MyPlate-Inspired Chicken Recipes

Enjoy our favorite MyPlate-inspired chicken recipes, which use grilled, baked, roasted, and even oven-fried chicken as the base for a variety of healthy, protein-packed meal options.

Nutritious Chicken Recipes

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Nutritious Chicken Recipes

Cooking Light is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America and USDA’s MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to thousands of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov. Find recipes at http://pinterest.com/MyPlateRecipes/.

Our chicken dinner recipes are protein-filled meal options for families and individuals. MyPlate recommends buying skinless chicken parts, or taking off the skin before cooking, to ensure that you are using the leanest poultry option possible in these dishes.

First up is our Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken. Get the crispy taste of fried chicken for less than 300 calories. Add kid appeal to this dish with a honey-mustard dipping sauce.

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Cobb Salad Tacos

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Cobb Salad Tacos

Adding a tortilla transforms this American salad into a fun, portable meal. Choose a pungent blue cheese, like Roquefort, for a strong hit of flavor, or go with milder Gorgonzola for just a touch.

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Oven-Fried Coconut Chicken

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Oven-Fried Coconut Chicken

The marinade infuses dark-meat chicken with a light coconut flavor; flaked coconut in the breading heightens the nutty taste. Find panko in your supermarket's ethnic food aisle.

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Chicken Noodle Bowl

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Chicken Noodle Bowl

This Asian-inspired chicken noodle bowl is full of flavor from a combination of soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with fresh snap peas.

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Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

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Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken

Other fruit preserves, such as apricot, blackberry, or peach, will also work in this rich, easy-to-make, chicken recipe.

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Porcini-Dusted Chicken Scaloppine

Photo: Randy Mayor

Porcini-Dusted Chicken Scaloppine

This dish puts dried porcini mushroom powder to use as a flavorful coating for chicken cutlets. If fresh porcini or chanterelle mushrooms are available, use them for the sauce. Serve with steamed haricots verts and garlic mashed potatoes.

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Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce

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Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce

Bring the heat of the southwest to the dinner table with a delicious take on the weeknight meal of grilled chicken. Serve with chipotle rice.

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Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

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Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

Chile paste and fresh ginger add just the right amount of heat to Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry. Add a little zip to your weeknight dinners with this flavorful stir-fry.

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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas

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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas

A rich mixture of Monterey Jack cheese, grilled chicken, and fresh veggies will make these quesadillas a hit with everyone in the family.

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Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

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Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

The tangy-sweet flavor combination of this sauce will work equally well with chicken thighs or pork. Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed haricots verts or a tossed green salad.

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Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

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Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

In this chicken and butternut squash soup, sugary butternut squash and meaty chicken thighs remind us how well sweet and savory flavors play together in Moroccan cuisine.

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Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salad

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Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salad

Sweet and savory, this chicken and fresh cucumber salad combo is under 250 calories and will leave you full and satisfied.

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Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata

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Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata

Cover your basic grilled chicken with a zesty herb topping for an anything-but-average meal. It also works well over steak or fish.

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Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

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Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

Make these easy barbecue pulled chicken sliders by pairing shredded rotisserie chicken with homemade barbecue sauce for an easy weeknight meal.

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Apricot-Glazed Grilled Chicken

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Apricot-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Grilling chicken is an easy way to transform this humble food. You'll get the best results if you let the chicken stand out at room temperature before grilling.

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Chicken with Quick Chile Verde

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Chicken with Quick Chile Verde

If you can’t find fresh tomatillos, substitute canned whole tomatillos and use less salt. Grilled lime wedges are a zesty garnish.

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Grilled Chicken Tostadas

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Grilled Chicken Tostadas

This dish gives a Southwestern accent to the American summertime classic, grilled chicken. For more intensity, pickle the onions overnight.

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

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Buffalo Chicken Thighs

Play up the buffalo chicken theme with a side of celery sticks and light ranch dressing.

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Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup

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Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup

For a shortcut version of this recipe, use store-bought, unsalted chicken stock instead of making your own.

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

Briny olives and tart lemons combine with fresh herbs for a Mediterranean-influenced chicken dish. Serve with hot cooked orzo.

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Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices

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Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices

For a colorful accompaniment to this hearty chicken dish, add mini bell peppers to the broiler pan with the skewers.

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Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

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Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce

You can also use 8 thighs or 8 drumsticks or 4 pieces of each; cook about 10 minutes per side.

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Mango-Serrano Drumettes

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Mango-Serrano Drumettes

This variation of Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes uses spicy serranos. The recipe calls for two, but you can take it down to one if you can't handle the heat!

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Sticky Chile Drumettes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Sticky Chile Drumettes

This recipe is similar to our Garlic-Buffalo Drumettes, but has a sweet-tangy flavor and a little more spice.

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Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie

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Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie

Your family will adore the fluffy deliciousness of this potpie's biscuit topping.

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Chicken and Pierogi Dumplings

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Chicken and Pierogi Dumplings

Pierogies are the comfort dumplings of all comfort dumplings. We just chickened them up. The browned veggies lend color and flavor to the sauce; be sure to keep them moving in the pan so they don't get too brown.

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Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken with Ranch Dipping Sauce

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Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken with Ranch Dipping Sauce

Take these in your lunch box for an tasty, energy-packed meal to keep you going the rest of the day.

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Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

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Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)

These meatballs make a terrific party snack. Look for flat skewers at Asian markets, or use two skewers for each group of meatballs so they'll turn easier.

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Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens

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Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens

You can easily substitute kale or spinach for the mustard greens if you would prefer.

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Green Curry Fritters

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Green Curry Fritters

Talk about flavor! Green curry paste (found in the Asian-foods section) and chile paste impart tons of savory-spicy-fragrant hits to ground chicken.

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Chicken and Dumplings

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Chicken and Dumplings

This lightened-up classic—beloved in both the South and the Midwest—is satisfying enough to be a one-dish meal. This particular recipe is based off of the more biscuit-like Midwestern version of dumplings.

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Rich Pan Sauce

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Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Rich Pan Sauce

To calibrate yourself to be a better cook, learn to use all of your senses throughout the process. For the richest sauce, use a stainless steel pan; the browned bits that stick to the bottom provide flavor.

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Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread

Photo: Jason Wallis

Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread

Frozen peas and arugula offer a little taste of spring, even in cooler months.

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Chicken and Mushroom Empanada

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Chicken and Mushroom Empanada

The empanadas can be made ahead of time and chilled until ready to bake. For less heat, seed the jalapeño peppers after roasting.

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Sticky Soy-Hoisin Chicken Thighs

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Sticky Soy-Hoisin Chicken Thighs

These chicken thighs are messy, but that's part of the fun. Serve with steamed sugar snap peas and hot cooked rice tossed with green onions.

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Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa

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Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa

For a sweeter profile, substitute apricot jam for the red pepper jelly.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts

This budget-friendly dinner runs just $2.36 per serving. Serve with 2 cups of hot cooked brown rice.

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Savory Pan-Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce

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Savory Pan-Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce

This simple recipe is a revelation: It tastes as good as the old-school, supersavory chicken you'd get in a bucket.

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Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Cindy Barr 

Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce wraps are a fresh alternative to pancakes or tortillas. If you can't find Bibb lettuce, iceberg will work.

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Four Citrus-Herb Chicken

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Four Citrus-Herb Chicken

Citrus zest perfumes the chicken while it marinates. A fresh salsa of citrus segments and herbs doubles down on fruit flavor.

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Hazelnut Chicken

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Hazelnut Chicken

This chicken delivers full flavors of Dijon mustard, hazelnuts, sage, and red wine, and is ready in less than 40 minutes. We suggest you pair Wilted Spinach and Garlic and Thyme Roasted Butternut Squash.

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Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts

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Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts

We dressed the bird boldly in this dish with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.

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Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews

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Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews

Fresh basil perfumes the sauce in the stir-fry and makes a pretty garnish. You can substitute chopped unsalted peanuts for the cashews as well.

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Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

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Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions 

Just a touch of butter gets the brandy-spiked sauce gorgeously glossy and adds an elegant touch to this simple supper.

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Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

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Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

As a variation to sautéing, you could grill the chicken thighs—a little charring would complement the sauce. No mortar and pestle? Process the paste base in a mini chopper.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala

This big-batch recipe is an unusual but brilliant choice for freezing. Moist chicken thighs hold up well, especially in the spicy tomato sauce.

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Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce Cups

A quick vinegar soak keeps the chicken moist and intensely flavorful in this light dish.

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Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks

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Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks

Lemon is a bright partner for the caramelized leeks. They are sautéed, then roasted to meld with the honey and lemon.

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Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet

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Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet

This Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet is perfect for a sunny weekend al fresco lunch or dinner.

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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce

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Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce

When you think rhubarb, you may only think pie, but that's selling it short: The rosy stalk packs enough bright tanginess to transform a variety of dishes. Here, paired with smoky heat and sweet tomato, it makes homemade BBQ sauce sing.

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Sweet and Sour Chicken

Powdered peanut butter (which you'll find on the nut butters aisle) adds richness here; if you'd rather not use it, sub more flour. Find plum sauce in the Asian foods section.

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Tomatillo-Braised Chicken Thighs

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Tomatillo-Braised Chicken Thighs

The tomatillos in this braising sauce offer a tangy contrast to the rich chicken flavor. Select firm (but not hard) fruit that feels heavy in your hand and with the papery husk intact.

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