Our bet is that chicken is a weeknight staple at your house. And if that's true, then it's also likely that you (and your kids!) sometimes find that this go-to protein can become tiresome if it's served too frequently. The trick, then, is to rely on vastly different seasonings and sources of heat to change things up — and we've got you covered there. This collection of healthy chicken dinners can get you through two whole months without anyone feeling bored.
Transform this versatile diet staple into flavorful entrées fit for the whole family with the help of delicious seasonings, salsas, and sides. Whether you're looking for an easy sheet pan dinner or set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipes, we've got ideas for every appetite. And so many of these include heart-healthy veggies, beans, and whole grains for a well-rounded meal.
Skinless, boneless chicken can form the basis of any healthy eating plan, as it's an excellent source of protein that's low in saturated fat and high in the essential nutrient choline. Grilled or rotisserie chicken will contain less calories and fat than breaded or fried versions — not to mention other processed, red meats. Feel free to switch it up between chicken breasts, which have slightly more protein, and chicken thighs, which contain more iron. Both nutritionally dense choices belong in the rotation, no matter which type of diet you ascribe to. Ready for some menu ideas? Check out these must-try healthy chicken dinner recipes to revamp your weeknight meals, stat.
Nix your Chipotle craving in the bud with this 30-minute dinner. A zesty mix of scallions, jalapeños, cilantro, and Monterey Jack get tucked in stuffed chicken breasts.
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Swap brown rice for the pilaf in this North African-inspired recipe and you'll get an extra fiber-filled boost from the whole grains.
Loaded with veggies and lean chicken breast, this is a healthy, family-friendly weeknight dinner.
You'd be hard pressed to find a dinner under 250 calories that eats this hearty and is this filling. The best part? It's ready in 20.
Looking for a dinner that can be served in 30 minutes or less? This ultrafast curry makes use of garlic, ginger, onions, and a few other spices to create a bold dish in half the time.
We love a good one-pot dinner, and this sautéed broccoli and chicken make for a quick-yet-delicious meal.
Stuffing a chicken breast makes it doubly delicious, and the addition of iron-rich spinach manages makes this healthy dinner even lighter.
A hearty trifecta of sweet potatoes, chicken, and avocado mean this salad recipe will actually fill you up. It's the umami-flavored miso vinaigrette that will inspire you to make it again and again.
Buy precut butternut squash to save yourself some time — or learn how to chop it up yourself with this handy tutorial.
Calling all Crock Pot and Instant Pot fans: This recipe simmers in your slow cooker all day for tender, fall-off-the-bone meat by dinner time.
Crunchy peas and zingy ginger lend themselves to a fresh and verdant plate. Go ahead and reach for seconds – it's only 290 calories per serving!
Lighten this Chinese takeout classic even further by serving over a bed of low-carb cauliflower rice instead. The cauli kind cooks faster, too.
Creamy, crumbled feta adds just the right amount of saltiness to balance out a sweet glaze. Don't forget to sprinkle with mint just before serving!
This recipe makes extra roasted bell peppers that you can add to a salad or omelette the day next — so smart.
What is Romesco, you ask? Consider this Catalonian condiment as next-level tomato sauce with the addition of nuts, peppers, garlic, and sherry vinegar.
Fire up the grill for this summery dish that takes a mere 20 minutes to make. Sliced red chile will add another kind of heat.
Loaded with olives, diced tomatoes, and cremini mushrooms, you won't even notice this classic Italian dish isn't sitting on a bed of pasta (until now).
Go all out for game day with sticky-sweet sesame drumsticks and carrot fries (sweet potatoes, who?).
Fennel and rosemary bring life — and flavor! — to this hearty dish.
Bust out the Sriracha for this 20-minute meal. If that's too spicy for your taste, omit it altogether and make it a sweet dish instead.
This Italian-inspired meal still has its famous creamy, decadent flavor but without the high calorie count. Yes and yes.
The more veggies you add to this Asian-inspired dish, the more delicious it will be.
Chicken thighs are cheap, delicious, and most of all, so easy and versatile to make. This version sings thanks to a creamy salad with a riff on ranch dressing.