If there is one thing true about America, it is this: we love chicken. And why not? Lean chicken breast is one of the easiest proteins to cook, plus it’s a blank slate that can be seasoned with herbs, spices, and sauces galore. Even chicken thighs are relatively low in fat when properly treated and have their place in a healthy diet.
While fast food chicken sandwiches and takeout have their function as the occasional weekday fix, it’s worth your sanity and health to have some easy and healthy chicken recipes on hand. To make it easy to browse the multitude of recipes online, we’ve rounded up our most popular chicken recipes chosen by our readers.
If you are buying a rotisserie chicken for one of these quick dishes, don’t miss out. We tried 6 store bought rotisserie chickens and this is the best.
This chicken pot pie offers all the flavors you’d expect from this beloved comfort food with a fraction of the fat and calories. No wonder it was the most popular chicken recipe on our site in 2021. If you’re curious, here are the best recipes of 2021, according to our readers.
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We love our slow cookers in the US and what better way to use them than to make this hot soup. Chicken noodle soup may not cure a disease, but it makes it much easier to bear.
Get our recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.
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Chicken sings when lightly sautéed and then garnished with a light lemon butter sauce and a dash of tart capers. This dish is a classic for a reason, give it a try!
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Don’t have a slow cooker? No problem! This Chicken Noodle Soup is made the classic way – bubbling happily on your stove.
Get our recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup.
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Taking the extra steps of marinating buttermilk chicken with a dash of hot sauce and seasoning breadcrumbs with a touch of oil, herbs, and spices make all the difference in this popular recipe.
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The classic flavors of Chicken Parmesan are made into a comforting all-in-one dish with this easy recipe. Bonus: it’s made with rotisserie chicken meat, so it’s perfect for any night of the week.
Get our recipe for Roasted Chicken Parmesan Casserole.
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If you’re craving takeout, try this dish with tons of fresh orange flavor. You won’t miss the sticky, gooey sauce and you’ll feel so much better without all the sodium running through your veins.
Get our healthiest orange chicken recipe.
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Well seasoned breadcrumbs are the key to this easy oven fried chicken. Be sure to cook your chicken on a wire rack inside your skillet for the best crispy results.
Get our healthy crispy chicken recipe.
Instant Pot infuses simple skinless chicken thighs with lemon goodness in under 20 minutes. Honestly, this is one of the best appliances to add to your kitchen – if you love your slow cooker, it’s Instant Pot time.
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Our readers can’t have enough chicken soup, this one is made in record time in the Instant Pot with healthy wild rice.
Get our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup.
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You won’t find a hint of cream in this healthier version of Alfredo sauce, but with a creamy béchamel sauce base, you won’t miss it. A ton of crunchy veggies and tender chicken help make this a hearty, healthy meal that tastes as decadent as the calorie bombs you get at restaurants.
Get our recipe for Alfredo Pasta Loaded with Chicken and Vegetables.
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The key to healthy cooking is knowing that a little decay goes a long way. A 1/4 cup of real half and half combined with Greek yogurt gives this dish the creaminess you crave without all the fat and calories. Garlic, shallot, and sherry give mushrooms a rich flavor.
Get our recipe for Creamy Chicken with Mushrooms.
Use your slow cooker to get all the spicy enchilada flavors you crave without all the work. You can customize the spice of this dish to your liking.
Get our recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Enchilada Casserole.
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Feel a comfort food theme with these recipes? Comfort food classics like this hot plate of chicken and meatballs struck a chord throughout 2021. All of our recipes, of course, have a healthy twist so you can feel good about your choices.
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Greek salads are often packed with healthy, crunchy greens and this one is no different. The shredded chicken and tangy feta add a hint of protein and the chickpeas boost the fiber to make this a hearty meal for lunch or dinner.
Get our recipe for Greek Chicken Salad.
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The fried rice to go is barely filling with its little bits of veggies and sadly the scattering of protein. In this recipe, we turned leftover rice into a whole new healthy meal by including tons of veggies and lean protein. You will never be satisfied with the things in the container again!
Get our Chicken Fried Rice recipe to the healthiest takeout level.
Our version of Chicken Margarita, a meal you can have on the table in 20 minutes, contains the same bells and whistles (Cheese! Sauce! Sizzle!), Minus all the extra calories and dollars spent eating at a restaurant.
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Filled with lean chicken, corn, white beans, and chili peppers, this hot pot of chili will keep the whole family fed all week. Sprinkle your favorite toppings over it when you’re ready to eat and eat.
Get our Instant Pot White Chicken Chili recipe.
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Do you love chicken fingers? Make the switch to this oven-fried version once a week and you’ll lose 25 pounds (and eliminate 210,080 milligrams of sodium) in a year, while still enjoying your favorite childhood meal.
Get our Baked Chicken Fingers recipe.
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