18 Healthy Chicken Recipes You Can Make When Have No Time to Spare
Chicken is one of the simplest, healthiest, and most versatile proteins you can put on your plate (just ask any dietitian!), but if you still struggle to find ways to get it on the table fast — without sacrificing flavor — you're not alone. While slathering on a sauce or good-for-you dip can help, there are even better ways to dress up a simple chicken breast, without tacking on a bunch of extra time. These delicious, healthy chicken recipes will inspire you to try something new tonight — and you can make every single one of them in 30 minutes or less.
Spicy Thai Chicken Coconut Soup With Zoodles
If you remain unconvinced that soup can be a meal in itself, you obviously haven't had this satisfying recipe, loaded with chicken and zucchini noodles.
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On those nights that you'd rather order takeout than cook, reach for this healthier orange chicken. It takes just 10 minutes from start to finish!
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Grilled Chicken and Corn Salad
Barbecue Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These simple but tasty lettuce wraps are made with chicken, barbecue sauce, red onion, and cilantro leaves — and they come together in just 15 minutes.
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Teriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry
This flavorful stir-fry can be made with any vegetables of your choice — so pick nutrient-packed veggies like broccoli, asparagus, or bell peppers, then serve the stir-fry atop some brown rice or quinoa.
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Chicken and Green Beans
The honey garlic sauce — a mixture of chicken broth, honey, soy sauce, cornstarch, and cold water — takes a typical plate of chicken and vegetables to the next level.
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5-Ingredient Cheesy Chicken Chili
It almost sounds too good to be true, but as long as you have those five ingredients — pinto chili beans, chunky salsa, red enchilada sauce, shredded cooked chicken, and shredded cheese — you can have dinner on the table in 25 minutes.
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Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats
Swap out the bread in a traditional buffalo chicken sandwich and instead stuff the toppings inside these tasty carved-out zucchinis.
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Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad
Unlike mayonnaise-based chicken salads, this good-for-you recipe is made with fresh ingredients like Greek yogurt and pesto sauce.
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Blackened Cilantro Lime Chicken Burgers
If homemade chicken burgers already sound mouthwateringly good, just wait until you top them with avocado mashed with cilantro, lime, and blackening seasoning.
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Chicken Quinoa Bowls With Romesco Sauce
When you're short on time but don't want to skimp on flavor, these chicken quinoa bowls really deliver. They're layered with baby kale, a homemade romesco sauce, avocado, and olives.
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Mango Salsa Chicken
No store-bought salsa to freshly chopped mango, onion, and red pepper — the perfect topping for a well-seasoned piece of chicken.
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