17 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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    Chicken Caprese Sandwich With Truffle Mustard

    Vegetable and chicken open faced sandwiches.

     The Spruce / Grilled Cheese Social

    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 truffle mustard and balsamic glaze. Your guests will love this chicken caprese sandwich with truffle mustard.

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    Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

    Chipotle chicken bowl

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    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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    Sweet N' Spicy Cold Noodles

    Spicy noodles

    The Spruce

    Sweet n' spicy cold noodles are the ultimate leftovers dish. Simply shred an already cooked chicken breast and combine with chilled noodles and pile on your favorite veggies to up the health factor.

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    Buffalo Chicken Stuffed 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 with 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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    Oven Baked Barbecued Chicken

    Barbecue chicken

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    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 delicious combination of Parmesan, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. With such an easy way to spruce up chicken breast, this garlic chick primavera pasta is a winner in every category.

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    Lemon Chicken With Garlic and Wine

    Chicken with lemon

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    There's nothing more classic and also classy than a straightforward lemon chicken with garlic and wine. This one includes a healthy dose of garlic and a simmer in white wine and is ready in 30 minutes.

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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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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Tomatoes

    Skillet chicken with tomatoes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    For a simple and tasty dinner, this easy skillet chicken with tomatoes is hard to beat. With vegetables like tomatoes and mushrooms, 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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    Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad

    Pesto chicken pasta salad

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    This pesto chicken pasta salad is an excellent summertime meal, whether as a block party or barbecue side dish or an easy leftovers lunch. Use a rotisserie chicken to save time, since it's precooked and already has a wonderfully tender texture.

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    Curry Chicken

    Chicken curry over rice

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    Thought 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.