Healthy Chicken Recipes

If you're looking for easy ways to eat healthy meals, incorporate chicken as a staple. 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 our easy and healthy chicken recipes -- including chicken enchiladas, crispy oven-fried drumsticks, and classic roasted chicken -- for dinner tonight.

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    Quick Chicken Paprikash

    Hello healthy comfort food! Chicken thighs and sour cream give a sense of indulgence to this homey and easy recipe. The tomato-base 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 dinner.

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    Chicken and Cauliflower Orecchiette

    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

    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, Asparagus, and Bacon Skillet

    This all-in-one meal features salty bacon, fresh asparagus spears, summer squash, and browned chicken to make a skillet supper full of flavor. With fewer than 300 calories per serving, it's a healthy and tantalizing chicken dinner.

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    20 Minutes to Dinner

    In just 20 minutes you can create this Mexican chicken dinner with under 300 calories per serving!

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    Greek Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo, and Grape Tomatoes

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

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    Korean Chicken Tacos

    Twist your taco! This Asian-flavored 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 dinner idea.

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    Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad

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

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    Lemon-Sage Roasted Chicken Thighs

    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

    Loaded with chunks of avocado and mango, this beautiful dish makes an excellent summer meal. 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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    Barbecue Chicken Pot Pie

    Combine two comfort foods in one with this flavorful twist on typical pot pie. Vitamin-rich sweet potatoes, parsnips, celery, and button mushrooms ensure this healthy chicken dinner provides ample veggies.

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    Chicken Osso Buco

    Chicken drumsticks are a far less expensive -- and more healthful -- substitute for veal shanks in this traditional Italian recipe. Served over penne pasta, this delicious low-fat slow cooker recipe is packed with protein.

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    How to Bake Chicken Breast

    Baking chicken breasts is an easy, healthy, and flavorful way to prepare a delicious meal quickly. Watch to learn the best way to bake your chicken.

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    Power Kale Salad

    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.

    Healthy Eating Tip: If you're watching your waistline, choose recipes that are high in protein and fiber. These nutrients help you feel full, making it easier to eat less.

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    Thai Green Curry Chicken

    In only 35 minutes, you can be indulging in this restaurant-worthy 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

    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 sweet peppers.

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    Chicken Cacciatore

    Fresh mushrooms, minced garlic, and sweet peppers bring immense flavor to this all-in-one meal. Add a sprinkling of parsley and bold Kalamata olives before serving to make this chicken dish even more special.

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    Chicken Thighs with Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dressing

    Onions caramelized in bacon fat create a tantalizing, salty-sweet flavor that stars in the stuffinglike base of this comforting dish. Using skinless, boneless chicken thighs in dishes is the latest trend -- the dark meat pieces (which don't differ much from chicken breasts in terms of nutritional content) stay moist, tender, and full of flavor.

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    Cuban Arroz con Pollo

    Hearty and comforting, our version of this traditional Cuban dish is made in the slow cooker, so you can have a healthy 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

    A creamy sauce of light sour cream, yogurt, and diced green chile peppers brings 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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    Chicken Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

    Homemade dressing and cooked chicken keep this classic salad low-cal, while Parmesan croutons add crunch and flavor to every bite. Throw in bright cherry tomatoes for an extra bit of freshness.

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    Pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Feta Cheese

    This simple dish combines the heartiness of a pasta salad with the freshness of a tossed green salad. A tangy citrus dressing ties it all together.

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    Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

    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 easy meal even more convenient.

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    How to Boil Chicken

    Keeping chicken on hand is one of the easiest ways to add protein to any meal. Learn how to boil chicken to perfect tenderness.

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    Creamy Roasted Chicken, Potato, and Noodle Soup

    A comforting bowl of chicken noodle soup feeds the soul. This version has everything you expect plus a few surprises -- such as potatoes, thyme, and evaporated milk -- for a more indulgent soup.

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    Tomatillo Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

    Coat shredded chicken in a delicious homemade tomatillo-garlic sauce for a unique spin on pulled chicken sandwiches. Made with garlic, cilantro, and jalapeno pepper, this fiery sauce packs a punch.

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    Honey-Lime Rice Salad

    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

    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 meal that has fewer than 300 calories per serving.

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    Ham- and Asparagus-Stuffed Chicken

    Add a filling of deviled ham and crisp asparagus spears to your favorite healthy protein to take it to the next level. The mild flavor of chicken creates the perfect base for cayenne pepper, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

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    Potluck Chicken Tetrazzini

    Bright vegetables intertwine with pasta and chopped chicken in this scrumptious casserole, which makes enough to serve 10.

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    Chicken Enchilada Wraps

    This blend of spicy seasonings and fresh ingredients comes together in just 25 minutes, making these wraps a delicious option for any weeknight meal. 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

    Roast this traditional chicken dish 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.

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    Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

    Baked chicken is pumped full of flavor in this Indian-spiced dish. Pair it with brown rice and top with fresh cilantro to create a tasty and exotic chicken recipe.

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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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