We’ve rounded up 30 of the best healthy chicken recipes! Each of these recipes are easy to throw together, absolutely delicious, and ofcourse, good for you! This ishealthy eating done deliciously.
About these chicken recipes
What’s for dinner? Chicken!
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!
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.
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.
Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.