We have every kind of healthy chicken recipe covered in this roundup with recipes for chicken breasts and thighs, soups, salads and more. You’ll never have a boring chicken dinner again!

If you think a healthy chicken dinner is a bland chicken breast with a side of veggies – think again! In this list you’ll find amazing creations for creamy chicken skillets, healthy chicken nuggets, and even hearty chicken soups and casseroles.

Time to dig in!

Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas

We all know that chicken is a relatively cheap and versatile protein that is easy to cook.

It makes the perfect base for easy weeknight dinners and is also great served cold or reheated for a grab and go lunch.

But why do we always fall into the same old rut with boring chicken recipes?

Don’t let it happen again! Save this page to come back to when you run out of inspiration for a healthy chicken dinner.

Our Tips for the Best Healthy Chicken Meals

It’s easy to get tired of chicken breast, we get it. Here are some tips to keep chicken dinners interesting:

  • Opt for the fattier cuts of chicken like thighs and drumsticks (bone in and skin on too!) These cuts offer more flavor and also don’t dry out like chicken breast.
  • Use some sauces and seasonings. These recipes make liberal use of homemade sauces, marinades and seasonings. Chicken will take on any flavor you pair it with!
  • Mix up how you cook your chicken. Make a skillet chicken dinner, grill it, make a sheet pan dinner and use the instant pot or slow cooker. These will all result in different tastes and textures.

A Note From the Author

We know that the definition of “Healthy” is a loaded concept that is different for everyone. Here is ours:

Eat. Real. Food.

We try to keep it simple and always come back to this basic concept when defining healthy. If most of meals are made up of real food that doesn’t come highly processed from a package, we are on the right track.

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Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes

Creamy chicken alfredo with zoodles and spoon and fork

Creamy Chicken Alfredo (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)

4.66 from 26 ratings
Creamy, dairy-free and healthy comfort food, this Paleo + Whole30 creamy chicken alfredo is an easy, weeknight dinner the whole family will love!
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Chicken Skillet with Bacon Brussels Sprouts (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.60 from 10 ratings
This one pan chicken skillet with bacon brussels sprouts is refreshing and flavorful. It’s great for a weeknight dinner with minimal effort.
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Healthy Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thai (Paleo + Whole30)

4.62 from 189 ratings
This healthy Sweet Potato Chicken Pad Thai has Thai flavors but with healthy sweet potato noodles, creamy cashew butter and coconut aminos instead of peanut and soy. You will love how tasty and comforting this dish is.
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Cooked air fryer chicken breasts on a plate with seasonings

Perfectly Cooked Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

4.63 from 16 ratings
Juicy on the inside and a little crispy on the outside, we'll walk you through exactly how to cook chicken breasts in the air fryer.
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Spaghetti Squash Carbonara (Paleo, Whole30 + Low Carb)

4.60 from 79 ratings
This Paleo, Whole30 + Low Carb spaghetti squash carbonara is dairy-free, creamy and has bacon in it! It checks all the boxes and is great for meal prep!
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Close up overhead image of healthy teriyaki chicken in a skillet with a serving spoon scooped in.

Healthy Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

5 from 8 ratings
This healthy teriyaki chicken bowl is made with colorful veggies and served over cauliflower rice. The teriyaki sauce is naturally sweetened with dates.
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Gluten free air fryer chicken nuggets on a plate with ranch dipping sauce.

Amazing Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

5 from 4 ratings
Healthy air fryer chicken nuggets in under 30 minutes! These air fryer nuggets are made with chicken breast and lightly breaded with almond flour, tapioca flour and some simple seasonings.
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One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken

3.98 from 39 ratings
We LOVE the ease of a one pan dish. Our one pan honey garlic chicken has it all, including chicken, sweet potato, broccoli, and a slew of tasty seasonings.
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Healthy Chicken Thigh Recipes

Overhead shot of dairy free creamy tuscan chicken with spinach and sun dried tomatoes and spoon coming out

25-Minute Creamy Tuscan Chicken (Dairy Free)

4.61 from 510 ratings
Spinach, fresh herbs and sun-dried tomatoes combine in one pan to create this dairy-free creamy tuscan chicken in only 25 minutes! It's also Gluten-free, Paleo & Whole30, and you can make it with either chicken thighs or breasts.
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Grilled pineapple chicken on a plate with sliced green onions on top

Healthy Grilled Pineapple Chicken

4.28 from 338 ratings
This recipe for healthy grilled pineapple chicken thighs is a summer staple! With a simple pineapple marinade, this easy grilled chicken is a crowd pleaser.
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Easy Chicken Marsala (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 3 ratings
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Overhead image of skillet chicken thighs in mustard sauce with kale and bacon

Skillet Chicken Thighs with Mustard Cream Sauce (No Dairy)

4.64 from 154 ratings
This skillet mustard chicken recipe is coated in a creamy, comforting, dairy-free mustard sauce. Made with chicken thighs and savory bacon bits.
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Bowl of shredded instant pot buffalo chicken with sauce pouring in from a spoon

Insanely Easy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

4.78 from 22 ratings
The easiest shredded buffalo chicken in the Instant Pot! Packed with bold flavors, easy to make and always the hit of the party. Less than 10 minutes of hands on time for this insanely easy recipe!
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Vertical overhead image of skillet full of garlicky chicken in a creamy sauce with bacon.

Stovetop Creamy Garlic Chicken Thighs (Dairy Free)

4.68 from 56 ratings
This stovetop creamy garlic chicken thighs recipe with bacon comes together in 30 minutes using one pan. It’s lathered in a creamy dairy-free sauce.
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Korean BBQ Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

4.43 from 70 ratings
An easy recipe and flavorful marinade, this Paleo + Whole30 Korean BBQ chicken is authentic and tasty! Grilled chicken thighs are an easy weeknight dinner.
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Spicy Chicken and Cauliflower Rice (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.91 from 20 ratings
This one pan spicy chicken and cauliflower rice is an easy low carb weeknight dinner that you can have on the table in 30 minutes. It's Paleo + Whole30 too!
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Healthy Soup Recipes with Chicken


Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-free)

4.83 from 39 ratings
This chicken pot pie soup is Paleo, Whole30 and dairy-free and uses all real food ingredients to bring you a classic comfort food dish in a bowl.
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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.68 from 95 ratings
This Paleo, Whole30 + Keto Instant Pot white chicken chili is an easy recipe that’s a perfect weeknight dinner. Only 10 minutes of prep for a healthy meal!
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Chicken Coconut Curry Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

4.82 from 27 ratings
This Thai inspired chicken coconut curry soup is packed with vegetables and a creamy, savory curry broth. It's a Paleo, Whole30 and low carb soup too!
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Crockpot chicken enchilada soup in a bowl with sliced avocado and onions on top

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto)

3.99 from 302 ratings
Since the weather turned chilly, this crockpot chicken enchilada soup is one that we’ve had on repeat! It’s so tasty and warming.
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Quick, Comforting Spanish Chicken Stew

4.88 from 8 ratings
Looking for a hearty, Spanish-style chicken stew, but don't have all day? Easily make it on the stove top or in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.
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Healthy Baked Chicken Recipes

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One Pan (6-Ingredient) Baked Chicken and Broccoli

5 from 22 ratings
This one pan baked chicken and broccoli is made with either chicken breasts or thighs. Juicy chicken, squash and broccoli all in one bite!
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Healthy Oven-Baked Chicken Caprese

4.10 from 22 ratings
Healthy oven-baked chicken caprese – easy Keto chicken dinner with Paleo + Whole30 options. Use chicken breast or thighs, buffalo mozzarella + dairy-free pesto.
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Healthy Baked Buffalo Chicken Casserole

4.75 from 63 ratings
We made this healthy baked chicken casserole Paleo, Whole30 and Low Carb, and with a simple modification it can also be made Keto. It's perfect for a family meal or meal prep!
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overhead shot of chicken fajita bake with lime and lettuce

Chicken Fajita Bake (Paleo + Whole30)

4.59 from 100 ratings
We are huge fans of tacos, fajitas and pretty much anything with Mexican flavors! And of course we love simple, quick and easy meals. So, this Paleo and Whole30 chicken fajita bake is basically where all the things collide! You’ll love this flavor-packed Paleo and Whole30 sheet pan meal that’s ready in just 35 minutes!
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Chicken Pot Pie (Dairy Free)

4.34 from 6 ratings
This dairy free chicken pot pie has a creamy, dairy-free filling with all the chicken pot pie goodies, and a crust that will have you swooning!
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30-Minute Buffalo Chicken Meatballs (Keto + Whole30)

5 from 7 ratings
With only 4 ingredients, these baked keto-friendly buffalo chicken meatballs are ready in 30 minutes! Drizzle with homemade ranch sauce for a delicious meatball dinner.
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Creamy Chicken Casserole (Paleo, Whole30 + Dairy-Free)

4.70 from 39 ratings
This Paleo + Whole30 Creamy Chicken Casserole is made with spaghetti-squash so it’s grain-free, gluten-free and the creamy, cheese-like sauce is dairy-free!
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Healthy Chicken Crockpot Recipes


Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken (Paleo + Whole30)

4.49 from 74 ratings
This Paleo + Whole30 slow cooker teriyaki chicken is an easy weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe. This healthy teriyaki chicken recipe is sure to be a new favorite and something you add to you regular rotation as an easy dinner the whole family loves! 
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Chicken Carnitas (Juicy & Crispy!) – Slow Cooker or Instant Pot

4.88 from 147 ratings
Whether you're meal prepping or feeding a crowd, this juicy chicken carnitas recipe is a great option. Only 10 minutes of active prep and then set your Instant Pot or Slow Cooker and walk away. This healthy chicken recipe is a quick and easy go-to for any day of the week!
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Chicken Tinga (Paleo, Whole30 + Keto) Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

4.25 from 61 ratings
An easy Instant Pot or slow cooker meal, this Paleo, Whole30 + Keto shredded mexican chicken is a versatile and fun dish that the whole family will love! 
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Juicy, Shredded Crockpot Mexican Chicken (5-Minute Prep!)

4.74 from 131 ratings
An easy prep recipe, this perfectly seasoned crockpot Mexican chicken uses either breasts or thighs and gives you the best tender, juicy, shredded chicken.
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BBQ Pulled Chicken – Slow Cooker or Instant Pot (Paleo + Whole30)

4.07 from 66 ratings
This Paleo + Whole30 BBQ pulled chicken is a versatile meal prep recipe, and we give you Slow Cooker + Instant Pot instructions! It’s a family favorite and an easy, healthy recipe with no added sugar! 
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Healthy Salad Recipes with Chicken

Vertical overhead image of thai chicken salad in a large serving bowl with all the ingredients separated out - cabbage, cucumber, cashews, red bell pepper, cilantro, mango, carrots, chicken and a peanut sauce.

Easy Thai Chicken Salad

4.93 from 14 ratings
When people say eat the rainbow, they mean eat this Paleo + Whole30 Thai chicken salad! You need leftover chicken, produce and the best "peanut" sauce!
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Homemade Keto Chicken Salad Recipe

4.31 from 49 ratings
This low-carb, keto-friendly chicken salad recipe uses chicken breast, 1/2 cup of avocado oil mayo, plus bacon and olives. Ready in 15 min!
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BLT Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

4.70 from 13 ratings
This BLT salad is so flavorful and only has 8 ingredients! It’s a quick and easy meal and sure to be your new go-to Paleo + Whole30 salad option!
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Mediterranean Chicken Salad (Paleo + Whole30)

5 from 5 ratings
This quick and easy mediterranean chicken salad is the perfect light meal for spring and summer.
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Easy Paleo Cobb Salad

4.50 from 4 ratings
This easy Paleo cobb salad is packed with all the flavors, like smoky bacon, creamy avocado, fresh tomatoes and a tangy balsamic dressing! 
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Creamy spinach artichoke chicken skillet in a pan
4.75 from 4 ratings
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35+ Healthy Chicken Recipes: Spinach Artichoke Chicken Skillet

This healthy spinach artichoke chicken skillet is a quick 30 minute, one pan meal the whole family will love! Plus, we've rounded up some of our favorite healthy chicken recipes for you!


  • 1 tbsp (1 tbsp ) avocado oil
  • 1.5 lbs (680.39 g) chicken thighs, (or breasts)
  • salt and pepper

For the spinach artichoke sauce:

  • 1 can (1 can) artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped, (14.5 oz can)
  • 1 cup (224 g) mayo
  • 1/4 cup (11 g) nutritional yeast
  • 3 cups (90 g) spinach, chopped
  • 4 cloves (4 cloves) garlic, minced, (or sub 1 tbsp garlic oil)

For the rest:

  • 1 bunch (1 bunch) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1" pieces
  • 6 cups (960 g) Cauliflower rice, (or white rice if not Whole30 or Keto)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped, (optional garnish)


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  • Add avocado oil to a large oven safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add in chicken and season with salt and pepper, about a 1/2 tsp each.
  • Let chicken cook undisturbed for 4 minutes, and then flip and season the other side with more salt and pepper, about a 1/2 tsp each. Cook for another 4 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, place all of the spinach artichoke sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine. Also, prep asparagus and cauliflower rice if not using pre-riced cauliflower.
  • Once chicken is done, remove from pan and set on a plate. Turn off the heat, and add cauliflower rice and asparagus to pan. Add some salt and pepper to taste and mix around.
  • Layer sauce on top of rice mixture, and add chicken on top of sauce.
  • Transfer to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through.
  • Once done, remove, serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition facts are an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet and do not include the topping/serving items for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here
Calories: 664kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 56g, Fiber: 7g
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