11 Healthy Chicken Recipes You Weren't Expecting
A new way to serve kebabs, a superthin pizza, a lighter version of the wings you love and more ideas for this versatile meat.
Chicken and Watercress Soup with Ginger and Smoked Ham
Chef Andrea Reusing adds traditionally Asian ingredients such as soy sauce, Sriracha chili sauce, ginger and cilantro to an old favorite. Watercress, rich in vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, E, manganese and carotenes, adds even more feisty flavor.
Get the recipe: Chicken and Watercress Soup with Ginger and Smoked Ham
Curried Chicken Stir-Fry with New Potatoes and Snow Peas
This dish from author Mark Bittman combines the comfort of potatoes, the warmth of spices and the crunch of fresh snow peas. Using skinless chicken breast or thighs keeps it healthy, although you can also substitute tofu cubes or shelled peanuts for the chicken.
Get the recipe: Curried Chicken Stir-Fry with New Potatoes and Snow Peas
Chicken Kebabs with Chimichurri
Cat Cora's flavorful new take on a barbecue staple gets a boost from a garlicky, herb-flecked chimichurri sauce. It's made with the zest of an orange peel, which contains more than four times as much fiber
as the fruit inside.
Get the recipe: Chicken Kebabs with Chimichurri
Miso Noodle Soup with Chicken
Miso, chard and buckwheat noodles stand in for bouillon, peas and pasta in this twist on classic chicken noodle soup. Leeks and scallions add cancer-fighting phytochemicals to the magnesium- and folate-rich brew.
Get the recipe: Miso Noodle Soup with Chicken
This lighter version of the chicken wings that are ubiquitous at every Super Bowl party takes just five minutes for prep. After an hour in the oven, the honey reduces to a rich coating and the chicken is tender and juicy.
Get the recipe: Honey-Curry-Glazed Chicken
Spices, including Australian wattleseed, coat this perfectly seared chicken dish. If you can't find wattleseed, substitute a half-and-half mixture of good cocoa powder and finely ground coffee.
Get the recipe: Ancho-Chili-and-Porcini-Rubbed Chicken
Gigi "Skizza" with Arugula Pesto, Ricotta and Chicken
Like a thin, Neapolitan-style pizza, this dish from chef Laura Pensiero's Gigi Trattoria in New York's Hudson Valley provides a canvas for just about any seasonal ingredient. The restaurant makes its own unleavened dough, but we suggest wheat tortillas for their ease (and extra fiber).
Get the recipe: Gigi "Skizza" with Arugula Pesto, Ricotta and Chicken
Photo: Cathy and Tony Mantuano
Roast Chicken with Harissa and Couscous
Amazingly versatile harissa paste (a Tunisian hot chili sauce) is a healthy way to add depth and spice to roast chicken legs, which turn golden and crispy after an hour and a half in the oven.
Get the recipe: Roast Chicken with Harissa and Couscous
Mango Chicken Salad
In addition to the rich nutritional value of the dark, leafy greens, this fresh and filling entrée gets a boost of vitamin C from mango and red pepper. Sliced almonds and boneless chicken breast add protein.
Get the recipe: Mango Chicken Salad
Tiny Mint Chicken Burgers
A healthy alternative to beef sliders, these ground chicken patties contain finely chopped fresh ginger, mint and cilantro. Serve them on whole wheat pitas, topped with greens with some bite to them, like watercress or an Asian-inspired slaw.
Get the recipe: Tiny Mint Chicken Burgers
Citrus Pomegranate Chicken over Whole Wheat Couscous
This chicken appeals to many tastes with its sweetness, tang and a bevy of nutrients. The recipe suggests using a Dutch oven, which ensures a moist, very hot environment that will turn all the ingredients—dried apricots, fragrant herbs, grated lemon zest, and chicken—into a meltingly delicious meal.
Get the recipe: Citrus Pomegranate Chicken over Whole Wheat Couscous
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