Healthy Mexican Chicken Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Mexican chicken recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 5 stars 33
This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl comes together almost as quickly as at the restaurant, plus, you don't have to wait in line. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthier dinner.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
Protein-rich quinoa makes a satisfying layer in this easy Mexican casserole recipe. If you want to make this dish vegetarian, beans are a nice swap for the chicken. Serve with a green salad tossed with an oregano vinaigrette.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad

Rating: 5 stars 6
Peppery arugula, grilled corn and a tangy lime vinaigrette give this healthy taco salad recipe a serious upgrade. This recipe is the perfect vehicle for using the crushed-up tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken Tinga

Rating: 5 stars 1
Originating from Puebla, Mexico, this dish yields tender chicken with a kick thanks to a rich tomato-chipotle sauce.
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By Devon O'Brien

Chicken with Quick Mole Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 10
Rich, dark and delicious, mole is a signature sauce in Mexican cooking. There are many variations, but the basic ingredients include plenty of chiles and nuts along with a touch of chocolate to tame the heat of the chiles. Traditional recipes can take several hours to prepare--this quick version takes a few shortcuts by using chili powder, nut butter and chocolate chips. Serve with rice and a medley of sautéed zucchini, pepper and onion.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken Tinga Tostadas

Rating: 5 stars 1
These chicken tinga tostadas are topped with cotija cheese for a salty bite, while cilantro adds a pop of flavor and color.
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By Devon O'Brien

Caldo Tlalpeño (Mexican Chicken Soup)

Chipotle-laced broth and thick chunks of corn on the cob are featured in this healthy, smoky chicken soup recipe. The secret to the great flavor is cooking the vegetables in the broth that's made from cooking the chicken. Serve the soup with warm corn tortillas.
By Lesley Tllez

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rating: 5 stars 1
Making soups may have once been an all-day affair, but here's a great example of how a few choice convenience products can renovate an old favorite for our modern, hectic lives. Some frozen vegetables, a few canned tomatoes and canned broth--and voila! a Tex-Mex favorite in minutes.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Chicken Taco Bowls

Rating: 5 stars 1
This chicken taco bowl recipe uses the underside of a muffin tin as a mold to bake cute little homemade “tortilla bowls.” The “tortilla bowls” are filled with a zesty chicken filling and topped like nachos. If you have 2 large muffin tins, you can make all 8 “bowls” at once. Bake them in the upper and lower thirds of the oven, rotating top to bottom about halfway through baking.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Easy Chicken Tinga Rice Bowls

Leftover chicken tinga, pinto beans and bell peppers combine to make a hearty, flavorful rice bowl.
By Devon O'Brien

Jalapeño-Popper Stuffed Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 8
Stuff all the flavors of fried jalapeño poppers into a creamy filling for stuffed chicken breasts. This healthy baked chicken recipe is great with a side of green beans for an easy dinner.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Arroz con Pollo

Rating: 4 stars 12
Arroz con pollo, or chicken cooked with rice, is a common dish in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. We use quick-cooking brown rice here to help you get this on the table in just 40 minutes. Serve with a mixed green salad tossed with cilantro-lime vinaigrette.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Tinga Baked Pasta
Leftover chicken tinga adds protein, heat and creaminess to this baked pasta dish.
Caldo Tlalpeno
Rating: Unrated 13
Although there are many variations of this Mexican chicken soup, spicy chipotle chiles are always part of the broth. Make it a meal: Serve with a Mexican beer and cheese quesadillas.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip
Rating: 4 stars 6

A quick fresh-made blender enchilada sauce makes all the difference in this slow-cooker recipe for Mexican cheese dip. Serve it straight from the crock pot, with tortilla chips, to keep it warm and gooey.