on a bed of wilted cabbage, then sprinkle with pepper and fresh mint.

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    Fresh and Light Dinner Recipes

    From salads to pastas to sandwiches, we've compiled a list of our favorite easy and light dinner recipes. We even have ideas for making steak into a light and refreshing meal! Plus, these recipes are filled with fresh ingredients, making them extra tasty and nutritious. These recipes prove that dinner doesn't have to be a covered in mounds of cheese and dripping with butter to be satisfying!
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