28 Healthy Chicken Recipes to Keep Your Menu Fresh and Exciting

Chicken Asparagus Skillet Supper
Photo: Blaine Moats

If you're looking for easy ways to make healthy chicken dinners, we've got some staple recipes for you here. 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 these healthy chicken recipes including crispy oven-fried drumsticks, stir-fries, and classic roasted chicken for dinner tonight.

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Quick Chicken Paprikash

Quick Chicken Paprikash
Scott Little

Hello healthy comfort food! Chicken thighs and sour cream give a sense of indulgence to this homey and easy recipe. The tomato-based sauce gets creamy thickness from sour cream and a bit of flour, and a kick of flavor from tangy banana peppers. Served over forkfuls of noodles, it makes a satisfying fall or winter healthy chicken dinner.

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Chicken and Cauliflower Orecchiette

Chicken and Cauliflower Orecchiette
Karla Conrad

Starting with a purchased roasted chicken makes this healthy recipe perfect for busy weeknights. Tender orecchiette pasta, skillet-cooked cauliflower, and just-wilted arugula round out the recipe for an all-in-one healthy meal.

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Oven-Fried Chicken

Oven-Fried Chicken
Blaine Moats

Yes, "fried" chicken can also be a healthy dinner option. A coating of crushed cornflakes and spices adds bold flavor to this decadent feel-good dish. Oven-frying offers a way to enjoy this comfort food without all the calories.

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Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

Chicken Asparagus Skillet Supper
Blaine Moats

Here's a healthy chicken dinner that's low-carb and ready to add to your keto meal plan. Juicy chicken thighs are accompanied by asparagus, squash, and bacon for a delicious dinner. Bonus: It only takes 20 minutes, making it an easy option for busy weeknights.

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Lemon Thyme Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken

Lemon Thyme Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
Antonis Achilleos

Grab a whole chicken on your next grocery run to make this healthy chicken recipe for the family tonight. The 3-ingredient recipe (plus some salt and pepper) stuffs the bird with lemon and thyme before popping it in your air fryer. No oven or preheating required!

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Mediterranean Chicken-Pomegranate Stir-Fry

Mediterranean Chicken-Pomegranate Stir-Fry
Blaine Moats

Even if you're not following a Mediterranean diet, you're definitely going to enjoy this healthy chicken meal. The easy skillet dinner idea starts by seasoning chicken breasts with warm spices such as cumin, coriander, and paprika before stir-frying with fresh vegetables. Serve over rice with pomegranate seeds and chopped pistachios.

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Greek Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo, and Grape Tomatoes

Greek Oregano Chicken Spinach Orzo Grape Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

This Greek-inspired healthy chicken dinner is a touch over 400 calories, but it includes your veggies and pasta—making it a complete meal. Lemon peel and juice punch up the flavor without adding sodium or fat.

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Korean Chicken Tacos

Korean Chicken Tacos
Karla Conrad

Here's a fun twist for taco night. This Asian-inspired chicken taco is bursting with flavor from soy sauce, lime juice, ginger, chili-garlic sauce, and uber-trendy kimchi. Quick cook everything in one skillet and pile onto corn tortillas for an easy, healthy chicken dinner idea.

Buy It: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet ($25, Walmart)

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Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad

Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad
Andy Lyons

This healthy chicken dish is loaded with flavor from ample spices, onion, and olives. A delightful hint of sweetness comes from a sprinkling of snipped prunes (seriously, try it before you judge). Crispy tostada shells add a satisfying crunch without the calories and fat of traditional fried taco salad shells.

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Lemon-Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs

Lemon-Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs
Jacob Fox

A medley of baby carrots, garlic, and shallots cooks alongside tender chicken thighs in a zesty lemon broth, adding full-bodied flavor to this one-pan dish. With fewer than 400 calories per serving, this healthy chicken dinner recipe is definitely one to make again and again.

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Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad
Kritsada Panichgul

Loaded with chunks of avocado and mango, this beautiful dish makes an excellent healthy chicken dinner during hot summer days. But there's no need to limit it to one season—you're likely to crave it year-round. The bright, refreshing flavors taste great either hot or cold, making this an excellent brown-bag lunch recipe.

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Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Rice Bake

Chicken Alfredo Cauliflower Rice Bake
Andy Lyons

When you're craving Italian but trying to cut the carbs, opt for this healthy chicken dinner idea. Cauliflower rice is swapped for regular rice and light Alfredo sauce provides creaminess without packing on a ton of calories. Use a rotisserie chicken to keep the prep time down.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Spring Onions and Baby Bok Choy

Grilled Chicken Thighs Spring Onions Baby Bok Choy
Blaine Moats

This healthy chicken recipe stays nice and juicy while packing in flavor thanks to bone-in chicken thighs. Grilled bok choy and homemade relish complete the meal. If you can't find spring onions (bulb onions harvested before the bulb swells), you can substitute green onions or ramps here as well.

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Power Kale Salad

Power Kale Salad
Andy Lyons

Baked chicken isn't the only thing that makes this main-dish salad nutritious. Kale, a healthier swap for lettuce, has a good amount of fiber. Even the dressing is healthy—the pomegranate-blueberry juice and cherries are full of antioxidants.

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Thai Green Curry Chicken

Thai Green Curry Chicken
Kritsada Panichgul

In only 35 minutes, you can be indulging in this better-than-takeout Asian-inspired dish. Coconut milk offers a bit of sweetness to balance the classic Thai flavors in this healthy chicken recipe.

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Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Roll-Ups

Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Rollups
Andy Lyons

These easy chicken roll-ups mean you don't have to sacrifice flavor to watch your waistline. Each serving has fewer than 250 calories (while still giving you 28 grams of protein) and showcases Mediterranean flavors with garlicky goat cheese, dried tomato pesto, and roasted red bell peppers.

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Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach in Browned Butter

Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Spinach in Browned Butter
Jason Donnelly

Get your "noodle" fix by spiralizing sweet potatoes. Combined with spinach and apples sautéed in brown bed butter, you've got a delicious fall dinner ready in 30 minutes. Top with Parmesan and walnuts for a nutty finish.

Buy It: OXO Good Grips Spiralizer ($48, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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Cuban Arroz con Pollo

Cuban Arroz Con Pollo
Karla Conrad

Hearty and comforting, our version of this traditional Cuban dish is made in the slow cooker, so you can have a healthy chicken dinner on the table when you get home from work—after just 15 minutes of prep in the morning. If you're a spice aficionado, look for achiote powder in specialty grocery stores. It offers a slightly tart flavor and brilliant yellow-red hue—we recommend adding a tablespoon of the traditional spice along with the paprika.

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Jason Donnelly

A creamy sauce may not seem like the start to a healthy chicken dinner, but our Test Kitchen made it work thanks to light sour cream and yogurt. Diced green chile peppers bring extra flavor to the chicken and spinach in this Southwestern dish. Garnish with chopped tomato and toasted almonds for a colorful touch.

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Jason Donnelly

Turn your favorite party appetizer into a healthy chicken dinner with this main-dish salad recipe. Chicken breasts are marinated in a hot pepper sauce blend before being grilled to perfection. Tossed with cabbage, carrots, celery, and blue cheese dressing, it's an irresistible blend of spice and crunchy texture.

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Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese
Kritsada Panichgul

This simple healthy chicken dish combines the heartiness of a pasta salad with the freshness of a tossed green salad. Feta cheese and a tangy citrus dressing tie it all together. Opt for a gluten-free pasta made with plant-based ingredients such as chickpeas to keep your dinner allergy-friendly while adding some extra fiber.

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Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

Red Bean Chicken Sweet Potato Stew
Jason Donnelly

The peanut butter base of this soup gives it a mild nutty taste, while Cajun seasoning and cilantro brighten the flavors. Use your slow cooker to make this healthy chicken meal even more convenient.

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Pressure Cooker Indian-Spiced Chicken

Indian-Spiced Chicken
Jason Donnelly

Grab your Instant Pot to make this easy healthy chicken dinner. The Paleo-friendly recipe brings the heat with the addition of Indian spices (curry and cayenne powder). Coconut milk tames the spice while making the dish nice and creamy. Serve over hot cauliflower rice to keep the carb count down.

Buy It: Instant Pot Duo Plus 6 ($81, Target)

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Honey-Lime Rice Salad

Honey-Lime Rice Salad
Jason Donnelly

Piled high with two kinds of rice, chicken, and lots of produce, this salad is hardly ordinary. The fresh and hearty main-dish salad gets subtle tang from a dressing of lime juice, honey, and oil.

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Chicken and Rice with Mole

Chicken and Rice with Mole
Andy Lyons

Because making traditional mole sauce is typically an hours-long affair, we made it simpler (without sacrificing the flavor) by letting the slow cooker do all the work. Precooked chicken simmers in the sauce (which is a mix of tomato puree, hot peppers, garlic, cocoa, and a handful of spices) for up to 10 hours. Serve it with brown rice for a complete and healthy chicken meal that has fewer than 300 calories per serving.

Buy It: Crock-Pot Slow Cooker ($40, Target)

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Paleo Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

Paleo Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowls
Andy Lyons

Wondering how this healthy chicken dinner with noodles is Paleo? The parsnip "noodles," that's how. The spiralized veggies are quickly sautéed and topped with homemade chicken meatballs. Finished with a sweet and spicy vinegar mixture, it's a healthy chicken recipe that will seriously turn heads.

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Chicken Enchilada Wraps

Chicken Enchilada Wraps
Andy Lyons

This blend of spicy seasonings and fresh ingredients come together in just 25 minutes, making these wraps a delicious healthy chicken dinner idea for weeknights. Make them even more efficient by preparing the filling ahead of time—just cover and chill for up to 24 hours.

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Classic Roasted Chicken

Classic Roasted Chicken
Blaine Moats

A traditional whole-roasted bird is the ultimate healthy chicken dinner. Filled with onions, garlic, and fresh spices to impart a classic flavor you'll love. The chicken comes out juicy on the inside and a gorgeous golden brown on the outside. Serve it with roasted vegetables for a beautiful presentation.

Buy It: Simply Essential Nonstick Roasting Pan ($25, Bed Bath & Beyond)

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