Nutritious Chicken Recipes
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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.
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.
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.
Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken
Other fruit preserves, such as apricot, blackberry, or peach, will also work in this rich, easy-to-make, chicken recipe.
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.
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.
Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry
Chile paste and fresh ginger add just the right amount of heat to this flavorful stir-fry, which will add a little zip to your weeknight dinner rotation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grilled Chicken Tostadas
This dish gives a Southwestern accent to the American summertime classic, grilled chicken. For more intensity, pickle the onions overnight.
Buffalo Chicken Thighs
Play up the buffalo chicken theme with a side of celery sticks and light ranch dressing.
Chicken-Matzo Ball Soup
For a shortcut version of this recipe, use store-bought, unsalted chicken stock instead of making your own.
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.
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.
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.
If the skillet gets crowded, brown the chicken in batches.
Sticky Chile Drumettes
Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie
Your family will adore the fluffy deliciousness of this potpie's biscuit topping.
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.
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.
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.
Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens
You can easily substitute kale or spinach for the mustard greens if you would prefer.
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.
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.
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.
Open-Faced Chicken Sandwiches with Green Pea Spread
Frozen peas and arugula offer a little taste of spring, even in cooler months.
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.
Have a filling you want to make but need an empanada dough recipe? This Whole-Wheat Empanada Dough is light and flaky and can be baked rather than fried. Wine in the recipe adds yeast flavor and aids in flakiness; its acidity also breaks down the gluten, allowing you to stretch the dough easily when forming the empanadas.
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.
Glazed Chicken with Almond Quinoa
For a sweeter profile, substitute apricot jam for the red pepper jelly.
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.
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.
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.
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. The natural sugar from the citrus in the marinade creates a caramelized glaze on the roasted chicken while the serrano chiles add a layer of heat. Buying a whole chicken that still has the skin on and bones-ins will add a depth of flavor that skinless and boneless chicken breasts lack. Even though the chicken will be roasted in the oven, the citrus and herbs keep this dish very light and fresh. Pair with a fresh orzo or quinoa salad to let this zesty, roasted chicken shine as the main dish.
Craving salty and crunchy chicken fingers? You can have them for dinner but this time they are covered in hazelnuts, crispy panko, with half the calories and so much more flavor. This oven-fried chicken recipe delivers full flavors of Dijon mustard, hazelnuts, sage, and red wine, and is ready in less than 40 minutes. If you don’t have ruby port, you can substitute it with a sweet red cooking wine such as dry sherry or Marsala wine. This is a weeknight chicken meal the whole family will enjoy with the crunchy, oven fried chicken and elevated port sauce - ketchup or a homemade ranch would pair well if children do not like the port sauce. Serve with roasted butternut squash as a side to complete the meal.
Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts
We dressed the bird boldly in this dish with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spicy-Sweet Chicken Lettuce Cups
A quick vinegar soak keeps the chicken moist and intensely flavorful in this light dish.
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.
Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet
This Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet is perfect for a sunny weekend al fresco lunch or dinner.
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.
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.
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.