15 Fast and Healthy Chicken Recipes

Fast, Fresh, and Guilt-Free Meals

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats
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.

     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.

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    Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

    Chipotle chicken bowl

     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 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

    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.

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    Oven Baked Barbecued Chicken

    Barbecue chicken

    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 effort. Try your hand at it on a rainy afternoon and you'll see what the buzz is about.

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    Garlic Chicken Primavera Pasta

    One pot 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 a basic way to elevate chicken breast, this primavera pasta is a winner in every category.

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    Mediterranean Couscous, Swiss Chard, and Chicken Salad

    Couscous with vegetables

    Katie Workman / themom100.com

    With its low calorie count, this salad is an all around win. Mediterranean flavors combine with couscous, chard, and chicken broiled in olive oil to create a delectable, healthy, and fresh side dish that's perfect for a warm-weather get together.

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    Lemon Chicken With Garlic and Wine

    Chicken with lemon

    Diana Rattray

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

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    Peach Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Glazed chicken

    Diana Rattray

    A delicious combination of peach preserves, herbs, and mustard give this chicken dish its 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 in, it'll bring a bright light pop to any meal.

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    Curried Chicken With Peanuts and Peppers

    Curry chicken

    Nancy Lopez-McHugh 

    Thought curried chicken was impossible without resorting to takeout or spending hours over the stove? Think again with an easy 30-minute recipe. The secret ingredient in this one is a tablespoon of your favorite smooth peanut butter.

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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 and Classic Chicken Marsala

    Chicken marsala

    Diana Rattray

    For a red wine alternative to lemon chicken, try this easy 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

    Diana Rattray

    For a simple and tasty dinner, this easy skillet chicken 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

    Mango chicken


    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 pasta salad with chicken

    Mariha-kitchen/Getty Images 

    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 already precooked and already has a wonderfully tender texture.