This list of 30 easy chicken recipes makes cooking good healthy meals at home just as easy as picking up or ordering in.
30 BEST Easy Healthy Chicken Recipes
When it comes to deciding what’s for dinner tonight, it’s not always easy to come up with new ideas, especially when it comes to everyone’s favorite: Chicken. It’s a fact that chicken has become the most popular meat in the whole world, growing 70% in popularity since 1990. It’s no wonder then, that there are so many chicken recipes to choose from. That’s why I’m making it easier for you, and narrowing the field.
From whole roasted chickens better than any you’ll find at the grocery store check out, to the easiest ways to cook chicken breasts, this list of 30 chicken recipes dinner ideas will satisfy every member of your family no matter how picky they may seem to be.
Skillet Chicken Recipes
Pan-frying and stir-frying lends amazing flavor to chicken. Bonus: Some of these recipes are made entirely in one skillet and it doesn’t get much easier than that.
This bright and flavorful dish features my favorite caprese salad ingredients ingredients and store-bought pesto with boneless chicken breasts for a quick-to-make dinner that’s perfect for weeknights.
This simple, refreshing salad is a favorite all year long with tender chicken cooked in a lighter Thai flavored sauce to make a crunchy salad that makes a meal.
These easy, one-skillet, restaurant-level fajitas only take 30 minutes to make, and are so legit. The key to their awesome flavor is the simple homemade fajita seasoning mix and the almighty cast iron skillet.
This clean and fresh noodle salad gets its savory flavor from curried chicken dressed with the most addicting lime and rice vinegar dressing and fresh herbs. Tons of fresh veggies and peanuts give it an irresistible crunch.
This isn’t your same-old, same-old chicken dinner recipe. Pan fry chicken breasts in a creamy mushroom sauce and serve alongside orzo and asparagus for a go-to dinner idea no matter the time of year.
You’re just a few easy steps away from a spicy dinner that highlights authentic Thai flavors – think fresh ginger, Thai basil and a coconut sauce – and works perfectly over rice or noodles.
This healthy, Mediterranean-inspired chicken quinoa bowl is perfect for quick and easy meal-prep dinners. Plus, it’s flexible enough to mix and match ingredients for take-to-work lunches that never get boring.
An Italian classic! This easy chicken piccata is topped with a lemon-caper sauce for a light, bright dinner. With just 10 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cooking time, it’ll be on your plate, ready to be devoured, in nearly no time at all.
How easy is this one-pot recipe? So easy. This chicken and rice recipe puts a load of healthy ingredients into one slurpable bowl. Serve it over rice or noodles for the perfect chopstick practicing exercise. Win/win/win.
Baked and Roasted Chicken Recipes
Whether it’s a sheet pan chicken dinners or a classic roast chicken, you can’t go wrong.
Whether you’re working on making your weekly meal prep easier, or need a quick and simple recipe for weeknight dinners, this recipe has all my secrets for the best baked chicken breast guaranteed to come out perfectly juicy every single time.
Sheet pan roasted chicken breasts, butternut squash, and red onion served with black beans, brown rice and guacamole make this a healthy, hearty meal in a bowl that is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner.
Place a whole chicken in an already-hot cast iron skillet with sliced potatoes and onions for an ultra-easy meal that’s ready in just one hour. Best yet, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to repurpose for lunches throughout the week.
This easy, super delicious chicken Parmesan is baked instead of fried, but is just as crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. If you’re trying to cut down on carbs, serve it over a bed of zucchini noodles or roasted spaghetti squash.
This Chinese Chicken Salad takes the lighter road than the heavier versions I always see at those popular food chains that everyone loves. It’s made with crunchy romaine, wontons, and an almond crunch, and is topped with protein-packed chicken breast, pasta noodles, and a killer sesame dressing you’ll want to drizzle over everything.
Garlic lovers, rejoice! Even if you don’t love garlic, you will after making this chicken dinner. The garlic mellows when roasted alongside a whole chicken, becoming soft, buttery and surprisingly sweet.
The best things about this recipe is how easily you can customize it to your family’s tastes. Love barbecue? Craving tangy salt and vinegar? Keeping it real with ranch? Add some creamy mac and cheese and steamed broccoli for a delightfully kid-friendly dinner.
This version of the classic Indian tandoori chicken dinner is baked on a sheet pan with Indian spiced vegetables for a simple and complete meal any night of the week. Don’t forget the naan!
Quick and easy to prep, these chicken fajita foil packet dinners with a simple homemade fajita seasoning mix are cooked on the grill or in the oven and ready to eat in just about 30 minutes.
Tender and juicy, this whole roasted chicken is brushed with lemon rosemary garlic butter and stuffed with fresh aromatics, all using ingredients you likely already have at home. Bonus: as the bird cooks, your house will smell amazing.
This super easy, no-cook, homemade mole sauce is made from scratch, and gives regular chicken enchiladas a delicious twist for a super fast Mexican dinner to meal prep or even throw together for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Grilled Chicken Recipes
No matter what time of year it is, chicken is always worth firing up the grill for.
This grilled cilantro lime chicken recipe delivers lots of flavor thanks to a quick marinade, and with just 7 ingredients and 3 steps, it’s easy enough to cook any night of the week. I love serving it with quinoa or rice and a yummy salad.
A simple balsamic dressing does double duty as a marinade for the chicken in this light and healthy, fresh avocado and strawberry spinach salad that I love for lunch or dinner, all year-round!
The best BBQ chicken breast recipe doesn’t call for complicated marinades or rubs, it’s all about this easy on-the-grill or in-the-oven cooking method sweetened with BBQ sauce for moist and juicy chicken breasts every time. It’s perfect with your favorite sides, or in this BBQ chicken salad.
Boneless, skinless chicken breast marinated in the traditional Greek flavors of lemon, garlic and oregano then threaded on skewers with a few veggies makes these grilled chicken kebabs an easy and healthy weeknight dinner winner.
This zingy garlic, lemon, and oregano Greek marinade is one of my favorites. It packs some serious flavor! Whether you use it for chicken that’s grilled, baked, or pan-fried, you really can’t go wrong. Serve it over a hearty Greek salad or try it alongside some grilled veggies and orzo with fresh dill, mint, and feta.
This delicious Greek salad topped with Greek marinaded chicken is the best for meal prepped lunches or light dinners. Top it with kalamata olives, feta cheese, crunchy cucumbers and my Mediterranean tomato salad with an easy Greek vinaigrette dressing.
Healthy and satisfying, this super bowl hits the spot. Using gluten-free tamari will make this orange marinade gluten-free and paleo friendly. But, you can always use regular soy sauce or Braggs liquid aminos for the same salty flavor if gluten isn’t a concern.
Instant Pot, Slow Cooker & Soup Chicken Recipes
If you plan ahead, cooking things lower and slower (or crazy fast in the Instant Pot) can be a great way to save time.
Slow-cooked bone-in, skinless chicken thighs create the luxe flavor in this savory Italian chicken dinner that pairs perfectly with pasta for an incredibly easy weeknight or weekend meal. I love serving it over pasta, gnocchi, or roasted spaghetti squash.
This is a comforting, lemony twist on the classic chicken and rice soup. It’s light but filling, and made with orzo pasta, which helps thicken this flavorful stew!
These better-than-P.F. Chang’s orange chicken lettuce wraps recipe is incredibly easy to make thanks to the Instant Pot pressure cooker that does double duty as a self-serve, low-carb appetizer or as a healthy main meal that’s quick to make and even more fun to eat.
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THE BEST Greek Chicken Marinade
- 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large breasts)
- ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 4 lemons
- 4-5 cloves garlic , pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Place the chicken pieces in a freezer bag or a bowl and set aside.
- Add the Greek yogurt and olive oil to a medium size bowl. Zest one of the lemons and add to the bowl. Juice that lemon into the bowl with the zest. Slice the other three lemons and set aside. Add the minced garlic, oregano, kosher salt and black pepper to the lemon juice and zest and stir. Pour half of the marinade into the freezer bag or the bowl with the chicken pieces and reserve the other half of the marinade for basting. Marinate the chicken for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours in the refrigerator.
- When ready to grill, prepare the grill by lightly oiling the grate with vegetable oil or cooking spray and set to medium high heat.
- Grill the chicken, basting with the reserved marinade and turning often so each side browns and has light grill marks, until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear. During the last 5 minutes of cooking add the 3 sliced lemons to the grill, turning once or twice. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serve with the grilled lemons. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.
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