Chicken is a staple in so many macro-friendly recipes because it’s such a great source of protein and so readily available. But it may feel repetitive and boring if you’re thinking that you have to eat every meal as plain grilled chicken, rice and veggies. Have no fear, we promise there’s so many more options available. Below are some of our favorite high protein chicken recipes for weight loss. They’re easy to make and downright delicious. You’ll be able to fill your meal plan with lots of variety while still hitting your diet goals.

High Protein Chicken Recipes: One Pan Recipe

We love a good one pan recipe because who has time to really be doing all those dishes? These meals come together quickly and are full of flavor. They’re great options for dinner or even as easy meal prep for lunches throughout the week. 

Maple Mustard Chicken


This maple mustard chicken is an easy, flavorful weeknight dinner. One of the best parts is that it’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand so you can whip it up anytime you need a delicious dinner. Easy, tasty, and cooks up in an hour – what more could you ask for?

Copycat Alice Springs Chicken


This Copycat Alice Springs Chicken is  just as flavorful as what they serve up at Outback, but way more macro-friendly. It has higher protein and less fat than what they serve up at the restaurant. But don’t think that means it’s any less tasty than the original. In fact, we think you may come to like it even better than the original.

French Onion Chicken


This French Onion Chicken has all the flavor of the traditional soup but is even easier to make, and features a big pack of protein. Plus you can enjoy it all year round, even when the weather is too hot for soup! 

Almond Crusted Chicken

A skillet of almond crusted chicken — a macro friendly dinner.

This almond crusted chicken has quickly become one of our go-to dinner recipes. And, because there’s no flour used, it’s low in carbs but still high in flavor. Plus almonds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium, while featuring a healthy punch of protein and fiber. This recipe is good AND good for you – that’s a win in our book.

Bruschetta Chicken

A pan of delicious Kosterina bruschetta chicken, a healthy and easy dinner.

Bruschetta is one of my favorite appetizers, so I thought why not turn it into a dinner recipe? This bruschetta chicken is so simple and so delicious. It also warms up incredibly well if you want leftovers for lunch or to use this recipe for meal prep.

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

A pot of creamy Tuscan chicken, a keto recipe.

This Creamy Tuscan Chicken is flavorful and full of veggies. Sundried tomatoes, shallot, garlic, and spinach all add flavor and nutrition to this traditional dish. You can serve it up with the traditional pasta or cauliflower rice for a lower carb version. Honestly you can even enjoy it on its own for an easy weeknight meal.

Jalapeño Popper Chicken

A plate of our quick and easy dinner recipe, jalapeno popper chicken, ready to enjoy.

We took one of our favorite appetizers and turned it into a delicious main dish. One of the things we love the most about this recipe is that it only requires a few ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Easy, flavorful, and healthy – that’s a perfect weeknight dinner if we’ve ever heard one. 

Santa Fe Baked Chicken

A pan of freshly made Santa Fe baked chicken, ready for dinner.

Featuring chicken sprinkled with taco seasoning atop a bed of black beans, corn, and cilantro gives this dish a truly southwestern flair. Yum! Then you add some bubbly cheese and end up with a meal that will have everyone asking for seconds – a true success in our book!

One Pan Greek Chicken

Greek chicken, cooked and ready to serve.

Switch up your dinner routine with this easy one pan Greek chicken. It’s full of veggies, Greek olives, and lemon, and feta cheese. Is your mouth watering yet?

Honey Balsamic Chicken

A plate of delicious honey balsamic chicken, ready to enjoy.

Crispy skin paired with a sweet and savory sauce – who can say no to that? Onions, garlic, honey and balsamic vinegar add so much flavor to this simple dish that looks so impressive.

High Protein Chicken Recipes: Sheet Pan Meals

Prep your protein and then throw it on a sheet pan in the oven. Use that cook time to whip up a tasty side dish or even just put your feet up and relax. These recipes are also easy to multiply in case you need a larger portion to feed your family or even guests. Just double the recipe and prep two trays!

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas


This macro-friendly recipe is packed with flavor thanks to a blend of chili powder, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, and more. And a sheet pan makes prep and clean up easy. Simply throw the cut up chicken, bell peppers, and onion right on the pan! Serve it up with some lettuce leaves used like a taco shell or chop it up for a fajita-loaded salad topped with avocado and sour cream.

Sheet Pan Sticky Ginger Sesame Chicken

A homemade batch of sheet pan sticky ginger sesame chicken. A high protein dinner for weight loss.

This sticky ginger recipe is incredibly flavorful, but it’s also super simple to make. You can simply throw your chicken on a sheet pan while you whip up the sauce. No sweat! It’s delicious on top of an asian salad or even a bowl of cauliflower rice.

Chicken Zucchini Poppers

Freshly made chicken zucchini poppers with a bowl of dipping sauce.

These chicken zucchini poppers are a delicious, healthy option for a snack or meal prep. We added zucchini for an extra serving of veggies and to keep these super moist. Whether you dip these in a sauce or throw them on top of a bed of lettuce, they’re a great option for using up your ground chicken or ground turkey.

Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos

A pan of delicious keto nachos.

We traded out the traditional tortilla chips in nachos for mini bell peppers, which we sliced in half for easy grabbing. Shredded chicken packed with Mexican seasonings makes this a hearty dish you can pile high with your favorite toppings for an easy lunch or appetizer.

Ranch Cheddar Chicken

A plate of delicious ranch cheddar chicken, served with a side salad, and ready to eat for dinner.

Using store-bought ranch dressing as the marinade for the chicken gives this recipe an easy jumpstart. You can soak the chicken in it overnight to make it extra moist and tender, or bread it right away and bake. This is delicious on its own or cut up on top of a salad.

Baked Italian Chicken

A plate with a serving of baked Italian chicken, a delicious dinner.

This is another recipe where you can do a lot of the prep work the night before with the marinade. This gives your chicken a rich, juicy flavor and tender texture. It’s absolutely delicious on top of a bed of veggies.

Moist Chicken Burger

A super-moist chicken burger, ready to enjoy.

Grated zucchini, minced jalapeño and Parmesan cheese make a great-tasting burger with a kick. You won’t believe how moist and flavorful this burger is. Serve it up on a bun or a bed of lettuce for a delicious, easy meal.

High Protein Chicken Recipes: Salads, Wraps & Bowls 

Salads, wraps and bowls can get a bad reputation for being bland and boring. We think the recipes below will change your mind. They’re packed with flavor, are super easy to whip up, and are a great option for an easy lunch or quick dinner. 

Thai Peanut Chicken Bowls


This Thai peanut sauce adds such a rich, deep flavor to these chicken bowls. Pair it with a tangy coleslaw and a bed of cauliflower rice and you have an interesting meal that has the perfect balance of filling protein, healthy fats, and carbs for energy. 

Chicken Salad Lettuce Cups

paleo chicken salad in lettuce cups

Chicken salad is our go-to recipe for a quick and easy meal! This combination of chicken, celery, red onion, grapes, apples, and crunchy almonds makes for an addicting yet healthy and filling meal. Plus, we have included a healthy dressing so you can enjoy this with no guilt! Serve this chicken salad with lettuce cups, on toasted bread, or enjoy it on its own.

Autumn Chopped Salad

A delicious autumn chopped salad — a high protein meal or side for weight loss.

This Autumn Chopped Salad is full of hearty and satisfying ingredients like butternut squash, dried cranberries, crisp green apples, and sweet candied pecans. Pair it with a super easy homemade dressing, and you have an insanely delicious meal that will keep you full AND satisfied.

BLT Salad

A delicious BLT salad with avocado

Who doesn’t love a good BLT? The flavors of lettuce, tomato, and bacon somehow make an undeniable combination. We decided to take the classic sandwich and deconstruct it into a BLT salad with added protein and loads of flavor.

Asian Crunch Salad

A bowl of Asian crunch salad, a paleo recipe

This refreshing salad recipe is full of veggies like shredded carrots, green cabbage, and red cabbage. The combination of all these makes the ultimate crunchy salad that’s equally as satisfying as it is healthy. Then we combined these veggies with shredded chicken, green onions, and a homemade dressing that makes a one-of-a-kind flavor combination.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Apples

Grilled chicken salad

This grilled chicken salad is topped with a hint of citrus, crisp apples and salty feta. A bed of dark greens are a great complement to the sweet crispiness of the apples and tart and tangy salad dressing. It’s a hearty, satisfying salad that makes for the perfect lunch or light dinner. 

23 high protein chicken recipes for weight loss

We hope these high protein chicken recipes for weight loss inspire you to get out of your rut and try some delicious new dishes. Make sure to leave a rating and comment if you give any a try.