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Healthy chicken recipes under 500 calories

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Winner, winner, healthy chicken dinner! We've created plenty of recipes all under 500 calories, perfect for lighter dinners; try hasselback chicken traybake, one-pots with cannellini beans and chorizo, chicken tikka burritos and more…

By Janine Ratcliffe

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.

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, here.

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Ingredients

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

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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.


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.


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


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. Make more of our healthy curry recipes here...


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.


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-cal version of the restaurant classic. Try more of our low calorie meal ideas here...


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.


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.


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.


Butterflied ras el hanout chicken breast with chopped salad

Try our low calorie chicken recipe. This North African-inspired recipe, butterflied chicken ras el hanout, is gluten free and packed full of flavour... an easy midweek meal.


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.


Low-calorie 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 four. Try making them for an alternative to a puff pastry pie recipe.


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.


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.


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. This chicken burger recipe is easy to make and crowd pleasing, perfect for a midweek meal or weekend treat.


Harissa chicken meatballs with bulgar

A healthy chicken bowl! 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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