Chicken is a top-logged food on MyFitnessPal, and for good reason. It’s a versatile ingredient and found in many different cuisines because it pairs so well with vegetables and whole grains for healthy, well-balanced meals. These five recipes for chicken dinners feature healthy fats, high-fiber quality carbohydrates, and tons of nutrient-rich produce to please every type of eating style.
Why it made the cut: This recipe uses farro, a tasty high-protein grain. Eating three or more servings of whole grains per day has been shown to reduce heart disease. This dish is also low in sodium to support heart health.
Why it made the cut: This simple, gluten-free meal comes together in just 34 minutes and uses in-season spring produce. Both asparagus and artichoke contain different types of gut-healthy insoluble fibers like lignan and inulin. As a bonus, this recipe uses fresh tarragon, which reduces blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity.
Why it made the cut: This keto-friendly recipe may be low in carbs, but it still offers plenty of nutrient-rich vegetables as taco toppings (plus a little extra in the cauliflower taco “shells”). As a bonus, each serving has 5 grams of dietary fiber to support gut health.
Why it made the cut: This recipe contains almost a full cup of cauliflower per serving, which is high in choline, an essential nutrient that plays a major role in maintaining the integrity of cell membranes, synthesizing DNA, and supporting metabolism. It also helps prevent cholesterol from accumulating in the liver.
Why it made the cut: This recipe does an excellent job of balancing healthy fats and lean protein to keep you full. It’s also perfect for spring, including seasonally fresh artichokes and shallots — vegetables that are favorites in the Mediterranean diet.