Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes

Slow Cooker Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken and Black Lentil Stew
Photo: © Sarah Bolla

For easy-to-prepare meals that are healthy and delicious, try some of these healthy chicken breast recipes.

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Healthy Chicken and Napa Cabbage Sauté

Healthy Chicken and Napa Cabbage Sauté
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Warm sautéed Napa cabbage and fresh mint make this healthy chicken salad extra delicious.

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Healthy Chicken and Charred Broccoli Sauté

Healthy Chicken and Charred Broccoli Sauté
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Charred broccoli and tender poached chicken compliment each other perfectly in this deeply satisfying (and healthy) dish.

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Healthy Chicken and Quinoa Bowl

Healthy Chicken and Quinoa Bowl
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

This healthy one-bowl dish layers hearty quinoa and juicy poached chicken with fresh summer tomatoes and basil.

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Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken with Honey Dipping Sauce

Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken with Honey Dipping Sauce. Photo © Petrina Tinslay
© Petrina Tinslay

Pings (simple grilled dishes), like these juicy grilled chicken breasts, are very popular all over Laos. Bruising the lemongrass is an essential step that helps release its flavor into the marinade, which can also be used for fish or pork.

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Greek-Style Oven-Baked Chicken with Lemon and Oregano

Greek-Style Oven-Baked Chicken with Lemon and Oregano
© Kristen Stevens

This lemony chicken is perfect alongside a big Greek salad.

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Healthy Chicken Coleslaw

Healthy Chicken Coleslaw

Adding poached chicken to classic coleslaw makes for a great one-dish meal.

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Simplest Chicken-and-Leek Stew

Simplest Chicken-and-Leek Stew
© Dan Lyons

Before cooking the chicken for his lovely stew, Jamie Oliver lightly coats the pieces in flour. Not only does that help the meat brown, it also thickens the tangy mustard sauce.

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Poached Chicken Breast with Italian Salsa Verde

Poached Chicken Breast with Italian Salsa Verde
© Sneh Roy

Poaching is an overlooked method for cooking chicken breast. The gentle, even heat of barely simmering water results in juicy, tender meat that is perfect for shredding into a quick soup or making into chicken salad. Here, poached chicken is paired with a simple green sauce based on flavorful staples you may already have on hand: anchovies, parsley, olive oil and lemon zest. If possible, use rinsed salt-packed anchovies (rather than oil packed) for the best flavor.

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Healthy Chicken and Kale Salad

Healthy Chicken and Kale Salad
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

The key to this healthy salad is chilling it before serving, which allows the kale to break down and the flavors to meld together.

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Healthy Poached Chicken

Healthy Poached Chicken
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Poached chicken breasts are a healthy addition to a range of salads and soups.

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Healthy Chicken, Fennel and Apple Salad

Healthy Chicken, Fennel and Apple Salad
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Shaved fennel and sweet apple brighten up this healthy chicken salad. Be sure to allow enough time for the salad to fully chill so that all the flavors mingle together.

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Healthy Chicken and Arugula Salad

Healthy Chicken and Arugula Salad

Healthy has never tasted this good. Here, peppery arugula is studded with roasted pecans and juicy chunks of poached chicken and drizzled in a tart lemon vinaigrette.

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Healthy Chicken and Roasted Acorn Squash

Healthy Chicken and Roasted Acorn Squash
© TODD PORTER & DIANE CU

Perfect as a holiday side or, paired with a nice green salad, as a quick and healthy weeknight meal, this cold-weather twist on traditional chicken salad is sure to satisfy.

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Chicken and Green Bean Salad

Chicken and Green Bean Salad
© Scott Hocker

Green beans, tender chicken, a punchy vinaigrette: This refreshing, substantive salad has a lot going for it.

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Thai-Style Chicken In Lettuce Leaves

Thai-Style Chicken In Lettuce Leaves
© Christina Holmes

Filled with bold flavor, these Thai-style chicken lettuce wraps are easy to prepare and perfect for a light and healthy meal.

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Slow Cooker Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken and Black Lentil Stew

Slow Cooker Ethiopian-Spiced Chicken and Black Lentil Stew
© Sarah Bolla

In this intensely comforting spiced chicken and black lentil stew, bold ingredients like fresh ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and white wine simmer slowly with an Ethiopian spice blend called Berbere. The berbere spice blend can be substituted with an equal amount of Garam Masala for a very similar flavor profile in this dish.

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