36 Essential Whole30 Chicken Recipes for Clean Eating

Looking for a chicken fix without the culinary routine? The Whole30 diet offers a fresh take on this staple protein. With 33 Whole30-compliant chicken recipes, you’ll rediscover the flavor and versatility of this beloved ingredient while nourishing your body.

As you transition to a dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free lifestyle, it’s natural to feel like certain favorites have been stripped away. But fear not – chicken remains a core component of your new diet.

To keep these dishes as fresh as the flavors they bring, proper storage is key. I opt for glass food storage containers, which not only keep my food fresher for longer but also align with eco-friendly values. Alternative options like BPA-free plastic containers can also get the job done.

Whole30 Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs

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Are you looking for a delicious and nutritious family dinner idea? Look no further than these Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs, which offer the perfect combination of flavor and health benefits. These tender and tasty chicken thighs are accompanied by crispy fingerling potatoes and green beans, providing a pop of color and added flavor to the dish. Not only is this meal a treat for your taste buds, but it’s also packed with protein, vitamins A and C, iron, and other essential nutrients that can help boost your family’s immune system and energy levels. With its impressive nutritional profile and ease of preparation, healthy eating has never been more accessible – or delicious.

Lemon Roasted Chicken

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Indulge in the heavenly flavors of a perfectly roasted chicken, where the crispy golden skin gives way to tender and juicy meat. The game-changer here is the addition of lemon, which infuses the dish with a burst of freshness and zest. To ensure your chicken is cooked to perfection, cook until the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This is made easy with a reliable food thermometer. With this recipe, you’ll be rewarded with a satisfying meal that yields impressive results: 852 calories per serving, comprising 63g of fats, 65g of protein, 2g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and 1g of sugar.

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Kick off your game day with a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer that’s sure to score big. This Air Fryer Chicken Wings recipe is a winner, combining crispy, flavorful wings with a spicy kick. And don’t worry about the heat – just have some refreshing water nearby to cool things down. Or, for an added bonus, try pairing your wings with this Whole-30 friendly ranch dip for a tangy contrast.The best part? This recipe requires only three ingredients: chicken wings, ghee, and hot sauce. Simply place your wings in the air fryer basket, leaving space between each wing to ensure they get nice and crispy. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, until they’re cooked to perfection.Once your wings are done, whip up a batch of Buffalo wing sauce by melting some ghee and whisking it with hot sauce. Then, drizzle the sauce over your wings and enjoy. And don’t worry if you don’t have an air fryer – this high-quality one is a great investment for any kitchen.Per serving: Calories 405, Fats 35g, Protein 23g, Carbs 1g, Fiber 0g, Sugar 1g

Grilled Pineapple Chicken

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Get ready to transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with this mouthwatering Grilled Pineapple Chicken! The combination of coconut aminos, pineapple juice, and ginger in the marinade creates a sweet, tender, and full-bodied flavor experience that’s sure to leave you craving more. And the best part? You don’t need a grill to make it – a grill pan will do the trick just as well. If you’re looking for more healthy meal prep options, be sure to check out our other recipes. As for this one, here are the nutrition details: per serving, you can expect approximately 282 calories, with 11g of fat, 27g of protein, 17g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and 13g of sugar.

Greek Grilled Chicken Breast

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If you’re monitoring your calorie intake, this Greek Grilled Chicken Breast recipe is a great addition to your diet. With only 76 calories per serving, you can enjoy two without exceeding the 200-calorie mark. What’s more impressive is that these chicken breasts retain their juiciness and flavor without requiring a lengthy marinade process. The secret to their success lies in dry-brining, a technique that involves pat drying the chicken breast, sprinkling salt on both sides, and refrigerating overnight. Here are the nutritional highlights per serving: Calories: 76, Fats: 2g, Protein: 12g, Carbs: 1g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g. Simply follow these easy steps to enjoy a delicious and guilt-free meal.

Coconut Chicken Curry

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Satisfy your Indian food cravings with this indulgent Coconut Chicken Curry. The perfect blend of tangy and creamy, it’s a flavorful escape from the ordinary. A symphony of spices and herbs comes together in harmony – the brightness of tomatoes and lemon juice balances out the richness of coconut milk, while ginger and curry powder add a subtle kick. Meanwhile, sautéed onions and garlic bring depth to the dish, making it a true culinary delight.

What sets this recipe apart is the addition of spinach, which not only adds a pop of color but also provides an impressive nutritional boost. One serving delivers one-third of your daily iron and Vitamin C needs, as well as over 60% of your Vitamin A requirements. The result? A dish that’s not only tantalizing to the taste buds but also great for your overall health.

Per Serving:
Calories: 418
Fats: 28g
Protein: 29g
Carbs: 17g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 6g

Jerk Chicken Wings

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Indulge in the bold flavors of Jamaica with our mouthwatering Jerk Chicken Wings. Every bite is a harmonious blend of smoky, spicy, and sweet notes that will leave you craving more. The crispy exterior only adds to the allure, making it impossible to resist the urge to devour an entire serving.

To elevate this dish into a satisfying meal, consider pairing it with some air-fried potatoes for a comforting contrast in texture. Alternatively, keep things light and refreshing by serving the wings alongside steamed asparagus.

Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 173
Fat: 14g
Protein: 11g
Carbohydrates: 1g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 1g

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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For those who, like me, have a weakness for wraps as a lunch option, it’s no secret that the carb content can be a significant drawback. But what if you could enjoy all the flavor without the guilt? The Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps achieve just that by offering a low-carb alternative to the classic wrap. The tangy tomato salsa and savory taco seasoning create a bold Mexican-inspired taste profile, while the chicken breast remains tender and juicy with a mere 10-minute cooking time – all thanks to the Instant Pot’s ability to infuse flavor in a fraction of the time. If you don’t have an Instant Pot at your disposal, I highly recommend investing in one; it can cook for up to six people, making it ideal for growing families or meal prep for school. Not only is this recipe perfect for a quick lunch solution, but its low-carb and high-protein profile makes it an excellent choice for those looking to manage their carb intake. Per serving, the stats look like this: Calories: 158, Fats: 3g, Protein: 26g, Carbs: 6g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g.

Grilled Chicken Tenders

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Ditch the store-bought fried chicken tenders and opt for a homemade, healthier alternative. Not only do these baked tenders contain less sodium than their deep-fried counterparts, but they’re also significantly lower in calories. The secret to their flavor lies in a tangy lemon and oregano marinade that’s surprisingly easy to prepare. To start, simply slice your chicken breasts into strips and combine them with a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight before grilling it on a medium-high heat for about 8 minutes, turning halfway through. With only 298 calories, 9g of fat, 48g of protein, 3g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and 1g of sugar per serving, these chicken tenders are not only delicious but also a nutritious addition to your meal.

Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken

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If you’re a fan of bold flavors and spicy dishes, you’ll adore this Sheet Pan Piri Piri Chicken. This recipe is a masterclass in fusion cuisine, blending Portuguese spices with warm, earthy notes that will leave your taste buds tingling. The star of the show is, of course, Piri Piri seasoning – a zesty blend of lime, lemon, herbs, veggies, and chili powder that adds a depth of flavor to each bite.For those who crave heat, this dish delivers. The spatchcock method used in the recipe allows for even cooking and a crispy exterior, while the Piri Piri seasoning provides a slow-building burn that will leave you reaching for seconds.To make this mouth-watering meal, start by removing the backbone of your chicken using the spatchcock technique. This clever trick enables your bird to lie flat on the baking sheet, allowing it to cook evenly and efficiently alongside the rest of your ingredients.Per serving, this dish yields an impressive nutritional profile:Calories: 817Fats: 46gProtein: 85gCarbs: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 5g

Coconut Lime Chicken

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If you’re looking to temper the heat of a dish without sacrificing flavor, Coconut Lime Chicken is an excellent option. This creamy and indulgent recipe combines the richness of coconut cream with the subtle tang of lime, creating a harmonious balance that will delight your taste buds.
The addition of red chilies, black pepper, and red chili flakes adds a spicy kick, but the coconut cream helps to tone down the heat, providing a pleasant respite for your palate. To fully appreciate this dish’s potential, be sure to serve it with a side of brown rice or cauliflower rice, as the flavorful sauce is too good to waste.
Per Serving:
Calories: 317
Fats: 10g
Protein: 34g
Carbs: 6g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 1g

Spicy Lime Chicken Soup

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When you’re feeling under the weather with a cold, there’s nothing like a warm and nourishing bowl of soup to soothe your symptoms. This recipe is just what the doctor ordered – it’s packed with flavorful ingredients that will help ease your congestion and boost your immune system.

The combination of spicy jalapenos, savory chicken broth, rice vinegar, and lime juice creates a delightful balance of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Meanwhile, the carrots and celery add a freshness and a dose of vitamins A and C to keep you going.

What’s more, this recipe is incredibly quick and easy to prepare – it’ll be ready in just 30 minutes! It’s also an affordable meal prep option that won’t break the bank. With its impressive nutritional profile, per serving: 316 calories, 17g of fat, 24g of protein, 19g of carbs, 5g of fiber, and 7g of sugar, this soup is a cold-fighting, taste-bud-pleasing winner.

Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas

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For a Whole30-friendly twist on Taco Night, look no further than these mouthwatering Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas. This dish is a staple of Mexican cuisine, where tender and juicy shredded chicken takes center stage. The addition of bold flavors creates a fiesta in your mouth that’s sure to satisfy. While the chicken is delightfully moist, it can also be easily crisped up in the broiler if you prefer a crunchier texture. Per serving, this recipe boasts an impressive nutritional profile: 208 calories, 6g of fat, 26g of protein, 12g of carbs, and just 1g of fiber and 6g of sugar.

Healthy Tuscan Chicken

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Savor the flavors of Italy with this healthy twist on a classic dish. The Tuscan Chicken recipe is packed with delicious Italian notes, courtesy of sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. Meanwhile, the creamy sauce will transport you to the Tuscan countryside – without the dairy! Coconut cream adds a rich texture, while nutritional yeast provides that unmistakable cheesy flavor.

And what’s an Italian meal without some pasta? In this case, zucchini noodles take center stage. With just a few simple steps, you can spiralize your zucchini into perfect noodle-like strands – and do it quickly, too! Simply chop off the ends, then let your spiralizer handle the rest.

Per Serving:
Calories: 271
Fats: 14g
Protein: 26g
Carbs: 12g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 5g

Chicken Parmesan

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Indulge in the rich flavors of Italy with this mouthwatering Chicken Parmesan recipe, elevated by a game-changing dairy-free twist. Instead of traditional cheese sauce, we’re using a creamy cashew-based alternative that’s just as decadent and indulgent. To make it, you’ll need a few simple ingredients: cashews, lemon juice, water, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and olive oil. Simply blend everything together until smooth, and you’re ready to coat your chicken breast in this indulgent sauce. The result is a dish that’s both authentic Italian comfort food and a modern twist on a classic recipe.

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

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Indulge in the finger-licking goodness of crispy fried chicken with a twist – these Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks are a game-changer. By combining a medley of spices, you’ll achieve that perfect balance of juicy interior and crunchy exterior. Start by whipping up your spice blend, then mix it with lime juice, olive oil, and a dash of marinating magic. Place the chicken in a leakproof plastic bag and let it sit for 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. Next, pop the drumsticks into the air fryer and cook for around 20 minutes, flipping halfway through. The result? A mouth-watering treat that’s not only delicious but also surprisingly healthy, with just 141 calories per serving, 9g of fat, 13g of protein, 1g of carbs, 1g of fiber, and a hint of sugar.

Instant Pot Salsa Chicken

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Eager to whip up a quick and delicious dinner? Look no further than Instant Pot Salsa Chicken, a mouthwatering dish that’s surprisingly effortless to prepare. With just three ingredients – chicken breasts, salsa, and taco seasoning – you can have a flavorful meal ready in under 21 minutes. The simplicity is deceiving, as this recipe yields a truly satisfying outcome. To start, pour the salsa into your Instant Pot, followed by adding the chicken, which should be pushed down into the sauce. Sprinkle with taco seasoning for added depth of flavor. Cook for 12 minutes, then allow the steam to release for 5 minutes before letting the dish cool and shredding it with two forks or using meat shredders for an effortless twist. Per serving, this recipe delivers a satisfying nutritional profile: Calories – 241, Fats – 5g, Protein – 28g, Carbs – 21g, Fiber – 12g, Sugar – 6g.

Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Winter’s chill is the perfect excuse to cozy up with a warm, comforting bowl of Chicken Vegetable Soup. This delectable recipe not only satisfies your taste buds but also provides a boost to your overall well-being. With each serving containing an impressive 25 grams of protein – roughly half of your daily recommended intake – you can rest assured that your muscles will be well-fueled and happy. Additionally, this nutrient-rich soup delivers around 25% of your daily fiber needs, ensuring a healthy digestive system. To top it all off, the per-serving nutritional breakdown is impressive: 293 calories, 14g of fat, 25g of protein, 22g of carbohydrates, 6g of fiber, and just a hint of sugar. So go ahead, grab a bowl, and let the warmth spread through your body – your body (and taste buds) will thank you.

Chicken and Sweet Potato Salad

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Transforming your lunchtime salad into a satisfying and filling meal can be achieved with the right combination of ingredients. One common pitfall is neglecting to include protein-rich foods, which are essential for keeping you full. This Chicken and Potato Salad recipe addresses this issue by providing an impressive 30 grams of protein per serving. The addition of fiber- and fat-rich sweet potatoes and bell peppers further contributes to a more filling experience. A key factor in this salad’s appeal is its well-balanced flavor profile, with the sweetness of the vegetables complemented by the tanginess of the dressing. The crunch of the lettuce provides a satisfying textural contrast. With its impressive nutritional profile and delicious taste, this recipe is an excellent choice for a quick and easy meal. According to the nutrition information, one serving of this salad contains: Calories: 449; Fats: 24g; Protein: 30g; Carbs: 29g; Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 9g.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Indulge in a flavorful and creamy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip that’s perfect for munching on with your favorite vegetables. The combination of buffalo sauce, coconut cream, and nutritional yeast yields a rich and satisfying taste experience. To make this delightful dip, simply place chicken breasts, coconut cream, buffalo sauce, nutritional yeast, onions, and celery in your slow cooker. Cook the mixture on low for four hours, then shred the chicken with a fork and add Whole30- friendly mayo. Cover and cook for an additional ten minutes. If you’re away at work or need to keep the dip warm throughout the day, consider investing in a slow cooker that allows programming of cook time and automatic switching to a warm setting when the cooking cycle is complete. With each serving, enjoy approximately 224 calories, 13g of fat, 21g of protein, 5g of carbohydrates, 1g of fiber, and 1g of sugar.

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado

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If you’re on a low-carb diet, fear not! This Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado recipe is here to save the day. With only 10 grams of net carbs per serving, you can indulge in this flavorful and nutritious dish without compromising your dietary goals.

The star of the show is tender and juicy pan-seared chicken breasts smothered in a rich avocado salsa that’s both creamy and fresh. Paired with tangy Cilantro Lime rice, every bite is a delightful surprise. And the best part? You won’t even miss the carbs.

Here are the nutrition details for one serving:
Calories: 295
Fats: 14.8g
Protein: 28.1g
Carbs: 13.9g
Fiber: 3.9g
Sugar: 1.1g

Crispy Cilantro Lime Chicken Thighs

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Indulge in the delight of crispy, golden-skinned chicken thighs, elevated by a fresh and vibrant avocado salsa. This dish is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a nutritional powerhouse. The chicken provides a boost of protein and B vitamins, while the avocado adds creamy fiber and heart-healthy fats. For an added kick, simply incorporate some jalapeno peppers into the salsa. With its impressive nutritional profile, you can feel good about serving up this dish. Per serving: Calories 458, Fats 38g, Protein 23g, Carbs 3g, Fiber 0g, Sugar 1g.

Healthy Chicken Drumsticks

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Are you struggling to get your kids to eat healthy? One solution is to serve them delicious and nutritious food that they’ll love. That’s why I’m sharing this recipe for Healthy Chicken Drumsticks that are perfect for picky eaters.The combination of sweet potatoes, red onions, and apples adds a burst of sweetness that kids will adore. But don’t worry, the dish isn’t overwhelmed by sugar – the chicken is seasoned with savory spices like garlic powder, rosemary, and dried sage.Before you start cooking, make sure you have a good chopping knife handy. You’ll be doing a lot of chopping to prep the ingredients, so having a reliable tool will make the process much easier.Alternatively, if you want to speed up your prep work, consider using a food processor like this one. It’s perfect for chopping veggies, fruit, and meat quickly and efficiently.Here are the nutritional details per serving:* Calories: 315* Fats: 16g* Protein: 28g* Carbs: 13g* Fiber: 2g* Sugar: 6gFollow this recipe to create a meal that’s both healthy and kid-friendly.

Thai Chicken Salad with Cucumber Noodles

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Craving Thai Noodles? Consider this alternative. For a flavorful twist, try Thai-inspired Chicken Breasts with a bed of fresh cucumber noodles. The chicken dish boasts a harmonious balance of umami, heat, savory, and tangy notes that will surely tantalize your taste buds. To create the cucumber noodles, you can employ a spiralizer or opt for a more convenient approach using a julienne peeler. This method is not only easier to use but also requires less cleanup. Simply peel your cucumbers with the peeler and you’ll be left with delicate noodles resembling Tagliatelle. Alternatively, if you prefer an even more elegant presentation, the result can be likened to Fettucine noodles. Per serving, this dish offers a nutritious profile: Calories – 388, Fat – 15g, Protein – 51g, Carbohydrates – 13g, Fiber – 3g, and Sugar – 5g.

Grilled Moroccan Chicken

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Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Morocco with this Grilled Moroccan Chicken, a dish that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more. The harmonious blend of mint, cilantro, and aromatic herbs transports you to the exotic streets of Marrakech, where every bite is a sensory delight. And when you add the smoky essence from grilling, it’s a match made in culinary heaven.But this dish isn’t just about flavor; it’s also a nutritious powerhouse. Packed with immune-boosting Vitamins A and C, and rich in protein, it makes for an excellent post-workout meal or a satisfying dinner option. And the best part? You can feel good about what you’re putting into your body.Per Serving:Calories: 396Fats: 26.4gProtein: 33.9gCarbs: 6.9gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 2.1g

Whole30 Crispy Ranch Chicken Tenders

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Ditch the breaded chicken tenders and try Ranch Chicken Tenders for a game-changing twist. These tender bites boast a crispy exterior, a juicy interior, and a rich, creamy ranch flavor that’s sure to please even the pickiest eaters.To keep things Whole-30 compliant, we’re swapping traditional flour for almond flour, which offers a trifecta of benefits: it’s grain-free, packed with heart-healthy fats and fiber, and rich in Vitamin E – perfect for skin health. Not only is it an excellent thickener, but you can also use it as a meat-breading substitute.Stock up on your almond flour supplies here. And when you’re ready to indulge, consider the following nutritional breakdown per serving:Calories: 456Fats: 22gProtein: 55gCarbs: 9gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gThis recipe is sure to become a new favorite.

BBQ Boneless Wings

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I’m a self-proclaimed chicken wing enthusiast, and I’m confident many of you share my passion. However, I’ve always had an issue with the bone-in aspect – it can be a bit of a hassle. That’s why I’m thrilled to introduce you to these BBQ Boneless Wings that offer all the flavor without the bone-in inconvenience.

At first glance, it may seem like magic, but trust me when I say that these ‘wings’ are actually made from boneless chicken breasts, cleverly cut into small cubes. By following a similar preparation process to traditional wings, you’ll end up with sticky, finger-licking morsels of delight.

Nutritional Information per Serving:
Calories: 432
Fats: 17g
Protein: 29g
Carbs: 40g
Fiber: 2g
Sugar: 24g


Air Fryer Chicken Legs

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In a pinch for a quick and satisfying dinner option on a busy weeknight? Look no further than these Air Fryer Chicken Legs, which can be ready in just 25 minutes. The secret to their exceptional flavor lies not only in the speed of preparation but also in the clever use of seven distinct spices that add depth and complexity to each bite. And the best part? You don’t have to sacrifice nutritional value for the sake of convenience. Per serving, these Air Fryer Chicken Legs boast an impressive array of macronutrients: 225 calories, 15.1g of fats, 22g of protein, with zero carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and all the flavor you’d expect from a meal that’s both healthy and delicious.

Coconut Lime Chicken

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Planning a dinner date and looking for the perfect dish to impress your partner? Look no further than this mouthwatering Coconut Lime Chicken recipe. The combination of grilled chicken, coconut milk, ginger, parsley, and lemon zest creates a flavor profile that is both bold and balanced.

The key to this dish’s success lies in its ability to harmonize contrasting flavors and textures. The spiciness of the ginger is tempered by the richness of the coconut milk, while the brightness of the parsley and lemon zest adds a welcome burst of freshness. And let’s not forget the chicken itself – perfectly grilled on the outside and juicy tender inside.

So why wait? Impress your partner with this show-stopping Coconut Lime Chicken recipe. Per serving, it boasts an impressive nutritional profile: 237 calories, 9g fat, 33g protein, 5g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, and just 1g sugar.

Easy Chicken Tinga

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Indulge in the vibrant flavors of Mexico with a delectable Easy Chicken Tinga. This mouthwatering dish is a perfect blend of spicy, smoky, savory, and aromatic notes that will leave your taste buds doing the fiesta. As you savor each bite, imagine yourself lounging under a shaded palapa on a warm Mexican afternoon, a refreshing beverage in hand. And the best part? This one-pot wonder requires minimal effort, allowing you to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Here’s a breakdown of the nutritional goodness per serving:

Per Serving:
Calories: 134
Fats: 6g
Protein: 14g
Carbs: 6g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 3g

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