Our Best Healthy Baked Chicken Recipes

Discover all the ways that healthy baked chicken can transform your weeknight dinner routine with these recipes from your favorite Food Network chefs.
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Baked Orange Chicken and Brown Rice

This high-protein, whole-grain dish is easy to throw together. Try using chicken thighs — they're budget-friendly and stay moist while baking with the rice.

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Lemon Chicken Breasts

Ina Garten's quick-fix baked chicken takes just 15 minutes to prep and will become an instant family favorite, thanks to crispy golden-brown skin and a white wine-lemon sauce.

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Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs

Ellie Krieger proves that white meat isn't the only good-for-you part of the chicken. She uses bone-in chicken thighs with the skin removed and brushes the meat with a tangy low-fat glaze before baking.

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Chicken Parmesan

Order chicken Parmesan from your neighborhood Italian joint and you'll get a deep-fried piece of chicken that's covered in cheese, likely served with a large portion of pasta. Instead, make your own baked version of chicken Parm to avoid excess calories and fat; serve it with a modest portion of whole-grain pasta.

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Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Pastina means "little pasta," so you can use any shape of small pasta for this dish. When baked with chicken, tomatoes and mozzarella, it becomes a cheesy indulgence — the ultimate Italian comfort food. Even with full-fat mozzarella and grated Parmesan, the dish clocks in at just 432 calories per serving.

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Baked Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip

Sure, Buffalo wings are more commonly served as an appetizer, but these crispy baked wings can be a meal when simply paired with your favorite side salad.

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Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole

Chicken paprikash becomes a one-dish dinner in this casserole. Bell peppers aren't traditional, but they add a lot of vitamin C and natural sweetness to the dish. The brown rice soaks up the sauce and becomes incredibly rich and satisfying, but maintains a nice chew.

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Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Need a new go-to chicken breast recipe? Baking chicken breasts in the oven with potatoes and a mixture of garlic, brown sugar and lemon amps up the flavor of a simple, comforting dish.

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Oven-Fried Chicken

Corn-cereal crumbs and crushed crackers create a delicious coating in Ellie's recipe. The yogurt tenderizes the chicken, and a light spray of olive oil before baking guarantees lightly crispy results.

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Homemade Frozen Chicken Fingers

Store-bought chicken fingers are often loaded with all kinds of unpronounceable ingredients. Stock your freezer with these homemade chicken fingers instead — your kids will love them, but don't be surprised if they're a favorite with the grownups, too.

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Orange Chicken Fingers

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

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Baked Chicken Breasts with Parmesan Crust

Ted Allen's kid-friendly dinner features lean chicken breasts coated in a Parmesan-breadcrumb crust.

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Chicken Baked in Cornflake Crumbs

Trisha Yearwood's easy weeknight baked chicken recipe is equal parts juicy, crisp and spicy. Dip assorted chicken pieces into a low-fat mixture of buttermilk and hot sauce, then roll the chicken in crushed cornflakes before baking until golden brown.

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