14 Fast and Healthy Chicken Recipes

Fast, Fresh, and Guilt-Free Meals

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Chicken is by far one of the best loved meats in America, namely for its versatility and easy flavor. Despite how healthy poultry itself is, many recipes contain some not-so-great-for-you ingredients. Creamy sauces and delicious fried recipes have their place, but if you're in the market for a chicken dish that's delicious, easy, and guilt-free, these are the ones for you.

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    Caprese Sandwich With Tomato, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

    Caprese Sandwich With Tomato, Mozzarella, and Fresh Basil

    The Spruce

    This take on a caprese salad will have you over the moon. The roasted chicken sandwich–with classic ingredients like arugula, mozzarella, and juicy tomatoes—is amped up with a flavorful balsamic glaze. Your guests will love this chicken caprese sandwich with tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil.

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    Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

    Copycat chipotle chicken burrito bowl recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Olivia Mindelle

    While Chipotle is often praised for being one of the more ethically sourced fast-casual chains, a home-cooked meal is always better. With a delicious and juicy home marinade recipe, this copycat Chipotle chicken burrito bowl means you'll never overpay for a burrito again and can easily dial back on the higher-calorie elements.

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    Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats

    Buffalo chicken zucchini boats

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Making healthy choices is hard because it forces us to choose something we rationally know is better for us over something totally tasty. But worry not, because this recipe for Buffalo chicken stuffed zucchini boats combines the best of both worlds. Serve as a low-carb appetizer or main dish.

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    Slow-Cooked Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken

    Slow cooked oven baked bbq chicken recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    At two hours, this oven-baked barbecued chicken recipe takes a little longer than most chicken recipes, but it's well worth the time and minimal effort. Try your hand at it on a rainy afternoon and you'll see what the buzz is about.

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    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter 

    Whether you use leftover chicken or take the time to roast chicken breasts, tarragon chicken salad is a delicious recipe. It features a flavorful creamy dressing with lemon, Dijon mustard, and tarragon. Mix that with shredded chicken then serve it over greens or as a sandwich for a quick meal.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Breast

    instant pot chicken breasts with rice and pea pods

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot produces tender, juicy chicken breasts every time, easily answering the age-old question, "What's for dinner?" Chicken breasts can be shredded for pulled chicken sandwiches and tacos; diced for soups, salads, and casseroles; or sliced and served as an entrée along with side dishes.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Instant pot chicken and rice with serving spoon

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This comforting and adaptable dish makes the whole family happy. Perfect for Little League nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly or a curl-up-by-the-fire fall Sunday, Instant Pot chicken and rice can be your go-to healthy all-in-one meal.

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    Garlic Chicken Primavera Pasta

    Garlic chicken primavera pasta

    The Spruce

    Here's a one-pot pasta to write home about. Bring a taste of Italy to dinner with a delicious combination of Parmesan, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. With such an easy way to spruce up chicken breast, this garlic chicken primavera pasta is a winner in every category.

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    Peach Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Glazed chicken

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    A delicious combination of peach preserves, herbs, and mustard give these peach glazed chicken breasts their unique flavor. In the warmer months, serve with asparagus and for fall and winter, try green beans or pecan-topped salad. Whenever you choose to serve this dish, it'll bring a bright light pop to any meal.

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    Oven-Baked Breaded Chicken Breasts

    Baked chicken breasts

    The Spruce

    With kids, dinner can sometimes be a struggle. If your little ones are chicken tender aficionados and you're concerned about the impact of processed food on their health, it's time to try a little DIY. This recipe for kosher oven-baked and breaded chicken breasts will save you from ever buying frozen meals again.

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    Easy Classic Chicken Marsala

    Chicken marsala recipe

    ​The Spruce

    For a red wine alternative to lemon chicken, try this easy classic chicken marsala recipe. With dried basil leaves and fresh mushrooms, this makes for a great meal paired with angel hair pasta or a tossed salad. This is a recipe that looks advanced but really only takes 25 minutes total to prepare!

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    Chicken Marengo With Mushrooms, Garlic, and Tomatoes

    Chicken Marengo With Mushrooms, Garlic, and Tomatoes

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    For a simple and tasty dinner, this chicken Marengo with mushrooms, garlic, and tomatoes is hard to beat. It can be adapted to serve with rice, potatoes, or a salad.

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    Thai Mango Chicken

    Thai Mango Chicken Recipe

    The Spruce 

    With a total cook time of 30 minutes, this Thai mango chicken recipe is almost too good to be true. Skip takeout this weekend with a dish you can make in your own kitchen that tastes deep fried but without any of the guilt.

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    Easy Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

    Thai Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe

    Thought Thai coconut curry chicken was impossible without resorting to takeout or spending hours over the stove? Think again with an easy 30-minute recipe. Made with chicken breasts and spinach, it's a healthy meal served over rice.