15 Easy & Affordable Healthy Chicken Recipes

Chicken fajitas
Photo Credit: Isabel Eats

Updated May 25, 2020 @ 1:44 am

By Ayla Sadler

Sometimes you just want an easy, healthy weeknight dinner that can be made quickly after a long and busy day. You scour your fridge, see that you have some leftover rotisserie chicken, a pack of ground chicken, or even some boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. You immediately think, “Not chicken and rice — there has to be something more.” Chicken dinner ideas should be easy and affordable. We’re rounding up a few healthy chicken recipes for you to keep in mind the next time bored kicks in. From grain-free burrito bowls with juicy shredded chicken to butter chicken, you now have the tools to save dinner without breaking your bank.

Whole 30 Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Whether your parents made a batch to eat throughout a busy week, or it was a side at a get together, chances are you’ve had broccoli chicken casserole at some point in your life. Most broccoli casseroles contain hefty amounts of dairy; however, Lisa’s version takes all the classic components of this childhood dish and makes it light and healthy and veggie-packed, so you don’t feel like a block of cheese afterward. The best part about this recipe is it only takes a total of 45 minutes to make.

Easy Crockpot Chicken Breast Fajitas

There’s something about throwing ingredients into a crockpot or slow cooker, setting it, and forgetting it until the timer goes off. It’s effortless cooking for weeknight dinner and that’s why we love it. And it’s why you need to try Isabel’s easy crockpot chicken fajitas. This recipe takes a little over 4 hours; however, if you’re going to the office or have a full day, you can easily set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours instead. Being able to adjust the cooking time according to your to-do list is probably the next best thing since, well, slow cookers were invented.

The Best Sheet Pan Chicken Piccata

If you’re on a budget, but still want to get a little fancy for those date night ins, look no further. Alex’s sheet pan chicken piccata won’t break your bank account. Still, it will send your taste buds on a magical journey. This recipe is Whole30 compliant and only takes about 35 minutes, leaving you enough time to put on your favorite podcast and get cooking.

Healthy Ground Chicken Burgers

As we approach the warmer months, the thought of grilling out seems to be at the forefront of people’s minds. Now, more than ever probably, people are eager to entertain and have friends and loved ones over for a good, old fashioned summer cookout. These healthy ground chicken burgers by Taryn needs to be on your list of burgers to make! Chances are you already have most, if not all, of these ingredients lying around your kitchen, so you should probably test out this recipe to make sure (for yourself) that it will, indeed, be a huge hit.

Egg Roll in a Bowl

Whoever first came up with deconstructing an egg roll and putting it in a bowl deserves an award. There are many variations out there, but Brittany’s version is a real crowd-pleaser. This recipe is so easy to make, it will indeed become a staple in your house. Less than 30 minutes stand between you and eating this super fresh and simple recipe. Pro tip: batch cook so you have meals throughout the week!

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken

This instant pot lemon garlic chicken recipe is perfect for those busy weeknights. Full of great ingredients that pair well with many healthy sides! We like to swap out the heavy cream for full-fat coconut milk, and it’s just as good, if not better! This Italian-inspired instant pot recipe is excellent to make ahead and prep for the week. Bonus: you can easily shred this chicken and use it in a salad or a soup recipe for added flavor! You might find us adding a sprinkle of Parmesan at the end.

Grain-Free Burrito Bowls With Shredded Mexican Chicken

If you need to get dinner on the table freaky fast, make this chicken recipe. If you have a precooked, rotisserie chicken in the fridge, you can make this recipe even quicker. Dana is known for her 10-ingredient-or-less recipes, and she doesn’t mess around. She knows hanger, and she knows it well. So she caters her recipes to those busy families who need something quick, easy, and delicious. So make your ingredients list, check it twice, and get ready to have your world rocked with this shredded chicken grain free southwestern burrito bowl. Don’t forget to pile some veggies on to the bowl.

Gluten-Free Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Craving a chicken dish, but make it light and summery? Lexi does just that with her chicken caesar pasta salad. This recipe features a slew of healthy ingredients like apple cider vinegar, garlic, lemon juice, and, of course, chicken. It’s the perfect dish to prep ahead for easy, grab-and-go lunches, or a great dinner dish for those hot, summer nights. So pour up a glass of your favorite beverage, put on some tunes, and in about 30 minutes, you’ll be ready to eat!

Baked Paleo Chicken Tenders

Sometimes you want comfort food like a batch of crispy chicken fingers. Most store-bought chicken fingers or chicken tenders contain tons of unnecessary additives and unhealthy ingredients, which is why we’ve added Monique’s baked paleo chicken fingers recipe. The best part is you know exactly what the ingredients are, and you most definitely have more than a few lying around. Sure, it’s easy to run to the store, grab a frozen bag of chicken fingers, throw them on a sheet pan, and call it. Still, after making this recipe, you’ll never think about chicken fingers in the frozen section at the grocery store again.

Whole30 Indian Butter Chicken

If you’re looking for a delicious and filling chicken recipe, but something new and different, then this butter chicken recipe should be added to your list. Cheryl does a fantastic job of making this recipe quick and easy. It’s full of flavor, takes 30 minutes to cook, is Whole30 compliant, and so good even the kids will be begging for seconds. We like to top it with additional coconut cream and cilantro. This dish will become a family favorite for sure!

Quesadilla New And Improved

If you have a couple of chicken breasts or even a cooked rotisserie chicken in the fridge, do yourself a favor and make this recipe. It takes 10 minutes to cook and contains delicious ingredients like bell pepper, spinach, cilantro, pumpkin seeds and a cheesy moment from the goat cheese. You’ll be amazed at how flavorful it is. Great for a quick lunch or dinner, or even served up as a snack for game night. Pairs well with homemade guacamole.

Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas And Sweet Potatoes

Sheet pan meals are a huge hit these days. You throw everything on a pan, cook it, and dinner is served. Tieghan created this recipe essentially by cleaning out her fridge and pantry, one night after a long day of work. She found some chickpeas, sweet potatoes, onions, chicken thighs, and more, and added a blend of seasonings. It took her less than an hour from start to finish, and she barely had any dishes. Sounds too good to be true, right? Make this recipe and see just how great it is for yourself!

Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

An easy, one-pot meal that contains tons of nutrient-dense ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes? You read that correctly. Gaby doesn’t mess around in the kitchen. And this Thai coconut curry recipe with juicy chicken thighs is a result of that. Since this recipe can be so versatile, she gives tips and tricks throughout the recipe, allowing you to customize it to your liking.

Paleo Chicken Tortillaless Soup

Mia’s paleo chicken soup is such a cozy and satisfying soup that can be made during any time of the year. It takes roughly 30 minutes, and contains ingredients like onions, garlic, zucchini, and bell pepper. Word of advice: don’t skimp on the toppings! Load it up with sliced avocado, cilantro, lime, jalapeños, tortilla chips, whatever you’re feeling. Double the recipe to have meals throughout the week or freeze it until you’re feeling the urge for soup!

Dairy-Free Buffalo Ranch Chicken Dip

Make the best appetizer dish at any party (or entirely for yourself) with this buffalo chicken dip that friends and family with love! This creamy, non-dairy, buffalo chicken dip is incredibly easy to make and only contains five ingredients. Five. You can use baked chicken, rotisserie, chicken, grilled chicken, etc., as long as it’s shredded, you’re in business!

 

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