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6 Healthy Chicken Recipes

Healthy chicken recipes that are fast, simple and healthy. This year, resolve to bust your dinner rut.

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Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken With Sweet Potatoes
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
Bryan McCay
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Chipotle-Glazed Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes

4 sweet potatoes (10 ounces each), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, plus additional to taste
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 pounds), rinsed and patted dry
Chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a medium bowl, toss the sweet potatoes in the olive oil and scatter on the bottom of a roasting pan. Roast for 15 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the chilies, garlic, honey, vinegar, salt, cumin, and cinnamon to make a paste. Rub the paste evenly over each breast.
3. Place the chicken breasts on top of the sweet potatoes and roast until the chicken is just cooked through, about 25 to 30 minutes. Serve garnished with cilantro if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 407 calories, 38g protein, 45g carbohydrate, 8g fat (1.3g saturated), 6g fiber

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Chicken with Mushrooms and Scallions

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 small bunch scallions, sliced, whites and greens separated
1 small garlic clove, finely chopped
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced
4 cups water
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 2-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and cut into 1/4 -inch rounds
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 -inch cubes

1. In a very large skillet or soup pot, heat the sesame oil over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic; cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
2. Pour the water into the pan. Stir in the soy sauce and ginger and let simmer for 2 minutes. Gently place the chicken pieces in the broth. Reduce heat to low; cover and poach until the chicken is just cooked through, about 7 minutes.
3. Transfer the chicken pieces to wide, shallow bowls. Ladle broth over the chicken. Garnish with the scallion greens and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 190 calories, 28g protein, 7g carbohydrate, 5g fat (0.9g saturated), 1g fiber

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Coconut-Curry Chicken Fingers with Cashews

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 cups light coconut milk
1 cup skim milk
3 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste
3/4 cup roasted, salted cashews
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup cornflakes
1 10-ounce bag baby spinach

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
2. Cut the chicken into 3-by-1/2-inch strips; season with salt and pepper.
3. In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together one cup of the coconut milk, the skim milk, and 1 1/2 tablespoons curry paste.
4. In a food processor, pulse together the cashews and coconut until finely chopped. Add the cornflakes and pulse until coarse. Transfer the mixture to a wide, shallow bowl.
5. One by one, dip the chicken strips in the coconut milk mixture, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Place the chicken in the cashew mixture and turn to coat evenly. Transfer each chicken finger to the prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake the chicken fingers in the oven, turning once halfway through, until they are golden all over, about 10 minutes.
7. While the chicken cooks, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup coconut milk and remaining 2 tablespoons curry paste. Divide the spinach on plates and top with the chicken fingers. Drizzle the chicken fingers and spinach with the sauce and serve.

Nutrition facts per serving: 364 calories, 40g protein, 15g carbohydrate, 15g fat (6.4g saturated), 3g fiber

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Chicken and Chili Stir-Fry

Makes: 4 to 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 small bunch scallions, chopped, whites and greens separated
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
Steamed brown rice (optional)

1. Cut the chicken into 3/4-inch chunks; season with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, cornstarch, and honey.
2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the canola and sesame oils. When the oil is hot, stir-fry the chicken until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
3. Add the scallion whites, garlic, ginger, and red pepper to the pan; cook 30 seconds. Add the bean sprouts; stir-fry 1 minute more.
4. Stir the broth mixture into the skillet and reduce the heat to simmer. Scrape the browned bits from the bottom of the pan and cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the peanuts, chicken, and scallion greens; cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve over brown rice if desired.

Nutrition facts per serving: 333 calories, 34g protein, 11g carbohydrate, 18g fat (2.3g saturated), 2g fiber

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Zucchini and Feta

Makes: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

2 1/2 pounds skinless chicken thighs, rinsed and patted dry
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a baking pan, toss together all of the ingredients except the feta cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.
2. Raise the temperature to 475 degrees. Sprinkle the feta over the top of the chicken and zucchini and continue to bake until the chicken is cooked through and lightly golden, about 10 minutes longer. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition facts per serving: 467 calories, 62g protein, 4g carbohydrate, 21g fat (5.5g saturated), 1g fiber

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Mexican-Style Chicken Soup

Makes: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 quart reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 pounds plum tomatoes, diced
1 4.5-ounce can green chilies
1 15-ounce can hominy, drained, or 2 cups frozen corn
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded, cooked chicken
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
Lime wedges for serving

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno. Cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, oregano, and cumin; cook 1 minute more.
2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, chilies, hominy, and salt. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the chicken; simmer 10 minutes more. Stir in the cilantro.
3. Ladle into individual bowls and serve garnished with the avocado slices and the lime wedges.

Nutrition facts per serving: 233 calories, 20g protein, 21g carbohydrate, 8g fat (1.4g saturated), 5g fiber

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harryblack399 wrote:

Unless they're made with free range organic chicken, these recipes do far more harm than good. You're not only eating protein, you're also chowing down on growth hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, gmos (from the chicken feed), and probably bits of feathers and chicken waste. Before you opt for chicken anything, think of how your chicken was raised (and tortured) in a Tyson or other chicken gulag. Then opt for something healthy.

6/27/2014 05:45:59 PM Report Abuse
yvettegmoniz wrote:

This is incredible. Ingredients are easy to find and less time to prepare. I learned many dishes also at Easy to make recipes and delicious too!

11/19/2013 02:40:01 AM Report Abuse
sonykrishnan wrote:

niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee....................lovd it

4/16/2013 01:48:22 AM Report Abuse
harvz58 wrote:

I am going to give this recipe a try later this week. Sounds great and pretty healthy as well. I found some more great healthy recipes at as well.

4/9/2013 06:14:20 AM Report Abuse
bronson_kristi wrote:

This was pretty good, I guess I should've read the comments first because the sweet potatoes could've been cooked a little longer. However, I used chicken breast tenders and they were cooked perfectly at 25 minutes. So maybe I'll cut the sweet potatoes a little smaller next time.

1/31/2012 07:26:31 PM Report Abuse
cmc96001 wrote:

This was so freakin good. If u wanna take some of the heat away cut the chiles open and scrape the seeds away. This recipe doesn't call for any seasoning on the chicken itself so it was kinda dry. Make extra chile mixture and dip the chicken in it to coat the whole was sooo yummy. Very simple too!

6/30/2010 12:36:05 PM Report Abuse
jessier881 wrote:

Easy, healthy, spicy and good. I doubled the amount of recommended rub and my mouth was on fire! Next time I plan to remove the seeds from the chipotles while taking it easy on the rub. I seasoned the potatoes with chili powder and salt. They weren't fully cooked and could have benefited from more time or smaller cuts and maybe a splash of lime after cooking. The canned chipotle peppers in adoboe sauce were a little tricky to find. They were in the Goya section of the Pasta aisle.

2/15/2010 08:25:42 PM Report Abuse
sandlgosnell wrote:

Please add sodium content to your nutrition facts. Thanks.

2/5/2010 06:04:15 AM Report Abuse
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1/15/2010 07:56:58 AM Report Abuse
maria556 wrote:

Quite yummy and smells great too!

1/9/2010 08:22:12 PM Report Abuse
beccaclinton wrote:

Made this last night. AMAZING! Very easy to make. Husband loved it!

1/7/2010 11:06:39 AM Report Abuse
penguins6232434195 wrote:

Delicious! I can't believe it is so low cal. Love it, will add to my regular rotation!

1/6/2010 10:24:26 AM Report Abuse

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