Americans really love chicken. According to the National Chicken Council, the per capita consumption of chicken in America in 2016 was 91 pounds, and that figure is expected to rise slightly in 2017. In fact, a Priceonomics report from 2014 found that Americans were eating more chicken than beef for the first time in 100 years.
Part of the reason for the shift is that while red meat has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, people perceive chicken, a white meat, to be a healthier option. And as you may already know, chicken does have substantial health benefits. In addition to being a popular source of protein, chicken is affordable, easy to prepare, and lower in fat than most other meats, meaning it has the power to help you lose weight.
Though falling into a grilled chicken rut is common and understandable, there are actually plenty of quick, easy, and healthy poultry recipes to choose from, meaning there’s no reason you should ever get bored of this protein-packed bird. From Thai coconut yellow curry chicken to oven baked tandoori chicken, we’ve got flavorful, simple chicken recipes that will keep you coming back for more.
Add some of these to your weekly meal plan to lose weight and stave off chicken boredom, and get your stomach even tighter with these 40 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods!
Lemon Chicken with Vegetables
Poultry goes great with citrus, and this lemon chicken with veggies from Lil’ Luna is a simple dish that’s loaded with both protein and key vitamins. Green beans are packed with vitamins C, K, and A (which support bone health), carotenoids, antioxidants and gut-friendly fiber, and lemon is a diuretic. The popular citrus fruit is also a common detox ingredient and natural appetite suppressant that features prominently in the 50 Best Detox Waters for Fat Burning and Weight Loss!
Thai Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice
This Thai coconut yellow curry chicken and rice recipe from Ambitious Kitchen has tons of ingredients and plenty of flavor, but a single serving is less than 400 calories! Since the recipe relies heavily on boneless, skinless chicken thighs and a wide array of vegetables, it’s packed with protein—23 grams, to be exact—and low in calories.
Maple Turmeric Chicken
If you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, go ahead and give this maple turmeric chicken recipe from Eating Bird Food a try. Not only is this dish ready in 25 minutes, but it also gives your body an extra anti-inflammatory boost thanks to the tasty turmeric. As we head into cold and flu season, be sure to have this quick and easy recipe on hand.
Healthy Chicken Chili Mac
If you’re looking for a healthy twist on a classic meal, this healthy chicken chili mac from Show Me The Yummy might just do the trick. Not convinced a chili-mac combo can be healthy and delicious? Keep in mind that the recipe features lean ground chicken, two kinds of fiber-rich beans, several flavorful spices, and more. It’s also worth noting this simple dish takes half an hour to prepare and can be made using just one pot.
Honey Garlic Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a game day favorite, and these simple honey garlic chicken wings from Savory Simple are so easy to make you’ll barely need to look away from the TV. With just five ingredients, these wings take ten minutes to prep and then spend a little over an hour in the oven before they’re ready to eat.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Another five-ingredient wonder is this chicken tikka masala from Pinch of Yum that’s ready in 30 minutes. It’s spicy and creamy thanks to some plain yogurt, though we suggest using Greek yogurt instead because it contains gut-friendly probiotics, healthy fats, and muscle-building protein.
Moroccan Chicken With Carrot Puree
If your Instagram feed is full of pictures from Morocco and you’re suffering from some serious FOMO, try making this Moroccan chicken with carrot puree. Though it won’t transport you to the souks of Marrakech, this recipe from Love & Olive Oil uses flavors typically used in Moroccan cooking such—as orange and harissa, which are packed with various vitamins and minerals—so you know it won’t be bland and boring.
Almond-Crusted Chicken Nuggets
If you’re on the hunt for a healthy take on chicken nuggets, try this almond-encrusted version from Gimme Some Oven. Instead of using breadcrumbs, which have very little nutrition, this recipe calls for the chicken to be bathed in an easy homemade almond flour that contains vital nutrients such as protein, fiber, and calcium. The best part is, the chicken is baked, not fried, and this nutritious meal is ready in just 25 minutes.
Oven Baked Tandoori Chicken
This oven baked tandoori chicken from Creme de la Crumb is restaurant quality, but can be made in your home in under an hour. Since the recipe really relies on digestion-aiding spices such as garam masala, paprika, and cumin instead of a thick gravy, it’s also very healthy and low in calories. And because the dish is a twist on an Indian classic, it’s basically a flavor party for your mouth.
It’s hardly a requirement for your chicken dish to have bold flavors and vibrant colors, but the fact that this cashew chicken recipe from Cooking Classy has both means it might just become your new favorite meal. A healthy version of the popular Chinese takeout dish, this cashew chicken recipe calls for both bell peppers and broccoli and is rounded out with a tasty sauce you’re bound to love.
Honey Sesame Baked Chicken
Think of this honey sesame baked chicken from Simple Green Moms as a healthy version of General Tso’s chicken. Though the honey is definitely on the sugary side, the sesame seeds add texture and fiber to the dish, which can help counteract the effects of the sugar. For an additional boost of fiber, try adding a cruciferous vegetable such as broccoli to the meal.
Spicy Chicken Lime Soup
For another tasty poultry and citrus pairing, try this spicy chicken and lime soup from Running to Kitchen https://www.runningtothekitchen.com/spicy-chicken-lime-soup/. Though it may sound a bit odd, the flavorful dish is described as a cross between chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup. It’s gluten-free, paleo, low-calorie, and ready to eat in half an hour. What could be better?
Grilled Chicken Bowl
Another paleo poultry dish is the grilled chicken bowl courtesy of In Sonnet’s Kitchen. Though there’s nothing terribly unique about this recipe, it’s easy, versatile, and adaptable to your dietary needs, preferences, and whatever you have on hand. While Sonnet’s recipe calls for add-ins such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and avocado, feel free to throw in veggies that better suit your needs and tastes.
Chicken Stir Fry Soba Noodle Bowl
For a bowl that’s a bit more distinct, try the Chicken Stir Fry Soba Noodle variety courtesy of Sweet Phi. The recipe is ready in less than an hour and uses an array of fiber-rich vegetables including broccoli and carrots. In fact, even the buckwheat-based soba noodles contain three grams of fiber per serving, meaning you’ll certainly feel full after chowing down on this.
This Italian-inspired caprese chicken recipe from Foodie Crush is about as quick and easy as it gets. However, just because this dish is ready in under 30 minutes, doesn’t mean it tastes bland. Thanks to both pesto and balsamic glaze, this flavor-filled chicken is simply scrumptious. And because cheese is full of protein, bone-building calcium, and more, it made the cut for The 20 Healthy Fats to Make You Thin!
Black Bean and Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
If you’ve got a hankering for Mexican food but don’t want to order in, try these black bean and chicken enchiladas with roasted sweet potatoes courtesy of Fit Foodie Finds. What sets this recipe apart is the stellar enchilada sauce made with a combination of chili powder, garlic powder, ground cumin, hot sauce, and salt. The sauce marinades the chicken and nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, giving them a great boost of flavor. The best part is that this easy Mexican staple is ready to eat in about an hour.
Everything Bagel Chicken Wings
Can’t decide if you want a breakfast, lunch, or dinner food? These everything bagel chicken wings from Foxes Love Lemons are the best of both worlds. Using a traditional marinade of ketchup, cider vinegar, light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, chili powder, and cayenne, this recipe also calls for some everything bagel seasoning that will give your wings a bit of crunch and a unique flavor profile. Though the dish takes just over an hour to make, most of that time is spent letting the chicken cook.
Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Veggies
For a healthy meal prep option, this garlic parmesan chicken and veggies recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron totally fits the bill. This tasty dish takes about an hour to cook and can be made using just one pan, meaning your kitchen definitely won’t be messy by the end of the night. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s easily adaptable. Although Chelsea’s version calls for carrots, potatoes, and broccoli, you can easily add or subtract nutrient-rich veggies as you see fit.
Chicken Marsala is an Italian classic, and there’s a reason it’s been beloved for so many years—wine! As the recipe’s name suggests, chicken Marsala is made with dry Marsala wine, which helps give the dish a distinct flavor. This recipe from Inspired Taste is pretty standard, though it does use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts and adds a handful of pearl onions and fresh cherry tomatoes. Those tweaks are optional, but it’s worth noting that eating onions regularly may help improve cardiovascular health and stabilize blood sugar levels, in addition to acting as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Similarly, tomatoes are an excellent source of various vitamins and minerals.
This healthy twist on chicken Stroganoff from Well Plated is the perfect recipe to keep in mind as we head into the colder months. It’s comforting thanks to whole wheat egg noodles and a creamy consistency, but this recipe swaps actual cream for Greek yogurt, which is one of the 40 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods! What’s more? The dish also calls for mushrooms that give the stroganoff a complexity of flavor, which suggests you spent hours making it even though the entire meal cooks in a single pan and is ready in 25 minutes flat.