We’ve rounded up 47 of the best healthy chicken recipes! Each of these recipes are easy to throw together, absolutely delicious, and of course, good for you! This is healthy eating done deliciously.

About These Chicken Recipes

This collection of chicken dinners—including everything from skillet chicken and chicken meatballs to chicken bulgogi and chicken curry—primarily use chicken breast, but a few use chicken thighs. Both are generally interchangeable—chicken breasts are slightly leaner than chicken thighs, but thighs have more flavor and are juicier.

You’ll see we’ve shared some helpful notes on each recipe to make your planning easier—pointing out some nutrition information and which recipes are particularly quick to make.

Add or Substitute with Chicken

In addition to the list of healthy dinner recipes below, get creative a add chicken to recipes that might not call for it. Such as my tofu fried rice—add cubed leftover chicken or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store!

Or, instead of using cooked turkey in my creamy slow-cooker wild rice soup, use shredded chicken!

Use ground chicken instead of ground turkey in these fan-favorite Asian Meatballs.

Swap the cooked leftover turkey for cooked chicken in these delicious Chinese Lettuce Wraps.

Looking for some quick and healthy side dishes? You’re in the recipe place, we love healthy food around here! Check out my side dish recipe archive.

Chicken Meal Prep

Some of these chicken dishes call for cooked chicken. I recommend either cooking a few chicken breasts, making a whole roasted chicken, or grabbing a couple of rotisserie chickens from the store at the beginning of the week. The goal is to cut down on prep time during the week so you can easily get a healthy meal on the table when you’re short on time.

If you choose the rotisserie chicken route (which I love!), I recommend taking the meat off of the bones while it’s still warm. Once it’s refrigerated, the process of getting the meat off of the bones becomes a lot harder! If you’ve got the time and the desire, save the chicken bones for homemade chicken stock.

47 Healthy & Delicious Chicken Recipes

shredded salsa verde chicken in top of white rice in a white bowl garnished with sour cream, avocado, scallions, and cilantro

1. Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, low-fat

Saucy 10-ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken made in the Instant Pot! Great in tacos and burritos, over rice, salads and so much more.

white bowls filled with quinoa and topped with roasted broccoli and charred meat

2. Bulgogi Bowls with Quinoa and Roasted Broccoli

gluten-free, low-fat, dairy-free, low-fat

Bulgogi bowls featuring charred and juicy Korean beef bulgogi or chicken bulgogi, a sweet and savory sauce, roasted broccoli, and quinoa. So good!

large white bowl filled with dark lettuce greens topped with pecans, apples, Manchego cheese, bacon, chicken, cranberries and squash

3. Harvest Cobb Salad


This harvest salad is a twist on the cobb salad with chicken, butternut squash, pecans, bacon, apple and a maple vinaigrette.

meatballs and a creamy curry sauce served over rice and topped with cilantro in a shallow white bowl

4. Chicken Meatball Curry

gluten-free, dairy-free

A full-flavored meatball curry featuring tender chicken and spinach meatballs and an ultra-creamy spiced curry. Inspired by traditional Indian Kofta Curry, this comforting dinner will will surprise you with it’s depth of flavor and nuance.

Photograph of chicken meatballs in a white bowl with pesto pasta and roasted carrots

5. Healthy Baked Chicken Meatballs

30-minute recipe

These healthy baked chicken meatballs are tender, moist and flavored with classic Italian ingredients. Serve over pasta or as an appetizer!

Overhead image of a while bowl filled with brown rice, a saucy veggie mixture, diced avocado and lime wedges.

6. Mexican-Inspired Fajita Bowls

gluten-free, dairy-free, 30-minute meal

Healthy 30-minute Mexican Rice Bowls featuring cilantro lime brown rice, a saucy fajita mixture full of veggies and lean protein, and diced avocado to finish!

7. Chicken Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Chicken)

gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, dairy-free

Enjoy the classic sweet, savory and spicy flavors of Korean bulgogi in this lightened up version made with either chicken breast or thighs. Easy and tasty!

chicken breast coated in a red sauce plated over rice with broccolini in an off-white bowl

8. Gochujang Chicken with Broccolini & Crispy Rice

gluten-free, low-fat, dairy-free

This gochujang chicken is made with juicy chicken breast, roasted broccolini and a crispy rice cake. Ready in 45 minutes, it’s the BEST gochujang chicken!

Overhead photograph of a Dutch oven filled with Italian chicken sausages stewed in tomatoes, kale and white beans

9. Tuscan Chicken Sausages with White Beans and Kale

gluten-free, low-fat, dairy-free, 40-minute meal

This easy Italian chicken sausage recipe is made with fire-roasted tomatoes, kale and white beans. It’s healthy, satisfying and meal prep-friendly!

brothy chicken and rice soup with sweet potatoes in a white bowl set on a wood table

10. Healthy Aromatic Chicken Rice Soup

gluten-free, low-fat, 45-minute recipe

Healthy Chicken Rice Soup packed with flavor from garlic, ginger, and shallot. Featuring sweet potatoes, cilantro, and toasted sesame oil.

Chicken and vegetable skewers piled on a white platter with a green and white napkin.

11. Triple Herb Chicken & Zucchini Skewers

gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, dairy-free, 30-minute meal

This recipe for herbed chicken skewers is easy to whip up and perfect for making ahead. Healthy and packed with fresh flavors, these skewers are delicious!

Grilled chicken thighs on a white plate drizzled with chimichurri sauce with a bowl of green sauce off to the side

12. Chimichurri Chicken

gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, dairy-free

The best recipe for chimichurri chicken! Make with either chicken breasts or thighs then marinate in a bright herb sauce and grill until juicy and charred.

chicken tenders coated in an apricot glaze on a baking sheet with broccoli florets and diced apricots

13. One-Pan Apricot Chicken & Broccoli Dinner

gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, dairy-free, 30-minute meal

This easy apricot chicken recipe with broccoli is made on one pan and ready in 30 minutes. It features glazed tenders, broccoli, dried apricots and almonds!

Overhead image of pho soup in a black bowl set on a gray table

14. Quick & Easy Chicken Pho-Inspired Soup

dairy-free, low-fat, gluten-free, 30-minute recipe

Light and healthy, this quick “weeknight” chicken pho packs tons of flavor, protein and nutrients into a warm bowl of flavorful broth. Ready in minutes.

Photograph of oven fried chicken breast being cut on a plate with a wedge salad

15. Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, dairy-free, 45-minute recipe

Oven fried chicken that’s crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Say no to fatty fried chicken and YES to this easy and healthy BAKED fried chicken!

nachos on a baking sheet topped with cilantro, tomatoes, kimchi, melted cheddar cheese and a sauce

16. Korean-Inspired Shredded Chicken Nachos

gluten-free, 30-minute recipe

Korean Shredded Chicken Nachos featured saucy shredded chicken, charred corn, fresh kimchi “pico de gallo,” and a creamy gochujang sauce!

17. Baked Popcorn Chicken

low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, 40-minute recipe

Crispy outside, moist inside—these homemade chicken nuggets, or Popcorn Chicken, are delightful! Great for kids and adults!

I developed this recipe, styled it and photographed it for Sir Kensington’s!

curry lentil soup with chicken in a shallow white bowl topped with cilantro and peanuts

18. Quick Curried Chicken Lentil Soup

gluten-free, dairy-free, 35-minute meal

Dig into a steaming bowl of healthy comfort food with this recipe for Curried Chicken Lentil Soup. Packed with protein from lentils and chicken, this flavorful soup is also loaded with leafy greens. Top it off with crunchy peanuts, cilantro and fresh lime. 

pesto-coated chicken tenders on a large white plate

19. Pesto Chicken Tenders

gluten-free, low-carb, high-protein, 20-minute meal

A Pesto Chicken recipe that’s simple, unfussy and perfect for weeknights. These pesto chicken tenders are so versatile—throw them over a salad or pilaf, put them in a wrap or sandwich, make a pizza or serve them over your favorite pesto pasta. One recipe, millions of options!

chicken skewers on a large oval white plate with red onions and lemon slices

20. Chicken Souvlaki (Broil or Grill)

dairy-free, gluten-free, low-carb, high-protein

Our Greek Souvlaki recipe features tender bites of chicken coated in an herby olive oil sauce. Infused with the flavors of grilled lemon and good olive oil—this recipe for Greek Souvlaki will impress. Serve platter-style with warm pita bread and homemade tzatziki or stuffed into warmed pita pockets (as shown in the opening photo).

a shallow white bowl filled with ground chicken and herbs set on a platter with lettuce, rice, peanuts, and herbs

21. Healthy Chicken Larb (Larb Gai)

gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb, high-protein, 25-minute meal

This Thai-inspired chicken larb (Larb gai or Laab Gai) is the perfect healthy weeknight meal. These ground chicken lettuce wraps are loaded with fresh herbs and savory flavors—they’re the perfect healthy weeknight meal.

crusted chicken thighs in a skillet with olives, sauce, and lemon wedges

22. Healthy One-Pan Chicken Marbella

dairy-free, gluten-free, high-protein, low-carb

A healthier take on Chicken Marbella! Our version is packed with all the bold flavors you expect from this classic dish without the loads of brown sugar so often found in the traditional recipe. We also simplify the process with no marinating!

green chicken soup in a shallow white bowl topped with shredded cabbage, radishes and cubed avocado

23. Chicken Pozole Verde

gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein

When you’re looking for something comforting yet light and flavorful, this Pozole Verde (chicken posole) is it. The silky broth gets its body and tangy flavors from lime, tomatillos, cilantro and toasted pepitas. The vibrant green broth snuggles into the nooks and crannies of the shredded chicken and creates a dish that’s a true delight.

chicken noodle soup in a shallow white bowl set on a wood table

24. Quick ‘n Easy 30-Minute Ground Chicken Noodle Soup

dairy-free, 30-minute meal

A quick and easy chicken noodle soup loaded with chicken flavor, perfectly tender vegetables, whole-wheat pasta and a dose of freshness from lemon and dill. Don’t let the simple ingredient list and easy method fool you—this soup is loaded with comfort, like every chicken noodle soup should be!

brothy soup in a white bowl with shredded chicken, tomatoes, diced avocado, crumbled cheese and cilantro

25. Quick & Easy Mexican Chicken Soup

gluten-free, dairy-free, low-carb

A delicious and healthy Mexican Chicken Soup made all in one pot, in 45 minutes and with a simple list of humble ingredients. This chicken tomato soup features a flavorful broth, juicy and tender shredded chicken thighs, and a combination of tomatoes, jalapeños and onion. Finish with salty Cotija and creamy avocado for an easy all-in-one meal.

tomato soup with shredded chicken, peas, cilantro and crumbled cheese set on a table with a white pot filled with soup

26. Sopa de Pollo con Fideo

dairy-free, 30-minute meal

Sopa de Pollo con Fideo, a simple Mexican Chicken Noodle soup that comes together quickly and has great depth of flavor. Top with crumbled Cotija cheese and leafy cilantro for a craveable anytime dinner.

golden brown breaded chicken cutlets in a tray lined with parchment and glasses of beer set around

27. 4-Ingredient Crispy Baked Chicken Cutlets

30-minute recipe, low-fat

This recipe for crispy baked chicken cutlets is a favorite around here for many reasons, the top two being it’s much healthier than fried chicken and it creates way less of a mess. The baked chicken cutlets come out of the oven with a crisp golden brown crust and juicy, moist white meat.

shredded chicken tacos in a white bowl topped with radish slices, lime wedges, white onion and cilantro.

28. Chicken Barbacoa (Mexican Shredded Chicken)

low-fat, low-carb, high-protein

Saucy Chicken Barbacoa, aka a flavor-packed Mexican shredded chicken that’s destined for tacos, enchiladas, burritos and so much more. If you’re looking for a super savory chicken recipe that’s hands-off and can feed a crowd, well, you’ve come to the right place!

golden brown chicken on a slate board with arugula salad topped with pickled red onion, parmesan and almonds

29. Chicken Paillard with Shallot Butter Sauce and Arugula Salad

30-minute meal, low-carb, high-protein

This foolproof chicken paillard recipe is easier than most thanks to a simple trick for prepping the chicken. Dipped in a delicious shallot pan sauce and served with a flavorful arugula salad, this is one glorious weeknight meal that will feed a crew!

pan seared chicken on a white plate with a bite cut out and on a fork

30. Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breast

low-carb, high-protein, 15-minute recipe

This quick and easy recipe for the perfect pan-seared chicken is the ultimate weeknight dinner! After many tests and trials, I decided to serve this with a quick pan sauce. The drippings leftover in the pan are so tasty, I just couldn’t leave them behind!

gray plate topped with spaghetti and tomato sauce and breaded chicken topped with cheese

31. Baked Chicken Parmesan

high-protein, 30-minute meal

A restaurant classic made healthier while still being just as crispy and juicy as the original! This Healthy Chicken Parmesan recipe features a crisp golden-brown crust, juicy moist chicken, and of course, delicious melty cheese.

Close-up side angle of orange chicken and broccoli on a plate with rice. Fork set on plate.

32. Better-For-You Instant Pot Orange Chicken & Broccoli

gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat

This healthy Instant Pot Orange Chicken and Broccoli recipe is low in sugar and high in lean protein. Ready in less than an hour it’s better than take out!

enchiladas verde in a gray pan set on a white table with salsa and yellow napkins set around.

33. Healthy Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas


Salsa verde chicken enchiladas are a healthy, satisfying take on classic enchiladas verdes! Made with chicken, kale and creamy verde sauce.

large white plate filled with small mexican roll ups filled with veggies, herbs and chicken

34. Mexican Pinwheels

Low-fat, 25-minutes

These Mexican Pinwheels feature shredded chicken tossed with a creamy chipotle sauce, a crunchy medley of fresh vegetables and loads of cilantro. Serve a lime cream on the side for the ultimate healthy appetizer or lunch.

yellow-orange broth in a white bowl with meatballs, kale and beans

35. Easy Italian Wedding Soup

dairy-free, low-carb, 40 minutes, high-protein

This recipe can be made with either ground chicken or ground turkey. The tender meatballs are first browned then simmered in a garlicky broth. Finished with hearty greens and creamy white beans, this soup is a flavorful all-in-one dinner.

Brothy chicken and rice soup with diced vegetables, fresh dill and lemon in a shallow white bowl.

36. Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

dairy-free, gluten-free, 40-minute recipe

A healthy and easy chicken and rice soup! Made in one pot and ready in 40 minutes, this homemade chicken rice soup is infused with chickeny goodness, fresh veggies and the vibrant flavors of dill and lemon.

Tahini being drizzled over roasted chicken on a plate with a piece of naan.

37. Musakhan (Sumac Chicken)

gluten-free, dairy-free, high-protein, low-carb

This Musakhan Sumac Chicken will surprise you with its savoriness and depth of flavor. Musakhan is a traditional Palestinian chicken dish consisting of spiced roast chicken, caramelized onions, and chewy flatbread. It’s commonly finished with toasted pine nuts and fresh parsley.

38. Broccolini, Chicken Sausage & Orzo Skillet

low-fat, 30-minute meal

This quick skillet meal is perfect for busy evenings. The sausage and orzo simmer together in chicken broth, resulting in a creamy, risotto-like dish in under 30 minutes.

I developed this recipe for Diabetic Living Magazine!

39. Grilled Chicken & Arugula Peach Salad

gluten-free, low-carb, 45-minute recipe

Gorgeous charred chicken thighs served with a delicious arugula and peach salad. Simple, fresh, and satisfying!

I developed this recipe, styled it and photographed it for Sir Kensington’s!

40. Coconut Curry Soup with Chicken and Chickpeas

gluten-free, low-carb, 35-minute meal

Creamy and flavorful, this comforting curry soup is packed with chicken, chickpeas, kale, and bell pepper.

Recipe from The Modern Proper.

41. Easy Chicken and Rice with Middle Eastern Flavors

gluten-free, 45-minute recipe

This One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice dinner recipe is easy, flavorful, and satisfying! Made with fresh mediterranean ingredients and warm spices.

Recipe from Kroll’s Korner.

42. Crispy Sesame Chicken

low-carb, 30-minute recipe

This Crispy Sesame Chicken is baked, not fried and is slathered in the most delicious sweet yet savory sesame sauce that’s studded with sesame seeds. So much better than takeout!

Recipe from Kroll’s Korner.

43. White Chicken Chili

gluten-free, low-fat

This delicious white chicken chili is great for meal prep! Top with avocado, Greek yogurt, and jalapeno spices.

Recipe from Mom’s Dinner.

tortillas willed with chicken salad and lettuce stacked on a white table with herbs in the background

44. Lightened-Up Curried Chicken Salad Wraps


Classic chicken salad gets a flavor upgrade in this tasty recipe, made with a simple sauce of Greek yogurt and olive oil seasoned with curry powder, ginger and paprika. So quick and easy with pre-cooked chicken breast.

I developed this recipe for Simply Organic!

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45. Easy Grilled Greek Chicken Platter

gluten-free, low-carb, low fat

Grilled Greek chicken kebabs flavored with dill, olive oil, lemon juice, and tzatziki—a great anytime dinner!

Recipe from Bon Appeteach.

46. Hummus Chicken & Vegetables

gluten-free, 30-minute recipe

An one pan chicken and vegetable bake! The chicken gets covered in creamy hummus, mixed with artichoke hearts and olives.

Recipe from Howe We Live.

47. Healthy Chicken Piccata

dairy-free, low-carb

Healthy chicken piccata recipe with lemon, capers, white wine and parsley. A delicious and healthy version of classic Italian lemon chicken.

Recipe from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

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