12 Winner-Winner Chicken Dinners

What the cluck are you making for dinner? Hmm, chicken always sounds easy. But don’t resign yourself to a bland, rubbery breast—the worst punishment known to diet food. These healthy eating bloggers have discovered the trick to keeping your bird tender and juicy, while layering in lots of seasonal veggies, bright sauces, and fresh flavors. From kale salads to saucy stir-fries to the ultimate burrito bowl, get inspired with these finger-licking-good recipes. They’re quick and easy to throw together, even if you’re coming home to roost on a busy weeknight—and feeling exceptionally peckish. Call it winner-winner chicken dinner.

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Kale Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
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Editor’s note: This recipe runs high in fat. If you’re watching your figure, only use part of the dressing, or stretch the servings to feed 4 instead of 2.


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Vietnamese Chicken Sandwich with Pickled Vegetables
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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
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Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas
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Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce
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Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry
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Thai Chicken Curry with Pumpkin & Kale
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Editor’s note: Use light coconut milk to significantly cut down the saturated fat.


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Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata
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30-Minute Caprese Chicken
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20-Minute Healthy Chicken Parmesan
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Easy Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Chili
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Editor’s note: Use low-fat Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese for a healthy swap.


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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl
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  • Does anybody have a chicken – won-ton cup recipe? I had one and lost it. Diced chicken mixed with ? put in a cupcake pan lined with won-ton squares and baked for about 12 minutes.

    • Asian Chicken Wonton Cups

      Prep 25 min
      Cook 20 min
      Servings 24

      Fill wonton cups with cabbage and chicken mixture – a flavorful Asian-style appetizer to treat your guests.

      24 wonton skins (about 3 1/4-inch square)
      Cooking spray
      3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
      3 tablespoons water
      2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
      1 tablespoon rice vinegar
      1 tablespoon honey
      2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
      2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
      ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted
      2 medium green onions, sliced (2 tablespoons)
      1 cup chopped cooked chicken
      2 1/2 cup shredded Chinese (napa) cabbage

      1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Carefully press 1 wonton skin into each cup (wrapper will extend above rim); spray lightly with cooking spray.

      2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from cups to cooling rack; cool completely.

      3. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, mix peanut butter, water, lime juice, vinegar, honey, chili puree and sesame oil with whisk until blended. Add almonds, onions and chicken; toss to coat.

      4. Just before serving, fill wonton cups evenly with cabbage (about 1 teaspoon) and chicken mixture (about 2 1/2 teaspoons).

  • How can you call these recipes healthy when most contain ⅓ to ½ recommended daily amount of salt ( over ½ to ⅔ for hypertensive persons) in a single serving, especially with unrealistic portion sizes of 4 oz of raw chicken which is likely to entice a person to eat 2 of them.

  • it would be helpful to give the nutritional analysis of these recipes.
    then I could substitute if I needed to. all look good. Will try a couple

  • Becky Duffett just great recipesfor eating well, will buy your cook books, the pictures showed how the meal should look, great
    illustration great work you done, the pictures made my mouth water.
    can’t wait to try them, thank you.

  • I have type 2 diabetes. My doctor would love for me to give up meat and go on a pant based diet. I told him I would probably starve because I am limited to peas, green beans and corn for cooked veggies and lettuce, cabbage, carrots for raw veggies. I just don’t like the others. I do eat tomatoes. I know, technically they’re a fruit. Fruits I like: strawberries, apples, pineapple, cantaloupe and pears. I better like pears. I live in the middle of a pear orchard. See why I can’t give up my meats! What recipes are there that I can eat? Always looking for new ones!

    • If I had type 2 diabetes I would suddenly like veggies. !! I guess it’s a choice between eating healthy OR eat meat and have diabetes

      • if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to eat less veggies (especially starchy ones) and increase you consumption of meat (especially ruminants like beef). you can only get diabetes under control if you ignore current common wisdom and decrease your carb intake to under 20 net carbs per day. This will lower the insulin released by your body and allow you to access the energy stored in fat to become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner.

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