12 Nutritious Chicken Recipes | High-Protein & Simple Dinner Ideas

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Thinking about what to cook every night can be challenging, especially if you want to keep it healthy.

We’ve gathered together some of the best chicken recipes to take the stress out of cooking and provide you with simple yet healthy meals to enjoy mid-week. There is a variety to choose from, so guaranteed to be something for every taste.

Chicken is one of the most versatile foods and a good source of protein. If your budget allows it, choose an organic option as it retains more of its better than those that are commercially produced.

In addition to protein, high-quality chicken contains essential vitamins and omega-3 acids vital for good health. So, without further ado, here is our list.

Chicken and Egg Roll

Super quick to make, this dish tastes lovely and is easy to adapt and add your own ingredients.

Eggs are one of the healthiest foods you can eat, packed full of vitamins, minerals, and protein you can’t get better than the humble egg.

Low-carb and high protein, this dish is exceedingly nutritious and delicious. Ready in no more than 20 minutes, it’s a great, filling, and simple meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup (Homemade)

A tasty meal ideal for lunch or dinner, you can use any chicken thighs or breast but it’s perfect for using up leftovers. You can’t really go wrong with soup, even if you consider yourself a bad cook.

All that you need to do Is throw everything in one pan, job done! If you are using leftover roast chicken, you could try making your own stock with the carcass.

This is a great way of not wasting food and drawing out all the nutrients from the chicken. Once you’ve made a batch, if the quantity is too much, you can always freeze it for another day and make another soup.

The soup can be made using a variety of combinations depending on preference. Use onion and carrot as the base and add in any vegetables and spices.

Thin noodles are best used in this soup so as not to overcrowd the other ingredients. All you need to do is boil the chicken thighs until cooked through and then remove them and shred them into thin strips and put them aside.

Add all the veggies to the broth, pop the chicken back and add the noodles. Stir in some egg yolk and yogurt for a creamy texture. The soup should be ready in less than an hour. Enjoy!

Chicken With Mediterranean Vegetables

This dish can be as colorful or bland as you like. The combination of vegetables, chicken, and cheese makes it low-carb and healthy.

Of course, you may want to add in garlic bread or a pasta side which will increase the calorie intake, but that’s ok in moderation.

The dish can be made all in one pan and is also gluten-free. The addition of garlic really compliments this dish, as well as some fresh herbs such as basil or mint.

The main ingredients in this dish are chicken, eggplant, vegetables, tomato, feta, and olives. Cook the chicken and eggplant together (sautéed to be professional) then add the tomato and let it cook together.

Chop all the other veg and garlic and stir it in, adding the feta and olives at the end. Delicious.

Calories: 352
Protein: 24 g

Spicy Chickpeas With Chicken

This combination of Chicken and chickpeas makes this dish a great high-protein option. Chickpeas are a great source of fiber and aid good digestion, they also help weight management and also keep the immune system in top form.

Combine the spices with the chicken breast or thighs and add a nutritious salad or roasted vegetables. It also tastes fabulous with homemade hummus. It is quick and easy to make in less than 15 minutes.

Furthermore, it’s also really versatile; prepare a big batch and keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can add some extras to spice it up if you get bored, what’s not to love?

Calories: 273
Protein: 35g

Salad With Chicken And Avocado

A rich and super healthy salad, this dish can be eaten as part of a keto and low-carb diet. It also tastes great with a variety of textures. It’s filling and you can add a low-fat yogurt dressing and delicious Parmesan cheese.

Avocados are a great source of healthy fat but low in saturated fat, for this reason, it’s considered a superfood. In addition, they are full of nutrients such as vitamin C & K, potassium, B5 & 6, and folate.

For this dish, you’ll need cooked chicken, lettuce, avocado, seeds (walnuts, cashews, or any others), cabbage (red or green), Parmesan, and garlic.

Simply chop everything up and toss it together (gently) and make a super-duper dressing with olive oil, lemon, yogurt, and tamari sauce. Gorgeous!

Protein: 45 grams
Calories: 578

Shredded Chicken

Shredded chicken can be added to so many recipes and is very versatile. Just cook the chicken as per instructions and shred whilst still hot.

Tomatoes, cucumber, and roasted vegetables make up this healthy dish. If you’re on a weight loss program, this is ideal for lunch or dinner. It’s gluten-free and will keep blood sugar stable.

If you feel like some more carbs in this dish then add rice, sweet potatoes, or hummus. If you want a little naughty treat, then add fries.

Protein: 34g
Calories: 318

Portuguese Chicken Wraps

Ever wondered what to do with leftover roast chicken? Well, wonder no more. Turn into tasty wraps perfect for lunch or add some extras for a slap-up dinner.

The addition of chilies spices up the taste buds, and raw veggies and salad make a colorful and nutritious extravaganza.

It’s simple to make, just add garlic, radishes, cabbage, avocado, and carrot and make a cheeky little dressing with lemon juice and yogurt.

Soy Chicken With Rice And Lemongrass

A fragrant meal, this dish is super easy to make and contains healthy ingredients.

The citrus taste works well with the soy flavor, and the addition of brown rice makes it filling and low in calories. This dish smells glorious whilst cooking and will fill the house with fresh aromas.

Mix together garlic, onion, chicken, lime leaves, lemongrass, chili, and coriander. Cook in a saucepan and bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in other ingredients and cook for 45-50 mins.

Sauerkraut Chicken

This meal is comforting meal and filling for mid-winter. Fermented cabbage is surprisingly good for you.

It has a plethora of microorganisms and is really beneficial for the gut. In addition, it makes it easier to absorb other nutrients in food.

This dish can be made even by the laziest chef, simply place the chicken, cabbage, and rice together in a pot, add some spices and simmer until the chicken is cooked! Make it a large batch for a quick healthy lunch all week.

Protein: 29 grams
Calories: 374

Chicken And Macaroni

If you want a slight deviation from protein-only meals, then try this pasta chicken to fill you up on a cold day. Still healthy, this dish combines dill, chicken, macaroni, and garlic.

The whole family will love this and can be adapted to individual needs. It only requires one pot, cutting down on washing up, and is quick to make.

You can use any quick-cooked pasta, and rotisserie chicken is ideal as it is juicy and full of flavor. Any type of cheese works in the dish but is particularly tasty with stronger tasting cheeses.

Add in some garlic, fresh tomatoes, and dill, and you’ll have a mouth-watering dish in no time.

Protein: 35 grams
Calories: 444

Chicken With Rice, Chickpeas, And Spinach

Packed full of protein, this is a great dish to boost iron levels and increase energy. The addition of chickpeas makes it filling and full of fiber, which is good for digestion.

Using in-season spinach will add more nutrients to this meal and increase flavor and provide vitamins that only healthy greens can do.

Spinach has endless nutritional benefits such as being great for skin, hair, and bones. It’s also super tasty and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.

The dish is not at all hard to cook. Add all ingredients: rice, chickpeas, green onions, spinach, chickpeas, rice, and cook on the hob.

You can add any spices you like, and also include things like coconut milk for a smooth texture and creamy taste.!

Protein: 35 grams
Calories: 319

Quesadilla With Spicy Chicken

A great option for leftovers, combine garlic, chicken, and veg for an amazing midweek supper with a Mexican twist.

Although it’s healthy, you may feel like you’re partaking in a naughty little treat with melting cheese and soft Tortillas. It’s a wonderful combo of spicy, sweet, and salty guaranteed to make you want more.

To make the dish mix feta, greens, tomatoes, garlic, shredded chicken, tomato purée, olives, olives, chilies, and black pepper.

This list isn’t exclusive, the recipe is ideal for improvising and experimenting with flavors, so get creative and discover some awesome flavors. Simply cook the chicken, mix everything together, heat the tortillas, and serve.

Protein: 29 grams
Calories: 479


It’s true to say that spending time in the kitchen is good for the soul, and creating culinary delights not only sustains us physically but also feeds our creative side.

Experimenting with different flavors and cooking new dishes will help you be more confident in the kitchen and help you discover interesting new meals that appeal to the taste buds and delights the family.

Happy cooking!

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