healthy chicken breast recipes to lose weight
Chicken dinners are winners just about every night of the week. That’s because chicken breast has become a weight loss champion—it is high in protein yet low in saturated fat. Plus, it’s so versatile that it fits into any cuisine, from Italian to Mexican to classic American. To inspire you with chicken breast dinner ideas for your Flex meals, we’ve gathered our most popular, weight loss-friendly chicken recipes. Some of them are sure to become favorites at your table!
1. One-Pan Lemon Chicken Rice Skillet >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable
Here’s the perfect dish for those days when you need a meal that’s simple to make, easy to clean up and certain to please the whole family. Everybody’s appetite will be satisfied with protein-rich chicken breast seasoned with garlic and fresh lemon, savory rice and tender zucchini (or your gang’s favorite veggie). And there’s only one skillet to wash when you’re done.
2. Pizza Stuffed Chicken >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuels and 1 Extra
Put everything you love about pizza—zesty marinara sauce, melty cheese and spicy pepperoni—between tender pieces of chicken breast and you’ve got a healthy meal that’s loaded with flavor. The recipe makes four servings so you can share it with others or freeze extra portions for quick meals on busy days. Feel free to garnish with some fresh basil for more fresh flavor!
3. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 Vegetable (add 1 Extra if using cream cheese)
This chili isn’t just healthier than standard calorie-laden recipes, it’s tastier. The pumpkin adds a naturally sweet note to balance the pungent flavor of the fire-roasted green chilis and jalapenos. With a slow cooker, the ingredients have hours to blend while you are taking care of your to-do list. You even have the option to add some low-fat cream cheese for extra creaminess!
4. French Onion Stuffed Chicken >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
Chicken breast recipes are just about the perfect host for so many of your favorite flavors. In this dish, you can savor the comforting tastes of classic French onion soup—including zesty onions and creamy cheese—while also powering you up with essential protein.
5. Italian Chicken Casserole >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb and 1 Vegetable
Casserole recipes are a convenient way make chicken breast and whole grains like quinoa in a single meal and infuse them with your favorite flavors. We made this one Italian style, with tangy tomatoes, zingy garlic and melted Mozzarella cheese. We also add savory herbs, such as oregano and basil.
6. Air Fryer Dry Rubbed Chicken Bites >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels and 1 Extra
The air fryer gives these seasoned nuggets a crispy coating without loading them down with greasy oil, while the chicken inside stays tender and moist. The whole family will clamor for more, so it’s a good thing you can have a batch ready in about 10 minutes.
7. Healthy Chicken Piccata >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels and 2 Extras
Breaded chicken on a bed of pasta and topped with creamy garlic and lemon sauce can be a part of your weight loss plan when you make it our way. This version is lip-smacking good and it’s sure to keep you feeling full for hours.
8. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable
All of your taste buds will light up when you bite into the flavorful filling of spicy buffalo chicken, creamy blue cheese and crunchy veggies in these irresistible lettuce wraps. With the Instant Pot, you can them whip up for a quick lunch or dinner on a busy night. The Instant Pot makes healthy chicken breast recipes a breeze!
9. Teriyaki Chicken Foil Packet >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, 1 Vegetable and 2 Extras
You can keep it simple but satisfying with this easy dish, made with chicken breast and a mix of vegetables, all glazed with sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce. Each serving cooks in its own foil packet, so you can vary the veggie choices to match the preferences of everyone at the table.
10. Chicken Pot Pie >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels and ½ Vegetable
With this recipe, you can enjoy the comforts of digging into a warm, fragrant chicken pot pie and stay on track with your weight loss goal. It has everything you want—bites of white-meat chicken breast, tender veggies, creamy sauce and a crusty biscuit topping—but comes with just 267 calories per serving.
11. Chicken A La King >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PwerFuels and 1 Vegetable
A favorite for many families, Chicken A La King recipes feature sweet peppers and hearty mushrooms along with chunks of chicken breast on top of a bed of pasta. With this recipe, you make six belly-filling servings, so there’s plenty to share or to save for another day.
12. Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowl >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 2 Extras
This recipe is your solution when you’re craving a burrito—it has all of the best parts and none of the excess calories. Start with seasoned and grilled chicken breast, add fresh avocado, salsa, lettuce and cilantro. Serve it over cooked brown rice. Watching your carbs? Swap the brown rice with riced cauliflower!
13. Instant Pot Chicken Creole >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
Dishes like this zesty Chicken Creole are proof that healthy eating is never boring. It’s spiced with onions, garlic, cayenne peppers and more that amp up the flavors of the tangy tomato sauce and the plump bites of chicken.
14. Creamy Spinach Stuffed Chicken >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable
The outside of this dish is tender chicken breast, while the inside is a savory mix of spinach, melted cheese, crispy breadcrumbs and nutty quinoa. This fancy-looking feast is surprisingly easy to make yourself, even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen.
15. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan and Green Beans >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable, 2 Extras
This version of the Italian classic has everything you expect—tender chicken breast with a crispy coating topped with rich marinara sauce, creamy mozzarella and grated Parmesan cheese. But instead of filling up your kitchen sink with pots and pans, you make it in your oven on one single pan with a side of juicy green beans.
16. Hasselback Chicken >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
When you want something different than your usual chicken dishes, try our “Hasselback” chicken. It’s a plump chicken breast sliced open and filled with red potatoes, colorful sweet peppers and zesty red onion. It’s flavored with the zing of Cajun seasoning, treating you to different tastes and textures in every bite.
17. Easy Chicken Fajita Bake >
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Vegetable and 3 Extras
Fajitas can turn any meal into a fiesta, and you are sure to celebrate when you sit down to this flavor-packed meal of seasoned chicken breast, shredded cheese, black olives, colorful bell peppers and onions, spiced Southwestern style with chili powder and lime juice. Add hot sauce to taste and let the party begin!