16 Healthy Chicken Recipes for Diabetics

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

Our crispy un-fried herb chicken is loaded with flavor but low in calories.

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

Your health should always be a 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 follow the basic guidelines for people living with diabetes.

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: wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, quinoa, barley, 
  • Protein: lean meat (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, nuts, seeds, avocados

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

16 Healthy Chicken Recipes for Diabetics 

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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 good news: this delicious meal clocks in at less than 400 calories per serving. 

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!

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! 

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!

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. 

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. 

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. 

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! 

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!

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? 

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!

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’s a Florida girl, currently living in Colorado. Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, and hanging out at the beach, although weight lifting is her greatest passion. Erin believes that sustainability is the single most important factor to a successful fitness routine. She says, “If you can find a form of exercise that you truly enjoy, there will never be a fitness goal that you can’t achieve!"

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