If you have chicken in the fridge and you are stuck for ideas of healthy chicken recipes then look no further! These chicken dishes are all suitable for diets such as Slimming World, WW, Noom, and Second Nature. Just count whatever you need to and enjoy them!
Most of the following are chicken breast recipes because I find that is what most people are looking for but if you need chicken thigh recipes or chicken drumstick recipes then they can easily be adapted to be any cut of chicken recipes if needed.
Chicken for weight loss
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count chicken in a sensible portion within your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow.
If you are looking for Slimming World chicken breast recipes these might be just what you are looking for as they are all great on the plan and have clear ingredients to help you count any syns you need.
Of course, also check any Slimming World chicken dishes available from Iceland or Weight Watchers ready meals or other low-calorie meals.
Chicken is so versatile
It really is such a versatile ingredient it can be roasted, fried, stir-fried, steamed, boiled or slow-cooked just to mention a few. Easily flavoured it can be used day after day without feeling like you are being too repetitive.
Do you put the chicken on the BBQ, I imagine you use a variety of coatings or rubs to flavour it? Summer meal plans would be wrong without a good BBQ, wouldn’t they? They are such easy meals for all the family and can be made pretty healthily too.
Healthy roast chicken recipe
Did you know you can even cook a whole chicken in the slow cooker? If you are looking for a Weight Watchers or Slimming World roast chicken recipe this could be perfect. Simply pop a sliced whole onion and a couple of carrots in the slow cooker with 100ml of boiling water.
Add the whole bird on top and some seasoning if preferred directly onto the skin. Cook on low for 5 hours. Use a silicone holder to make removing it easier.
If you find after this it is a little watery you can remove the excess water and cook for another 30 minutes. Remember to check it is thoroughly cooked with your thermometer.
Tips for storing chicken
We all know this is meat which can easily cause food poisoning if not kept or cooked properly. Here are some tips to help ensure you keep safe.
Never wash it before you cook it. It is not necessary and is more likely to spread any bacteria from the raw chicken around your kitchen!
Use different utensils and chopping boards when it is raw and do not use them for anything else.
Always wash your hands before and after handling raw chicken.
Always thaw frozen chicken in the fridge, not at room temperature. For more tips to help defrost chicken read my defrosting chicken article.
Check it is thoroughly cooked before you eat it. The best way to check is with a food thermometer.
Healthy Chicken salad
It is so easy to add some slices to a salad but you can always marinate it first or flavour it in some way to make it more interesting. If you are looking for a Weight Watchers or Slimming World chicken salad then this could be a great place to start.
This sticky chicken salad recipe is a great place to start but do whatever you enjoy. There is no reason with a salad you have to follow a recipe at all.
Alternatively, what about a chicken rice salad?
Healthy pasta bakes and chicken pasta dishes
There are so many pasta bakes you can include chicken in to add to the protein or flavour. Chicken pasta recipes are popular as they are both filling and high in protein. If you are looking for a Slimming World chicken pasta recipe then these are unofficial but Slimming World friendly recipes you should try.
Here are some of the most popular chicken pasta bake recipes for weight loss. Chicken and pasta recipes are quite “beige” in colour though so I would always recommend adding some vegetables on the side if you want to brighten up your plate.
For example, instead of the ham in this ham and cheese pasta bake, just cook it first to enjoy a cheesy chicken pasta bake.
A favourite in our house is this Chicken and bacon carbonara. If you prefer you can make this on the hob and then bake in the oven with cheese on the top for a carbonara pasta bake. Slimming World carbonara is a commonly searched dish so this could help you to make a Slimming World friendly carbonara.
Making a spicy pasta bake is really easy, you could swap the sausage in this spicy sausage pasta bake for chicken easily. Have you seen there are easily available chicken sausages too? They would be an easy way to give this a chicken pasta bake flavour without too much trouble.
I made a recipe for chicken fajita pasta bake which is one of the most popular chicken pasta recipes in our house. Slimming World chicken fajitas are never syn free as they have tortilla wraps but this is a great tasty alternative.
Fakeaway Kebabs and chicken on the BBQ
Chicken is a great meat for a BBQ. Just be careful to cook it thoroughly and ensure it is cooked with your thermometer.
BBQs give food a different flavour, don’t they? Whether you cook a whole breast, a wing or a drumstick on the BBQ just keep checking the temperature of the middle and ensure you don’t give everyone food poisoning.
A safer option for either a BBQ or just under the grill is to skewer chunks of chicken breast with peppers, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes etc and cook that way.
If you want to marinate first you can but it is entirely your choice. The kebabs shown above used some sauces I was sent to marinate the meat.
Healthy chicken casseroles
Chicken is great casserole meat you can add chunks of a breast to a whole variety of casseroles or even make your own in the slow cooker.
This Moroccan casserole is easy to make and a great way to use any cuts you need to use up.
There are great healthy chicken traybake recipes making it easy to pop in the oven for a family meal.
Healthy chicken recipes for curries
Chicken is a popular meat for curries, it easily takes on the flavours and is easy to cook. Whether you like spicy curry or something mild there are some great recipes for you.
Are you here looking for a Slimming World chicken curry recipe or one for another weight loss plan? Whatever your diet these healthy chicken curry recipes should be perfect.
I personally think making your own is better than ordering from the takeaway or even a microwave meal like the Slimming World chicken curry because you can adapt it to add whatever you like, and of course making your own is cheaper!
This mild chicken curry recipe is great for children who want to eat with the whole family and really easy to make.
Another mild and popular one is this Chicken and mushroom curry.
For a Japanese take on curry how about this Chicken Katsu curry?
Have you ever had a Malaysian curry? Malaysian red pepper and chicken curry is Stuart’s all-time favourite meal. When you make it often you don’t need the recipe and manage to cut corners, for example, I don’t wipe out the pan and put the chicken aside. I simply time it well to do it all in one pan and it works just as well!
Thai curry is another curry that uses chicken. What is your favourite curry? Have you tried swapping meats to make it a little different?
Could you adapt this lamb rogan josh recipe for example?
If you like spicy curry then how about this Sri Lankan chicken curry?
Healthy Chinese Chicken
How about making a Singapore chow mein with a number of different meats in? It can easily be adapted to be a chicken chow mein for Slimming World followers that only like chicken and not other meats.
Another option might be this chicken fried cauliflower rice?
Caribbean or Jamaican Chicken recipes
If none of the above ideas has taken your fancy how about Jerk chicken? A favourite from the Caribbean and full of flavour it is perfect to make if some of the family would prefer a plain breast and others want spicy! It goes well with Caribbean rice and kids will definitely love that!
A healthy Fakeaway KFC chicken
Are you still struggling with ideas? How about Hunter’s chicken? Simply stuff a breast with cheese (Babybels work well), BBQ sauce and wrap with bacon and cook in the oven for around 20 minutes until cooked throughout!
Spanish and Portuguese healthy Chicken recipes
Have you tried this Spanish chicken yet? It is definitely worth a try and for all the family.
Have you tried Piri Piri chicken? Did you know that it originates from Portuguese-Africans and is popular both on BBQ’s cooked in the oven or griddled? This Piri Piri chicken recipe is syn free and perfect for a Piri Piri fan.
Other healthy chicken recipes
Chicken is so versatile there are so many recipes you can use it in, here are a few more you may not have considered!
Mixed meat paella – a popular easy mixed meat dish that includes chicken.
Chicken with rubs on the BBQ can be a great way to add different flavours to chicken and cook in a skillet, on the grill or on a BBQ. Using chicken rubs can be a great way of making Slimming World friendly chicken recipes as they add flavour with very few calories or syns.
This turkey burger recipe would be easily adapted to make chicken burgers if you prefer.
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