12 Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes for Weight LossArticle posted in: Nutrition
Asian. Mexican. Mediterranean. American. Indian. Italian. Chicken speaks a universal language and there’s almost no wrong way to prepare it. Plus, chicken breast is one of the healthiest foods on earth—rich in protein, vitamins B and D, calcium, iron and zinc, but blissfully carbohydrate free.
However, Despite chicken’s versatility, we often tire of the simple breast. We grill it. Or we grill it. Or, we grill it. Repeat after us: There’s more to life than grilled chicken. In fact, there are dozens of healthy chicken breast recipes here on The Palm, which include delicious roasted, baked and slow cooked recipe options.
Here are 12 of our best chicken breast recipes for dinner, all in one spot. So buy the family pack of chicken breasts and fill up your freezer. You’ll want all of these low-carb chicken breast recipes in your monthly rotation.
1. Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast >
It’s already the world’s best dip. So imagine how yummy this entrée tastes with the spinach and artichoke “dip” stuffed inside a juicy chicken breast! There’s nothing “diet” about this chicken breast recipe—it’s cheesy, flavorful and satisfying. It may not take 30 minutes to reach 170 degrees. Stop and check every few minutes after the 20-minute mark.
2. Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Taco Soup >
An instant pot is not a slow cooker—it’s a pressure cooker that uses steam to cook food quickly, from the inside out. You’re left with white meat that tastes as juicy as dark meat—plus all the delicious spices and flavors that this soup imparts.
3. Mediterranean Chicken Bowl >
Feed your whole family and have leftovers for a next-day lunch with this tasty chicken bowl. If we had to describe the chicken in one word, it would be flavorful. Greek seasonings usually contain eight to 10 spices. With the additional oregano, garlic powder, salt, pepper and bite of the lemon and vinegar, your taste buds will sing!
4. Buffalo Ranch Stuffed Chicken >
Craving wings? We’ve got you—and we upped the ante thanks to a cheesy, ranch-flavored filling. If you like it hot, add more—or use a more intense—buffalo sauce. If you only like a little heat, season once during cooking. Serve with a side of celery, carrot sticks and sugar-snap peas.
5. Chicken Tikka Masala Skewers >
Something of an Indian food novice? Tikka Masala is one of the most basic and popular Indian dishes out there. The chicken tastes sweet, smoky, salty and juicy all at the same time. Serve with cauliflower rice, roasted vegetables or a cold cucumber-tomato salad.
6. Everything Bagel Chicken >
We had fun with this recipe. Bagels were on our minds so we made chicken our “bagel” but then we added grilled romaine because it just seemed to fit. (You don’t have to take that extra step unless you have the time.) Look for the “Everything Bagel” seasoning at your local grocery store—it’s becoming more and more popular.
7. Jalapeño Popper Chicken >
If you want traditional jalapeño poppers, we’re not stopping you. Veggies and cheese are approved foods here at South Beach Diet. (You’re welcome.) But if you want to make that appetizer an entrée, try this mouthwatering dish (which serves six and gives you five lunches for your work week).
8. Shredded Chicken Chili >
There’s nothing worse than spending $50 on ingredients for one recipe. So while this ingredients list seems a little long, you’ll notice a pattern if you pay attention: These aren’t new spices. So many of our recipes call for cumin, chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder and oregano. Buy them once; you’ll have them for many healthy dinners to come.
9. Easy Chicken Parm >
This low-carb chicken recipe doesn’t taste low-carb. It tastes crispy (almond flour), tender and even cheesy (nutritional yeast!). We kept pasta (use whole-wheat, lentil, brown rice, etc.) in the ingredients to make this as traditional as possible. However, you can always use spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini zoodles if you’re wanting to cut carbs or need more veggies.
10. Five-Step Lemon Thyme Chicken >
Thyme is one of those ingredients that transports you to a five-star French restaurant. It’s not fancy but just tastes and seems so polished and refined. This simple, three-course dish is ready in (you guessed it) five steps. Bon Appetit!
11. Lemon-Rosemary Braised Chicken Breasts >
The bright taste of lemon and herbaceous flavor of rosemary are front and center in this healthy chicken breast recipe that’s perfect for the upcoming season. Serve this light and refreshing protein with a Zucchini Feta Salad recipe for one of the best low-carb chicken breast meals.
12. Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats >
Shredded chicken breasts seasoned with homemade low-carb buffalo sauce fills up tender zucchini boats for the perfect Friday night meal. We love this healthy low-carb chicken breast recipe as a diet-friendly alternative to hot wings.