The best healthy chicken recipes

Discover delicious, nutritious recipes for chicken in roast dinners, stews, curries and pasta. Try our healthy ideas, from weeknight meals to Sunday lunch.

Get the most nutrition out of your chicken with our favourite healthy recipes, including lighter sauces, clever crumb coatings and a good-for-you twist on the classic Sunday roast.

Moroccan chicken stew

Moroccan chicken stew

Full of vibrant veg, green olives, lemon, apricots, almonds and spice, this flavoursome Moroccan chicken tagine is a favourite with its creators, Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley. It’s gluten-free and low-calorie – serve with cauliflower rice to raise your veggie count even further.

Moroccan chicken stew

Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots

Roast chicken with rosemary root vegetables

This healthier take on a classic roast incorporates swede, celeriac, carrots and kale to give you a boost of extra goodness. Leave off the traditional calorie-laden trimmings and enjoy extra servings of veggies flavoured with rosemary, lemon and garlic for a lighter Sunday lunch.

Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots

Creamy chicken & asparagus braise

Creamy chicken with asparagus braise

Bright green, summery and light, this low-fat and low-calorie way of serving chicken breasts is a real winner. Packing in plenty of greens from asparagus, peas and leeks, it also uses tarragon, garlic and bio yoghurt to create a deliciously creamy sauce.

Creamy chicken & asparagus braise

Chicken katsu curry

Chicken katsu curry

Katsu needn’t be off the menu if you’re trying to avoid fried foods: you can reproduce that crunchy chicken coating by dipping it in chopped flaked almonds instead and baking until golden in the oven. Pair with a fresh salad of carrot, cucumber, chilli, lime and soft zingy herbs for a beautiful, balanced and satisfying supper. 

Chicken katsu curry

Lighter chicken cacciatore

Lighter chicken cacciatore

This remake of the classic Italian hunter’s stew is lower in calories and fat than its original. Trim any fat from your prosciutto and chicken breasts and add to your pan alongside earthy chestnut mushrooms and tinned tomatoes. The casserole is freezable so you can make double to enjoy another day.

Lighter chicken cacciatore

Chicken arrabbiata

Chicken arrabbiata on pasta

Trade a standard arrabbiata sauce for a protein-rich version in this chicken dish which packs a punch with its fiery chillies and garlic. It’s low in salt and calories, and freezable so you can make it ahead of time. Serve with either mash or pasta for a satisfying supper.

Chicken arrabbiata

Roast chicken thighs with brown rice & salsa verde

Roast chicken thighs with brown rice and salsa verde

This delicious low-calorie take on roast chicken combines lean skin-off chicken thighs with beautiful green spinach and punchy salsa verde. The vitamin C from the lemon-spiked salsa helps iron absorption from the leafy greens, and the wholegrains help keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Roast chicken thighs with brown rice & salsa verde

Slow cooker chicken casserole

Slow cooker chicken casserole

Let the slow cooker take the strain in this low-fat, low-calorie chicken recipe. It’s packed with all the goodness of new potatoes, celery, carrots and mushrooms, and the wholesome lean chicken is flavoured with bay leaves, porcini mushrooms and Dijon mustard. A healthier comfort food classic.

Slow cooker chicken casserole

Chicken korma

Chicken korma

If you’re a fan of curry but looking to cut back on calorific sauces, you’ll be glad to hear that you can still have your creamy chicken korma and eat it. This lighter, low-calorie sauce is based on fat-free Greek yoghurt instead of cream, and it’s lower in salt than your average takeaway, too.

Chicken korma

Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

Spicy chicken avocado wrap

Take chicken fajitas to another level with these tasty chilli-flecked chicken and avo wraps. Made with seeded tortillas, they pack in all the nutrients of roasted red peppers, smashed avocado, coriander and lime, while the lean chicken provides nearly 30g of protein. 

Spicy chicken & avocado wraps

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