8 Simple Chicken Recipes Under 250 Calories

Nov 29 2017
Question@2x Hi Hungry Girl,

I always keep chicken breast in my fridge and freezer -- it's my go-to protein for lunch and dinner. But I'm getting so bored with plain chicken! How can I make it more exciting without spending a lot of time in the kitchen?

Chicken Rut
Answer@2x Hi Chicken Rut,

Chicken's my go-to protein too! But I can definitely see how you could be getting bored if you tend to eat it plain. Here are eight easy ways to give that poultry a serious upgrade...

Top with Fruity Salsa

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 3 tbsp. salsa = 200 calories

SmartPoints® value 3*

Fruit and chicken go so well together, and this combo doesn't even require any produce chopping. Pick up some salsa studded with peaches, pineapple, or mango. Newman's Own makes some great ones. Or DIY by whipping up a batch of this Tropical Pico de Gallo in advance!

Enjoy Burger Style

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 2 large lettuce leaves, 3 dill pickle chips, 2 tsp. each ketchup and mustard = 215 calories

SmartPoints® value 4*

Create a variation on a burger by wrapping the chicken in lettuce. Iceberg is great if you like a little crunch, but butter lettuce works too. Add classic condiments -- ketchup, mustard, and pickles -- for a burger fix with a fraction of the calories and fat.

Greek-ify It

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 1 slice roasted red pepper, 2 tbsp. crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese, 1 tbsp. sliced black olives = 230 calories

SmartPoints® value 4*

This one's delicious and packed with Mediterranean flavor. It even features a couple of foods you probably already have in your pantry! Just top your chicken with roasted red pepper (previously packed in water, not oil), crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese, and sliced black olives. So much yum...

Spread with Hummus

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 2 tbsp. hummus, dash paprika = 240 calories

SmartPoints® value 5*

Speaking of Mediterranean flavor, hummus is a great way to zazzle up that chicken. And it's protein on protein, so you know you'll be satisfied after eating it! My favorite hummus these days is made by Lantana. I love that some of the flavors come in single-serve containers.

Top with Mozzarella, Artichoke Hearts & Sun-Dried Tomatoes

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 1 tbsp. each chopped sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts, 2 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese = 245 calories

SmartPoints® value 4*

Taking things Italian, here's another flavor-packed idea. Chop some bagged (or rinsed and dried if packed in oil) sundried tomatoes and canned artichoke hearts, and sprinkle over your chicken. Then top with shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, and heat until melted. Mmmm...

Smother with Creamy Tomato Soup

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 1/4 cup tomato soup with 4g fat or less per serving = 210 calories

SmartPoints® value 4*

What's better than a bowl of steamy tomato soup? Steamy tomato soup poured over chicken like a sauce! My favorite, hands down, is Amy's Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque. There's even a Light in Sodium version of that soup, which rocks.

Buffalo Wing It

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 1 1/2 tsp. hot sauce, 1 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese = 210 calories

SmartPoints® value 4*

Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce makes just about anything taste like Buffalo wings. (I'm pretty sure my tennis shoes would taste like wings if I doused 'em in Frank's!) Coat your chicken with the hot sauce, and sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles to seal the deal.

Go Naked Chicken Parm

4 oz. cooked skinless chicken breast, 3 tbsp. low-fat marinara sauce, 2 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese = 245 calories

SmartPoints® value 5*

Enjoy the taste of chicken Parmesan without all the extra calories and fat. Just slather low-fat marinara sauce on your chicken breast, and top with shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese. Heat until the cheese is nice and melty, and dig in.

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