15 Easy Chicken Recipes For Weight Loss

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15 Easy Chicken Recipes For Weight Loss

May 21, 2015 //

Lean and versatile, chicken is a popular ingredient among those looking to lose a few pounds.

Luckily, many chicken recipes for weight loss also happen to be downright delicious! Check out these 15 top healthy chicken recipes and get inspired to whip up some creations of your own.

Also Read5 Quick and Easy Weight-Loss Friendly Dinner Recipes

1. Strawberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Slivered almonds
  • Cubed chicken breasts
  • Spinach

Directions:

  • Saute chicken in a frying pan.
  • When cooked through, add in strawberries and vinegar, reducing the stove to low heat.
  • Simmer all together four minutes.
  • Serve over spinach and sprinkle with almonds.

2. Orange Glazed Grilled Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Orange juice
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Slices of oranges

Directions:

  • Whisk together orange juice and soy sauce.
  • Marinate chicken in the mixture two hours in the fridge.
  • Grill 5 minutes on each side.
  • Spread orange slices on top and grill until chicken is cooked through.

3. Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary Roasted Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Fresh lemon slices
  • Garlic cloves
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Olive oil
  • Whole chicken

Directions:

  • Rub chicken with olive oil, rosemary, and garlic.
  • Layer lemon slices all over the chicken.
  • Roast in the oven, covered, at 425 degrees for one hour or until thoroughly cooked.

4. Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • Peanut sauce
  • Cubed chicken
  • Jasmine rice
  • Your choice of veggies (snap peas and asparagus recommended)

Directions:

  • Cook chicken in a frying pan until safe to eat.
  • Add peanut sauce to our liking along with veggies.
  • Simmer in covered pan over medium heat for 5 minutes or until veggies are cooked to desired crispiness.
  • Serve over rice.

5. Basic Herb Chicken and Noodles

Ingredients:

  • Twisty noodles
  • Shredded chicken
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, basil, etc.)

Directions:

  • Saute all of the ingredients (pre-cooked) together, seasoning to taste.
  • Yes, it’s that easy!

6. Grilled Chicken Dippers

Ingredients:

  • Chicken strips
  • BBQ sauce

Directions:

  • Grill plain chicken strips (you can season lightly if you’d like).
  • Serve with a small portion of BBQ sauce for flavor and minimal calories.

7. Chicken Pesto Panini

Ingredients:

  • Pesto
  • Flatbread
  • Shredded chicken
  • Diced bell pepper

Directions:

  • Spread a layer of pesto on flatbread.
  • Sprinkle with chicken and pepper.
  • Add another piece of flatbread and grill.

8. Chunky Italian Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Large diced vegetables (squash, bell pepper, etc.)
  • Chunks of grilled chicken breast

Directions:

  • Season and sear the large chunks of tomato and vegetable.
  • Reduce heat to low and toss in chicken and mozzarella, cooking until all ingredients are warm.

9. Panko Chicken Strips

Ingredients:

  • Panko
  • Egg
  • Chicken breast strips
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Whisk the egg until smooth.
  • Dip the chicken strips in the egg, thoroughly coating.
  • Spread panko and salt and pepper on a plate.
  • Gently place the egg-coated chicken on the panko and pat until covered.
  • Bake at 375 degrees 30 minutes or until chicken is safe to consume.

10. Chicken Chopped Salad

Ingredients:

  • Chunks of cooked chicken breast
  • Chopped veggies (tomatoes, squash, olives)
  • Course chopped lettuce and greens
  • Feta cheese

Directions:

  • Gently toss together.
  • Done. That easy!

11. Puff-Wrapped Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Puff pastry
  • Chicken breast
  • Spinach leaves
  • Honey mustard
  • Egg yoke

Directions:

  • Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface.
  • Spread a thin layer of honey mustard on the pastry.
  • Layer with spinach leaves.
  • Add chicken and wrap tightly, sealing the edges and outside with egg yoke.
  • Bake at 425 degrees until chicken has reached temperature.

12. Simple Salsa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Cubed chicken
  • Diced bell pepper and jalapeno pepper
  • Tomato chunks
  • Seasoning like cumin, chili powder, and cilantro

Directions:

  • Season the chicken cubes and vegetables.
  • Add all ingredients to a lightly greased baking dish.
  • Bake at 375 for 30 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked).

13. Spiced Tropical Thighs

Ingredients:

  • Diced pineapple and mango
  • Diced jalapeno
  • Dry seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg, paprika, and pepper
  • Chicken thighs

Directions:

  • Rub dry seasonings on chicken thighs according to your preferences.
  • Place in a slow cooker and layer with fruit and pepper.
  • Add water to cover just a half inch of the bottom of the pot.
  • Cook on high for two hours and low for two hours.

14. Bean and Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients:

  • Black beans
  • Cooked shredded chicken
  • Thin salsa
  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Low fat cheddar cheese
  • Corn tortillas

Directions:

  • Heat tortillas until warm.
  • Spread chicken, beans, rice, and corn in the tortillas and then roll, placing in a baking dish.
  • Spread salsa over top and then sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot.

15. Asian Balsamic Chicken Thighs

Ingredients:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sesame sauce
  • Low sodium soy sauce
  • Chicken thighs

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker and cook over low heat for six hours. Sprinkle on sesame seeds and chopped green onion to taste.
Bethany McIlrath

Bethany McIlrath is a freelance writer who loves sharing tips with her readers to help them to live healthier, fuller lives. Living the busy and sedentary life of a writer, she understands that staying healthy and fit can require creativity. With a passion for motivating others and enthusiasm for food and fitness, Bethany is confident that you can tweak a little here and there in your diet and your routine to boost your health and live more vibrantly.

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