Healthy Chicken Dinners Ready in 30 Minutes or Less
Getting dinner to the table in thirty minutes is hard enough. But when you add healthy into the equation, that's a tricky calculation indeed. Or is it? As it turns out, sometimes using simple, healthy whole ingredients actually makes cooking quick and easy. Delicious, healthy, and ready in 30 minutes or less, these top-rated chicken dinners do it all.
You'll saute chicken in a simple white wine and tomato sauce with olives, onions, garlic, and herbs.
Chicken Tortilla Soup IV
"Loaded with corn and beans, this soup is hearty enough for a main meal. Save time by topping it with purchased tortilla chips." — Taseia
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
"This healthy salad was adapted from one I ate at California Pizza Kitchen," says Shanon. "The lime juice intensified by the jicama draws out the flavor of the vegetables, so an oil- or cream-based dressing is not necessary."
Greek Chicken Pasta
"This pasta dish incorporates some of the flavors of Greece," says Lalena. "It makes a wonderfully complete and satisfying meal. For extra flavor, toss in a few kalamata olives."
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and black beans offer healthy, low-fat protein.
Garlic Chicken Stir Fry
This super-quick chicken stir-fry has plenty of garlic, ginger, and crunchy vegetables. Toss it with a lightly sweetened soy sauce, and dinner's ready! To make weeknight stir-fries even easier, make a big batch of brown rice on the weekends.
Cha Cha's White Chicken Chili
A spicy white bean chili with diced jalapenos, green chile peppers, and cayenne pepper. Cha Cha says: "It's kinda spicy, so watch out!" Substitute mild green chiles for the jalapenos if you prefer.
Ginger-Chicken Stir Fry
"This dish is quick and easy to make," says lutzflcat. "Get all of your ingredients together (including mixing the sauce) before you start cooking because everything happens fast! Stir fries require very little cooking time and you can pretty much use any vegetables you like, but the star of this one is the ginger."
Healthier Pan-Fried Honey-Sesame Chicken
"This is a healthier version of honey-sesame chicken that's pan-fried instead of deep-fried--an easy, home-cooked meal that's salty, sweet, and a little bit spicy," says lutzflcat. "It's a combination of flavors so deliciously right that you'll never think about Asian takeout again. Serve over rice or noodles, and garnish with sesame seeds and green onion slices."
Simple Lemon Herb Chicken
"This is an awesome recipe. My family just loved it. I altered the recipe a little bit by adding some garlic to it. Mmmmm," Martha Taylor says.
Spicy Chicken Breasts
"This is a great skinless, chicken breast recipe that can be served over salad greens or as an entree. If serving over salad greens, cut chicken into strips and top with your favorite salsa or dressing," recipe creator Barbara Radford says.
Grilled Peanut Chicken
Peanut butter, lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, and curry powder bring Asian-inspired flavor to grilled chicken.
Korean Spicy Chicken Tenders with Sweet Apple
"Very good dish. I used a sweet chili sauce in place of the sugar and then a little hot sauce. Flavors were nicely balanced. Served it over brown basmati rice." — EMOR60
"The recipes I found for mango chicken seemed to overwhelm the mangoes with citrus juices. Here's my version, which I believe keeps the flavor of fresh mango in focus. Garnish with a sprig of fresh parsley and serve with plain white rice," says recipe creator morble. Reviewer lutzflcat added red bell pepper and red onion (pictured) for extra color and flavor.