60 Healthy Chicken Recipes That Your Family Will Eat on Repeat

Creative ways to enjoy a chicken dinner, from stir-fries to fajitas — even a whole bird!

garam masala roasted chicken cauliflower, healthy chicken recipe
Mike Garten

Our bet is that chicken breast recipes are a staple at your house. And if that's true, then it's also likely that this go-to protein can sometimes become blah if it's served too frequently. No more! The trick is to rely on different seasonings, sources of heat and serving suggestions to change things up — and we've got you covered there. This collection of healthy chicken recipes can get you through months of nutritious meals (really!) without anyone feeling bored.

Transform the versatile poultry into flavorful entrées fit for family dinners with the help of delicious seasonings, sauces, healthy side dishes and the occasional cheesy stuffing. Whether you're looking for an easy sheet pan dinner or set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker feasts, 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 boast better nutritional benefits than breaded or fried versions — but we love those options for comforting meals that still contain an impressive protein punch. Feel free to switch it up between chicken breasts and chicken thighs, which are high in iron. Ready for some menu ideas? Check out these must-try healthy chicken ideas to revamp your mundane meals, stat.

fennel roasted chicken and peppers
Mike Garten
1 of 60
Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers

Serve this flavorful main with whole grain rice or flatbread for a healthy dinner inspired by the Mediterranean.

Get the recipe for Fennel Roasted Chicken and Peppers »

RELATED: Your 1-Week Mediterranean Diet Meal Plan

chicken and broccoli parchment packets
Mike Garten
2 of 60
Chicken and Broccoli Parchment Packets

Cooking protein in parchments keeps it nice and juicy. Throw some veggies in there for a built-in side!

Get the recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Parchment Packets »

garam masala roasted chicken and cauliflower
Mike Garten
3 of 60
Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower

Garam masala adds warming heat and lots of flavor.

Get the recipe for Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower »

lemon pepper linguine with creamy chicken and broccoli
Mike Garten
4 of 60
Lemon-Pepper Linguine With Creamy Chicken and Broccoli

Use store-bought pasta to make this fit for any weeknight, or try your hand at homemade pasta for dinner and an activity all in one.

Get the recipe for Lemon-Pepper Linguine With Creamy Chicken and Broccoli »

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roasted cherry chicken with parmesan brussels sprouts
DANIELLE OCCHIOGROSSO DALY
5 of 60
Roasted Cherry Chicken With Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

With slightly sweet dried cherries and salty Parmesan crisps, there's no shortage of fun flavor in this weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe for Roasted Cherry Chicken With Parmesan Brussels Sprouts »

mediterranean chicken bowls
Mike Garten
6 of 60
Mediterranean Chicken Bowls

Cooking juicy tomatoes in the air fryer creates a hands-off, stellar sauce. Spoon it over dinner for added flavor!

Get the recipe for Mediterranean Chicken Bowls »

sheet pan chicken fajitas
Danielle Daly
7 of 60
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
skillet roasted chicken
Mike Garten
8 of 60
Skillet Roasted Chicken

Roast a whole bird for a satisfying, cozy supper that feeds four.

Get the recipe for Skillet Roasted Chicken »

paprika chicken with crispy chickpeas and tomatoes
Mike Garten
9 of 60
Paprika Chicken With Crispy Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Chickpeas add extra protein and and a little bit of crunch in this simple meal.

Get the recipe for Paprika Chicken With Crispy Chickpeas and Tomatoes »

air fryer stuffed chicken
Mike Garten
10 of 60
Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken

Break out everyone's favorite appliance for this easy pleaser. Creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs make a flavorful stuffing.

Get the recipe for Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken »

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roasted chicken and tomatoes
Mike Garten
11 of 60
Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes

It sounds simple—and that's because it is. You only need 5 ingredients (plus salt and pepper) to make this tasty chicken for one.

Get the recipe for Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes »

cobb salad
Mike Garten
12 of 60
Cobb Salad

Loaded with eggs, bacon, cheese and chicken, this salad is fit for a dinner feast.

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greek lemon chicken soup
Mike Garten
13 of 60
Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

The secret to this light, creamy soup? Whisked eggs! That’s right — this recipe is completely dairy-free.

Get the recipe for Greek Lemon Chicken Soup »

chicken breast recipes - Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
14 of 60
Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken

Nix your Chipotle craving in the bud with this 30-minute dinner, featuring a zesty mix of scallions, jalapeños, cilantro and melty Monterey Jack.

Get the recipe for Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken »

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moroccan olive and orange chicken with red onions and rice
Mike Garten
15 of 60
Moroccan Olive and Orange Chicken

Swap brown rice for the pilaf in this North African-inspired recipe and you'll get an extra fiber-filled boost from the healthy whole grains.

Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad »

healthy fall recipes   broccoli soup
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
16 of 60
Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup

A healthy, cheesy soup? It's possible when you consider broccoli's health benefits.

Get the recipe for Broccoli-Parmesan Chicken Soup »

grilled chicken fajitas
Mike Garten
17 of 60
Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Loaded with veggies and lean chicken breast, this is a healthy, family-friendly weeknight dinner.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Fajitas »

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best coconut milk recipes – coconut lime chicken breast with slaw
Danielle Occhigrosso Daly
18 of 60
Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw

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.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw »

healthy chicken recipes   chicken curry dinner
Mike Garten
19 of 60
Chicken Curry

This ultrafast curry makes use of garlic, ginger, onions, and a few other spices for bold comfort food in half the time.

Get the recipe for Traditional Chicken Curry »

healthy chicken dinners   spatchcocked chicken
20 of 60
Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken

Spending a little extra time to butterfly a whole bird (a.k.a. spatchcocking it!) can help it cook much faster. The fresh herbs used here will please even the pickiest of eaters.

Get the recipe for Spatchcocked Roasted Chicken »

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healthy chicken dinners   pan fried chicken with lemony broccoli
Mike Garten
21 of 60
Pan-Fried Chicken With Lemony Roasted Broccoli

We love a good one-pot dinner, and this sautéed broccoli and chicken make for a quick-yet-delicious meal.

Get the recipe for Pan-Fried Chicken With Lemony Roasted Broccoli »

healthy chicken dinners   chicken roulades with marinated tomatoes
Mike Garten
22 of 60
Chicken Roulades With Marinated Tomatoes

Stuffing a chicken breast makes it doubly delicious, and the addition of iron-rich spinach manages makes this healthy dinner even lighter.

Get the recipe for Chicken Roulades With Marinated Tomatoes »

chicken breast recipes   roasted sweet potato  chicken salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso
23 of 60
Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad

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.

Get the recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad »

Autumn Squash Salad With Chicken
Emily Kate Romer
24 of 60
Autumn Squash Salad With Chicken

Buy precut squash to save yourself some time — or learn how to chop it up yourself with our tutorial on how to peel and cut butternut squash.

Get the recipe for Autumn Squash Salad With Chicken »

healthy fall recipes   roasted chicken and fennel
Mike Garten
25 of 60
Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken With Fennel and Radicchio Salad

You'll find Meghan Markle whipping up roast chicken in her kitchen... so what are you waiting for?

Get the recipe for Orange-Ginger Roast Chicken With Fennel and Radicchio Salad »

caribbean chicken thighs
Mike Garten
26 of 60
Caribbean Chicken Thighs

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.

Get the recipe for Caribbean Chicken Thighs »

RELATED: 33 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That Basically Make Themselves

seared coconut lime chicken with snap pea slaw
Mike Garten
27 of 60
Seared Coconut-Lime Chicken with Snap Pea Slaw

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!

Get the recipe for Seared Coconut-Lime Chicken With Snap Pea Slaw »

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easy chicken breast recipes
Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D
28 of 60
Slow Cooker Sesame-Garlic Chicken

Lighten this Chinese takeout classic even further by serving over a bed of low-carb cauliflower rice instead. The cauli kind cooks faster, too.

Get the recipe for Slow Cooker Sesame-Garlic Chicken »

Pomegranate Honey-Glazed Chicken and Squash - Valentine's Day Dinner Ideas
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
29 of 60
Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash

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!

Get the recipe for Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash »

chicken breast recipes   grilled chicken romesco
Mike Garten
30 of 60
Grilled Chicken Romesco

What is Romesco, you ask? Consider this Catalonian condiment as next-level tomato sauce with the addition of nuts, peppers, garlic, and sherry vinegar.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Romesco »

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