Preparing Your Chicken This Way Is So Much Healthier

Updated 05/09/19

Next time you find yourself in weekday cooking rut and feel like being healthy, you can count on this meal formula to solve your kitchen woes: chicken + delicious sauce + veggies. Rather than filling up on refined sugar and processed carbs, you'll be eating nutrient-rich greens and protein-packed chicken. But don't let that scare you off if you're someone who enjoys eating flavorful food. While it may seem obvious and unexciting, having an arsenal of recipes that put a delicious twist on classic poultry dishes will prove just how interesting and delicious it is.

Indeed, the best part about this chicken, sauce, and vegetable formula is that it's endlessly versatile (okay, maybe we like that it's easy too)—there are so many delicious low-carb chicken recipes out there. And if you care at all about presentation, this formula also tends to yield to more colorful, photogenic plates thanks to the surplus of spices, herbs, and garnishes. So to introduce you to this fine dining experience, we selected 12 of the most drool-worthy low-carb chicken recipes for nonstop healthy and delicious eating.

Check out the menu below.

Sunday Suppers

Here's a braised chicken recipe from Sunday Suppers that you'll come back to everytime you need to dress up a classic dish for special events (even if the special event is just a craving for something gourmet). The chicken is braised in a white wine sauce with preserved lemon, marjoram, red chili flakes, capers, sliced leeks, and garlic. It's served up with some white cannellini beans doused with herb-infused oil.

Melanie Makes

This low-carb baked chicken recipe from Melanie Makes is about as healthy as it gets. You'll need a spiralizer, some zucchini, lemon juice, chia seeds, nonfat Greek yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, honey, reduced-fat feta cheese, parsley, and chicken breast—and it only takes 40 minutes total to whip up.

Salt and Wind

Though it'd make for a delicious summer or springtime dinner, this Saint Martin Calypso chicken salad from Salt and Wind is going to make you even happier during your lunch break. It's tangy and just interesting enough without being too rich thanks to the balance between hot sauce, lime, honey, ginger, mango slices, red onions, almonds, and feta cheese atop a bed of greens. And of course, the boneless, protein-packed chicken breast will help you power through the workday.

Pickled Plum

This Filipino chicken dish is delightful. This recipe from Pickled Plum calls for white onion, ginger, chicken thighs, zucchini, and baby bok choy. The broth is super light yet full of flavor. It's great when you're short on time too since it only takes about 35 minutes to prepare.

Playful Cooking

This Garam Masala recipe from Playful Cooking is like chicken strips for sophisticated, healthy eaters. With spices and herbs like cumin, coriander, dry red chili, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, and fennel seeds, each bite of the grilled chicken tenders will give you a blast of flavor. Then to top it off, dip it into a refreshing yogurt sauce and add some crunch with raw sliced cucumbers and onions.

Half Baked Harvest

When you're in the mood for Mexican, try this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. You can enjoy poblano chicken fajitas over a bed of cauliflower rice or wrap them up into little lettuce cup burritos. Of course, you could also just stick to corn and flour tortillas if you aren't trying to eliminate too many carbs from your diet.

The Modern Proper

When you're on the hunt for something simple and easy that doesn't skimp on taste, opt for this one-pot braised kale and crispy chicken recipe from The Modern Proper. Aside from a few extra ingredients like shallots, tarragon, and capers, you'll probably already have the other ingredients on deck like dijon mustard, chicken, lemon juice, and paprika.

Salt and Wind

Who wouldn't want to say, "we're having Huli Huli chicken skewers"? If you think it's fun to say, just wait until you devour them. This recipe, brought to us by Salt and Wind, calls for pineapple, ginger, garlic cloves, and sesame oil, so it's basically like a hula dance in your mouth. While the recipe requires about an hour of marinating, it only asks for 15 minutes of your hands-on time.

Spoon Fork Bacon

Craving a salad that doesn't look at all like a sad salad? This recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon will do the trick. This chicken salad is loaded up with BBQ sauce, Greek yogurt, toasted quinoa, a ton of spices and veggies, black beans, white cheddar, and of course, grilled chicken breast.

Playful Cooking

First of all, this is a prime example of how much good plating can elevate the presentation of your meal. Created by Playful Cooking, this take on the Indian classic Methi Murgh is a delicious and aromatic curry dish. It's very robust and complex, featuring flavors like cumin, coriander, turmeric, chili powder, and ginger. It also calls for tomatoes and onions. If you've never prepared your chicken in earthy fenugreek leaves before, you're in for a treat.

Spoon Fork Bacon

If you like mixing sweet fruit into your savory dishes, this chicken recipes from Spoon Fork Bacon will be right up your alley. The meat on these roasted chicken thighs falls right off the bone and the strawberry avocado oil gives each bite a refreshing twist. It's quick, simple, and delicious.

How Sweet Eats

Who knew you could pack so many gorgeous colors into a bowl of soup? This Thai chicken zoodle soup from How Sweet Eats is comforting, wholesome, and super low in carbs. It's exactly what you'd expect (and more) from a bowl of Thai soup—customizable, light (at least compared to cream-based soups), and fully loaded with healthy veggies—the only difference being there are no wheat, egg, or rice noodles. It's also a great recipe option when you need to cook with leftovers like shredded chicken and zucchini.

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