16 Healthy Chicken Recipes for Diabetics

Just because someone has dietary restrictions, does not mean that they can’t enjoy a flavorful diet!

This is the best-ever spinach stuffed chicken.

If you have diabetes, or frequently cook for someone who does, it can be challenging to find new, tasty recipes that are also diabetic-friendly. These chicken recipes for diabetics are not only healthy but can spice up a diet that has become bland and boring! After all, just because someone has dietary restrictions does not mean that they can’t enjoy a diet chockfull of flavorful meals!

Basic Dietary Guidelines for Diabetics

Slow cooker greek lemon chicken is a super easy, stress-free meal!

Your health should always be the main priority, which is why it’s so important to check with your doctor before changing up your diet. Each of the chicken recipes for diabetics below follows the basic guidelines for people living with diabetes to balance their blood sugar levels.

A diabetic diet eliminates foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and sugar. You also want to make sure you avoid things like refined grains, ingredients with added sugar, and alcohol.

Your diabetic-friendly diet should include plenty of nutritious ingredients, such as:

  • Vegetables (non-starchy): broccoli, carrots, greens, peppers, tomatoes
  • Vegetables (starchy): potatoes, corn, peas
  • Fruit: oranges, melons, berries, apples, bananas, grapes
  • Whole Grains: whole wheat pasta or bread, brown rice, oats, cornmeal, quinoa, barley, 
  • Protein: lean meat like chicken breast or turkey (without skin), eggs, fish, dried beans, chickpeas, tofu
  • Dairy (low or nonfat): milk or lactose-free milk, yogurt, cheese
  • Healthy fats: oils that are liquid at room temperature, such as olive oil or avocado oil, nuts, seeds, avocados

Related: How to Eat Healthy as a Person Living with Diabetes

16 Healthy Chicken Recipes for Diabetics 

The delicious and nutritious recipes on this list are all diabetic-friendly and family-friendly! There’s no need to cook separate meals because everyone will enjoy these options!

1. 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

This super simple 5-ingredient dish is just as tasty as it is nutritious!

This super simple 5-ingredient dish is just as tasty as it is nutritious! At 37 grams of protein and only 6 grams of sugar per serving, you’re sure to love it as much as we do!

Here’s the recipe: 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde

2. Slow Cooker Everything Chicken

Our easy slow cooker everything chicken can literally be anything that you want it to be!

Our easy slow cooker everything chicken can literally be anything that you want it to be! Enjoy this versatile recipe as a main course with a side of rice and veggies. Likewise, this meal works great inside of a whole wheat burrito, on top of a salad, or even baked into a yummy casserole. The choice is yours!

Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Everything Chicken

3. One-Pan Rosemary Chicken and Root Vegetables

This One-Pan Rosemary Chicken and Root Vegetables makes clean up easy

This protein-packed recipe is a meal-prep favorite! It tastes incredible, offers your body plenty of nutrients, and makes clean-up extremely easy!

Here’s the recipe: One-Pan Rosemary Chicken and Root Vegetables

4. Instant Pot Chicken Posole Verde

Our instant pot chicken posole verde recipe is rich and hearty in flavor, yet will leave you feeling light and satisfied!

Our instant pot chicken posole verde recipe is rich and hearty in flavor, yet will leave you feeling light and satisfied! Using low-sugar and low-sodium ingredients will ensure that this meal is diabetic-friendly!

Here’s the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Posole Verde

5. Skinny Chicken Fajitas

These skinny chicken fajitas are perfect for the Mexican food lovers of the world and diabetic-friendly.

Making fajitas at home will not only allow you to cut down on fat calories but sodium too! With only 3 grams of sugar per serving, you can enjoy these yummy fajitas without the guilt!

Here’s the recipe: Skinny Chicken Fajitas

6. Crispy “Un-Fried” Herb Chicken

We use whole wheat flour and whole wheat breadcrumbs to create this scrumptious diabetic-friendly baked chicken dish

Fried food is a big no-no when following a diabetic-friendly diet, which is why this “un-fried” recipe is so wonderful! We used whole wheat flour and whole wheat breadcrumbs to create this scrumptious baked chicken dish. And the good news: this delicious meal clocks in at less than 400 calories per serving. 

Here’s the recipe: Crispy “Un-Fried” Herb Chicken

7. Easy Skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken

You’ll love the tangy and zesty flavors that come with this easy, single-skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken dish

You’ll love the tangy and zesty flavors that come with this easy, single-skillet dish. It’s another versatile recipe that will allow you to switch up how you enjoy chicken!

Here’s the recipe: Easy Skillet Cilantro Lime Chicken

8. Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder

Throw all the ingredients into a crockpot and easily enjoy this yummy Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder

I love pretty much all slow cooker recipes, but this is one of my personal favorites! All you need to do is throw the ingredients into the crock pot, turn it on for a few hours, and voila! You’ll come home to the irresistible aroma of a wonderful, home-cooked meal! 

Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chowder

9. Skinny Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps

Chicken and bacon in one nutritious and delicious wrap

Chicken and bacon in one nutritious and delicious wrap? Yes, please! This is one of those healthy recipes that will have you asking yourself, “Is this seriously diet food?” Well, ladies and gents, you bet it is!

Here’s the recipe: Skinny Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps

10. Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken

This Greek lemon chicken requires only 8-ingredients

We’re back with another versatile recipe in this slow cooker Greek lemon chicken! All it requires is 8 simple ingredients and a few hours in the crock pot. Before you know it, you’ll be digging into this moist and flavorful chicken. 

Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Greek Lemon Chicken

11. Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup

Eating this slow cooker fiesta chicken soup is like having a party in your mouth!

Eating this slow cooker fiesta chicken soup is like having a party in your mouth! Wonderfully seasoned chicken, combined with fiber-rich beans makes for an awesome, well-rounded lunch or dinner. 

Here’s the recipe: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Soup

12. “Melt in Your Mouth” Italian Baked Chicken

This Italian baked chicken recipe will melt in your mouth

We’re not even being dramatic… This Italian-baked chicken recipe will melt in your mouth. It is moist, succulent, and rich in flavor! Additionally, it contains a whopping 46 grams of protein per serving and is low in both sugar and saturated fat. 

Here’s the recipe: “Melt in Your Mouth” Italian Baked Chicken

13. Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers

This low carb Stuffed Philly Chicken Pepper recipe places a healthy spin on a traditional philly cheesesteak

This low-carb option puts a healthy spin on the traditional Philly cheesesteak. Aside from using chicken instead of beef, we’ve also swapped out bread for peppers. This shaves off a good chunk of calories! But don’t worry! These skinny swaps don’t compromise flavor a bit! 

Here’s the recipe: Stuffed Philly Chicken Peppers

14. Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

add variety to your chicken diet with this Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

This absolutely delicious recipe takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. It’s the perfect way to add variety to a chicken dish, minus the stress. We highly recommend trying this one out for yourself!

Here’s the recipe: Best Ever Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

15. Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers

These sweet, tangy, and tender skewers will rapidly become a new favorite!

These sweet, tangy, and tender skewers will rapidly become a new favorite! The grill can add a tremendous amount of flavor to chicken while melting off fat and calories. This recipe contains just 2 grams of sugar per serving and less than 200 mg of sodium. What’s not to love? 

Here’s the recipe: Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers

16. One Skillet Chicken and Broccoli

One Skillet Chicken and Broccoli is a family friendly favorite

Last (but certainly not least) we give you our dinner-time favorite: one-skillet chicken and broccoli. This dish is super easy to make and will provide your body with plenty of vital nutrients!

Here’s the recipe: One-Skillet Chicken and Broccoli Dinner

Which one of these yummy chicken recipes for diabetics are you going to make first? We hope that they will prove that living with diabetes does not mean you have to eat a bland, flavorless diet!

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Erin Miller

Erin is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also a Performance Nutrition Coach, certified through the Clean Health Fitness Institute. Some of Erin’s favorite hobbies include hiking, kayaking, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. She says, “Weight training is one of the most empowering things a person can do. Not just seeing, but feeling yourself transform… There’s just nothing else like it.”

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