38 Healthy Chicken Recipes That’ll Have You Saying “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!”
As far as weeknight dinner goes, it doesn’t get much easier than the ever-classic chicken dinner. Whether you’re making it in the slow cooker, on a sheet pan, or atop your cast-iron skillet, chicken is a familiar friend on the supper table—and we’re serving up 38 healthy chicken recipes that’ll make this staple even more crowd-pleasing. These chicken dinners are quick, easy, and delicious, making them perfect to add to your weeknight menu, especially if you’ve been feeling bored in the kitchen. Try one of our one-dish skillets, anything-but-boring salads, or classic crockpot recipes; and you won’t be going back. (Many even make use of shredded rotisserie chicken, which you can snag on your weekly grocery trip. Double bingo.) These easy and healthy dinner recipes will have you ready to declare “Winner, winner, chicken dinner!”
Skillet Chicken with Beans and Greens
This is what we like to call the "one-pan wonder." It uses up your leftover groceries in the most delicious way.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Juicy chicken thighs paired with crusty, toasty chunks of cornbread? Well, we don't mind if we do.
Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Recipe: Lemon-Herb Chicken Kebabs
Just look at that char, guys. These tangy kebabs are a healthier weeknight pick for the summertime.
Clementine-and-Collard Greens Salad
Sweet and juicy clementines, a favorite citrus down South, liven up this perfect salad.
Spicy Red Curry with Chicken
Recipe: Spicy Red Curry with Chicken
Between the simple slow-cooked chicken and the spicy red curry sauce, we're sold. Serve this recipe over fluffy jasmine rice or heart-healthy brown rice.
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
You really won't beat this spiced, crispy sheet pan chicken. The Greek-style garnishes are the best part.
Quick Chicken and Barley Stew
Recipe: Quick Chicken and Barley Stew
Packed with good-for-you vegetables and whole grains, this chicken stew will keep you feeling satisfied.
Chicken Niçoise Salad
Recipe: Chicken Niçoise Salad
We gave this traditionally cold-composed salad a delicious new twist: warm roasted chicken. It'll refresh the idea of "salad" for you.
One-Pan Chicken with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes
This Mediterranean-inspired dish will make you forget that you were getting bored of chicken. Lemony chicken and artichokes are topped with a tangy relish of green olives, parsley, and thyme.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
These easy, flavorful chicken tacos are begging to make a Taco Tuesday appearance. If trying to cut down carbs, swap out the rice for riced cauliflower.
BBQ Rub Roasted Chickens with Potatoes and Carrots
This recipe serves a two-fold purpose. It's an easy sheet pan supper, and it makes great leftovers for throw-together lunches and dinners for the rest of the week.
Creamy Chicken-and-Rice Soup with Collard Greens
This soup is absolutely packed with healthy fresh vegetables. (As in, that pinch of heavy cream is totally offset.)
Chicken-Quinoa Salad with Green Goddess Dressing
This salad is deliciously dynamic: protein-rich quinoa, shredded chicken, tender butter lettuce, crunchy radishes and cucumbers, and a tangy herbed dressing.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
Sweet and spicy makes a powerhouse duo at dinnertime. And, really, is there anything easier than a 30-minute sheet pan supper?
Kale and Sweet Potato Salad with Chicken
Roasted sweet potatoes and chicken give this salad enough hearty substance to be considered a dinner salad. (That's a title we do not bestow lightly.)
Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup
Recipe: Smoked Chicken Tortilla Soup
This smoky soup is all about the spices and savory smoked chicken, making it a wintertime staple.
Chicken Fricassee with Spring Vegetables
A cross between a sauté and a stew, this recipe hits all of the fresh, savory notes you could want.
Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Arugula Pesto
We dressed up these chicken breast, zucchini, yellow squash, and Vidalia onion kebabs with a flavorful pesto—you're welcome.
Garlicky Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
Avoid the dry meat dilemma with our roasted spatchcock chicken. It pairs well with Brussels sprouts and carrots.
Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
Recipe: Greek Chicken Salad Wedges
There's nothing to be sad about this work lunch situation.
Lighter Pan-Fried Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Because sometimes a Southerner just needs some fried chicken. But here's the secret: This crispy, golden fried chicken is done with a quick pan-fry rather than a deep fry. You'll pop it in the oven to finish cooking and enhance the crispiness.
Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Recipe: Tropical Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Wrapped in tender butter lettuce and garnished with cashews for crunch, these lettuce wraps pack more flavor and texture than your average mayo-heavy chicken salad wrap.
Honey-Apricot Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Honey-Apricot Glazed Chicken
Right at the flavorful intersection where sweet and savory meet, you'll find these slow-cooker chicken thighs.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
This chicken dinner is the perfect example of why we don't mess with a good thing. It's simple, straightforward, and oh-so tasty.
Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Make this at-home version of Thai peanut sauce, and drizzle it over colorful veggies and shredded rotisserie chicken. Done and done.
Grilled Creole Chicken and Okra
Recipe: Grilled Creole Chicken & Okra
Get the Creole flavor you're craving, but keep things a tad healthier. This blend of charred chicken, smoked Andouille sausage (which you can switch for turkey or chicken sausage), tomatoes, okra, onion, and bell pepper is a weeknight winner.
Recipe: Almond-Chicken Wrap
Say hello to your new go-to brown bag lunch. This lightened-up take on chicken salad is healthy, and serving it in a wrap is portable.
Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Farro is the super healthy, hearty whole grain you need in your life. This salad gets smoky, sweet flavor from grilled chicken and veggies.
Braised Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Lemons
Sweet carrots and tangy lemons really make this simple braised chicken dish sing—all in less than an hour.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
This fresh summer salad adds a pop of color to any spread. Put those heirloom tomatoes to good use!
Recipe: Chicken Chili
Consider this recipe your fresher alternative to a traditional beef chili. You won't be disappointed.
Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Drumsticks with Squash
This chicken-and-squash sheet pan supper is what our weeknight dreams are made of.
Curried Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes
You'll be drooling over how these curried chicken thighs fall right off the bone after cooking them low and slow.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
A stir-fry takes, oh, maybe ten minutes? And it's healthy? We're sold.
Couscous Pilaf with Roasted Carrots, Chicken, and Feta
This fluffy couscous is delicious on its own, but roasted carrots and chicken turn it into a memorable one-bowl meal.
Country Captain Chicken
Recipe: Country Captain Chicken
This Lowcountry classic is packed with flavor from various spices like curry powder, paprika, and nutmeg. Lighten up this recipe by serving over brown rice or riced cauliflower.
Grilled Pizza with Summer Veggies and Smoked Chicken
Thin, whole-wheat pizza dough lets you indulge in your pizza cravings, but in a healthier way. And once you try grilled pizza, you won't ever want to go back.
White Lightning Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili
This classic chili recipe has to be one of our all-time favorites. And it only takes 30 minutes to prepare.