When it comes to cooking chicken dishes you might be easily stumped and find yourself in a rut, cooking the same thing each week. If you or your family is getting bored with the usual, here is an impressive list of some of the most scrumptious, yet easy-to-make recipes that bring the flavor, but leave the fat and calories. No matter what kind of dish you’ve got in mind, we’ve got you covered with these tasty and healthy chicken recipes.
Even though they’re mainly for getting things started, appetizers can be the food that everyone remembers the next day. Here are some great appetizers that feature chicken in a leading role.
Spinach Artichoke Chicken
The recipe calls for chicken breasts. All you have to do to make it an appetizer is cut up the chicken into smaller bits so that it’s easier for dipping. This is a great adjustment to the typical spinach artichoke dip, as you’re adding lean protein to it in order to balance it out more. The end result should be a tasty dish that can get you started, or keep it as breasts to an entree.
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Chicken Skewers & Tzatziki Sauce
With this dish you get the savory spices from the chicken mixed with the cooling effect of the tzatziki sauce. It’s a way to get a dash of Mediterranean flavor into your life and give you some different tastes that you might not be used to. You might also want to consider subbing Greek yogurt for the regular yogurt, but they’re definitely keeping it healthy by using the organic yogurt in the recipe.
Chicken Tostadas with Baked Tortillas
These are a winner because she’s opted to bake the tortillas instead of frying them, which is what a traditional tostada recipe calls for. She’s kept it light as far as the other ingredients go by using salsa, cilantro, and cabbage. She says it’s optional to add Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, and avocado always adds flavor as well as healthy fats. Overall, a healthy appetizer in 40 minutes.
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Southwest Grilled Chicken Spring Rolls
Spring rolls always trump egg rolls in the health department because they’re not deep fried. With these you have the added benefit of controlling what ingredients go in them. We like how they’ve managed to fit both spinach and noodles into these. You can serve up a healthy platter of spring rolls to your guests with protein in the chicken, vegetables, carbs in the wrap and healthy fat in the avocado.
Puff Pastry Buffalo Chicken Appetizer
These would be great for your ecclectic crowd that also likes to watch sports. It brings the flavor and feel of buffalo chicken but places it on a pastry puff so it gains some elegance. The one thing you might want to consider altering to keep it in the sphere of a healthy snack is the mayo. Be sure to use organic mayonnaise since there’s so it’s made with quality oil and eggs.
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Southwest Chicken Appetizers
These turn out so cute that you might not want to eat them. Until you smell them! The end result is a nice mix of chicken with some vitamin-packed tomatoes and peppers, as well as seasoning and spices. While the ingredients she shows in the picture are all conventional, you can do yourself a favor by using organic substitutes to cut down on the additives and preservatives.
Sesame Peanut Chicken Appetizer Pizza
This appetizer has a lot going on. First, it comes in pizza form, and everybody will like that. Next, it includes things you don’t typically find on a pizza, like sesame seeds and peanuts. The hallmark of really good apps is that they bend the rules but still bring the flavor. This one definitely measures up, and it’s sure to be a hit at your next party or as a personal snack if you get the hankering for it.
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This is still the meal that gets most of the attention, so it’s good to bring your A game. Here are some healthy recipes to expand your arsenal and always be ready for the main meal.
Moroccan style meals usually mean you’re going to get a flavor-packed dish that isn’t rough on your midsection. Such is the case with this chicken dish. The paprika and turmeric are going to combine to give you all of the flavor you can handle, plus turmeric made our list of superfoods and works to speed up your metabolism. Talk about a bonus to eating this already delicious dish.
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“Easy Peasy” Chicken Enchiladas
We like this one because anything with easy in the title means you’re on a fast track to a delicious and healthy meal. This recipe artist stresses that this is just a guideline, and you can play with the ingredients to your heart’s content. If you’re trying to make it a healthy meal, you might want to consider using a light cheese blend and swapping out Greek yogurt for sour cream.
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Sticky Coconut Chicken
You might notice from the picture that even though it’s coconut chicken there aren’t coconut shavings sprinkled on top. It gets its coconut flavor from the coconut milk that is used during cooking. This infuses the coconut taste throughout the dish, and what results is a very moist and tender piece of chicken, with a hearty glaze. Round this out with a side of brown rice and steamed broccoli and you’re in business.
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