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.
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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.
View Recipe: Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken
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.
View Recipe: Cobb Salad Tacos
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.
View Recipe: Oven-Fried Coconut Chicken
This Asian-inspired chicken noodle bowl is full of flavor from a combination of soy sauce and sesame oil mixed with fresh
View Recipe: Chicken Noodle Bowl
Other fruit preserves, such as apricot, blackberry, or peach, will also work in this rich, easy-to-make, chicken recipe.
View Recipe: Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken
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.
View Recipe: Porcini-Dusted Chicken Scaloppine
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.
View Recipe: Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry
A rich mixture of Monterey Jack cheese, grilled chicken, and fresh veggies will make these quesadillas a hit with everyone
in the family.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas
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.
View Recipe: Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
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.
View Recipe: Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup
Sweet and savory, this chicken and fresh cucumber salad combo is under 250 calories and will leave you full and satisfied.
View Recipe: Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salad
Cover your basic grilled chicken with a zesty herb topping for an anything-but-average meal. It also works well over steak
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Mint and Pine Nut Gremolata
Make these easy barbecue pulled chicken sliders by pairing shredded rotisserie chicken with homemade barbecue sauce for an
easy weeknight meal.
View Recipe: Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders
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.
View Recipe: Apricot-Glazed Grilled Chicken
If you can’t find fresh tomatillos, substitute canned whole tomatillos and use less salt. Grilled lime wedges are a zesty
View Recipe: Chicken with Quick Chile Verde
This dish gives a Southwestern accent to the American summertime classic, grilled chicken. For more intensity, pickle the
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tostadas
Play up the buffalo chicken theme with a side of celery sticks and light ranch dressing.
View Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Thighs
For a shortcut version of this recipe, use store-bought, unsalted chicken stock instead of making your own.
View Recipe: Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup
Briny olives and tart lemons combine with fresh herbs for a Mediterranean-influenced chicken dish. Serve with hot cooked orzo.
View Recipe: Chicken with Olives and Lemons
For a colorful accompaniment to this hearty chicken dish, add mini bell peppers to the broiler pan with the skewers.
View Recipe: Honey-Lime Chicken Kebabs with Mango Slices
You can also use 8 thighs or 8 drumsticks or 4 pieces of each; cook about 10 minutes per side.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Your family will adore the fluffy deliciousness of this potpie's biscuit topping.
View Recipe: Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie
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.
View Recipe: Chicken and Pierogi Dumplings
Take these in your lunch box for an tasty, energy-packed meal to keep you going the rest of the day.
View recipe: Crispy Pan-Fried Chicken with Ranch Dipping Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Tsukune (Japanese Chicken Meatballs)
You can easily substitute kale or spinach for the mustard greens if you would prefer.
View Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens
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.
View Recipe: Green Curry Fritters
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.
View Recipe: Chicken and Dumplings
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.
View Photo: Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with Rich Pan Sauce
Frozen peas and arugula offer a little taste of spring, even in cooler months.
View Photo: Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread
The empanadas can be made ahead of time and chilled until ready to bake. For less heat, seed the jalapeño peppers after roasting.
View Recipe: Chicken and Mushroom Empanada
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.
View Recipe: Sticky Soy-Hoisin Chicken Thighs
For a sweeter profile, substitute apricot jam for the red pepper jelly.
View Recipe: Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa
This budget-friendly dinner runs just $2.36 per serving. Serve with 2 cups of hot cooked brown rice.
View Recipe: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Brussels Sprouts
This simple recipe is a revelation: It tastes as good as the old-school, supersavory chicken you'd get in a bucket.
View Recipe: Savory Pan-Fried Chicken with Hot Sauce
Lettuce wraps are a fresh alternative to pancakes or tortillas. If you can't find Bibb lettuce, iceberg will work.
View Recipe: Mu Shu Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Citrus zest perfumes the chicken while it marinates. A fresh salsa of citrus segments and herbs doubles down on fruit flavor.
View Recipe: Four Citrus-Herb Chicken
We dressed the bird boldly in this dish with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.
View Recipe: Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts
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.
View Recipe: Chicken and Basil Rice Bowl with Cashews
Just a touch of butter gets the brandy-spiked sauce gorgeously glossy and adds an elegant touch to this simple supper.
View Recipe: Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions
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.
View Recipe: Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce
This big-batch recipe is an unusual but brilliant choice for freezing. Moist chicken thighs hold up well, especially in the
spicy tomato sauce.
View Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala
A quick vinegar soak keeps the chicken moist and intensely flavorful in this light dish.
View Recipe: Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce Cups
Lemon is a bright partner for the caramelized leeks. They are sautéed, then roasted to meld with the honey and lemon.
View Recipe: Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks
This Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet is perfect for a sunny weekend al fresco lunch or dinner.
View Recipe: Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet
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.
View Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Spicy Rhubarb-BQ Sauce
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.
View Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
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.
View Recipe: Tomatillo-Braised Chicken Thighs