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Never Be Bored Again: 8 Creative Chicken Recipes

Never Be Bored Again: 8 Creative Chicken Recipes

You need to eat clean to conquer your goals, but clean doesn't have to mean boring. Try these 8 chicken recipes to keep your taste buds clucking!

Chicken is plucking awesome. It's cheap, packed with protein, and easy to cook. It's one of the most dependable, versatile staples in a fit foodie's kitchen. Unfortunately, chicken is so popular that it can also easily become bland and boring. Not anymore!

It's time for creative chicken recipes to fly the coop and land in the kitchen. Check out these eight delicious, nutritious, protein-packed recipes and liven up your stale diet. Try any of these recipes to keep your muscles growing and your taste buds clucking.

1
Chicken and Chickpea Stew

This recipe is high in fiber as well as high-quality protein. It's easy to make and packed with micronutrients, so it's great to regularly incorporate into your diet. People often overlook chickpeas when planning a nutrition plan, but they're nutrient dense and go well in myriad recipes.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat a large casserole dish or pot over medium heat.
  2. Spray dish lightly with cooking spray and add carrot, onion, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
  4. Add in garlic and cook for 30 more seconds, stirring constantly.
  5. Add the broth, tomato sauce, and chickpeas.
  6. Reduce to low heat and cook for 10 minutes.
  7. Add in the chicken, and cook for 5-10 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
  8. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 8 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 221
Total Fat2.1g
Total Carbs29.6g
Protein15g

Chicken and Chickpea Stew PDF (121 KB)

2
Tangy Pineapple Chicken

This tangy pineapple chicken is a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings, hit your protein goals, and stick to your diet. Serve over a bed of brown or wild rice if you want the extra carbs for more performance fuel.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Add in onions and peppers; saute until golden brown.
  3. Add chicken and continue to stir-fry until no longer pink inside.
  4. Combine together the ketchup, soy sauce, Splenda, and pineapple juice and add to the pan.
  5. Lower heat and cover, simmering for 20 minutes.
  6. Before serving, top with pineapple.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 343.5
Total Fat15.75g
Total Carbs11g
Protein49g

Tangy Pineapple Chicken PDF (14 KB)

3
Creamy Parmesan Chicken

This creamy chicken dish provides the great cheesy taste you crave without mounds of extra, unhealthful fats.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Begin by heating the chicken broth in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add in garlic along with chicken breasts, cooking until no longer pink inside, 8-10 minutes, flipping a few times throughout the cooking process.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise with parmesan cheese.
  4. Once chicken is finished, remove and place on a baking sheet and smother with sauce.
  5. Place under the broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and chicken is slightly browned.
  6. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 83.5
Total Fat1 g
Total Carbs4.1g
Protein14.61g

Creamy Parmesan Chicken PDF (14 KB)

4
Chicken with White Wine Tomato Sauce

This works perfectly as a quick meal, but it's so good it doubles as homemade gourmet when you have guests. Serve with a baked potato or side of your choice.

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Begin by brushing the chicken breasts with pesto.
  2. Next, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add red peppers and onions along with garlic and continue to cook until slightly tender.
  4. Place chicken into the pan and cook until browned and no longer pink inside.
  5. Add in the tomatoes and white wine, turn down to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Finally, sprinkle with Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, cooking for 30-60 longer or until cheese is slightly melted.
  7. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size (1) Recipe yields 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 485
Total Fat26.25g
Total Carbs9g
Protein57.25g

Chicken with White Wine Tomato Sauce PDF (14 KB)

5
Chicken Stew with Vegetables

This chicken stew is loaded with antioxidants and micronutrients. It makes a great meal choice any night of the week. You can also make a massive batch and freeze some to eat later!

Ingredients
  • 2 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onion
  • 4, 3 oz. Chicken Breasts, sliced
  • 2 cups diced Zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped Carrots
  • 1 cup diced Red Pepper
  • 1 cup diced Yellow Pepper
  • 1 cup diced Green Pepper
  • 1 cup diced Mushrooms
  • 3/4 tsp. dried Oregano
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups White Beans
  • 2 cups Low-sodium Chicken Broth
Directions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan.
  2. Once bubbling, add in onions, carrots, mushrooms, and peppers along with garlic; saute for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Next, add in chicken and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to the pan and reduce to low heat, covering and simmering for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Makes 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 454
Total Fat12g
Total Carbs37.75g
Protein59g

Chicken Stew with Vegetables PDF (14 KB)

6
Cashew Chicken with Baby Corn

This dish is filled with healthful fats and muscle-building protein but relatively low in carbs. This recipe will help you combat hunger and provide a dose of long-lasting energy.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Low-sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp. Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Low-sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Splenda
  • 1 tbsp. Cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. White Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 3 oz. Chicken Breasts, skinless and cut into chunks
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Red Peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Baby Corn
  • 2 Green Onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
Directions
  1. Combine together the chicken broth, oyster sauce, soy sauce, Splenda, cornstarch, and white vinegar and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add in chicken breast chunks, stir-frying for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add peppers, mushrooms, and baby corn, cooking for 2-3 minutes longer.
  5. Add combined mixture from step 1 to the skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with cashews and green onions, toss, and then serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Makes 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 424
Total Fat22g
Total Carbs13.75g
Protein52.24g

Cashew Chicken with Baby Corn PDF (14 KB)

7
Creamy Chicken Pitas

Ditch the brown bag and try this more adventurous lunch! The tangy, sweet tastes of the add-ins make these pitas completely different from what you tried in the past.

Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts, finely diced (or grated if you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup Fat-free Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Splenda
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Celery
  • 2 tbsp. dried Cranberries
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped Walnuts
  • 2 cups Spinach leaves
  • 2 small Whole Wheat Pitas
Directions
  1. Begin by combining together the white vinegar, Splenda, and mayonnaise.
  2. Add the chicken and celery in and stir until coated.
  3. Sprinkle with dried cranberries and walnuts, stirring until mixed and then spoon into whole wheat pitas.
  4. Top with spinach leaves and then serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Makes 2 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 391
Total Fat14g
Total Carbs26g
Protein52.5g

Creamy Chicken Pitas PDF (14 KB)

8
Chicken Pad Thai

This chicken pad Thai recipe offers a creamy flavor that will please any peanut butter lover's taste buds. It is higher in carbohydrates and calories than the other recipes here, so it's best for those who don't mind the extra calories. Use it to build muscle in a hustle!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Prepare the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Next, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Mix together the fish sauce, peanut butter, Splenda, and chili flakes.
  6. Pour over chicken, cover, and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Top with cilantro before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Makes 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 458
Total Fat14g
Total Carbs39g
Protein56g

Chicken Pad Thai PDF (14 KB)

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BatteryBackup

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I may actually have to print some of these off... Number 1 and 8 look fantastic.

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bemyj42

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Bookmarked. Chicken can get bland, this is a great way to stay at it. Thanks for the ideas!

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I agree. Having these will also keep cravings at bay i think

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Thanks for some great ideas

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jngeronimo

Only a few are high in carbs but overall looks very tastey, thanks for sharing

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I'll have the carbs please!!!

Mar 25, 2013 3:01pm | report
gregorymcm

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everything looks tasty and nutritious but i think the nutrition facts might be off. There is no way there is 50g of protein in 3oz of chicken even if the cheese is included.

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4 x 3oz

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Looking for a nice girl who will cook me these <3

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Moniquita

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I am so happy to have found these recipies, I can eat great and healthy with these! Thanks for posting them!!

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so much yes! i can't wait to give some of these a try

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thanks for sharing! I'll definitely try these great recipe!

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my hunger level has suddenly gone up after watching all this

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MikeyD24

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Some of these look really yummy! I eat so much plain chicken a day this will come in handy when in feel like spicing things up a bit.

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I'll definitely be trying all of these!

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I want chicken tonight

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This was great info def gonna try some of these tasty recipes. summer is coming!

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Looks AWESOME.

It is always nice to find a creative way to mix things up.

Thanks much!!
Mason

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TrainLean

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These are great ideas, love the Pad Thai and creamy pockets suggestions. Not sure why I would need to put a tablespoon of Splenda in to them though? What's wrong with the natural flavours, I think they would be delicious without

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The tangy pineapple chicken was absolutely delicious. Just made it tonight and it was definitely a hit. YUMMY

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These recipes look great, thank you! Excited to try a few of these ways to spice up my weekly chicken consumption.

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MIOLI

Much needed! Always looking for new ways to keep my diet interesting. #'s 7 & 8 look yummy!

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Creamy chicken on pita is so quik to make. I have been eating it for lunch. Quik and good

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1 & 5 pictures are wrong. 1 looks really good and healthy.

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