Chicken Curry Recipe with Cardamom

Healthy chicken recipes under 500 calories

Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! Inexpensive, easy to cook and incredibly versatile, chicken is a great staple. We've collected 33 healthy and easy chicken recipes all under 500 calories, perfect for lighter dinners or weight loss.

Looking for healthy chicken recipes? We have plenty of ideas for healthy chicken meals.


Chicken is a healthy source of lean protein, plus it’s low in saturated fat making it the perfect base for a healthy dinner. We’ve gathered 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 if you’re aiming to lose weight or just make healthier choices.

Try one of our healthy chicken breast recipes, including a six-ingredient hasselback chicken traybake. Or try our healthy one-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo for a filling, low calorie meal that cuts down on washing up. Or if you’re looking for a carb free paleo diet-friendly option, check out our lemony chicken piccata.

Need a chicken dinner in a hurry? Make one of our quick and easy chicken curry recipes, here.

Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad

A healthy chicken breast recipe with under 250 calories. Simple, delicious and quick to prepare, our chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad is also low on calories. This quick and easy gluten free dish is a great healthy meal for two.

Grilled Chicken Recipe With Chimichurri Salad

Paleo chicken piccata

One of our most healthy chicken recipes, with only 170 calories. This fresh and zesty chicken piccata is quick and easy to make, low-calorie, easy to freeze and also paleo diet-friendly. Serve with a green salad and cauliflower rice for a super healthy dinner or lunch option.

Paleo chicken piccata

Chicken saag

A healthy chicken curry recipe. Our chicken saag proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods – and we promise its even better than your Friday night takeaway! This healthy curry is packed with herbs and spices for a delicious dish that’s under 500 calories and ready in just 45 minutes.

Chicken Saag Recipe

Healthier chicken and leek pie

Creamy chicken pie with only 200 calories?? Try our healthy chicken 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 that’s still satisfying on a cold winter evening. A great healthier pie recipe.

Healthier chicken and leek pie - healthy chicken recipe

Hasselback chicken tray bake

Our hasselback chicken tray bake is a quick and easy dish with tonnes of flavour thanks to the mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. This crowd pleasing dish is made in one tray to save on washing up and can easily be doubled or halved. Check out our other easy recipes using pesto

Hasselback Chicken Recipe

5:2 chicken curry

You can still enjoy chicken curry on the 5:2 diet. This 5:2 chicken curry recipe bulks up on veg to keep the calories low. Freeze in portions for quick, midweek meals.

Healthy Chicken Curry Recipe

Mojito chicken wild rice salad

Try our healthy chicken salad recipe. High on flavour but low on calories, our gluten free mojito chicken with wild rice salad is really easy to make. Packed with vibrant fruit and vegetables, it makes a perfect midweek meal for one.

Mojito Chicken Recipe with Wild Rice Salad

Easy chicken mole

Looking for a healthy chicken recipe that’s quick and easy to make? This quick and easy chicken mole recipe uses a clever cheat product so you can have it on the table in just 30 minutes. It’s rich and flavourful but under 300 calories per serve – perfect for a midweek Mexican inspired healthy meal.

Cheat's chicken mole

Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

Try this healthy chicken breast recipe. Fluffy steamed rice, crisp green vegetables and aromatic Thai spices go into this warm and comforting bowl of coconut and lemongrass chicken. It’s the perfect easy chicken dinner recipe that is also low calorie and gluten free. Make some extra for a healthy packed lunch the next day too. Can’t get enough delicious Thai flavours? Here are olive’s favourite Thai recipes

Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

Sumac-roasted chicken traybake

Our sumac-roasted chicken traybake is packed with flavour, plus it’s low in calories and gluten free. Serve with zesty yogurt dressing, and you have yourself a quick and easy summer dish.

Sumac Chicken

Chicken madras

Healthy eating doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite dishes. Try our healthy chicken madras recipe for a rich and fragrant curry that’s a quick and easy way to feed the family for under 300 calories per portion. Find more low calorie curry inspiration here…

Chicken madras

Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing

This healthy chicken salad recipe has lots of flavour but is low in calories. The rice vinegar gives a slightly sweet but tangy edge, and there’s plenty of crunch from the fresh veg and sesame seeds. Ready in just over 30 mins, it makes a perfect quick and healthy dinner.

Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Pilaf is an easy and healthy recipe for a quick midweek dinner that’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken. Ours includes turmeric, baby spinach and coriander for a vibrantly coloured dish that tastes as good as it looks.

Chicken and spinach pilaf

Crispy Chinese chicken

Check out this crispy Chinese chicken recipe with crunchy greens. This super easy meal for 3 is packed with punchy flavour and comes in at just over 400 calories. Try making it for a healthy dinner recipe.

Chinese Chicken Recipe

Chicken and red pesto melts

Want an indulgent chicken recipe that is under 500 calories? Try making this chicken and red pesto melts recipes. With just 20 minutes cooking time until you have this melting, cheesy goodness on the table, this comforting but low calorie chicken dish is a satisfying and speedy healthy mid-week dinner for two.

Chicken and red pesto melt

Summer chicken filo pies

Chicken pie for 450 calories. These quick and easy chicken filo pies are super crunchy and creamy. Ready in just 40 minutes, these summery pies are a great midweek meal for 4.Try making them for an alternative to a puff pastry pie recipe.

Summer Chicken Filo Pies

Sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad

Our healthy, balanced chicken dinner packs a punch with sesame miso sauce and an accompanying sweet and sour salad with plenty of nutrient-rich vegetables. It’s quick and easy to make, ready in 30 minutes and under 500 calories.

West Indian chicken curry with cinnamon and tomatoes

Make this healthy curry recipe with creamy coconut and sweet potato, for a quick chicken dish. This low calorie yet filling midweek meal is a family friendly dish.

One-pot chicken and quinoa tagine

Try our one-pot chicken and quinoa tagine with under 350 calories. This one-pot recipe is a super easy comforting family meal, plus it’s low in calories and gluten free.

One-Pot Chicken and Quinoa Tagine Recipe

Pollo in agrodolce (chicken in cider vinegar sauce)

This Italian dish of chicken legs stuffed with salty capers and served with a tangy cider vinegar sauce makes a stylish and simple dinner-party main course that’s also under 500 calories per serve. Even better, it’s ready in 45 minutes. Your turn to host? Browse more dinner party mains here

Lime and chilli chicken sandwich with Greek yogurt guacamole

A chicken burger with less than 500 calories? Yes please! For when you’re craving a burger but want to eat healthily, this quick and delicious chicken sandwich will tick all the boxes. This chicken burger recipe is easy to make and crowd pleasing, perfect for a midweek meal or weekend treat.

Lime and chilli chicken sandwich with Greek yogurt guacamole

Harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar

These harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar are quick and easy to prepare and healthy too, but pack a flavour punch. A great option for a simple midweek dinner or make them in bulk for packed lunches.

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. Serve with steamed broccoli for an extra vitamin hit.

Chinese red-braised chicken

Chicken and broad bean pilaf

Looking for a rice recipe? Try this healthy chicken recipe for a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe. Make our easy rice pilaf recipe for a low calorie dinner.

Chicken and broad bean pilaf - healthy chicken recipe

Lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous

This recipe for lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous is a really easy midweek meal. It is low fat and ready in less than 30 minutes, ideal if you want a quick yet healthy meal.

Stew Recipe with Lemon Chicken, Kale and Couscous

Cardamom chicken curry

Check out our low calorie cardamom chicken curry. This easy recipe is packed with plenty of flavour, and is perfect comfort food for all the family.

Chicken Curry Recipe with Cardamom

Coriander chicken curry

Try our coriander chicken curry, it’s low in calories and gluten free. This easy recipe is a perfect family midweek meal and it’s ready in under 30 minutes.

Coriander Chicken Curry

Greek chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

Chargrilled chicken skewers and tzatziki wrapped in a warm flatbread makes a great healthy chicken dinner, perfect for midweek meals. This dish is ready in just 20 minutes, ideal for a quick and easy healthy dinner recipe.

Greek chicken flatbreads with tzatziki

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

A  healthy one-pot recipe, this 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 but is full of flavour. Try it for an alternative Sunday lunch this weekend.

One-pot chicken with cannellini beans and chorizo

Chicken, red pepper & olive cacciatore

A indulgent chicken dish with less than 400 calories. This summery Italian chicken 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, or use the leftovers for healthy packed lunches. Find more delicious gluten free recipes here

Chicken, red pepper

Chicken, pea and pasta broth

This comforting chicken, pea and pasta broth is a low fat family favourite that always pleases. It only takes 30 minutes to make and is full of green vegetables. Make it for a low calorie lunch.

Chicken, pea and pasta broth

Chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Ready in 30 mins, these sweet and smoky flatbreads are low cal but high in protein – they’re simple to make too, perfect for an on-the-go lunch or a quick and easy dinner that will keep you feeling full for longer.

chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw

Looking for a chargrilled chicken recipe? Try our seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw for a vibrant healthy dinner recipe. This low calorie dish is easy to make, too.

Seared sriracha chicken with pickled plum slaw