Lean boneless, skinless chicken breast has always ranked as a favorite, especially for anyone trying to lose weight. With only 140 calories and a whopping 26 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving, this low-calorie, high-protein meat will help to fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied for fewer calories. Rich, dark meat is slightly higher in calories but its intense flavor and moistness make it a delicious trade-off when you want to switch things up from traditional chicken breasts. Here we pulled together some of our best 500-calorie dinners with chicken for weight loss. If you're following a 1,500-calorie diet (a calorie level most people will lose weight following), 500 calories at dinner is an appropriate amount to aim for. Browse these delicious recipes, featuring chicken breasts, thighs and drumsticks, to find your new favorite chicken dinner recipe.
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In this healthy chicken recipe, paprika-rubbed chicken thighs are nestled into Brussels sprouts and shallots and roasted on a sheet pan in the oven for an easy, healthy dinner. As the chicken thighs roast, the garlicky drippings flavor the Brussels sprouts and shallots. This delicious sheet-pan dinner will quickly become a favorite.
This healthy 5-ingredient spaghetti squash recipe is a satisfying low-carb alternative to taco night. Use leftover cooked chicken, if you have it on hand, for a fast dinner shortcut.
This main-dish salad recipe tops hearty kale with lean poached chicken, a mix of tasty toppings and a creamy, tangy and spicy dressing you'll want to drizzle on everything. The secret to the easy and amazing dressing: store-bought ranch dressing and pickled jalapeños.
Roasted chicken is marinated and topped with chimichurri: a no-cook herby-garlicky sauce from Argentina and Uruguay. It's delicious on grilled proteins, vegetables and just about anything! Here, we use it to double the flavor of basic grilled chicken breasts. The chicken is baked with and topped with this flavor-packed sauce.
Curried Chicken: 198 calories
Chili-Lime Chicken: 196 calories
Save time and maximize your efforts by mixing up two separate chicken marinades and cooking multiple recipes at once. This simple but flavorful meal-prep chicken dinner idea lets you cook ahead and not be bored with your choices by mid-week. Both recipes are roasted together on a baking sheet; a foil barrier keeps them separate.
For the Curried Chicken, serve with:
For the Chili-Lime Chicken, serve with:
Chicken is prepared Greek-style as souvlaki—skewered and grilled. Served with tzatziki, a traditional yogurt-based sauce, and a hearty barley pilaf, this fresh and delicious Mediterranean meal will leave your taste buds tingling and your stomach satisfied.
Mustard-and-thyme-coated chicken thighs sit on a bed of caramelized sweet potatoes and red onion. They cook up fast in a very hot oven—perfect for a quick, healthy weeknight chicken dinner.
In this easy sheet-pan dinner, a sweet-and-savory glaze and a colorful medley of vegetables transform chicken drumsticks into a satisfying meal.
Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a satisfying meal and only involves 15 minutes of prep.
Tons of spice, corn and bell pepper give this healthy one-pot chicken chili recipe Southwestern flair. Serve with your favorite hot sauce for even more of a spicy kick.
Some original reporting by Nicci Micco, M.S.