Healthy Chicken Recipes for Dinner Your Family Will Love

Chicken Recipes for Dinner

Chicken recipes are low cost, easy to make, and family friendly. What could be more comforting than a nice home cooked chicken dinner? There are literally thousands of ways to prepare and serve chicken, so you can try new healthy chicken recipes every night and never serve the same dish twice. In addition to being versatile, chicken is usually the cheapest meat you can buy, and can be used in practically any dish imaginable.

Below you will find a selection of my favorite healthy chicken recipes from my website collection, including: chicken breast recipes, baked chicken recipes, chicken pasta recipes, and even a chicken sandwich recipe.

All of these recipes have been made over to be healthy, all natural, low cost and low calorie, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste, or spend a fortune to eat healthy.

Chicken Breast Recipes

When it comes to versatile cuts of meat, nothing can beat boneless, skinless chicken breasts. They’re healthy, easy to prepare, packed full of protein, they cook fast and chicken breasts are inexpensive as well. Here are a few of my favorite low calorie chicken breast recipes, including Healthy Chicken Fajitas, BBQ Fried Chicken, and Baked Chicken Strips with Seasoned French Fries:

Healthy Chicken Fajitas

This fast and easy Healthy Chicken Fajitas recipe is perfect for weeknights, it’s loaded with veggies to cut calories and add nutrition. Use the leftovers for lunches, there are 5 different ways to serve this low calorie recipe so leftovers can be enjoyed in new ways.

Healthy Chicken Recipes - Chicken Fajitas RecipeThe easiest way to make this Healthy Chicken Fajita recipe is to slice the chicken and marinate it when you first bring the chicken home from the store and just toss in the freezer, this way when it’s time to make them the hard part is done and they have marinated for a long, long time which makes for a really delicious meal.

Makes about 4 cups of Healthy Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. chicken breast sliced in thin strips
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno all seeds and ribs removed and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes- whatever you have I used a yellow and a red heirloom

Get started:

In a bowl combine the cayenne, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder and salt. Mix well then move 1/2 of the mixture to a large gallon Ziploc bag, and the other 1/2 to a small sandwich sized bag (or smaller). Add the chicken strips to the large bag of spices and shake and squish until all the chicken is covered in spices, then drop the small bag in (make sure it is closed) and place in the fridge for the minimum of 3 hours but 24 is even better. If you are going to freeze the chicken for later now is the time to do so.

In your largest skillet heat the olive oil on medium-high and drop in the chicken, brown on both sides about 5 minutes total then add in the bell pepper, onion, jalapeno and the bag of spices. Mix together and cook until the onions and bell pepper are soft about 10-15 minutes. Add in the corn, beans and tomatoes and cook for another 3-5 minutes until all is heated up then serve.

Use the Healthy Chicken Fajitas to make the following 5 optional meals:

  • Traditional Fajita Recipe: Whole Wheat Tortillas, Salsa and Greek Yogurt (Add 150 Calories)
  • Fajita Lunch Wrap: Whole Wheat Tortilla, Salsa, Romaine (Add 130 Calories)
  • Fajita Baked Potato: Baked Potato, Greek Yogurt (Add 180 Calories)
  • Grilled Cheese Fajita: 2 slices Whole Wheat Bread, 1/4 cup Low Fat Cheddar Cheese (Add 250 Calories)
  • Fajita Salad Recipe: Romaine lettuce, 1/8 cup both Greek Yogurt and Salsa mixed together as a dressing (Add 80 Calories)

Average cooking time: 20 minutes; Prep Time: 25 minutes (allow 3-24 hours of marinating); Calories: 147

BBQ Fried Chicken

Healthy breaded chicken on the BBQ, sounds too good to be true but this yummy BBQ Fried Chicken recipe works great in the oven or on the barbecue.

Healthy Chicken Recipes - BBQ Fried Chicken Recipe

Serve atop a crisp salad, or with some grilled veggies, no matter how you serve this dish your entire family will love it.

Makes 4 servings of BBQ Fried Chicken

Ingredients:

For the marinade:

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk- if you don’t have it in the house use regular milk
  • 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne

For the bread crumbs:

  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

For the BBQ:

1 tbsp. olive oil

Get started:

You want to marinate the chicken as much in advance as you can, only have 2 hours OK have overnight, even better. In a Ziploc bag add the Greek yogurt, almond milk, chili and cayenne squish and shake together, set aside. Wash chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels, place on a cutting board, cut each chicken breast in half. The halves don’t need to look the same just make sure each half is about the same density so they all cook together. Now drop the 4 chicken breast pieces into the bag of marinade and squish and shake together until the chicken is coated, place in the fridge for 2 hours minimum, overnight is even better.

Time to make the breadcrumbs, if you are preparing all this the night before or the morning before put all the breadcrumbs in a bag and set aside, this way it is ready when you get home from work. If not then assemble the breadcrumb mixture in a pie pan or a shallow bowl, just mix the Panko and all the spices together. Remove each chicken piece individually from the bag shaking off any excess marinade and move to the breadcrumbs, roll in the breadcrumb mixture until all covered hold over pie pan to shake off any excess then move to a plate and move on to the next until you are all done.

Heat your grill to medium low, lightly brush the grill with olive oil , grill the chicken 20-25 minutes turning only once until golden and done. Move to table full of hungry people and dig in 🙂

Serve with my Veggie and Bean Salad, no cooking necessary! And some Cooling Peach Mint Water, the mint and water act as a natural Air Conditioner! Now you have the perfect meal for a warm summer night and all under 400 calories.

Average cooking time: 25 minutes; Prep Time: 5 minutes (allow for overnight marinating); Calories: 249

Baked Chicken Strips with Seasoned French Fries

These Baked Chicken Strips with Seasoned French Fries are delicious and easy to make, kids and adults both love them.

Healthy Chicken Recipes - Baked Chicken Strips Recipe

Most pre-made chicken strips are packed full of chemicals and preservatives, but this all natural recipe is just as yummy, and you can freeze them for fast kid-friendly meals.

Makes 10 servings / 40 Baked Chicken Strips

Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Dash of salt and pepper

Breadcrumbs:

  • 7 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Seasoned fries (makes about 140 fries)

  • 7 potatoes
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Get started:

The night before you’re going to make this recipe, create the marinade and soak your chicken. In a gallon Ziploc bag, combine the Greek yogurt, almond milk, garlic, chili salt and pepper. Close up the bag and squish until all mixed together. Place the bag in a medium bowl to catch any run off. Baked Chicken Strips with Seasoned Fries

Slice the chicken breasts into strips. They don’t need to be perfect, but all the same density so they will all cook together in the same amount of time. You should get 8 strips out of each breast. As you slice drop into Ziploc bag full of marinade. Once all strips are in the bag close up and squish together so all the chicken gets coated, place in the fridge until tomorrow.

All right, you had a good night sleep and your chickies had a nice soak. Remove from fridge and place the chicken in a strainer to get all the excess marinade off them. While they drain, start with the breadcrumbs. Cut each slice of bread into 4 squares and place on a cookie sheet, bake in the oven at 350 for 10 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

In a food processor combine the toasted bread, salt, garlic powder, oregano, turmeric, chili powder and pepper and now it’s time to turn it all into bread crumbs. Don’t be shy, let that baby go and go until you have dust. Move 1/2 of the breadcrumbs to a shallow pie pan and the rest to a clean bowl.

Preheat oven to 375 and lightly spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray. Remove each strip from the marinade individually shaking and scraping off the excess marinade and roll, pat and cover with breadcrumbs in the pie pan. Move to cookie sheet and repeat, add more breadcrumbs as you need them from the rest in the bowl into the pie pan. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven let cool completely before moving to a Ziploc bag and placing in the fridge.

The fries are easy, just slice the potatoes into fry shaped sticks, and move to a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, salt and chili powder to the bowl and using your hands toss until every fry is covered. Move to two cookie sheets sprayed with cooking spray and toss into the 375 oven for 20-30 minutes. Just like the chicken let cool before moving to a bag and freezer.

For a perfect tangy dip for the Homemade Chicken Strips, try my Avocado Ranch Dip. Not only is this dip delicious, but it’s also packed full of metabolism-boosting protein! Try both of these recipes for the perfect game day snack.

Average cooking time: 40 minutes; Prep Time: 20 minutes (allow for overnight marinating); Calories: 245

Baked Chicken Recipes

These baked chicken recipes are delicious and impressive. If you’re stuck in a “chicken rut” try out a couple of these recipes, chicken doesn’t have to be boring, it’s all about the rub, marinade or sauce!

Below you will find baked chicken recipes for Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Garlic Chicken with Sage,

Rosemary Garlic Chicken

My go to meal, I roast a chicken a week and this one is always on the menu. If you’ve never roasted a whole chicken before don’t fret, it’s as easy as it is impressive.

Watch my Rosemary Garlic Chicken Recipe Video

Makes one whole Rosemary Garlic Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • One whole chicken, whatever size you like
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Get started:

Preheat oven to 350, wash and empty the chicken of the giblets, liver all that stuff. Rub salt and pepper all over the chicken including the empty cavity.

Using a zester or Microplane Fine Grater shred the garlic into a medium bowl, stop when it gets to the point you might hurt yourself and set the rest of the garlic clove aside (keep it for later) and move on to the next. Then zest lemon into same bowl. Then squeeze lemon of all its juices into the bowl, add oil, salt and pepper. Mix together.

Take the lemon husks that you have zested and drained of juice and place inside the open cavity, then add the rest of the garlic and the rosemary. Cover with the marinade and place in oven for 2 hours, baste after 1 hour and once again 30 minutes later.

Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before you cut into the chicken. See the video above for directions on how to carve Rosemary Garlic Chicken.

Average cooking time: 2 hours; Prep Time: 15 minutes; Calories: 186

Garlic Chicken with Sage

Garlic Chicken with Sage Recipe

Garlic and sage perfume this chicken (and your house) in this ultra chic, impressive dish. If you’re looking to impress someone this is the dish to do it. Sage and garlic are such an old fashioned, comfort food combo. Serve with salad and roasted potatoes, yum!

Makes one Garlic Chicken with Sage.

  • One large whole chicken- I used a 5.5 lb. chicken
  • Handful fresh sage- including stems
  • 4 garlic cloves still in their jackets
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

This Garlic Chicken with Sage recipe takes 3 hours total but is very easy!

An hour before you start cooking your chicken remove it from the fridge and remove all the goodies inside, wash the bird inside and out with water and place in a 9 x 9 casserole dish. Rub inside and out generously with salt and pepper, then rub the oil all over inside and out. Chop the sage leaves and place them and the stems inside the cavity of the chicken, then with the back of a knife or your fist smash the garlic cloves, place them inside the chicken too. For the next hour leave the bird on your counter and relax, pre-heat the oven to 35o degrees.

Now that you and your chicken have rested for an hour and more importantly the chicken has gotten to (or close to) room temperature you can place it in the oven for two hours. Half way through baste inside and out and if it is getting very dark skin place a piece of foil over the top (like a little tent) to stop if from burning.

After 2 hours in an oven at 350, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes. I know you want to pull off a wing and chow down, but don’t do it. Allowing the chicken to rest will make it more moist and tender.

Average cooking time: 2 hours; Prep Time: 10 minutes; Calories:  186

Chicken Pasta Recipes

Chicken and pasta go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. I can’t think of a more comforting meal than a heaping hot bowl of chicken and pasta. All of these recipes received healthy makeovers to cut calories and boost nutrition.

If you’re trying to eliminate pasta and bread from your diet check out this gluten free pasta, it’s a great way to enjoy the food you love while staying on plan.

Below you will find healthy chicken pasta recipes for Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole  and Chicken Broccoli Alfredo,

Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

Kids love mac and cheese, that’s a time tested fact. This Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole recipe is packed full of nutrition and protein that even the pickiest eaters will love.

Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole

 I hid veggies and chicken in the recipe, but no one will be able to tell this comfort food dish is actually healthy and low calorie.

Makes 6 servings of Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup cheese- I used cheddar and Gruyere
  • 1 box of whole wheat shell pasta
  • 1 scallion finely sliced
  • 1 cup baby peas- I use frozen, no need to defrost
  • 1 jalapeno- remove seeds and ribs, finely chop
  • 2 chicken breasts shredded

For the baked cheesy topping

  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. cilantro- dry or fresh and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Parmesan or Romano cheese- or a combo of both
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Get started:

In a small bowl combine the crusty topping mix and set aside.

In a large sauce pan cook the pasta according to the package to al dente. Drain and set aside.

In a large sauce pan melt butter on med-low and add the flour, stir in a figure 8 for about 10-15 minutes until it browns and becomes a thick paste (this is a roux) then add the almond milk and garlic powder, stir often so it does not burn. You know the sauce is ready when it coats the back of your spoon, about 30 minutes. Now add the pasta, mix well so every piece of pasta is coated, now add the cheese and mix until it is all melted and distributed. Turn off heat and add the scallion, peas, jalapeno and chicken.

Coat a large casserole dish lightly with cooking spray, now transfer your mac and cheese to the dish. Top with the Panko topping and place under the broiler for a few minutes, keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Remove casserole dish from broiler and serve.

Average cooking time: 1 hour; Prep Time: 5 minutes; Calories: 392

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Recipe Dinner

Skinny Alfredo sounds too good to be true, but a few smart swaps and you’ve got a healthy meal you can enjoy any day of the week, not just on splurge days.

Makes 9 servings of Chicken Broccoli Alfredo.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic all purpose flour
  • 3 cups 1% milk
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 box whole wheat penne pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Get started:

In a large sauce pan cook the pasta according to the package to al dente. Drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.

Drizzle the chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper both sides and grill for 5 minutes each side until the center is white. Remove and chop into cubes and set aside.

In a large sauce pan melt butter on medium low and add the flour, stir in a figure 8 for about 5 minutes until it browns and becomes a thick paste (this is a roux) then add the milk and garlic clove, stir often so it does not burn. Cook the sauce on medium low sauce until it just coats the back of your spoon, about 20 minutes. Remove 1/3 of the sauce to a bowl and set aside.

Add the pasta, chicken, broccoli and the pepper to the Alfredo sauce and mix well so every piece of pasta is coated. Turn off heat and move to a 9 x 13 casserole dish. Top with the remainder of the Alfredo sauce and the cheese and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.

Average cooking time: 30 minutes; Prep Time: 5 minutes; Calories: 287

Chicken Sandwich Recipe

A post about healthy chicken recipes wouldn’t be complete without a delicious chicken sandwich recipe. If you want to cut the carbs, slice the chicken and roll up in a healthy sandwich wrap.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Life is too short to give up delicious food, I personally can’t imagine a world without sticky buffalo sauce, so I made this skinny version. Use this sauce to dip drumsticks and wings into, or on a steak, it’s amazing anyway to use it.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

Makes 2 Buffalo Chicken Sandwich servings.

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce- your favorite, we love Pepper Plant Sauce
  • 2 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/4 avocado- optional

For the blue cheese dip

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 scallions sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp. blue cheese, crumbled
  • 4 celery stalks

Get started:

In a small bowl combine the yogurt, scallions and blue cheese. Mix well and set aside.

In a small bowl combine paprika and chili powder, rub all over the chicken. Lightly coat a skillet with cooking spray heat on med-low, place the chicken breasts into the skillet and cook each side for 6 minutes. Add the hot sauce and olive oil, mix all together and bathe the chicken in the sauce, cook for another 3 minutes on low heat turn frequently to coat evenly.

Toast hamburger buns then smear one side of each bun with avocado, sprinkle a little salt and pepper. On the other half of the bun, place the cooked chicken breast. Spoon out the blue cheese dip and plate the celery, that’s it. This Buffalo Chicken Sandwich with Blue Cheese Dip recipe is an easy weeknight meal everyone will love.

Average cooking time: 10 minutes; Prep Time: 5 minutes; Calories: 429

Conclusion

Chicken doesn’t have to be boring, with these new marinades, sauces and rubs you can create a new and exciting meal each night without breaking the bank.

I always choose organic, antibiotic free chicken, and free range if I can get it. The price difference is not too high and with these recipes your dollar really gets the stretch, so you can feel good about picking the quality meat without effecting the bottom line too much.

Now that you’ve seen my healthy chicken recipes, try out some of my low calorie breakfasts, metabolism boosting recipes and fat burning fruit infused waters. Weight loss can and should be inexpensive, easy and best of all delicious!

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