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11 Healthy Chicken Recipes

self-care Mar 25, 2020

There's a lot you can do with a whole chicken. 

Not only is it generally cheaper compared to buying individual pieces, it's easier too.

As a registered dietitian, my favorite way to prepare a whole chicken is to cook it in the Instant Pot*. Just place the chicken in the pot, press a button, and in about 40 minutes you'll have a fully cooked chicken that can be re-purposed into a number of yummy recipes.

To learn more about why the InstantPot needs to be your new best friend, click here.

And as a bonus, you'll end up with some broth that you can freeze in ice cube trays* for later use.


If you're looking for some easier, faster ways to get healthy meals on the table, you'll love these recipes that can be made from a whole, cooked chicken:

1. Chicken Tortilla Soup

The absolute best chicken tortilla soup I've ever tasted was at a small, locally-owned restaurant in Flatonia, TX. Since then, I've attempted to recreate it several times. This recipe is one of my favorites, though I usually just make it on the stove top, using pre-cooked chicken. 

Click HERE for the recipe.

2. Chicken Enchilada Casserole

This amazing comfort food offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to spiciness - just add or eliminate jalapenos. Leftovers can be reheated easily in the microwave.  

Click HERE for the recipe.

3. Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Looking for some quick and easy ideas for your next game day potluck? Chicken Parmesan sliders will undoubtedly be a hit. They're bite-sized and filling, but small enough to leave a little room for other snacks.

Click HERE for the recipe.

4. Chicken Nuggets

I love Chick-fil-A nuggets, but these are a close second. Don't forget dipping sauces, like honey mustard and BBQ sauce.

Click HERE for the recipe.

5. Baked Chicken Chimichangas

While most chimichangas are deep-fried and oily, baking is a much better option. Just add pre-cooked, shredded chicken and a few other ingredients and you're good to go.

Click HERE for the recipe.

6. Instant Pot Chicken & Noodles

Craving some comfort food? It's hard to beat good old fashioned chicken & noodles. Or, just add more water and you have a more traditional chicken noodle soup.

Click HERE for the recipe.

7. Instant Pot General Tso's Chicken

This homemade version of General Tso's chicken is absolutely delish!

Click HERE for the recipe.

8. Artichoke Chicken

While you may not immediately think of artichokes when you're perusing chicken recipes, this flavor combo is outstanding.

Click HERE for the recipe.

9. Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad

Looking for some new ideas for Taco Tuesday? Spice up your taco game with this Buffalo Chicken Taco Salad recipe.

Click HERE for the recipe.

10. Spicy Coconut Chicken Casserole

This recipe is seriously in my top 10 favorites. It does take a bit longer than the other recipes on this list, but it's worth it.

Click HERE for the recipe.

11. Grilled Jerk Chicken Bowls

Grilled Jerk Chicken Bowls taste like summer. Just add a citrusy salad and you'll be on your way to flavor town.

Click HERE for the recipe.

What are your favorite chicken recipes?

Please share in the comments below.

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