Light Chicken Curry Recipe

Healthy chicken recipes

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Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! All of these recipes are under 500 calories, perfect for lighter dinners. 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.

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.



  • Our chicken recipes use chicken breasts, chicken thighs and chicken wings

Quinoa chicken salad

A healthy, low-calorie (and gluten-free) chicken salad recipe, made filling with quinoa and colourful with red onion, mint and lemon zest.

Quinoa chicken salad

Cajun chicken wraps with zingy slaw

Shop-bought cajun seasoning transforms chicken breasts in this fiery, protein-packed dish. Add soured cream, coriander and red cabbage for colour and texture.

cajun chicken wraps

Orange chicken with cumin and paprika

A summery way to serve chicken, Sabrina Ghayour's Seville-inspired dish calls for smoked sweet paprika, cumin seeds and oranges three ways: juice, zest and wedges. It's low in calories and rich in protein, making it a great, healthy meal for busy weeknights.

Cumin, orange and paprika chicken

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

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

Honey sesame chicken with long-stemmed broccoli

Slather hunks of tender chicken breast in a sweet, sharp sauce and pair with leafy greens for a healthy, protein-rich meal.

High Protein 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

Chipotle Chicken lunch wrap

Perfect for wrapping up and taking with you for a workday lunch, these spicy chicken wraps are high in protein, low in calories and low in fat.

Easy Chicken Wrap 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

Healthier sweet and sour chicken

In the traditional recipe, the chicken is deep-fried and the sauce is often packed with sugar. Try our healthier take on the Cantonese classic.

Healthy Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe

Baked lemon chicken

Try this moreish traybake. It's packed with crisp chicken thighs, creamy lemon sauce and fragrant rosemary, but is under 500 calories per portion.

Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

Healthy chicken tikka burritos

Check out our quick and easy burrito recipe with tikka-marinated chicken. Serve this simple recipe with ready-made rice, a simple homemade yogurt dip and warmed rotis. A great low fat dinner.

Chicken Burrito Recipe

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

Paleo diet 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, easy to freeze and also paleo diet-friendly. Serve with a green salad and cauliflower rice for a healthy dinner or lunch option.

Paleo Chicken Piccata 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

Healthier chicken and leek pie

Here, 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.

Healthy Chicken and Leek Pie recipe

Peri-peri chicken mozzarella stacks with ‘macho’ peas

Try our easy chicken recipe with creamy mozzarella, roasted red peppers and punchy 'macho' peas. Nando’s fans will love this lighter, low calorie version of the restaurant classic. Find more of our low calorie meal ideas here.

Peri Peri Chicken with Mozzarella and Macho Peas

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

Chipotle chicken and avocado flatbreads

Ready in 30 minutes, these sweet and smoky flatbreads are low in calories 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 Flatbread Recipe with Avocado

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

Paprika chicken goulash

Check out our juicy chicken goulash recipe with peppery paprika. Serve this simple one-pot with tagliatelle or rice for an easy midweek family meal. Plus it's low in calories, too.

Chicken Goulash Recipe With Paprika

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

Chopped chicken salad

Our quick and easy chopped chicken salad is under 400 calories and gluten free. A great midweek meal ready in 15 minutes.

Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe served on a white oval serving plate with silver cutlery to serve

Hasselback chicken traybake

Our hasselback chicken traybake is a quick and easy dish with tonnes of flavour thanks to the mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and pesto. This crowd pleasing meal 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 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 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 Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

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, they make great midweek meals. Try making them for an alternative to a puff pastry pie recipe.

Easy Chicken Filo Pies Recipe

Sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad

This 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.

Miso Chicken Recipe with Sweet and Sour Salad

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.

Chicken Tagine Recipe With Quinoa

Low calorie chicken burger

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.

Chicken Sandwich Recipe 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.

Harissa Chicken Meatballs Recipe with Bulgar

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 Recipe

Lemon chicken and kale stew with couscous

Our 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 Chicken, Kale and Couscous

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 Recipe

Healthy 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 Recipe With Cannellini Beans and Chorizo

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