10 delicious, healthy chicken recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less

Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Could there be a food more versatile than chicken? We think not! While we love having a roasted chicken fresh from the oven, paired with a side of veggies and warm, crusty dinner rolls, some weeknights we don’t have time to devote to that kind of meal. 

Chicken is one of the most versatile foods in your arsenal. But if you’re stuck in a chicken recipe rut and you’re looking for some new ideas, these 10 healthy chicken recipes are tasty, low-cal, and take just 30 minutes or less to make.

Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! 

Chicken piccata

If you’re searching for a healthy chicken breast recipe that’s mouthwatering and easy enough for any night of the week, this is the one. The trick to this classic Italian dish is making sure that your chicken fillets are pounded super thin. Not only will that allow the chicken to cook in just about 10 minutes, but it will ensure that the pan-made lemon, caper, and butter sauce penetrates into the meat for incredible flavor in every bite. 

Greek chicken pasta

With artichoke hearts, tomato, feta cheese, parsley, lemon juice, and pasta, this Greek-inspired chicken dish is packed with flavor, but has under 500 calories per serving. To up the flavor profile, toss in a few Kalamata olives.

Buffalo chicken bites

Love spicy Buffalo wings, but hate the mess and the deep-fried calories? These chicken bites are a healthier, easier, every-bit-as-delicious win for three simple reasons:

  1. They’re skinless. But you won’t miss the saturated fat one little bit.
  2. They’re sautéd. A quick sauté in heart-healthy olive oil replaces the typical deep-fried cook method but still maintains the crispiness.
  3. They’re boneless. That means: easier to eat and no messy bones to contend with at clean-up time. 

Grilled chicken tacos with slaw & lime crema

A colorful and healthy vegetable slaw, dressed with a flavorful blend of sour cream, lime juice, and cilantro, gets topped with chicken tenders that are cooked on a grill pan for a crowd-pleasing chicken taco filling that comes together in just 25 minutes!

Quick and easy chicken noodle soup

Homemade chicken noodle soup in under 30 minutes? You’ve got this! This recipe is a real game-changer, giving you that homemade goodness your family deserves, without hours of stovetop simmering. The trick to this fast and easy version is the store-bought rotisserie chicken that substitutes for cooking a chicken from scratch. Add chicken broth, fresh veggies, some dried herbs, and egg noodles, and your family can enjoy a big bowl of homemade chicken soup that has all the flavor and nutrition of the classic kind, in less than half an hour!

Parmesan-crusted chicken breast

The crunchy, crispy coating on this chicken breast recipe comes from just two ingredients: parmesan cheese and pepper. Add a tomato-basil topping and a side of potatoes for a dinner that goes from oven to table in just 27 minutes!

Crispy chicken stir fry

Skip the takeout and add this yummy chicken stir fry to your weeknight dinner repertoire. When making any stir fry, warm the pan prior to adding the oil. For this stir fry, it’s also important to cook the chicken separately from the vegetables, which will ensure that your meat is perfectly cooked and prevents overcooking the veggies. 

Looking for healthy chicken recipes for lunch? Done!

Healthy chicken salad

If you want a healthier version of a classic chicken salad recipe, your search is over. This one combines tender chicken, crunchy celery, grapes, and sliced almonds with a greek yogurt and dijon mustard-based dressing that substitutes for calorie- and fat-laden mayo. Throw it together and serve on crusty whole-grain bread, or limit your carbs by layering it over a bed of lettuce.

BBQ chicken chopped salad

You can make this dish for tonight’s dinner and make a little extra for tomorrow’s lunch. The lime juice dressing draws out the flavor of the vegetables, so creamy dressings aren’t needed, resulting in a healthier, lower-calorie choice.

Homemade chicken tenders with everything seasoning over salad

Everything bagel spice adds extra seasoning and crunch to the breadcrumbs coating this chicken tenders recipe. If you’re having a hard time finding premixed everything bagel spice, you can make your own with equal parts of dried minced onion and garlic, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, salt, and ground pepper. After pan-frying the coated chicken tenders, use them to top a simple salad for an easy, tasty dinner — or lunch — that’s ready in 25 minutes.

Our chicken recipe ideas give you 10 new ways to enjoy one of the most popular dinner choices. Each one is super easy to make, and all will help you keep your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier in 2022!

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