Healthy Chicken Recipes

Classic chicken dinners get a healthy makeover in these simple weeknight recipes for chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie and more.

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Grilled Chicken with Roasted Kale

Roasting kale creates a crispy texture that pairs perfectly with simply grilled chicken. Fresh lemon juice adds a dose of freshness to this easy, healthy dish.

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Chicken and Dumplings

This crowd-pleasing chicken favorite has a healthier profile, thanks to low-fat milk and whole-wheat white flour in the comforting dumplings.

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Homemade Frozen Chicken Fingers

Store-bought chicken fingers are often loaded with all kinds of can't-prounce ingredients. Stock your freezer with this homemade version instead — your kids will love them, but don't be surprised if they're a grown-up favorite, too.

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Buffalo Chicken Salad

The highlight of this salad is Ellie's easy blue cheese dressing. Low-fat buttermilk and fat-free yogurt keep the calories low but the flavor high.

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Marinated Chicken Breasts

Marinating chicken breasts in a homemade herbed-vinaigrette ensures that the meat stays moist and flavorful when it's grilled.

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Chicken Fingers with Curried Ketchup

These chicken fingers are baked, not fried, but they're coated in panko crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs), which make them just as crispy as the fried version.

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Roman-Style Chicken

Giada packs her hearty chicken dish with fresh herbs, tomatoes and peppers, keeping it light yet satisfying.

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Stuffed Chicken Divan with a Sherry Dijon Sauce

Try a modern take on this normally cheese-filled dish. Crisp broccoli and tender chicken pair well with a low-calorie sherry sauce that tastes just as decadent as the full-fat version.

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Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Save yourself some time on the day of a cookout and marinate your chicken in a blend of garlic, ginger, soy sauce and orange juice the night before.

Get the Recipe: Dirty P's Garlic-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Curried Chicken and Rice Soup

Dill, lemon and curry add a boost of bold flavor to chicken soup, without any added fat.

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Orange Chicken Fingers

Lighten up traditional takeout fare by coating chicken in crushed rice cereal. Don't forget the sweet and tangy low-sugar orange dipping sauce made from marmalade and teriyaki sauce.

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Hearty Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Skip sodium-laden soup from the can and make your own with chicken, carrots, celery, whole-wheat pasta and spinach.

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Apple-Honey Drumsticks

Enjoy these drumsticks with their zesty-sweet sauce at little more than 300 calories per pair. Bonus: Drumsticks are one of the most inexpensive parts of the chicken, so this recipe is as friendly to your wallet as it is your waistline.

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40 Cloves and a Chicken

Alton bakes chicken with 40 — yes 40 cloves — of garlic and fresh thyme. The sharp flavor of the garlic mellows as it cooks and the resulting meat is ultra-flavorful.

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Spring Chicken Salad

The Greek yogurt-based dressing in this salad is a great substitute for store-bought alternatives.

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Honey-Mustard Chicken and Apples

In this chicken dish, be sure to use apples that are good for cooking such as Cortlands, which are resistant to browning and bring a tart, bright flavor.

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Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo With Grilled Chicken

If you love risotto but want something quicker, this simple orzo takes half the time. Rich cheese and cream are switched out for tangy Greek yogurt and goat cheese for equally-satisfying creaminess. Sweet green peas plus fragrant tarragon and basil scream spring, even though this dish is a year-round classic.

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Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

This one-dish meal is packed with flavor and as easy as it is healthy. Rotisserie chicken, microwavable brown rice and pre-trimmed beans make this meal a cinch to prepare in less than 30 minutes. The bold spice blend and toasted nuts bring warm Moroccan flavor that'll make this dish memorable.

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Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Superfood kale and sweet corn create a duo rich in vitamin A. The pepper jack cheese adds tons of spice while binding the stuffing for the chicken. If spicy's not your thing, try Monterey Jack or Havarti cheese instead for creamy without the heat.

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Sesame-Lemon Chicken

With a rub made from sesame seeds and lemon zest, chicken thighs become the centerpiece of this healthy main dish, which includes a simple lettuce and tomato salad.

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Chicken and Rice Paprikas Casserole

The classic Hungarian dish becomes a one-dish dinner in this healthier take, which is made with skinless chicken thighs and brown rice. A dollop of reduced-fat sour cream goes on top.

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Roasted Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes

This simplest of chicken dinners pairs juicy bone-in chicken breasts with baby potatoes and a touch of chopped rosemary.

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Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

Toasted pumpkin seeds mixed with cilantro and chiles become the Mexican-inspired salsa for a roasted chicken with a cumin-coriander rub.

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Herbal Chicken Sandwiches with Apple-Avocado Smoothie

The herbal-tea flavor of this poached-chicken sandwich pairs perfectly with the creamy avocado smoothie.

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Grilled Chicken with Spelt, Pear and Watercress Salad

This easy dinner has it all. It starts with lean protein from the skinless chicken breasts. Then it gets whole grains and green vegetables from the salad — a mix of watercress and spelt berries tossed with a simple lemon dressing and topped with tasty cheese shavings.

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Greek Chicken Salad with Whole-Wheat Pita and Yogurt with Apricots

Use grilled triangles of whole-wheat pita and a crunchy romaine salad with lemon-oregano dressing as the bed for simply grilled chicken. For a healthy dessert, soak dried apricots in orange juice and serve atop yogurt.

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Sweet and Spicy BBQ Chicken with Corn Salad

This BBQ sauce packs a powerful punch of vitamins and antioxidants from the mango, raisins and sun-dried tomatoes. It pairs perfectly with juicy chicken thighs but goes just as well with grilled pork chops.

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Honey Mustard and Red Onion Barbecued Chicken

A small dose of allspice and curry powder in the honey mustard basting sauce brings robust flavor to Rachael Ray's tender barbecued chicken.  

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Chicken Noodle Soup

With just eight ingredients and seven minutes' prep time, you can have Alton's lighter take on classic chicken noodle soup ready in a pinch.

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Herb-Roasted Chicken with Root Vegetables

"Fit Chef Eddie" makes a herb-roasted whole chicken with carrots, turnips and rutabaga that will make your entire house smell delicious. 

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Ginger-Scallion Chicken Parchment Pack

Season chicken tenders with this Asian-inspired marinade. When you cook them in parchment paper with snow peas and shitake mushrooms, you seal the flavor and moisture inside without added fat and calories.

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Lemon Herb Chicken Pasta with Green Peas, Snap Peas and Spinach

Eddie's gorgeous lemony chicken pasta feels like spring with the addition of green peas, spinach and snap peas, plus fresh parsley and basil.

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Apricot-Glazed Chicken with Spring Vegetables

Tender chicken, asparagus, snow peas and carrots get sauteed with apricot preserves and fresh tarragon for a fresh and healthy dinner that's ready in just 35 minutes.

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