Mediterranean chicken traybake

Healthy chicken recipes

Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! All of these recipes have less than 500 calories, perfect for lighter suppers. Try hasselback chicken traybake, one-pots with cannellini beans and chorizo, chicken tikka burritos and more…

Looking for healthy chicken recipes? We have plenty of ideas for healthy chicken meals. Try our ideas below, then check out our healthy chicken breast recipes.


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 have 500 calories or under per serving, our healthy chicken recipes are great if you’re aiming to make healthier choices.

Make one of our healthy chicken breast recipes, including a six-ingredient hasselback chicken traybake and a 200-calorie chicken pie. 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 or put the whole bird to use in our chicken thigh recipes.

We’ve also got plenty more healthy recipes to inspire you, including these healthy mince recipes, healthy prawn recipes, healthy fish recipes and healthy salmon recipes.

Healthy chicken recipes

Healthy one-pan chicken and rice

A chicken dish with a difference – this Chinese-inspired recipe sees chicken marinated in soy, hoisin, honey and garlic before being cooked with brown rice.

Chicken stroganoff

This healthy spin on chicken stroganoff is high-protein, low-salt and low-fat, making it a brilliant option for a nutritious midweek dinner.

Plates of chicken, mushroom and spinach stroganoff ready to serve

Mediterranean chicken traybake

Mediterranean chicken traybake

Miso and chilli chicken noodle soup

Fry shredded chicken in miso and gochujang and add to this nutritious broth for a gut-friendly, protein-packed meal.

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe with Miso and Chilli

‘Roast’ chicken dinner

Try Donal Skehan’s recipe with all the flavours of a full Sunday roast but with far less washing-up. A low-calorie winner, even with all those delicious roast potatoes.

'Roast' chicken dinner

Chicken, jalapeño and black bean stew

Lift your chicken stew with pickled chilli peppers and top with soured cream and grated cheese for a hearty midweek meal that’s as nutritious as it is delicious.

Chicken Thigh Stew Recipe with Jalapeño and Black Beans

Cheat’s tandoori chicken

Tender whole chicken thighs flavoured with turmeric, curry paste, lemon and mild chilli powder are served alongside a simple minty yogurt dip and zingy side salad, for a super low-calorie, high protein meal.

Cheat's tandoori chicken

Turmeric chicken

Make chicken breasts that little bit more exciting by chucking turmeric, smoked paprika, crispy chickpeas and baby spinach into the mix. Serve with lemony yogurt and toasted pittas.

Harissa chicken and white bean bake

This vibrant recipe sees chicken thighs slathered with harissa and cooked in a rich tomato sauce with beans and olives – a healthy, high-protein family meal with a punchy kick of heat.

Harissa Chicken Recipe

Chicken pasta salad

Throw together this quick and easy pasta salad using leftover chicken, tomatoes and greens for a low calorie, protein-rich lunch or midweek dinner.

Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe

Cumin-crusted chicken with kale salad and hummus dressing

This low calorie dish is a clever way to make chicken that little bit more exciting. Serve with a drizzle of hummus and white wine vinegar dressing.

Cumin chicken

Kung po chicken salad

Quick, delicious and low calorie, Donal Skehan’s kung po chicken salad has got midweek winner written all over it.

Kung Po Chicken Salad Recipe Donal Skehan

Chicken satay noodle salad

Make our easy chicken satay noodle salad recipe with red cabbage, shredded carrots and roasted peanuts. This vibrant crunchy salad is low in calories and ready in an hour.

Satay Chicken Noodle Salad Recipe

Healthy chicken curry

Check out our easy chicken curry recipe with low fat coconut milk, punchy madras paste and crunchy sugar snap peas. This flavoursome curry is low in calories and gluten free. We have more healthy curry recipes here.

Light Chicken Curry Recipe

Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad

Make our vibrant chicken salad with crunchy green beans, seasonal mangetout and lentils. This quick and easy salad is low calorie and ready in 30 minutes – the perfect way to start the week.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Lentils

Paprika chicken thighs with cherry tomatoes, courgette ribbons and mint

Check out these seriously crispy, smoky chicken thighs with easy courgette ribbons and juicy cherry tomatoes. This super easy meal is high in protein, low in calories and ready in less than an hour.

Paprika Chicken Thighs with Courgette Ribbons

Butterflied ras el hanout chicken breast with chopped salad

This North African-inspired recipe with butterflied chicken and ras el hanout is gluten free and packed full of flavour… An easy and low calorie midweek meal.

Ras El Hanout Chicken Recipe with Chopped Salad

Low calorie chicken chimichurri salad

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

Grilled Chicken Recipe With Chimichurri Salad

Healthy 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 it’s 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.

Healthy Curry Chicken Saag Recipe

Healthy chicken curry

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

Healthy Chicken Curry served in a large silver frying pan ready to be served

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

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.

Easy Chicken Mole Recipe

Coconut and lemongrass poached chicken with lime rice

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. Find our favourite Thai recipes here.

Coconut Milk Chicken Recipe With Rice

Chicken madras

Healthy eating doesn’t mean missing out on your favourite dishes. Our healthy chicken madras is a fragrant curry that’s a quick and easy way to feed the family for under 300 calories per portion.

Chicken Madras Curry Recipe

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 minutes, it makes a quick and healthy dinner.

Shredded veg and chicken salad with Japanese sesame dressing

Chicken, red pepper and olive cacciatore

An indulgent chicken dish with less than 400 calories. This Italian chicken one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus it’s gluten free. Find more delicious gluten free recipes here.

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe with olives