Chicken gets a bad rep for being ordinary, but it’s a protein-rich, blank canvas for creative cooking. If you’re ready to expand beyond topping salad greens with grilled chicken, try one of these healthy recipes that either pairs chicken with delectable, easy-to-make sauces or remakes comfort-food favorites like chicken tenders.
1. Kale & Sun Dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken | The Healthy Maven
Simple but flavorful kale and sun dried tomato stuffed chicken is lean and protein-packed. Chicken breast is pounded thin and stuffed with superfood kale, tomatoes and creamy goat cheese. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 pieces each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 342; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 117mg; Sodium: 968mg; Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 48g
2. Skinny Chicken Parmesan | Skinnytaste
Want to indulge in chicken parmesan while still skimping on the calories and fat? Yes, please! This take on chicken parm is crispy baked chicken breast smothered with a layer of marinara sauce and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. Oh, and butter is still involved where it really counts. Get started on this kid-friendly dish your whole family will love. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1/2 chicken breast each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 163; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 27mg; Sodium: 751mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 11g
3. Chicken in Balsamic, Orange & Rosemary Sauce | BBC Good Food
If you’re looking for a fast but tasty way to jazz up chicken breasts on a weeknight, this recipe is it. The elegant sauce pairs sweet orange juice with acidic but sweet balsamic vinegar and piney rosemary—a perfect balanced flavor combination to make another chicken dinner anything but boring.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 259; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 63mg; Sodium: 300mg; Total Carbohydrate: 11g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 34g
4. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken | The Honour System
Juicy baked honey mustard chicken is easy to throw together and pop right into the oven. Just mix up your marinade, pour over the chicken and bake. Dinner’s ready in an hour with minimal effort. Recipe makes 4 servings at 4 ounces each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 282; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 98mg; Sodium: 295mg; Carbohydrate: 19g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 18g; Protein: 39g
5. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders | Eating Bird Food
Enjoy this healthy and crispy alternative to greasy chicken tenders. This recipe for baked chicken tenders uses crispy brown cereal and tangy Greek yogurt for a gluten-free crunch minus the deep frying. Spice up the chicken with harissa or any hot sauce of your choice, but you can also eliminate the hot sauce if you’re making this for the little ones. Recipe makes 4 servings at 4 tenders each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 172; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 47mg; Sodium: 585mg; Carbohydrate: 12g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 25g
6. Southern Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken | Clean Eating
Slow-cooker pulled chicken gives your tongue a trip to New Orleans without all the excess calories! This Southern comfort meal comes complete with polenta, but you can also serve the chicken with other grains like quinoa or brown rice. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup chicken mix + 3/4 cup polenta.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 417; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Sodium: 474mg; Carbohydrate: 43g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 31g
7. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad | Cooking Light
Toss a lean grilled chicken caesar salad by lightening the traditionally heavy dressing with this vinaigrette. This low-carb meal includes a side of crunchy croutons, but you can sub-in crunchy veggies (think: bell peppers, celery, young tomatoes) instead. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 72mg; Sodium: 322mg; Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Protein: 31g