10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes of 2017

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10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes of 2017

High in protein and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and calories, chicken is a top-logged food by MyFitnessPal users for good reason. Here are our most popular chicken recipes of 2017, ranging from high-protein chicken salad to southwestern chicken casserole and 20-minute mango chicken bowls.

All have less than 500 calories and contain more than 25 grams of protein.

1. HIGH-PROTEIN CHICKEN SALAD

Juicy, lean, shredded chicken is combined with creamy yogurt, crisp apples and sweet grapes for a satisfying salad with less than 400 calories. Serve as a sandwich or salad for a filling weekday lunch or light dinner. Recipe makes 6 servings at 3/4 cup (about 5 ounces or 142 grams) + 2 slices whole grain bread + 1 medium lettuce leaf each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 364; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 412mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 34g

2. HIGH-FIBER CHICKEN & BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS

This savory casserole is a great way to increase your vegetable intake for the day. Each colorful roll is stuffed with crunchy, sweet corn and refreshing tomatillo salsa. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 enchiladas each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 309; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 69mg; Sodium: 337mg; Carbohydrate: 34g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 27g

3. CAPRESE CHICKEN & ROASTED BROCCOLI

This simple caprese chicken features the fresh flavors of a caprese salad with a dose of lean protein. Roasted broccoli adds additional fiber and antioxidants. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1/2 chicken breast and 3/4 cup broccoli.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 341; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 60mg; Sodium: 502mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 26g

4. BAKED HUMMUS CRUSTED CHICKEN

Hummus serves as fiber-packed, gluten-free crust in this protein-rich chicken dish. Serve over roasted zucchini or your preferred vegetable for an easy, gluten-free dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken breast, 3/4 cup veggies and 1 lemon wedge each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 358; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 90mg; Sodium: 785mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 39g

5. EASY SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Loaded with 9 grams of fiber and 40 grams of protein, this southwestern chicken casserole is simple and easy to make. Ready in less than an hour this makes a quick weeknight dinner. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 426; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 173mg; Sodium: 548mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 40g

6. ROTISSERIE CHICKEN TACOS WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA

Pineapple salsa lends a pop of sweetness to these easy rotisserie chicken tacos. If you’re short on time, use leftover chicken and purchase pre-made salsa from your local grocery store. Recipe makes 4 servings at 3 tacos and 1/4 of pineapple salsa recipe each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 488; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 11g; Cholesterol: 85mg; Sodium: 477mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 34g

7. GRILLED HONEY LIME CHICKEN WITH COWBOY CAVIAR

Black-eyed peas and corn come together to make a pico de gallo-like topping known as cowboy caviar. Served atop honey-lime marinated grilled chicken, this dish can be served over steaming brown rice. Opt for greens if you want a low-carb meal. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken breast and 3/4 cups cowboy caviar each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 357; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 82mg; Sodium: 334mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 37g

8. SKILLET CHICKEN WITH ROASTED CARROTS

Make cleanup easy on yourself with this one-skillet chicken dinner. This dish gets its flavors from a trio of thyme, lemon and parsley. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken breast, 3/4 cup of vegetables and 1/2 cup of sauce each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 377; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 111mg; Sodium: 401mg; Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 46g

9. COCONUT-MARINATED JERK CHICKEN

There are two secrets to this recipe: replacing high amounts of salt with ground spices and marinating chicken in low-calorie, electrolyte-packed coconut water. With less than 250 calories, this dish makes for a delicious lunch or quick, light weeknight dinner. Recipe serves 4 at 4 ounces of chicken and 1/2 cup fruit each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 225; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 311mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 16g; Protein: 26g

10. 20-MINUTE MANGO CHICKEN BOWL

Paired with the bright flavors of mango, bell pepper, mint and lime, this bowl has nearly 30 grams of protein and only 351 calories. Serve with wilted spinach for an additional nutrient boost. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 chicken breast and 1 cup of mango-rice mixture each.

Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 351; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 209mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 12g; Protein: 29g

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Healthy, delicious and simple: That’s what we’re about at MyFitnessPal! We make our recipes in our own test kitchen or our registered dietitian hand-selects them personally. Look for nutrition information at the bottom of the recipe or log it directly to MyFitnessPal through the “Log-It” button. Check out our entire collection or explore: low-carbhigh-proteinhigh-fibergluten-freedairy-freevegetarianveganlow sodium

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