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Add some kick to your chicken
Whether you prefer your chicken over lettuce, in a pasta dish, or on a bun, we've got a recipe for you. Enjoy 17 lean and flavor-packed ways to make grilled chicken great.
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Grilled Chicken With Speedy BBQ Sauce
Marinating the chicken in olive oil, peppers, and onions creates a savory base for the tangy layer of barbecue sauce.
Ingredients: Olive oil, red onion, green bell pepper, barbecue sauce, chicken breasts, salt, pepper
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Grilled Chicken With Fruit Salsa
Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, lemon pepper, and garlic to make a kickin' marinade for grilled chicken. Fruit salsa adds sweetness, crunch, and a bit of fiber to this tropical dish.
Ingredients: Lemons, low-sodium soy sauce, ginger, lemon pepper, garlic, chicken breasts, cooking spray, pineapple, kiwifruit, oranges, mango, red onion, cilantro, cumin, salt, pepper, jalapeño peppers
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Grilled Chicken With White Barbecue Sauce
Ingredients: Chicken breast halves, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, chipotle chile powder, light mayonnaise, white vinegar, black pepper, red pepper, lemons
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Lemon-Olive Grilled Chicken
Go Mediterranean with this delicious citrus-flavored recipe. You'll get plenty of heart-healthy fats from the olives, plus 4 grams of filling fiber.
Ingredients: Chicken breast halves, lemons, honey mustard, fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, whole-wheat couscous, pimiento-stuffed olives, kalamata olives, basil, olive oil, pepper
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Grilled Chicken Breast Provençal
Add a French flair to your chicken by using herbes de Provence, a French mixture of dried basil, fennel seed, lavender, marjoram, rosemary, sage, summer savory, and thyme. The sun-dried tomatoes soak up the herbs and provide the perfect savory layer to this quick-cooking chicken dish.
Ingredients: Oil-packed sun-dried tomato halves, herbes de Provence, olive oil, lemons, salt, pepper, garlic, chicken breast halves, cooking spray
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Greek Salad With Grilled Chicken
Throw together this grilled chicken salad for a quick lunch or light dinner. You'll get classic Greek flavors, like tangy feta cheese and crisp cucumber, plus all the heart-healthy fats from the olives.
Ingredients: Olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, pepper, olive oil cooking spray, chicken breast, plum tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh mint, romaine lettuce
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Grilled Chicken and Wheat-Berry Salad
Mix lean protein with fiber-rich carbohydrates for a light, but filling meal. The green apple adds the perfect tart crunch to the soothing Cucumber Yogurt Dressing.
Ingredients: Wheat berries, bay leaf, spinach leaves, green apple, red bell pepper, Cucumber Yogurt Dressing, Dijon mustard, chicken breasts, salt, pepper, green onion
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Yogurt-and-Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers
This recipe packs twice the amount of flavor with a spicy marinade and a sweet and creamy dipping sauce. And at about 200 calories per skewer, you'll have plenty of room for side dishes and maybe even dessert.
Ingredients: Honey mustard, reduced-fat sour cream, plain low-fat yogurt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt, skinless, boneless chicken breasts, metal or wooden skewers
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Grilled Chicken Salad With Avocado and Mango
The star of this summer salad is the deliciously tangy dressing, made of lime juice, mango chutney, soy sauce, and bit of ginger. The mangoes add a sweet layer and the avocados give the dish a richness not found in most salads.
Ingredients: Olive oil, limes, mango chutney, low-sodium soy sauce, fresh ginger, chicken breast halves, cooking spray, salad greens, mango, avocado
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Grilled Lemon Chicken With Fresh Parsley Sauce
Blending parsley with lemons, vinegar, and shallots adds a zesty kick to the herb. You'll get plenty of flavor with this marinade, but it has less sodium and fat than most pre-made ones.
Ingredients: Lemons, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, chicken breast tenders, parsley, shallot, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper,
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Teriyaki Chicken and Soba Noodles
This beautiful dish pairs fiber-rich noodles with lean chicken and a tangy vegetable broth, flavored with ginger, garlic, and teriyaki sauce. Plus, for less than 350 calories and 10 grams of fat, this dish is much leaner than takeout varieties.
Ingredients: Chicken breasts, teriyaki sauce, chicken broth, ginger, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, carrots, scallions, soba noodles, sesame oil, basil, cilantro, radishes
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Cilantro-Serrano Pesto With Grilled Chicken and Penne
This spicy pesto will turn a typical chicken pasta salad into an extraordinary dish. You'll get plenty of heart-healthy fats and more than 50% of your daily dose of iron. But choose multigrain pasta for a boost of fiber.
Ingredients: Cilantro, mint, cotija cheese, pecan halves, salt, garlic, serrano chile, olive oil, sherry vinegar, pepper, chicken breast, penne pasta, cherry tomatoes
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Have a cool drink close by, because this chicken dish packs some heat. Cumin, fennel seed, and paprika add a kick to your chicken, and the Parsley-Mint sauce balances garlic and chiles with honey and mint. Serve with a salad and Spanish rice, and you've got a delicious dinner in 40 minutes.
Ingredients: Parsley, fresh mint, garlic, serrano chiles, honey, Dijon mustard, olive oil, salt, pepper, Spanish paprika, cumin, dry mustard, ground fennel seed, bone-in chicken breasts
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All your favorite Indian flavorsgaram masala, red pepper, and gingerbring a low-cal, savory flair to your typical burger. It tastes great on its own, but add the hot mango chutney and yogurt-mint spread for increased spiciness.
Ingredients: Green onions, lemons, garam masala, ginger, salt, red pepper, ground chicken, Greek yogurt, fresh mint, hot mango chutney, hamburger buns, spinach leaves
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Honey Chicken Skewers With Grilled-Corn Salad
Swap savory for sweet with these honey-flavored meats. Ketchup and Worcestershire sauce bring an underlying savory taste, and adding scallions to the corn packs a little heat in your veggies. Enjoy this entire meal for 427 calories and 13 grams of fat.
Ingredients: Ketchup, honey, Worcestershire sauce, chicken breasts, salt, pepper, canola oil, corn, unsalted butter, scallions
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Grilled Chicken Paillard Salad
This grilled chicken recipe includes nutrient-rich red bell peppers, which are a good source of lycopene—an antioxidant pigment that may help ward off stroke and some types of cancer.
Ingredients: balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, oregano, black pepper, chicken cutlets, red bell peppers, romaine hearts, ricotta salata or Parmesan.
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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Hero
If you’re looking for an easy, grilled chicken recipe for lunch or on-the-go, this tasty sandwich should do the trick. It’s bursting with healthy veggies, including sweet red and orange bell peppers, which are loaded with beta-carotene.
Ingredients: Chicken cutlets, olive oil, ground pepper, red or orange bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, whole wheat hoagie rolls, olive tapenade, basil leaves.
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