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Deliciously healthy chicken recipes

Deliciously healthy chicken recipes

Not only is chicken a great source of protein, it’s also high in the mineral phosphorus which we need to keep our bones and teeth strong and healthy. It’s incredibly versatile, too: great with pasta, in stir-fries, soups or curries, or simply grilled with a lovely, seasonal salad.

When it comes to buying chicken, if it’s within your means, buy higher-welfare and sustainable options. The minimum standard we would recommend is RSPCA Assured – start here and upgrade to free-range or organic whenever you can. Be adventurous, try something different and whip up one of these easy, healthy recipes for dinner this evening.

Jazz up this popular combo of pasta and pesto with grilled chicken breasts and green beans. Bashing the chicken between sheets of greaseproof paper until lovely and thin, then quick-frying it with your favourite flavours is an incredibly easy and super-speedy way to get delicious, tender results. Try this technique, then tweak with your own favourite herbs or spices, and serve simply with seasonal greens and potatoes for a tasty, quick dinner.

This dish requires minimal effort but really delivers on the flavour front – it’s simply a case of throwing all the ingredients into a tray, then whacking it in the oven to roast while you get on with your evening chores. To serve, put the whole tray in the middle of the table for everyone to take their share. Delicious with brown rice or crusty bread for mopping up the juices.

Skewers of tender chicken and crunchy garlic bread, served with a salad of sliced oranges, spinach and a crumbling of feta, this is a vibrant dish of contrasts. When cooking, weigh your kebabs down in the pan so they get beautifully crispy.

Sweet and mild, this simple dish is a great way to introduce kids to curry and get some hidden veg into them, too. Tweak the spice levels depending on your tastes and use top-quality mango chutney for added flavour.

This Indian-inspired roast chicken makes the perfect weeknight dinner for one. Roasted in one dish, it’s an incredible mishmash of flavour and quick to knock together, too. Serve with a side salad to up your veg intake.


Healthy Chicken Soup

*organic ingredients recommended*

  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup of carrots, chopped or shredded (I used pre-shredded carrots for convenience)
  • 1 cup of celery, chopped
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil (or ghee)
  • 32 oz. chicken broth or chicken bone broth
  • 1 cup whole mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 lbs. organic chicken thighs (I used 2, 1 lb. packages, each had 4 thighs)
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tbsp. Caribbean jerk seasoning (buy this in the spice aisle at your local (or favorite online) grocery store)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

HOW TO MAKE THIS (SO GOOD AND GOOD FOR YOU) HEALTHY CHICKEN SOUP

  • Prep the veggies.
  • Then sauté the onions, carrots, and celery in a stock pot with the olive oil (or ghee) over medium heat until they begin to soften.
  • Once tender, add the broth and mushrooms.
  • Cook until the broth boils.
  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and add the chicken and bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and fork tender.
  • Remove the thighs one by one, onto a cutting board and shred with a fork.
  • Once shredded, transfer the meat back into the pot.
  • At this point, it’s ready to serve. I always make a bowl. I also always add some hot sauce to mine… because I’m addicted to hot sauce.


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TIPS TO TURN CHICKEN SOUP INTO A BIGGER MEAL

I like to serve this soup along with a salad or brown rice to make it a complete meal if I’m cooking for other people, too. The brown rice adds more fiber, is more filling, and helps stretch the dollar more.

Make the brown rice on the side to keep your soup low carb!

I like to ladle the soup over the top of a bed of brown rice if my family or significant other are involved. You could also do brown rice noodle or other clean, plant-based noodles, too. I never have though.

This keeps your soup lower calorie and but lets your family enjoy the meal, without feeling like they’re restricted, too.



Healthy Chicken Recipes

Rethink healthy eating with these flavorful and delicious chicken recipes. From better-for-you takes on lasagna and chicken Parmesan to healthier spins on chicken fingers and pizza, these are meals you’ll want to make again and again.

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Homemade Frozen Chicken Fingers

Store-bought chicken fingers are often loaded with all kinds of can't-pronounce ingredients. Stock your freezer with this homemade version instead &mdash your kids will love them, but don't be surprised if they're a grown-up favorite, too.

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken Chasseur (Hunter-style Chicken)

This French-style classic is rich with Bobby&rsquos creamy, wine-tomato-and-mushroom sauce. Perfect for a night in.

Lemon Herb Chicken Pasta with Green Peas, Snap Peas and Spinach

Eddie's gorgeous lemony chicken pasta feels like spring with the addition of green peas, spinach and snap peas, plus fresh parsley and basil.

Chicken-Chickpea Curry

Don&rsquot know what to do with your canned chickpeas? They&rsquore the perfect ingredient for bulking up this chicken curry.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Baked Chicken Fajita Naan Pizza

Having an arsenal of foolproof recipes you can effortlessly whip up in minutes is key to eating healthfully even on the busiest days. Here, Tex-Mex flavors meet Indian in a chicken fajita naan pizza that's easy to make. Throw it in the oven and in less than 15 minutes you'll be sitting down to a tasty meal.


33 Delicious Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes

The best easy and healthy chicken breast recipes with ideas for the slow cooker, grill, oven, stove-top, and more. All delicious, all healthy, all easy.

No more boring chicken breast recipes! Chicken breasts are a go-to for quick and healthy weeknight meals, but that doesn't mean it has to be bland or boring.

It seems that every family is always on the lookout for healthy chicken breast recipes. As an affordable, quick cooking protein that is pretty much a blank canvas, chicken breasts are an ingredient most of us depend on at least a couple times a week.

1. Tomato Basil Chicken: This easy to make chicken breast is cooked in a tomato basil sauce with a touch of butter. It's rich, filled with so much flavor, and one of our favorite special occasion meals. Serve it with pasta, creamy polenta, spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, or brown rice.

2. Stovetop Shredded Chicken Tacos: It is no secret that we love tacos over here and these simple shredded chicken tacos are ready in less than 20 minutes and cooked right on the stovetop. Add all your favorite toppings to make the best chicken tacos or use the chicken for salads, burritos, rice bowls, and more.

3. Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken: The cilantro and lime sauce for this chicken is so good I would literally eat it on anything. The chicken comes out juicy and every bite is packed with flavor. This is one of our favorite ways to grill chicken.

4. Slow Cooker Red Pepper Italian Chicken: When it comes to healthy slow cooker chicken dishes, move this to the top of your list. The chicken is slow cooked in a combination of peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and spices for the most amazing flavor. Serve it with rice, pasta, polenta, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, or zucchini noodles. Or smush it into a sandwich with some melted cheese.

Baked Chicken Fajitas: If you are not making chicken fajitas in the slow cooker, it is time to start. Simply dump everything in the crockpot and walk away. Come back, heat up some tortillas, and dinner is ready.

6. Healthy Kung Pao Chicken: This healthy spin on Chinese takeout tastes just as good as your favorite restaurant but is so much healthier. Plus it only takes 20 minutes to cook making it perfect for busy weeknights and even meal prep.

7. Chicken Cheese Steak Tacos: This mashup between chicken tacos and a cheese steak brings together the best of both worlds. Tender cooked chicken breast, peppers, onions, and melted cheese all piled high in a corn tortilla with your favorite salsa.

8. One Pan Spicy Peanut Chicken: Sheet pan meals are something everyone should have in their back pocket for busy nights. This recipe uses a delicious and slightly spicy homemade peanut sauce to add tons of flavor to the chicken and broccoli.

9. One Pot Creamy Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli Pasta: A twenty minute pasta dish where everything is cooked in one single pot -the pasta, the chicken, the broccoli, and the creamy sauce. The starch from the pasta is the key to making this creamy sauce without needing tons of cream or cheese.

Thai Red Coconut Curry with Chicken: With simple ingredients like canned coconut milk and Thai curry paste, you can make a dish that tastes like your favorite Thai restaurant in less than thirty minutes. Full of flavor, easy to make, and great for leftovers.

11. Grilled Chicken with Peach Salsa: This simple grilled chicken dish is taken up a level with a homemade peach salsa made with fresh peaches, cucumbers, red onion, and cilantro.

One Pan Honey Mustard Balsamic Chicken and Broccolini: This is another one pot dish that has the best honey, musatrd, and balsamic sauce. Use broccolini or any other veggie you like. Cooked and ready to go in less than 20 minutes.

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala with Cauliflower: This crockpot Indian Tikka Masala is an easy way to make Indian food at home. It has about half the calories and fat as the restaurant version and the leftovers are delicious. Serve with rice, Naan, or quinoa.

14. One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken and Asparagus: This simple meal comes together in less than 30 minutes and has tons of lemon pepper flavor to kick up the chicken and fresh asparagus. We love this over some cooked brown rice so the rice can soak up the extra sauce.

15. Italian Pesto Chicken Bake: This meal couldn't be easier to make. All you need is chicken breast, store-bought pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Everything gets layered together and baked for the best tasting chicken.

16. Creamy Tomato, Chicken, and Spinach Soup: I love having soup in the fridge and freezer for quick and easy meals, especially lunches. This creamy chicken soup is basically a delicious tomato soup with chicken breast, spinach, and pasta. It's so good.

17. Spicy Skillet Hoisin Chicken Breast: This slightly spicy and savory Chinese chicken dish uses hoisin and Sriracha to create tons of flavor without needing tons of ingredients. Ready in under 20 minutes.

18. Slow Cooker Tomato Balsamic Chicken: It's amazing that with a few simple ingredients including diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and spinach you can get a moist and flavor packed chicken dish that everyone will love.

19. Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms and Thyme: This easy to make dish is made with chicken tenderloins and mushrooms with balsamic vinegar and thyme is ready in less than 20 minutes. Pair it with couscous, roasted potatoes, or rice.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Shells: This restaurant copycat dish has half the calories of the restaurant version without sacrificing any of the flavor. It's creamy, slightly spicy, and a healthy veggie packed pasta dish that the whole family will devour.

Sesame Chicken with Broccoli: I love recreating restaurant dishes at home and this Chinese takeout copycat is so good. Tender chicken breast tossed in a sweet sauce made with sesame oil, soy sauce, and brown sugar paired with fresh broccoli is always a winner.

22. Grilled Basil Lime Chicken Breast: You won't believe how much flavor you can add to chicken breast with this simple marinade of lime juice, basil, and garlic. Cooks up tender and delicious every time.

Slow Cooker Chicken in Chili Verde: There are so many ways to use this easy chicken dish that uses poblano peppers and onions to add tons of flavor with just the right amount of spice. Make tacos, burritos, or rice bowls.

Jalapeno Popper Chicken: All the flavors of jalapeno poppers spread on chicken breasts and baked in the oven until they are melted and cheesy and delicious. You don't want to miss this dish.

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken: Honey mustard makes the perfect glaze for griled chicken and is always popular with kids. Pair it with some grilled corn on the cob and grilled veggies.

26. Slow Cooker Coconut Basil Chicken: You will want to eat the coconut basil sauce in this recipe on just about everything. It tastes amazing and is perfect with a big bowl of brown rice or quinoa.

Slow Cooker Pepperoncini Chicken: The slightly spicy flavor of pepperonicinis gives this chicken tons of flavor and also ensures it stay nice and tender. Use it for sandwiches with melted cheese or pile it high on rice.

28. Sweet Chili Chicken Fingers: Chicken fingers are always a hit but this baked version with sweet chili sauce is easy to make and delicious. Serve it with some baked veggie fries.

29. Bang Bang Chicken: If you have never had bang bang chicken, you are in for a treat. It's creamy and sweet and spicy all at the same time and goes great with salads, slaws, and lettuce wraps.

Honey Lime ChickenThis chicken gets a simple marinade of honey, lime, and cilantro. It comes out with the perfect grill marks and is so tasty.

Simple Baked Chicken Cutlets: If you love crispy chicken, then this recipe is for you. Baked crispy chicken cutlets in the oven that go with just about everything.

32. Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken Breasts: Brown sugar, garlic, and spice make the best rub for chicken breast and they will come out browned and crispy every time.

Buffalo Ranch Panko Baked Chicken Tenders:Another recipe for chicken fingers, this time with buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning. Believe me, you want to make these.


7 Healthy Ways to Use Ground Chicken

Want a reprieve from beef and turkey? Experiment with ground chicken — an underappreciated lean protein!

Ground Chicken Nutrition

Check labels carefully, as nutrition facts for ground chicken can vary significantly depending on the ratio of white to dark meat. On average, a 3-ounce portion of raw ground chicken contains 120 calories, 6 grams of total fat, 3 grams of saturated fat and 15 grams of protein.

How about its culinary prowess? Ground chicken is quick cooking and has a mild flavor. Swap it in for other ground options in recipes for burgers, meatballs and Mexican favorites.

Burgers (pictured above)

Fresh breadcrumbs are the secret to keeping these lean burgers moist and delicious.

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Experiment with different flavor combos to find your favorite — this recipe turns up the spice and the heat.

Turn chicken into mini meatballs for this unusual taco recipe that has only 300 calories per serving!

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Make these bite-size delights for an appetizer or a main course. This Greek-inspired recipe comes complete with a creamy dipping sauce.

Chicken Meatballs Dumplings

Chicken and cabbage are seasoned with fresh ginger, then wrapped in tiny bundles and steamed. Serve these bites as finger food or with brown rice and cucumber salad for a light dinner.

This flavorful and fast cooking meat and veggie dish is super satisfying with almost 20 grams of protein per serving.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.


9 Healthy and Delicious Chicken Meatloaf Recipes

Chicken meatloaf is healthier than traditional beef meatloaf because the ground chicken has almost no fat.

We like to pack our chicken meatloaf with lots of vegetables for super nutrition and flavor. Look for recipes with interesting spice and herb variations here.

Chicken Meatloaf and Vegetables

This chicken meatloaf is flavorful and moist.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8-9 slices
Calories 304 per serving (2 slices)

Ingredients:

For the chicken

1 1/2 lbs ground chicken, dark meat
1/4 large sweet onion, chopped into 2” chunks
1 medium carrot, chopped into 2” chunks
2 cups packed fresh baby spinach, rinsed and patted or shaken dry
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
For the Filling
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
5 tablespoons milk or broth
1 egg
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a pan (about 9 x 13 inch) with baking parchment or foil and spray with oil.
  • Put onions, carrots, spinach and garlic in a food processor. Process until minced. Or chop everything very finely.
  • Heat oil in a medium pan. Add the vegetables. Cook and stir on medium high for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and all the liquid has evaporated.
  • Mix breadcrumbs and milk in a large bowl. Let sit for a few minutes. Stir in egg, ketchup, balsamic vinegar, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  • Add ground chicken and vegetable mixture to the bowl. Lightly mix the ingredients with a wooden spoon, or by hand.
  • Place mixture on a pan. Shape it into a loaf about 2 inches high.
  • Mix ketchup and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Brush glaze on top and sides of loaf. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let the meatloaf sit for 5-7 minutes before serving. Slice and serve.

Chicken Meatloaf with Parmesan and Worcestershire

Here ground chicken is blended with flavorsome Parmesan and Worcestershire, and has a tangy glaze.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Calories 353
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken
1 ¼ cup breadcrumbs
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Put the ground chicken in a large bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the breadcrumbs, onion, parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add this to the bowl with the ground chicken.
  • Add the milk, eggs, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.
  • In a small bowl, make the glaze. Mix the ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Spoon a couple tablespoons of the glaze into the bottom of an 8 x 4” loaf pan. Add the chicken mixture to the loaf pan, patting it down rather than pushing it in. Spread the remaining glaze on top.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 80 – 90 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F and the loaf is cooked through.
  • Let the meatloaf rest for at least five minutes before slicing.

Slow Cooker Chicken Meatloaf

Using dark meat yields a moist meatloaf. And using the slow cooker means you can put everything in and come back later. A moist, delicious meatloaf.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
4 Servings
258 kcal

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken, dark meat
3 tablespoons egg white
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 red potato, finely shredded
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon each of basil, oregano, black pepper, and garlic powder

Instructions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mixing thoroughly.
  • Shape the mixture to form a loaf that will fit in your slow cooker.
  • Cover top of loaf with additional ketchup (if desired).
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Italian-Inspired Chicken Meatloaf

So full of protein, so tasty, and so satisfying. Marinara (tomato pasta) sauce, Italian seasoning, and two kinds of cheese give this meatloaf an enjoyable Italian flair.

4 servings
Calories per serving: 265

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground chicken breast (can be turkey breast instead)
1 large egg
⅓ cup quick-cooking oats, not instant
½ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup tomato pasta sauce
3 oz low-fat sliced mozzarella cheese
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine ground chicken breast, onion, garlic, egg, oats, ¼ cup pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
  • Mix until combined.
  • Shape mixture into a loaf shape and place on a baking-parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven. Top with remaining pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  • Return the meatloaf to the oven until the cheese is melted.
  • Allow to sit for 10 minutes for the juices to settle.

Asian-Inspired Chicken Meatloaf

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon sesame oil (not toasted)
1 medium carrot, shredded
1 celery stalk, minced
1/2 large yellow onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1“ piece of ginger, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 mild Italian sausage, raw, casing removed
¾ lb ground chicken or turkey breast
1 egg, raw
1 cup panko breadcrumbs
4 tablespoon hoisin sauce
2 tablespoon soy sauce

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the celery, onion and ginger. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  • Add the carrot and garlic. Cook and fry for another 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Deglaze with white wine. Continue to simmer until the liquids have evaporated. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine the ground meat, sausage meat, egg, panko, 2 tablespoon of the hoisin sauce, all the soy sauce and the cooled vegetable mixture.
  • Spray a loaf pan with nonstick vegetable spray. Pour the meat mixture into the pan. Gently pat it into place don’t pack it in.
  • Coat the top of the mixture with the remaining 2 tablespoon of hoisin sauce.
  • Cook for 50-60 min or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Easy-Peasy Chicken Meatloaf with Sweet Chili Glaze

The stuffing mix adds body and flavor to this recipe.
Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground meat chicken
2 eggs
1 box stuffing mix
1 cup hot water
1 small onion, grated
2Tbs of Dijon mustard
1Tbs of grill seasoning, or salt and pepper
2-3 cloves grated garlic (or 2 teaspoons granulated garlic)
½ teaspoon red chili flakes or to taste
1/4 cup low-calorie ketchup

1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
1 Tbsp sriracha

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Mix all ingredients except meat and egg with the stuffing mixture. Allow stuffing to moisten.
  • When the stuffing mix has cooled, add the ground chicken and eggs.
  • Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Place the meat loaf ingredients into a loaf pan. Alternatively, line a baking sheet with foil, spray the foil with cooking spray, and form a loaf. Place the loaf on the cooking sheet.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes.
  • Mix the glaze ingredients. Spoon the glaze over the meatloaf at 30 minutes into the baking time. Continue baking an additional 20 minutes.
  • The internal temperature, taken from the middle of the loaf, will be at 165°F when the loaf is done.

Easy Comfort-Food Chicken Meatloaf

This is an undemanding recipe that delivers that comforting traditional taste.

Ingredients:

1 lb 100% breast meat ground chicken
1/3 cup 100% whole grain breadcrumbs
1 medium sweet onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 eggs
1/3 cup of ketchup

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Mix ingredients well and place in a lightly greased casserole pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until the loaf reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Meatloaf Muffins

These individual servings pop right out of a muffin pan, cook up faster than a conventional meatloaf and are fun to eat. They’re also convenient to cook ahead and freeze for those times when you need to grab something fast for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken
1 egg
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup carrots, grated
1/2 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Cook and stir the onions, carrot, and mushrooms in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the vegetables are tender.
  • Coat a 12-pan muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix the ground chicken, egg, onion, carrots, mushrooms, parsley, and breadcrumbs. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and egg. Mix well but only until just combined – don’t overmix. Best is to mix the ingredients with your hands.
  • Spoon the meatloaf mixture into the muffin cups, filling each one about two-thirds.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • If you prefer to make a traditional meatloaf, either shape one and put it on a lined baking sheet, or spoon the meat mixture into a loaf pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes.
  • If you’re comfortable adding a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to the ground chicken mix, you will create a moist product.

Freezing Meatloaf Muffins:

  • Put the cooled meatloaf muffins in a freezer container or a plastic zip-lock bag for the freezer. They keep two months.

Quinoa and Chicken Meatloaf

This golden meatloaf packs a big load of protein and tastes delicious.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chicken, dark meat
1 cup quinoa, cooked
½ cup mushrooms, chopped medium-fine
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small, grated zucchini
1 small, grated carrot
3/4 cup puffed rice, crumbled finely (you can crumble a couple of rice cakes until fine crumbs)
2 tablespoons Tamari soy sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 egg

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
  • Cook quinoa according to instructions. Can also cook the quinoa in a rice cooker. Set aside to cool.
  • Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until cooked through.

How to produce a moist, tender chicken meatloaf

Ground chicken has almost no fat, which makes the meatloaf diet-friendly but also tends to make your final product somewhat dry. Choose whether to add a little healthy fat for moisture and flavor.

If you do, we recommend that you use olive oil or other healthy oil with a pleasant flavor. One or two tablespoons mixed in with the chicken and seasonings will make a difference.

We have included a recipe that includes breadcrumbs and milk, for the same reason: to add moisture. You may use broth, alternative milk, or water instead. Grated cheese added to any loaf also adds moisture, but on the other hand, calories, too.

How long to bake chicken meatloaf

It’s important that your meatloaf reach an internal temperature of 165°F. degrees. Without a meat thermometer, press the center of the loaf after baking for 45-50 minutes. A fully cooked chicken meatloaf will be firm to the touch.

Cover leftovers tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate up to 3 days.

To freeze raw: Wrap the raw loaf in foil, then put it in a freezer bag. Freeze up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
To freeze cooked: Cool the loaf. Wrap it well in foil, then put it in a ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
To reheat the cooked loaf

Have the oven at 300°F. Put 2-3 tablespoons of broth or water in a shallow pan and place the thawed loaf on top. Cover the pan tightly. Heat the loaf for 20-30 minutes.


Crescent Roll Chicken Bundles

Courtesy of Lil Luna

Warm chicken hand pies don't need to be a big kitchen ordeal if you use canned chicken and store-bought crescent roll dough. Any opportunity to make the canned chicken juicy by combining it with a sauce or some sort of a creamy base will make the protein live up to its true potential, and in this recipe, it's combined with cream cheese and canned cream of chicken soup for maximum flavor.

Get the recipe from Lil Luna.


23 Healthy and Delicious Chicken Recipes

Jazz up your bland bird with one of these delicious (and good for you) recipes.

Jazz up your bland bird with one of these delicious (and good for you) recipes.

Follow Redbook on Pinterest for more healthy dinner inspiration!

The trick to this lighter, easier-to-make comfort-food favorite? Ditch the cream and use whole-wheat flour.

Get the recipe at The Skinny Fork.

This sticky, sweet and savory sauce will feel like a real indulgence, but the truth is these chicken tenderloins are only 255 calories a serving.

Get the recipe at Good Life Eats.

At the intersection of clean eating and utter deliciousness, you'll find this tasty chicken-and-quinoa bowl that includes a healthy helping of avocado.

Get the recipe at Pinch Of Yum.

These marinated chicken kebobs are pretty flavorful all on their own, but once you dip them in the tzatziki made using Greek yogurt, you'll truly be in love.

Get the recipe at Recipe Runner.

The next best thing to a plate of pasta, spiralized zucchini and mozzarella balls are the secrets to this yummy low-carb chicken dish.

Get the recipe at Skinnytaste.

In just 15 minutes, you can whip up a seriously hearty and nutrient-packed chicken soup that'll taste like it's been simmering on the stove all day long.

Get the recipe at Root + Revel.

This Asian stir-fry dish packed with veggies can be whipped up in a breeze on a busy weekday night.

Get the recipe at Well Plated By Erin.

This fresh and delicious salad is dressed in a balsamic dressing, which also serves as a marinade for the chicken.

Get the recipe at Foodie Crush.

Chock full of grains, protein, legumes, and veggies, this lunch bowl is a quick and easy advance-prep meal.

Get the recipe at Project Meal Plan.

Whip up a restaurant-quality Mexican dish just in time for #TacoTuesday. The trick for flavorful tacos is to infuse the chicken with tons of flavor, done here using a dry spice blend.

Get the recipe at Jessica Gavin.

This healthier taken on a chicken standard can use gluten-free, white whole wheat, spelt, or all-purpose flour, depending on your dietary needs.

Get the recipe at 1K Recipes.

The super simple recipe for this baked lemon chicken calls for just a few ingredients &ndash most of which you can probably find already in your cabinet.

Get the recipe at Creme De La Crumb.

Baking the chicken breast and pairing it with two super nutritious veggies makes this a great low-carb, gluten-free dinner option.

Get the recipe at My Zucchini Recipes.

Chicken + balsamic vinegar + thyme + mushrooms = a winning combo. Even better, at just 214 calories and 5 grams of fat per serving, this dish fits into low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo, and Whole30 diets.

Get the recipe at Slender Kitchen.

This spicy, Southern dish will make it feel like Mardi Gras in your mouth any day of the year. Bonus: iIt's also low-carb, low-fat, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly.

Get the recipe at Flavor Mosaic.

Make this flavorful and crispy caramelized shredded chicken in the oven, on stove top, or in a slow cooker. It's also incredibly versatile &ndash it can be served in tacos, in a veggie shell of your choice, or even on its own.

Get the recipe at Ciao Florentina.

In this fun spin on the traditional Mexican fajita dish, you can cut out carb-y tortillas by simply rolling your chicken around the veggies. Easy!

Get the recipe at Eat Yourself Skinny.

This lighter, healthier take on the traditional Japanese chicken teriyaki dish calls for fresh or canned pineapples to sweeten up your chicken with minimal sugar.

Get the recipe at Steamy Kitchen.

Speaking of pineapples and chicken. Swap in Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise for a much healthier variation of the typical deli-bought chicken salad, which also uses pineapple, almonds, and green onions.

Get the recipe at Modern Honey.

This slightly-spicy traditional South Indian appetizer could go on skewers and make for perfect finger food at your next party. Oil-free and baked, it's pretty healthy, too.

Get the recipe at Silk Route Chef.

Lemon and chicken are a match made in heaven, so it's no surprise that there are so many lemon chicken variations out there. Prep involves layering your ingredients, but once done, you can just pop it in the oven and forget about it for about 1 hour.


10 Weeknight Chicken Breast Recipes

I always recommend stocking up on chicken breasts when they go on sale, mainly because they have a 6-month shelf life in the freezer. But they also become super versatile for all your recipes – from soups to pastas to kid friendly chicken tenders, you’ll always find a use for them!

1. Tomato Basil Chicken Fettuccine – A quick weeknight Italian pasta dish using fresh, simple ingredients that you already have on hand. [GET THE RECIPE.]

2. Chicken Zoodle Soup – Just like mom’s cozy chicken noodle soup but made with zucchini noodles instead. So comforting AND healthy. 227.3 calories per serving. [GET THE RECIPE.]

3. Chicken Lazone – Chicken breasts pan-fried in butter and a homemade seasoning mix with the most amazingly, out-of-this-world cream sauce. [GET THE RECIPE.]

4. Honey Balsamic Chicken Breasts and Veggies – All cooked on one single pan. Easy peasy with zero clean up, and packed with so much flavor. Done and done. [GET THE RECIPE.]

5. Lemon Chicken and Potatoes in Foil – The most amazingly moist and tender chicken breasts cooked in individual foil packets for easy serving. [GET THE RECIPE.]

6. Easy Grilled Chicken – The best and easiest marinade ever. You’ll never need another grilled chicken recipe again. [GET THE RECIPE.]

7. Honey Mustard Chicken Fingers – Heart-healthy chicken tenders completely baked in an AMAZING mustard sauce and coated with a nutty crunchy pecan crust. [GET THE RECIPE.]

8. Easy Lemon Chicken Piccata – I mean that cream sauce is everything. [GET THE RECIPE.]

9. Asian Lemon Chicken Tenders – A wonderful asian twist to your favorite chicken tenders, tossed in the most heavenly sweet, lemon glaze. [GET THE RECIPE.]

10. One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies – Tender, juicy chicken breasts baked to perfection with potatoes and broccoli. All cooked on a single pan. Boom. [GET THE RECIPE.]


8 Healthier Ground Chicken or Turkey Recipes

Whether you’re trying to change things up or consume less calories and fat, these ground chicken/turkey recipes are such a great alternative to ground beef recipes! From chicken meatball noodle soup to garlic ginger chicken potstickers, you won’t even miss the beef!

1. Chicken Meatball Noodle Soup – This is just like everyone’s favorite cozy, comforting homemade chicken noodle soup except made even better with chicken meatballs. You’ll only want this version of chicken noodle soup after trying this. Promise. [GET THE RECIPE.]

2. Turkey Taco Salad Meal Prep – A much HEALTHIER take on Taco Tuesdays, except you are meal prepped for the entire week. Win win, guys. [GET THE RECIPE.]

3. Garlic Ginger Chicken Potstickers – Homemade potstickers are easier to make than you think. Best of all, you can make these ahead of time and freeze so you can have these anytime, anywhere for your potsticker fix. [GET THE RECIPE.]

4. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – A copycat recipe that you can easily make right at home in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too. [GET THE RECIPE.]

5. Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal Prep – Think of this as healthier (and cheaper!) Chipotle bowls that you can have all week long. Save time and calories here. [GET THE RECIPE.]

6. Chicken Wonton Soup – No need to be intimidated here. This recipe is so quick and easy, and the chicken wontons are packed with so much flavor. Nothing beats homemade, right? [GET THE RECIPE.]

7. Turkey and Spinach Veggie Lasagna – Lightened-up, skinny lasagna with ground turkey and plenty of vegetables – carrots, onion, zucchini and spinach. [GET THE RECIPE.]

8. Summer Minestrone Noodle Soup – A hearty soup with all of your favorite vegetables. It’s fresh, it’s warm and it’s so cozy even in the summertime. [GET THE RECIPE.]