Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes
Looking for a healthy, go to dinner recipe that packs plenty of protein? The healthy, lean chicken breast is the way to go!
You can do many things with this lean meat, including creamy and comforting recipes like Southern Slow Cooker: Chicken and Dumplings, or go sweet and fruity recipes with Lime Honey Chicken Breasts, or even spicy and savory.
There are many varieties of chicken breasts like breaded or grilled, or go super healthy with baked chicken breasts. Take your love for this lean meat a step further and go with a sauteed chicken breast recipe.
This recipe is a glazed chicken that is sweet and zesty!
My family can't get enough of chicken breasts, and I prefer going with boneless, skinless varieties.
I have found that they are great tossed in a slow cooker with various creams, or pan fried with a plethora of marinades to take on Italian, Asian or even an old fashioned Southern spin.
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4 hours 15 min
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup Kraft Calorie Wise Zesty Italian Dressing
- 1-2 stalk scallion (green onion), finely chopped
The yummy secret to this recipe is to let the chicken marinate.
Be sure to allow the chicken to marinate cold in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to allow the honey and Zesty Italian dressing to really sink into the meat.
Make sure you use boneless, skinless chicken breasts so that when cooking you are able to braise it quickly.
You may also dice the chicken breast into cubes to place atop vegetable stir fry after cooking.
Be mindful of your Italian dressing as well. House or Creamy Italian is not a suitable substitute for the flavor this recipe yields; be sure to use Zesty Italian.
- Thaw your chicken breasts in the fridge overnight.
- Once thawed, put your chicken breasts into a Ziploc baggy. (Dice them into cubes optional)
- With your chicken breasts in a Ziploc bag, pour 1/2 cup Zesty Italian dressing and 1 tablespoon of honey into the bag and seal.
- Massage the bag to spread the honey and Italian dressing into the meat. Place in refrigerator lying flat.
- Marinate chicken for at least 4 hours in the refrigerator.
- Warm up a large, non-stick skillet to medium/high heat and place chicken breasts into the skillet. Pour the mixture into the skillet over the chicken; discard the bag.
- While chicken is cooking, split the remaining tablespoon of honey over the top of the chicken breasts so that it can soak into the meat for a sweeter taste.
- Braise chicken on all sides, until golden and done - roughly 7 to 8 minutes per side. Personal preference: I like to drag the chicken through the thickened marinade as I finish them up to add a yummy coating at the end prior to plating.
- Garnish with finely chopped scallions and enjoy!
Marinade thickening up!
Options and Dietary Requirements
If you are looking for a variety that is lower in sugar content, skip the tablespoon of honey during the cooking process and you reduce the nutrition facts to be as follows:
- 18g less sugar
- 16g less carbs
- 60 less calories
It is entirely up to you how healthy you go with the recipe and what your body can handle.
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet, the protein in a 7oz chicken breast is 92% of your daily intake, but if you are like me and workout everyday with high intensity programs like Turbo Fire you need lots of protein for muscle recovery.
While 46 grams of protein is 92% for the average person, someone who works out at that level daily would probably need to aim for double to triple that number daily, and someone on a program like P90X needs 50% of their daily calories in protein.
It all depends on your weight and activity level what numbers will work for your body.
herbalstrength on September 16, 2013:
Stephanie (author) from Canada on May 30, 2013:
Thank you very much peachpurple! This particular recipe is requested quite often in my home. With the price of chicken breast being so high, I often find myself buying the value chicken breast fillet packs at WalMart for $5-7 -- buy a $5 pack and get enough chicken for 3 people with moderate to hungry appetites. Never had Chicken Keel or Chicken Ribs before. I hope the recipe turns out well for you!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 30, 2013:
i love your recipe. Photos are well taken and looks very tasty. I don't buy chicken breast often because it is expensive. Chicken keel is much cheaper and chicken ribs are even cheaper. Would try your recipe for dinner tomorrow
Stephanie (author) from Canada on May 14, 2013:
You are very welcome!
Susan from India on May 14, 2013:
This looks delicious. Will try this soon. Thank you for sharing.
Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 16, 2013:
titi6601 on March 16, 2013:
Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 14, 2013:
I hope it turns out wonderful for you Monis Mas! Thank you!
Agnes on March 14, 2013:
This dish looks so good, and sounds delicious. I have to make it. Thanks for sharing!
Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 14, 2013:
Ghaelach: Chicken is a win win for me too! I absolutely love baking chicken, having a whole oven roasted chicken with a crispy golden skin... and don't get me started on the many stir fries to be had! Delicious! I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!
randomcreative: Never? Oh, I highly recommend it! It gives a wonderful sweet undertone to the tangy-ness of Zesty Italian.
Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 14, 2013:
I love to use Italian dressing as a marinade for chicken and pork, but I've never put honey with it! Thanks for the great suggestion.
Ghaelach on March 14, 2013:
Great hub, but I must be honest any recipe with chicken is tops for me. You can even include that stuff that comes from Kentucky or Indian, Chinese, it doesn't bother me. Love em all.
torrilynn on March 14, 2013:
you are more than welcome : )
Stephanie (author) from Canada on March 13, 2013:
torrilynn: I'm glad you like the recipe and hope you get to try it soon! Let me know how it turns out though! Thanks for the votes and share so other people can enjoy this yummy chicken breast recipe that my family actually had tonight funny enough!
torrilynn on March 13, 2013:
thanks for this delicious looking recipe
i absolutely love chicken and i love the different flavors
that you can bake it or fry it. thanks again for the recipe
Voted up and definetey sharing!