Let's get right to the good news: After sorting through piles of ideas, we uncovered the best healthy chicken breast recipes ever. Yes, they're really that good. Chicken is a flavorful yet versatile ingredient for so many reasons. But it's not every day you come by a chicken dish that's equal parts delicious and super easy to make without being boring or unhealthy. So we're pretty excited that we found 10 of them.
Don't get us wrong-we enjoy other kinds of proteins as well, including both vegetarian and meat-friendly options alike, but this week, we're opting for this lean protein. We included a wide range of options, from tacos to pasta, salad, and simple skewers so everyone can find something they'll love. Or go wild and make all of them. Consider this roundup of the 10 best healthy chicken breast recipes your blueprint to meal planning all week long.
Baked Chicken With JalapeГ±o PestoSalt and Wind
Ultra healthy, easy to make, and packed with the perfect balance of spicy and refreshing flavors, this baked jalapeГ±o pesto chicken breast recipe from Salt and Wind will be a crowd-pleaser (crowds of one included). The best part is that it only asks for 15 minutes of your hands-on time so you can whip it up on a busy weeknight.
Honey Mustard Chicken Stir FryFood Faith Fitness
Stir-fries are the answer to last-minute weeknight dinners since all you need is a skillet. Plus, they make great leftovers to bring to work for lunch the next day. Enjoy this healthy, Paleo-friendly honey mustard chicken recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
Slow Cooker Lemon ChickenMelanie Makes
We're not exaggerating when we say that this slow cooker lemon chicken recipe from Melanie Makes only takes five minutes to prepare. So next you just want a healthy chicken dinner but hardly even have enough energy to lift a finger, this light, citrusy, and wholesome dish will save the day. It's also simple enough to repurpose in other meals throughout the week if you feel like adding a protein to your salad, chicken, or even a sandwich.
40 Clove Garlic ChickenSalt and Wind
While this healthy chicken breast recipe from Salt and Wind requires a bit more experience (intermediate level cooking skills suggested), it's totally worth the extra details. That reference to 40 cloves of garlic is no joke-it really does call for that much of this delicious ingredient. With vermouth, broth, and tons of sweet roasted garlic, you should give this dish a try if you're up for the challenge.
Sticky Pomegranate ChickenHalf Baked Harvest
If you're looking for something hearty and warm after a cold day, this dish from Half Baked Harvest is a great option. Complete with a Thai chile sauce and enhanced by a sweet pomegranate flavor, this sheet-pan chicken is packed with flavor.
Grilled Lemon Chicken SkewersFoodie Crush
For lunch, enjoy this light chicken skewer recipe from Foodie Crush. The lemon slices will give it that refreshing kick during your midday slump without making you feel sluggish later on. Plus, it's super easy to prepare.
Indian Spiced BBQ ChickenFrom the Kitchen
For another flavor-packed treat, try this Indian spiced barbecue chicken from From the Kitchen. It's topped with a simple spinach and mango salad and sprinkled with mint and yogurt.
Chipotle Chicken TacosHalf Baked Harvest
Feel like having a taco night? These chipotle chicken tacos from Half Baked Harvest have got you covered. They're quick to make and taste delicious (especially if you pair them with guacamole).
Roast Chicken Pasta SaladFrom the Kitchen
If you feel like indulging in some pasta, we recommend this roast chicken pasta salad with romesco sauce created by From the Kitchen. You'll meet your protein needs with the almonds and roasted chicken and it's full of other goodies too like cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, corn, and avocado.
Chicken In Mushroom SauceFoodie Crush
There's nothing homier (and easier) than chicken with rice covered in a hearty mushroom sauce. This version from Foodie Crush is an excellent recipe to follow if this sounds like something you'd like.
Before you head to the grocery store with your list of ingredients, check out these light side dish recipes to accompany your healthy chicken breast main.
This post was originally published on February 12, 2017, and has since been updated.