11 Healthy and Protein-Packed Poultry Recipes That Aren't Boring

Updated 05/06/19

While red meat, fish, and vegan substitutes all have a special time and place on the dinner table, poultry tends to be the most popular favorite (winner, winner chicken dinner, anyone?). Poultry is one of those hero ingredients that's good at everything—it's a healthy lean protein that's full of flavor potential. Given its recipe range and health benefits, we decided to compile a list of the best healthy poultry recipes to make all week long.

And since variety is key, we made sure to include some healthy poultry recipes that don't revolve around the most popular bird at the table. From chicken to turkey, duck, and quail, these 11 healthy poultry recipes will soon become your go-to meals.

Roasted Chicken Farro Bowl

Roasted Chicken Farro Bowl
Half Baked Harvest

When it comes to healthy grains, farro is so underrated. It's a great source of protein, fiber, iron, niacin, zinc, and magnesium and has a low estimated glycemic load. Introduce it to your dinner routine with this roasted chicken farro bowl recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Vietnamese Turkey Soup

Vietnamese Turkey Soup
The Modern Proper

For a meal that isn't overly rich but is still interesting enough to satisfy a sophisticated palate, make this Vietnamese-inspired turkey soup from The Modern Proper. The avocado, cilantro, cabbage, ginger, and lime give it a refreshing, zesty flavor, while the mushrooms and baby bok choy give it an earthy base.

Skillet-Roasted Chicken With Cabbage

Skillet-Roasted Chicken With Cabbage
The Modern Proper

Close your eyes and imagine your favorite rotisserie chicken. Well, nothing against your signature favorite, but we bet this recipe from The Modern Proper will make you even happier. It's easy to make and super simple yet so, so good. The cabbage side makes it a true standout meal.

Classic Roast Turkey Breast

Classic Roast Turkey Breast
Brooklyn Supper

One of the reasons it's so difficult to make a good turkey is because the dark and white meat cooks at different speeds, so some areas can taste dry while others are undercooked. Opting for just the breast is one surefire way to eliminate the problem. Since we promised to deliver healthy poultry recipes, we're highlighting this roasted turkey breast recipe from Brooklyn Supper. Plus, it's a good alternative to chicken when you're cooking for more people and need a bigger bird.

Spiced Quail Breasts

Spiced Quail Breasts
He Needs Food

This tiny little bird makes a huge impression, so cook this when you want to present your friends and family with a healthy poultry dish that's fancier than the average chicken. Quail is also almost always free-range, unlike chicken. Served with okra and cauliflower, this recipe for spiced quail breasts from He Needs Food will not disappoint.

Huli-Huli Chicken Skewers

Huli-Huli Chicken Skewers
Salt and Wind

Chicken skewers are the ideal dish when you want something healthy that doesn't leave you hangry. This Huli-Huli chicken skewer recipe from Salt and Wind will prove our point, and then some. The onions introduce a slightly sharp and spicy edge, while the pineapple sweetens things up. And the protein-rich grilled chicken will fill you up and let the dipping sauce and marinade steal the show.

Maple Balsamic Roasted Duck

Maple Balsamic Roasted Duck
Spoon Fork Bacon

Fragrant, vibrant, and delicious, this maple balsamic glazed duck recipe Spoon Fork Bacon tastes even better than it looks. It's roasted to perfection, so you can expect a symphony of juicy, tender, and crispy deliciousness in every bite. It's slightly gamier and richer than chicken and it's served with a cranberry spiced chutney, which is just in time for fall.

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken

One Pan Garlic Herb Chicken
Le Creme de la Crumb

When it's a busy weeknight and you don't have time to slave over the oven forever, opt for this garlic herb chicken from Le Creme de la Crumb. You can just toss everything into one pan, making the cooking and cleanup process so much easier. But despite being simple to make, it packs a lot of flavor punch, and the asparagus is a great way to get your dose of folate and fiber.

Red Curry Turkey Meatballs

Red Curry Turkey Meatballs
The Modern Proper

If you love meatballs but want to cut back on red meat, opt for this turkey meatball recipe from The Modern Proper. Paired with a silky, smooth, creamy, and rich red curry sauce, this turkey recipe is the perfect thing to make when you're craving something warm and comforting after a long day.

Coq au Vin

Coq au Vin
Gimme Some Oven

Coq au Vin is one of those classic French recipes that taste as heavenly and perfect as its name implies. If you haven't heard of it, it's basically just chicken slow simmered in a red wine sauce. This recipe from Gimme Some Oven is surprisingly easy to make and it was inspired by Julia Child, so you know it's going to be good.

Minced Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Minced Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Melanie Makes

These minced turkey lettuce wedges from Melanie Makes are absolutely divine. The crispy crunch of the lettuce is the perfect contrast to the flavorful, saucy filling. Make these when you're craving something like a sandwich or a taco but want to forgo the carbs.

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