Healthy & Simple Chicken Recipes

by Jacqui Zuzgo 06/13/2021

Photo by Mark DeYoung on Unsplash

Chicken is a great source of protein and other nutrients, and you can make it even healthier with the right recipes. Instead of having fried chicken, for example, make grilled or baked chicken with some healthy ingredients added to it. If you’re looking for simple ways to prepare a chicken dinner, keep the following nutritious and easy recipes in mind.

Baked Lemon Chicken

This chicken recipe is simple to make and offers a zesty kick. To make it, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 4 tbsps lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sliced lemons
  • Rosemary
  • Before getting started with the ingredients, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat it lightly with non-stick cooking spray. This makes the sheet easy to clean up when you’re done baking. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium-high heat, then add the chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side, then place it on the baking sheet. In a separate bowl, mix the honey, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper with a whisk. Cover the chicken breasts with this sauce, then bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Add more sauce to the chicken every 5 to 10 minutes while baking. Add lemon slices and rosemary to the chicken as a garnish. For additional recipe tips and serving suggestions click here.

    Grilled Apple-Marinated Chicken and Vegetables

    This chicken recipe provides you with plenty of vegetables for extra nutrition, as well as tart and tasty apple flavoring. You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsps minced parsley
  • 3 tbsps lemon juice
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 medium-sized zucchini
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 medium-sized yellow summer squash
  • To make this recipe, start by mixing the canola oil, soy sauce, apple juice, brown sugar, parsley, lemon juice and garlic in a bowl with a whisk. Place the chicken breasts and a cup of the apple marinade in a freezer bag. Close the bag, and turn it around so that all of the chicken is covered with the marinade. Leave the chicken in the marinade for at least 6 hours. Place the leftover marinade in a closed container in the fridge. Chop the carrots, squash and zucchini into 2-inch slices, then cover with a 1/2 cup of the marinade. Drain the chicken, and grill it while covered on medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side until it’s thoroughly cooked. Baste the chicken often with the marinade while it’s grilling. Place the vegetable slices on a foil pan, then grill them while covered for 10 to 12 minutes on medium heat. Serve the vegetable slices with the chicken, and add more marinade for flavoring if desired. For additional recipe tips and serving suggestions click here.

    About the Author

    Jacqui Zuzgo

    I have been a REALTOR® in Massachusetts since 1984 and hold both a salesman and broker license. I am currently affiliated with Five College REALTORS® located at 190 University Drive, Amherst, MA. Over my career, I have consistently been a Top Producer in the Pioneer Valley and have gained a reputation for being a strong-minded, no-nonsense negotiator in the industry. I also frequently rank highly on Boston’s Top 20 for sales in Western Massachusetts. Some of my best qualities include my listening and communication skills. I have time and again proven to work well under pressure with exceptional attention to detail. My commitment to my clients and professionalism is obvious in every transaction.

    Representing both buyers and sellers in Hampshire and Franklin Counties, as well as assisting in relocations throughout the United States and globally has helped me embrace the need for quality performance and develop an acute and sincere sensitivity to people's needs. Honing in on what matters most is almost a sixth sense. Communication and awareness of the situation at hand produce a final result that has undoubtedly led to the large referral business I maintain.

    Education has been a theme throughout my 30 years of experience. Well versed in technology and holding key designations have proven to be assets to my performance and dedication to the Real Estate field. My never-ending enthusiasm, availability, knowledge and drive make for a seamless transaction every client, every time.

    I am a native of the Pioneer Valley. I am committed to sharing all the area has to offer in making your transition, whether long distance or short, a satisfying experience.


    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Bachelor of Science 1983
    • Top Individual Seller for Residential Sales in the Pioneer Valley since 2006.
    • #1#1 Realtor in the entire Franklin/Hampshire Counties for Millions Sold since 1999.
    • Highest producer in sales since 2004 in Franklin/Hampshire Counties.
    • ABR®– Accredited Buyer's Representative
    • CRS – Certified Residential Specialist (only 3% of REALTORS® hold a CRS)
    • e-PRO – Digital Marketing, Certified e-PRO Realtor®
    • GRI – Graduate, Realtors® Institute
    • SRES– Seniors Real Estate Specialist®

    Biographical Highlights:

    Life long, active member of the community, born & raised in the Pioneer Valley. Graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BS 1983.

    Current Committee Involvement:

    Member of the local Chamber of Commerce - Post Board of Director's member Volunteer for the Road to Recovery.

    Greenfield Community College Foundation Board Member 

    Greenfield Savings Bank Corporator

    MLS Professional Standards Committee Member

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