Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes


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Have chicken on hand and not sure what to cook for dinner? These healthy chicken recipes will have you covered! Included are secret tricks on how to cook chicken breast perfectly!

healthy chicken breast recipes.

Chicken breasts are the most popular and affordable protein source out there. It’s easily the foundation of many dinners out there. It was the primary animal protein we ate in our household.

With many of us following a healthier diet, having some healthy chicken breast recipes in our arsenal is always handy.

Table of Contents
  1. Benefits of eating chicken breast
  2. What is the healthiest way to cook chicken? 
  3. What to make with chicken breasts?
  4. More ways to use chicken breasts
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes

Benefits of eating chicken breast

Eating chicken breasts has many benefits, from providing high-quality protein to supporting bone health and aiding weight loss.

  • It’s low calorie– Chicken breast is fantastic on a weight loss or low-calorie diet because it contains just 110 calories per 4-ounce serving and 24 grams of protein.
  • It is a mood booster– Poultry, especially chicken, contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is associated with serotonin. Serotonin is often referred to as the ‘feel good’ hormone.
  • There are tons of nutrients– Vitamin B12, zinc, and iron are all key nutrients found in chicken.
  • It’s easy to find– Chicken breasts are widely available at most grocery stores, making them a convenient source of protein.
  • It’s affordable– Compared to other types of meat, chicken breasts are often more affordable, making them a budget-friendly option for meal planning.

What is the healthiest way to cook chicken? 

The healthiest ways to cook chicken are steaming, grilling, poaching, and baking. All four techniques require minimal oil but keep plenty of flavors.

What to make with chicken breasts?

Chicken and chicken breast fillets are so versatile they can be used in many recipes. You can use pre-cut chicken breast fillets

Here are the BEST boneless chicken breast recipes you need right now. You’ll find recipes using grilled chicken, baked chicken, and more unique (but easy) ways to use this poultry! Chicken has the unfair stigma of being dry or bland, but these chicken breast recipes prove otherwise!

Chicken sausage

While turkey sausage is delicious, this chicken version gives it a run for its money and is so versatile, you can enjoy it for breakfast, brunch, or dinner!

chicken sausage.

Peri Peri chicken

Move over Nandos- this copycat peri peri chicken recipe is both healthy and delicious!

peri-peri chicken.

Sheet pan chicken

Sheet pan chicken and veggies is a quick and easy one-pan meal that is perfect for busy weeknights. Seasoned chicken and a variety of colorful vegetables are roasted together on a single sheet pan for a healthy and delicious dinner.

sheet pan chicken.

Chicken parmesan

A low carb chicken parmesan garnished with marinara sauce (or sugo or pomodoro!) and two types of cheese. This crisp and juicy chicken is sure to get you drooling!

Love chicken parm? Try chicken parmigiana or air fryer chicken parmesan.

keto chicken parmesan

Hunan chicken

Tender, stir-fried chicken with fresh veggies covered with spicy Hunan sauce. Oh! And the best part? You can get it ready in under 10 minutes!

Hunan chicken

Stir fry

Sliced chicken mixed with a healthy dose of fresh vegetables and covered with flavourful stir fry sauce. This makes for a perfect weeknight meal.

keto stir fry

Chicken Florentine

A ridiculously easy to make recipe featuring tender chicken breast pieces cooked in a rich and creamy florentine sauce, with spinach added on. A perfect dinner recipe!

keto chicken florentine

Orange chicken

Bite-sized chicken covered with deliciously healthy orange sauce. Sweet, Sour, and Savory, it’s secretly low carb.

keto orange chicken

Baked chicken breast

The juiciest and most delicious baked chicken breast with a simple spice mix.

baked chicken breasts.

Air fryer chicken breast

The fastest way to perfectly juicy and moist chicken in to air fry it! It cooks in less than 8 minutes.

air fryer chicken breast.

Crack chicken

A low carb dish featuring bacon, chicken, two kinds of cheese, and a drizzle of ranch seasoning. An easy-to-make dinner recipe that can be made within 20 minutes!

crack chicken

Chicken soup

A sumptuous and delicious broth loaded with melt-in-your-mouth chicken. This chicken soup is the perfect combo of healthy and flavorsome!

keto soup

Pad Thai

A quick and easy to make dinner recipe, featuring Shirataki noodles. It looks and tastes exactly like the famous Pad Thai, but without the carbs!

keto pad thai

Blackened chicken breast

A quick and easy way to elevate the humble chicken breast that cooks up in no time!

blackened chicken.

Air fryer quesadillas

Crisp tortillas with a generous filling of cheese, chicken breast, and salsa. This recipe is a air fryer take on the classic Mexican dish!

quesadilla air fryer.


This recipe features crispy tortillas filled with chicken, cheese and a spicy sauce. With only 3 grams net carbs per serving!

keto enchiladas

Chicken salad

This creamy chicken salad features fresh celery, green onions combined with crunchy grapes and grilled chicken breast. It’s garnished with flaked almonds, mayonnaise and dill.

keto chicken salad

More ways to use chicken breasts

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I lose weight by eating chicken?

Losing weight is a matter of calories in and calories out. Chicken breast is a fantastic, low calorie protein option to consume. Per 100 gram serving (4 ounces), there are just 110 calories and over 24 grams of protein.

Studies show diets higher in protein keep you fuller for longer, which will ease any unnecessary snacking.

Is grilled or baked chicken healthier?

Grilled chicken and baked chicken are healthy options with similar nutritional profiles.

Does chicken lose nutrients when boiled?

Contrary to popular belief, chicken does not lose nutrients when boiled. However, if you over-boil the chicken, you risk the meat drying out.

How long should I cook chicken breasts?

The cooking time for chicken breasts can vary depending on the cooking method and the meat’s thickness. Generally, chicken breasts should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).

How do I make sure my chicken breasts are not dry?

To prevent dry chicken breasts, make sure not to overcook the meat. Always check using a meat thermometer and/or consider marinating or brining the meat beforehand.

healthy chicken breast recipes.

Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes

5 from 77 votes
Have chicken breast fillets on hand and not sure what to cook for dinner? These healthy chicken breast recipes will have you covered! Never endure dry and flavorless chicken ever again.
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 17 minutes


  • 4 chicken breasts 4 oz each
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced


  • Season your chicken breast fillets with the salt, pepper and smoked paprika. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.
  • Transfer everything into a ziplock bag and use your hands to mix the chicken into the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Brush the grills with some oil. Once hot, remove the chicken breast fillets from the ziplock bag and place them on the grill. Cook the chicken for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165C, remove them from the heat.
  • Serve immediately.


TO STORE: Leftover chicken should be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to three days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled chicken in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to two months.
TO REHEAT: Microwave the chicken for 30-40 seconds or reheat stovetop. 


Serving: 1chicken breastCalories: 165kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 24gFat: 8gSodium: 844mgPotassium: 853mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 70IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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