25 Easy and Healthy Chicken Recipes

Think chicken is a snooze-fest? THINK AGAIN. With the right recipe, chicken is anything but boring. Chicken is my go-to meat for recipe planning, because it’s a blank canvas for all kinds of different flavors and cooking techniques. Chicken is easy to use, a healthy source of protein, widely available, and budget-friendly. Weeknights (and weekends for that matter) are busy. Here are 25 of my favorite healthy chicken recipes that are sure to keep your weeknight dinners interesting!

25 Easy and Healthy Chicken Dinners


Easy Lemon Basil Chicken – Healthy one pan meal that’s ready in 20 minutes! Perfect dinner recipe for busy weeknights. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Lemon Basil Chicken

One Pan Lemon Basil Chicken with Spinach—Ready in 20 minutes! Fresh, flavorful, and healthy. Serve this recipe with brown rice for an easy, all-in-one weeknight meal.

“Made this tonight – excellent…mmmm. Thanks for another good one, Erin!” — Alexandra

Baked Italian Chicken with Vegetables. Flavor-packed chicken breasts with tomatoes, zucchini, and any other fresh vegetables you love. Everything cooks on ONE PAN in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner! Great for meal prep and the the balsamic Italian chicken marinade is to die for.

Sheet Pan Italian Chicken

Baked Italian Chicken. Flavor-packed chicken breasts with tomatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables. Everything cooks on ONE PAN for an easy, healthy dinner with no clean up!

“This is wonderful! The chicken has a good flavor, the vegetables are great. Cleanup is a breeze! A definite recipe keeper.” — Lizabeth

Strawberry Chicken With Avocado

Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken topped with a fresh strawberry avocado salsa. Whole30, Paleo, and gluten free.

“What a treat! It’s the best lime grilled chicken recipe we’ve found. The strawberry avocado combo speaks to my soul. A true keeper. Hey, everyone, make it soon!” — Shawn

Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Instant Pot Butter Chicken. An easy, healthy recipe for Indian butter chicken made with easy to find ingredients. Delicious and not too spicy.

“This was amazing, and even better, my whole family loved it! My 8 year old (super picky) said it’s super yummy and he likes how I “baked” it, my six year old kept going on and on about how good it smelled the whole time I was cooking, and hubby said it’s good to go in our regular dinner rotation. Thank you!”  — Brittany

Healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad. DELISH! Fresh, creamy, and packed with fresh veggies and juicy chicken. The dressing is made with Greek yogurt, so it's super creamy but much lighter. Perfect for parties, healthy lunches and dinners, and busy families. Use bowtie pasta or any shape you love.

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

A fresh and delicious healthy Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad with crisp veggies, juicy chicken, and an easy, creamy homemade Greek yogurt Caesar Dressing. Perfect for healthy family meals, barbecues, and parties!

“I made this for healthy lunches this week and I LOVE it. Thanks for a recipe that makes me look forward to meal time!” — Audra

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Healthy Crockpot Asian Lettuce Wraps with ground chicken, green onions, and fresh veggies. A dead ringer for PF Chang’s and so much better for you!

“The flavor in these was amazing! Husband could not stop saying how good they were. Looking forward to leftovers :)” — Carole

Thai Chicken Curry 

This Thai Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk recipe is a one-pan meal filled with authentic red Thai curry flavor. The coconut milk sauce is to die for!

“I just made this for dinner tonight and absolutely loved it – so flavorful without being too spicy! Easy, delicious, and healthy – wins in my book :)” — Elizabeth

plate of crock pot chicken and rice

Crock Pot Chicken and Rice

Easy Cheesy Crock Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole with Veggies. Simple and SO yummy! A family favorite healthy crockpot meal made with real ingredients. Even kids love it!

“This is my new favorite meal! Husband loved it, kids loved it, and it took me of all of 10 minutes to throw together.  This recipe is definitely going into the rotation. ” — Joanne

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

A healthy, easy Mexican chicken casserole recipe your entire family will love! Made with quinoa, fresh veggies, black beans, and cheese, this creamy, cheesy Mexican casserole has received dozens of glowing reviews. You’ll love it too!

“Hi Erin! I must say that this recipe is one of my top FAVORITES! I made it last weekend for my husband and I and we both rate it a full on 5!” — Saba

Slow Cooker Crock Pot BBQ Chicken recipe.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken

BEST EVER Crockpot BBQ Chicken! So easy, moist, and delicious. A healthy crockpot recipe for easy pulled chicken that works chicken breasts or thighs, or drumsticks and can be used for sandwiches, on top of baked potatoes, inside tacos or quesadillas, and more.

“I tried this recipe this past Sunday, and absolutely loved it! I added my BBQ chicken to a fresh garden salad, and drizzled just a tiny bit of ranch on top and it was so filling and flavorful! Definitely the best recipe I’ve made in a while. This is a new go-to for me!” — Taylor L

Golden Instant Pot Chicken and Rice. An easy, healthy dinner with moist chicken, fresh veggies, and creamy golden rice. Flavorful, filling, and great leftover too! The pressure cooker makes this simple recipe fast to make and completely hands-free! {gluten free}

Golden Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

Golden Instant Pot Chicken and Rice: An easy, healthy dinner with moist chicken, fresh veggies, creamy brown rice, and “golden” spices such as turmeric and ginger. Flavorful, filling, and great leftover too! The pressure cooker makes this simple chicken and brown rice recipe fast and completely hands free!

“This was so ridiculously easy AND delicious. I’m not kidding when I say it took less than an hour  (including going to the grocery store!!!!) from start to finish. Make this dish! ” — Elaine

Fiesta Chicken

A healthy, easy one-skillet dinner that is ready less than 30 minutes! With chicken, black beans, and southwest ranch flavor, this Fiesta Chicken casserole recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

“Made this tonight, delicious as usual! The dill makes it! Such a unique flavour! ” — Rachelle B

shredded chicken tacos

Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

The BEST EVER Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos! Easy, juicy pressure cooker Mexican chicken that’s healthy and full of flavor. Use it for tacos, burritos, taco bowls, or mix with black beans and rice.

“Oh baby! Where has this recipe been all my life! Love tacos, love shredded chicken and oh the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce so good! Aaand made in a pressure cooker, awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe” — Kristen

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

A healthy, easy version of authentic Indian chicken tikka masala made quick in the pressure cooker. Ultra creamy and great leftover too!

“I tried this recipe in this evening and it was delightful! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!” — Holli

slow cooker teriyaki chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

An easy recipe for Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken that takes less than 10 minutes to prep! Delicious, healthy, and so much better than takeout.

“I made this tonight, and it was incredible! It’s my new go-to chicken in the crockpot recipe! The chicken is tender and moist, and the saucy is so yummy! I also love that it can be cooked in 2 hours on high because I forgot to put it on until 2pm today! Thanks for another great recipe, Erin! :)” — Christina

plate of slow cooker Buffalo chicken stuffed sweet potatoes

Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Juicy slow cooker buffalo chicken served over sweet potatoes and topped with a creamy yogurt drizzle. One of my most popular recipes!

“These were like a little piece of heaven… seriously delicious!! Definitely on my make again ASAP list!!” —Magan

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

Cheesy Crockpot White Chicken Chili. TONS of flavor. Healthy, easy recipe, and your slow cooker does all the work!

“This was delicious! We are on a ski trip in Colorado so put all the ingredients in the crockpot and went out to ski for the afternoon – came back to our cabin smelling soooo good and a big pot of tasty chili!” — Melissa

slow cooker Greek chicken topped with kalamata olives, fresh herbs, and feta cheese

Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

Moist, juicy chicken with a bright Mediterranean flavors, roasted red peppers, and feta. Easy, healthy, and absolutely delicious!

“Delicious and healthy! Made this and served over a bed of zoodles with a touch of crushed red pepper.  I thought Kalamata olives would be weird in the slow cooker, but they soften up really nicely and melt in your mouth!  Adding to the rotation!” — Stef

Quick, easy and delicious One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff!! A healthy, homemade version of everyone’s favorite hamburger stroganoff that’s ready in 30 minutes! Perfect for a weeknight meal and will have everyone asking for seconds. NO canned soup! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Creamy Chicken Stroganoff

Quick, easy, and delicious One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff! A healthy, homemade version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. Ready in 30 minutes!

“Awesome recipe! Super easy to make and very tasty. Creamy and delicious but still healthy which is great. Thanks Erin!” — Nicole

Easy, healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with Garlic and Rosemary. Add asparagus and potatoes for a DELICIOUS sheet pan meal that’s perfect for busy weeknights! The veggies are crispy, the chicken juicy, and the flavors so fresh. Our family loves this simple meal! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Baked Lemon Chicken with Asparagus 

Easy, healthy Baked Lemon Chicken with garlic, rosemary, potatoes, and asparagus. Everything cooks on ONE pan. Delicious and perfect for busy weeknights!

“Oh my goodness….this is so yummy! It made both parents and teenagers happy tonight. It has already been requested that I make it again. Thank you for such a great recipe!” — Kellie M

Grilled Orange Chicken Kabobs

Easy Grilled Orange Chicken Kabobs with bell pepper and onion. A 3-ingredient orange honey marinade makes the chicken flavorful and tender!

“I love that you took one of my fav take-out dishes and healthified it!!” — Heather

ONE PAN Chipotle Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, and Tomatoes. Easy, healthy recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights! Great leftover so you can use it for meal prep too. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Chipotle Chicken Skillet

One Pan Chipotle Chicken Skillet with sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and tomatoes. An easy, healthy, all-in-one meal!

“Can’t believe how simple and delicious this was!!! Saving it for sure.” — Hillary

Oven baked Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders. Juicy, crispy, sweet, and spicy with a golden panko crust. Easy, healthy, and SO much better than take out! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders

Oven-baked Crispy Asian Chicken Tenders. Juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, with an addictive ginger, soy sauce, and garlic marinade.

“These were excellent!  I really like your technique, and I appreciate your wonderful description of how to do it. My family has requested I make these again, and I will be happy to oblige. Thank you.” — Jocelyn

EASY Grilled Chicken Fajitas in Foil Packets. Better than a restaurant! Perfect for fast, healthy summer dinners. No special spice packet required. This is a simple recipe you can whip up any night of the week! Add peppers, onions, zucchini, or any of your favorite vegetables {low carb, gluten free} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

An easy, healthy recipe for perfectly seasoned Grilled Chicken Fajitas in Foil Packets. Foolproof!

“Thank you for sharing yet another delicious, simple, and veggie-full recipe, Erin! My husband and I loved these, and they were quick & easy to prepare. The seasoning blend was perfect and so tasty, while the chicken kept all of its juiciness in the sealed foil packs! We will be making these again soon :)” —Melissa

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie. Just 335 calories for a huge, creamy serving! Packed with juicy chicken, fresh veggies, and topped with a golden, flakey crust. An easy, comforting weeknight dinner! {dairy free; clean eating} Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie. Just 335 calories for a huge, creamy serving! Packed with juicy chicken, fresh veggies, and topped with a golden, flaky crust.

“Erin- Thanks for a fabulous recipe! This was my first time using almond milk and found the results to be quite delicious. Chicken pot pie is my favorite dish.” — JC Day

 

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25 Easy and Healthy Chicken Dinner Recipes. Includes crockpot chicken recipes, one pan meals, sheet pan recipes, and more! All are healthy, family friendly, and easy to make.

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

4 comments

  1. Love the huge variety of flavors in this round-up! Something for everyone :)

  2. This is the ultimate list! Total drool worthy!!

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