Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

Chicken breasts (skinless if at all possible) are great meal choices if you are looking to lose weight through your diet. Relatively high in protein and low in fat, they are easy to add to numerous meal setups to keep your diet interesting.

It’s worth noting that simply adding chicken to your everyday diet is not the way to go – you need to use it to replace the higher-calorie food you normally eat and reduce your overall caloric intake.

Below are a selection of my favourite healthy chicken recipes to lose weight…

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MOROCCAN CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP


I first discovered this relatively easy-to-make soup on a Tesco leaflet for healthy meals – I’ve created it many times since! It’s a colourful dish that is pretty awesome at warming you up throughout the winter months.

CHICKEN AND LENTIL SOUP

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 900ml (1 1/2pt) hot vegetable stock
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 390g tinned green lentils, drained
  • 100g (3 1/2oz) dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 x 245g pack boneless chicken breast, skin removed and shredded
  • small handful fresh mint, roughly chopped

The Steps:

Grab a large pan and heat up the oil on a medium setting of heat.

Chuck in the onions and garlic and fry for about 4 to 5 minutes.

Stir in the cinnamon, cumin, coriander and tomato purée, and then fry onward for about 3 minutes further.

Chuck in the stock and your carrots, then leave your creation to simmer for around 10 minutes (I usually wait until the carrots seem tender enough – always a good sign that things are ready!).

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, apricots and lentils and simmer (I’d say for about quarter of an hour).

Next add the courgette and chicken – cook for a further 10 minutes (approx). I like to wait until the courgette is tender enough to eat, as an indicator.

Finally, stir in the lemon juice and leave to simmer for a further 3 to 5 minutes. Season it to your taste!


SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE


People tend to prefer casseroles in the winter months but let’s cook outside the box a bit – how about a spring version of a tasty casserole?

Check this out…

SPRING CHICKEN CASSEROLE

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thigh
  • 300g small new potato
  • 425ml low-salt vegetable stock (such as Kallo low-salt vegetable stock cubes)
  • 350g broccoli, cut up into small florets
  • 350g spring greens, shredded
  • 140g petits pois
  • Bunch of spring onions, sliced up
  • 2 tbsp pesto

The Steps…

Pick a nice big pan and heat the oil up in it.

Chuck in the onion and fry up for about 5 minutes or so (until they are ready/soft)

Add the chicken to the onions and fry for about 6 minutes – make sure the chicken is sealed and light brown on all sides.

Add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper, then bring to the boil.

Cover the pot and simmer for around the half an hour mark – make sure the potatoes are cooked and the chicken looks cooked.

Add the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions, stir well, then return to the boil.

Cover it all up and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes.

Finally, stir in the pesto and heat through for about a minute

Enjoy!

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BAKED PESTO CHICKEN


This popular dish is one of the most simple, great tasting, chicken meals I have come across…and it’s ready in 35 minutes!!! This recipe feeds a family of four…

Pesto Chicken Dish

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Half a cup refrigerated basil pesto
  • 2 – 3 plum tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • Half a cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

The Steps…

Oven on – preheat to about 400 degrees F (about 200 degrees C).

Spread out a baking sheet and then line it with a good quality cooking foil.

Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl then toss thoroughly to make sure it is fully coated – then place on the foiled baking sheet.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centre.

Once removed from the oven, top with cheese and tomatoes then return to the oven. Bake for a further 5 minutes until cheese is suitably melted.

That’s it! 🙂


GRILLED CHICKEN – MEXICAN STYLE!


A simple Mexican-styled marinade chicken that takes about 20 minutes to prepare (well, not including the marinade time!). Love this one – idiot proof recipe that feeds a family of four…

GRILLED CHICKEN - MEXICAN STYLE!

The Ingredients You’ll Need…

  • 4 chicken breast halves, on the bone
  • Half an onion
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • Quarter of a cup of olive oil
  • Half a teaspoon Mexican oregano
  • Half a teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Half a teaspoon black pepper
  • Quarter of a teaspoon dried chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 limes, juice of or 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 handful cilantro leaf (optional)

The Steps…

Liquify all of the ingredients put aside for the marinade in a blender or food processor.

Place marinade inside a freezer bag (or zip-locked bag) and add the pieces of chicken – give it a shake to distribute marinade.

Place bag in the refrigerator for up to 10 hours (if you are pushed for time – refrigerate for no less than 2 hours!).

When suitably marinaded, remove the chicken and place under a hot grill (get rid of the remaining marinade sauce)

Simply grill at a reasonable heat and turn occasionally – that’s it!

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2 thoughts on “Healthy Chicken Recipes to Lose Weight

  1. Oh wow, great information on all the great ways to use chicken. I personally love to cook with chicken, in fact I use it as my source of meat for almost every meal! Rest assured, if there’s meat in the dish, it’s going to be chicken. I love looking up random chicken dishes, I’ll be sure to follow this page!

    1. Yeah I’m pretty much the same Matt – chicken is my favorite meat and a very healthy choice at the end of the day. Great to hear that you can use these ideas – pop back and let us know how they turned out for you! 

      Stay Healthy! 🙂

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