Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

Healthy chicken recipes under 500 calories | Best 27 recipes

Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! Inexpensive, easy to cook and incredibly versatile, chicken is a great staple. Here we've collected 27 healthy and easy chicken recipes all under 500 calories, perfect for lighter dinners or weight loss

Chicken is a healthy source of lean protein, plus it’s low in saturated fat and is the perfect base for a healthy dinner. We’ve gathered 27 of our favourite low calorie chicken recipes, all quick and easy to make but still bursting with flavour. And, because they’re 500 calories or under per serving, our healthy chicken recipes are great for weight loss.

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Using just six ingredients, our easy hasselback chicken traybake makes a simple midweek meal. Or try our one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo for a filling, low calorie meal that cuts down on washing up. Why not double our recipe for shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing and box up the leftovers for an effortless but delicious packed lunch? If you’re looking for a paleo diet-friendly option, check out our chicken piccata.


Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad

Try our gluten free recipe for chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad. This quick and easy dish serves 2 and has less than 250 calories, a healthy midweek meal.

Healthy chargrilled chicken chimmichurri salad

Mojito chicken wild rice salad

This recipe for mojito chicken with wild rice salad is really easy to make, low calorie and gluten-free, making it a perfect midweek meal for one

Mojito chicken wild rice salad - healthy chicken recipe

Chicken saag

This chicken saag recipe proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods. It comes in at under 500 calories and is ready in under an hour!

Chicken saag

Chicken madras

This recipe for chicken madras is a really easy way to feed the family – a classic chicken curry for under 300 calories. Find more low calorie curry inspiration here


Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing 

The rice vinegar gives this low-calorie salad a slightly sweet but tangy edge. Ready in just over 30 mins, it makes a perfect quick and easy chicken salad

Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing

Hasselback chicken tray bake

This hasselback chicken tray bake with mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto makes a quick and easy tray-bake that’s easily doubled or halved. Check out our other easy recipes using pesto

Hasselback chicken tray bake

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Nothing beats a failsafe pilau recipe for a quick, nutritious midweek dinner. Ours is coloured with turmeric and comes packed with baby spinach and coriander. It’s also great for using up any leftover chicken

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Easy chicken mole

This recipe for cheat’s chicken mole uses a clever product to mean it’s ready in less than an hour and is under 300 calories – perfect for a midweek treat

Cheat's chicken mole

Chicken and red pesto melts

With only 20 minutes until melty cheesy goodness, this comforting but low calorie recipe is a great idea for a satisfyingly quick and easy mid-week meal for two

chicken-and-red-pesto-melts

Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

Fluffy steamed rice, crisp veg and aromatic Thai spices go into making this warm and comforting bowl of coconut and lemongrass chicken. Low calorie and gluten free, it’s the perfect meal for someone with dietary restrictions looking for a quick and easy mid-week dinner idea. Can’t get enough delicious Thai flavours? Here are olive’s favourite Thai recipes

Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

Spiced yogurt chicken and grain salad

The chicken for this spiced yogurt chicken and grain salad can be prepped the night before, allowing you to have your chicken salad dinner ready in just 30 minutes. It’s really easy and healthy, too


Malay sambal oelek chicken with hot, sweet dipping sauce

Our favourite chilli sauce, samba oelek, makes an easy marinade for chicken thighs. The next stage is quick – chargrill or bbq the chicken and serve with extra sauce as a dip. Friends and family will love this!


Sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad

This recipe for sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad is really easy, ready in 30 minutes and under 500 calories. Miso paste keeps for ages in the fridge and adds a deep, savoury flavour


West Indian chicken curry with cinnamon and tomatoes

Make a curry in just half an hour! With coconut and sweet potato, this quick chicken curry is a tasty and filling midweek dish for four


Pollo in agrodolce (chicken in cider vinegar sauce)

This Italian dish of chicken legs stuffed with salty capers and served with a cider vinegar sauce makes a stylish and simple dinner-party main course. Your turn to host? Browse more dinner party mains here


Lime and chilli chicken sandwich with Greek yogurt guacamole

A quick chicken sandwich for one. Coat a chicken breast in a chilli-lime marinade, cook in a griddle pan and pop in a bun with guacamole, lettuce and tomato


Harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar

This recipe for harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar is quick, easy and healthy, but packs a flavour punch


Chinese red-braised chicken

This Chinese-inspired chicken dish is quick, easy and perfect for a midweek meal. It’s called red-braised because of the colour that’s infused by the spices

Chinese red-braised chicken - healthy chicken recipe

Chicken and broad bean pilaf

Pilaf makes a great fast rice dish. This healthy chicken recipe serves 2 and can be whipped up in half an hour. Add broad beans and flaked almonds before serving

Chicken and broad bean pilaf - healthy chicken recipe

Healthier chicken and leek pie

A perfect easy and healthy supper for when you feel like you’ve overindulged! Chicken and leeks are cooked in a creamy sauce and finished off with golden ciabatta breadcrumbs for a clever and healthier alternative to pastry

Healthier chicken and leek pie - healthy chicken recipe

Greek chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

Chargrilled chicken skewers and tzatziki wrapped in a warm flatbread makes a great midweek meal. Ready in just 20 minutes, keep it healthy with salad on the side

Greek chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

This recipe for one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo is really easy to make and requires minimal hands-on time. What’s more, it comes in at under 300 calories

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

Chicken, red pepper & olive cacciatore

This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly – plus, it’s low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people. Find more delicious gluten free recipes here

Chicken, red pepper

Chicken, pea and pasta broth

This is one of our favourite comfort food recipes – a low fat family favourite that always pleases, plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

Chicken, pea and pasta broth

Paleo chicken piccata

This recipe for paleo chicken piccata is quick and easy to make, low-calorie, easy to freeze and, you guessed it, paleo diet-friendly

Paleo chicken piccata

Chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Ready in 30 mins, these deliciously sweet and smoky flatbreads are low cal but high in protein – perfect for an on-the-go lunch or a quick and easy dinner that will keep you feeling full

chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Sumac roast cauliflower and chicken salad with mint yogurt

Ready in under 30 minute, this minty chicken and tangy lemony roast cauliflower dish makes a speedy and simple low calorie gluten free meal for two. Take a look at our other speedy salad recipes

Sumac roast cauliflower and chicken salad with mint yogurt

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

It’s not always BBQ season, but that doesn’t stop you recreating the chargrilled taste of the charcoals in your kitchen with this seared sriracha chicken

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

Still in the mood for chicken? Of course you are! Try our best ever chicken with chorizo recipes next…

One-pot Spanish rice with chicken and chorizo


Compiled by Rachel Dinsdale


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