Healthy Chicken Main Dish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious chicken main dish recipes including chicken and pasta, easy chicken casseroles, low-calorie chicken recipes, and chicken pot pie. Healthier Recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 35
This creamy rotisserie chicken soup has a delicious chicken pot pie feel to it. We call for rotisserie chicken to streamline your prep time--look for a nice big one with lots of breast meat on it. Pair this comforting and easy soup recipe with a green salad, or, if you're really hungry, a grilled cheese sandwich.

Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 4 stars 49
This one-pan chicken pasta combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal that's garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it "Mom's Skillet Pasta" and she called it "Devon's Favorite Pasta." Either way it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It's a simple dinner the whole family will love.
By Devon O'Brien

One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 26
This chicken Parmesan pasta uses the one-pot pasta method to cook your noodles, chicken and sauce all in one skillet for a fast and easy dinner with minimal cleanup. Finish the dish under the broiler to achieve a delicious melted cheese crust.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

Chicken Enchilada Skillet Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 8
This simplified take on cheesy chicken enchiladas only requires one pan for cooking and eliminates the need to stuff and roll corn tortillas. Charring the veggies in a cast-iron skillet adds depth of flavor. Don't worry if you don't have one, because you can use any oven-safe skillet instead.
Andrea Kirkland
By Andrea Kirkland, M.S., RD

Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 85
Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner idea. The flavorful oil they're packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 2
This sweet-and-salty teriyaki chicken rice bowl is flavored with fresh grated ginger and scallions and packed with colorful veggies and everything else you need for a balanced dinner in one dish.
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By Liv Dansky

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 2
This chicken spaghetti casserole has a super-creamy sauce that coats pasta, chicken and a generous serving of veggies. Panko gives this family-friendly casserole a bit of crunch on top. Be sure to let it rest for 20 minutes after coming out of the oven. This allows the casserole to cool and also set up nicely before serving.
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By Laura Kanya

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajita Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 10
Skip the tortillas in favor of this warm fajita salad, which features a nutritious medley of chicken with roasted kale, bell peppers and black beans. The chicken, beans and vegetables are all cooked on the same pan, so this healthy dinner is easy to make and the cleanup is easy too.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Skillet Chicken Potpie

Rating: 5 stars 7
A store-bought pie crust, frozen veggies and precooked chicken simplify the prep for this easy potpie. This healthy dinner recipe is comfort food at its best.
By Andrea Kirkland M.S., RD

Creamy Skillet Ranch Chicken & Broccoli

Rating: 5 stars 2
This crowd-pleasing dinner feeds four and can be on the table in just 30 minutes. To top it off, the creamy ranch sauce, chicken and broccoli all come together in one skillet, making cleanup just as easy as cooking.
By Carolyn Casner

Philly Chicken Cheesesteak Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This Philly chicken cheesesteak casserole tastes just like the classic sandwich version but in casserole form. We swapped out the beef for ground chicken and added pasta to bring this quick one-skillet dinner together.
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By Laura Kanya
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Inspiration and Ideas

This Fried Chicken Is Healthy?!?
"Healthy fried chicken" sounds like an oxymoron, but we make it happen with this healthy homemade Nashville Hot Chicken recipe.
One Pan Roasted Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
This one-pan recipe could not be more simple. Roasted chicken and vegetables bake on one sheet pan for an easy and delicious dinner with minimal cleanup.
One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken
Rating: 4 stars 8

Bourbon chicken gets coated in a slightly sweet-spicy sauce for a flavorful dinner that comes together quickly, making it perfect for busy weeknights.