Chicken dishes are wildly popular for a good reason. Chicken is an inexpensive source of lean protein, it’s readily available, and did we mention how versatile it is? That said, we know how easy it is to slip into the faithful food rut. You suddenly find yourself cooking the same ten meals on rotation and wondering why you’re reaching for a bag of chips every night. Avoid the heartache and keep the routine fresh with this list of our 13 all-time most popular chicken recipes.
What is it about these recipes that have our readers coming back, commenting, and recreating them at home? We nailed it down to two things. Firstly, ease—and speed—of preparation. We all need recipes that realistically work with our other time commitments. Secondly, leftover-able-ness. Yup, that’s a word now! We looked for freezable, versatile meals that can be re-imagined, re-heated, and keep us excited all week long.
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13 of Our Most Popular Chicken Recipes
Say goodbye to your weekly take-out budget and recreate this classic Asian dish with our cleaner chicken fried rice. It puts you in the driver’s seat, choosing to add nutrient-dense ingredients like bell pepper and superfood ginger. Nutty brown rice fills you with fiber and minerals and the eggs up the protein content. You might as well go ahead and delete the take-out number from your phone right now.
Okay, okay, you’re probably bored sick of us raving about slow cooker meals, but this is absolutely one of the most popular chicken recipes on the site. Having a pre-made batch of tender, moist chicken in your kitchen is sure to make many of your recipes infinitely easier, especially on weeknights. It provides you with a supply of chicken that is versatile enough to add to salads, stir fry dishes, or to mix into tacos, soups, stews, or pastas. You can leave this baby in the refrigerator for three days, or freeze it for later.
We used lean chicken breasts instead of beef to lower the fat content on a classic dish. Cooked up with onions and a healthy amount of cayenne pepper, you definitely won’t miss the beef! Opting for colorful bell pepper halves instead of the traditional bread adds the perfect amount of flavor and crunch to this low-carb classic.
Who’d a guessed it: another slow cooker recipe! It has those nourishing Mediterranean flavors of caramelized balsamic and sweet tomato. With just three ingredients, quick dinners just don’t get easier than this. Add this chicken to lettuce wraps, rice bowls, or brothy onion soups.
Fragrant mushrooms and perfectly cooked chicken; it’s no wonder this one is a Skinny Ms favorite and one of our most popular chicken recipes. It includes a homemade creamy sauce with irresistible, umami flavors. Making your own white sauce not only reduces the fat content, but it also allows you to add fresh garlic and thyme leaves which elevates this fall favorite to a restaurant-quality meal.
Flavorful chicken wrapped in tortillas and smothered in a rich, creamy sauce sounds like a dieter’s nightmare. It doesn’t have to be! Using corn tortillas, homemade cream sauce, and sugar-free salsa, you can enjoy this surprisingly quick dinner without thinking about calories. Serve it with a side of our Restaurant Style Mexican Rice and whatever roasted or shredded vegetables are in season for a filling, balanced meal.
Simple, nourishing, and very affordable per portion: This spin on a classic creamy chicken and rice soup is a winter favorite. It’s comforting with soft, chewy grains of brown rice and a creamy, herb-filled broth. It’s loaded up with tender bites of chicken, carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion. Because it’s a slow cooker recipe, it’s easy to turn on low before starting your day. Then, simply ladle the soup into bowls for dinner when you get home. No wonder the include this easy recipe on our list of the most popular chicken recipes on the site!
Vibrant citrus, rich cumin, and green olives make this the perfect summer choice for al fresco dining. Ideal for a light lunch paired with a grated salad, but also elegant enough for date night. Let your taste buds sing with this low-fat, low-sodium delight, which is excellent when served over penne pasta or couscous.
Sesame, sesame, sesame: We simply can’t resist your nutty savory-ness. It somehow elevates all our Asian-inspired dishes! This Stir-Fry Sesame Chicken swoops in to the rescue on busy nights. It’s quick, easy, and appeals to the whole family. Packing in the healthy fats with coconut oil, this is a colorful display boasts the reds, greens, and oranges of bell peppers and cilantro. Sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds to finish it off, this one is so much more than a beautiful-looking dish.
You’ll find the flavors of ginger, soy, and garlic play off one another perfectly in this dish. They build all the flavor you need in a short amount of time. And you’ll love the way the black pepper emerges as the star in this incredibly flavorful, healthy one-pan dish. Because this recipe only requires only one pot, clean-up is easier than ever!
I’m sure we’ve all had more than a few versions of chicken salad. So many of them are mayonnaise-laden and heavy, giving us less nutrition than we’d like. It doesn’t have to be that way, though! This fresher, homemade version uses high-protein Greek yogurt, red onion, and celery to recreate this lunchtime favorite. All without any hidden MSG or unhealthy fats.
Slipped into a tortilla, served over rice, or eaten straight out of the fridge; this rich chili is that darn good. It will have you coming back for more! Sweet onions, buttery cannellini beans, and the perfect balance of cumin, cayenne, and chili make this recipe my personal standby “there’s nothing in the refrigerator” dinner.
Are you ready to party? This fiery, fresh slow cooker soup is going to get you in the mood. In many cases, Tex-Mex dishes are loaded with saturated fat and calories. However, this soup lightens up the usual recipes all while keeping the same smoky, spicy flavors we crave. Even before you add the fresh lime, corn, and cilantro, you’ll be surprised how much flavor develops from the six to eight hours in the slow cooker.
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