Serve a Healthy, Protein-Packed Entrée Fast with These Dinner Options
Chicken is the queen of healthy entrées for a reason: it's packed with protein, loaded with essential nutrients like vitamin B-12 and, if you choose skinless chicken breast, low in fat. It's also incredibly versatile in the kitchen, so you can serve chicken to your family night after night but still keep your meals fresh and interesting by switching up the seasonings. The next time you're looking for some healthy meal inspiration, try out one of these healthy chicken recipes. Your family will thank you!
1. Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
A homemade glaze made from honey and mustard gives your chicken a sweet-but-tangy flavor. Simply mix equal parts honey and the mustard of your choice, add salt and black pepper to taste, then brush onto the chicken and bake. Stick to classic prepared yellow mustard for standard honey mustard or turn up the heat with a grainy dijon variety.
2. Pepper-Lime Taco Chicken
Serve a spicy Southwest inspired chicken with this dish. Start by blending chilis in adobo, roma tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, lime juice and fresh cilantro in a food processor or blender until combined. Pour the mixture over chicken breasts and bake. Eat the chicken breast on its own, or slice the chicken to add to tacos, fajitas or quesadillas.
3. Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Go Mediterranean with cheesy stuffed chicken breasts. Start by mixing low-fat and low-sodium ricotta with fresh chopped basil, lemon zest and just a pinch of lemon juice. Slice your chicken breasts lengthwise, and stuff with a spoonful of the cheese mixture and a handful of spinach. Drizzle with olive oil and bake until cooked through.
4. Braised Chicken in Milk
Sometimes, the easiest way to meal prep is to prep a whole chicken, as that initial time investment pays off in days' worth of ready-to-go leftovers. And while it sounds unconventional, braising your chicken in a mixture of broth and milk—plus aromatics, like sage and pepper—yields a creamy sauce that's still healthy. Use a French oven to braised your chicken covered, and be rewarded with ultra-tender, fall-off-the-bone meat as a result.
Sylvie Tremblay is a food and lifestyle writer based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. A green smoothie aficionado, she's written about delicious and healthy eating for Livestrong, Healthy Directions Magazine, Vitamix, Kroger and more.