Making chicken delicious and not bland is something I strive to do with these high protein chicken recipes. We can count our macros, eat chicken, and enjoy it, right? Right. These 20+ tried and true chicken recipes are easy to make, family-friendly and you guessed it, high in protein.
Flavorful, well-seasoned, and protein-packed meals are my favorite. This way I know I am not only getting in a good amount of protein to hit my goals but my entire family is as well.
Why is protein important?
- Muscle Maintenance and Growth: Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle mass. It promotes muscle growth when strength training.
- Repair: Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue.
- Energy Source: In the absence of carbohydrates and fats, the body can use protein as a source of energy.
- Satiety and Weight Management: A diet high in protein can increase feelings of fullness, which can help with weight management by reducing overall calorie intake.
In summary, protein is vital for the overall functioning and maintenance of the human body, impacting everything from muscle growth and repair to giving us energy.
Getting in enough protein can seem hard
The way I go about ensuring I am getting enough protein in my day and hitting my protein goal is by making sure each meal has at least 30-35 grams of protein, if possible.
For example: if I eat 3 main meals at 30 grams of protein per meal, that’s 90 grams of protein. If my goal is 130 grams per day, I only need to make up 40 grams of protein with my snacks throughout the day. One scoop of protein powder usually contains 20+ grams of protein which could be used as a supplemental snack.
How do I know how much protein I should consume?
- Typically it is recommended to consume 0.8-1% of your body weight in grams of protein.
- For example: If I weigh 150 pounds, I should consume 120-150 grams of protein per day.
- MACROS! Want your macros set so you know how to balance your protein, fat, and carbs? We can set them for you here, based on your needs.
Our Favorite High Protein Chicken Breast Recipes:
This Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup is nutritious and delicious. Made in the crock pot, instant pot or stovetop this is a great recipe for a high-protein and comforting meal that the whole family will love.
A beautiful enchilada flavor with shredded chicken breast mixed with just enough cream cheese and greek yogurt to make it nice and creamy.
Full recipe: Creamy High Protein Chicken Enchilada Soup
Nutrition information: 308 calories: Protein 32 g, Carbohydrates 27 g, Fat 8 g
This Cajun Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo is filled with fresh broccoli, spicy homemade cajun seasoning, tender chicken and a creamy lightened-up alfredo sauce. Using only one pot, this vegetable-loaded pasta dish is an easy weeknight meal that packs an extra spicy punch of flavor.
Nutrition information: 449 calories: Protein 36 g, Carbohydrates 56 g, Fat 9 g
This Chicken and Waffle Casserole is a sweet and savory combination that’s perfect for weekend brunch. Crispy chicken and toasted waffles are baked to perfection in a cheesy casserole with 25 g protein per serving. This is one the whole family will devour.
Full recipe: Chicken and Waffle Casserole (Macro Friendly)
Nutrition information: 390 calories: Protein 25 g, Carbohydrates 40 g, Fat 15 g
This easy Gluten Free Chicken Piccata is the best easy weeknight recipe. Cooked in a creamy lemon juice butter sauce, this tender chicken is perfectly crispy, made in under 30 minutes and uses minimal ingredients.
This simple dish is classic, elegant, and perfectly paired with a side of veggies, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes.
Full recipe: Easy Chicken Piccata Recipe (Gluten-Free)
Nutrition information: 239 calories: Protein 22 g, Carbohydrates 4 g, Fat 15 g
This Mississippi Chicken Casserole recipe is comfort food at its best! A flavorful chicken dinner so easy you won’t believe it doesn’t use canned soup. Tender, juicy skinless chicken breast tossed in a creamy sauce with egg noodles, pepperoncini peppers, vegetables, and homemade ranch seasoning.
This recipe is a great way to get in protein and vegetables in one dish.
Full recipe: Mississippi Chicken Casserole Recipe
Nutrition information:377 calories: Protein 30 g, Carbohydrates 36 g, Fat 11 g
Hot ‘n spicy buffalo cream sauce meets high protein pasta with this Buffalo Chicken Pasta that is out of this world good. After a few bites, you’ll be hooked; good luck stopping at just one bowl!
Full recipe: Easy Buffalo Chicken Pasta with Cream Sauce
Nutrition information: 329 calories: Protein 33 g, Carbohydrates 38 g, Fat 6 g
Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Instant Pot)
Look no further, you’re new favorite soup is here! This Instant Pot Chicken Gnocchi Soup has a creamy broth filled with ground chicken, nutritious veggies, and a blend of flavorful seasonings. This soup is easy to make with simple ingredients, ready in no time, and makes a ton of leftovers to have for the week.
Full recipe: Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup (Instant Pot)
With its deep, rich flavors, this French Onion Chicken is a low carb comfort food favorite. Cooked in a caramelized onion cheese sauce, this tender and juicy chicken is too easy to be this good. With just a few ingredients you will have a meal that tastes like it came from a French restaurant.
Full recipe: French Onion Chicken Skillet Recipe
This Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti is perfectly sauced, effortless to make, and guaranteed to be a household hit. Using minimal ingredients and the instant pot you’ll have a protein-loaded and flavorful dish in no time. The best part of this recipe is there is only one pot needed, simply add all your ingredients including the noodles directly to the pot, set it for 5 minutes and just like that dinner is on the table.
Full recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Spaghetti
This Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl is a meal prep must. It’s high in protein and has a creamy buffalo sauce that you will love. This recipe is one that you won’t get tired of eating for lunch all week long with it’s rice and cauliflower base which to me is the most important part when it comes to meal prep. Try it with chicken thighs for added flavor.
Full recipe: Easy Buffalo Chicken Rice Bowl (Meal Prep Friendly)
You are going to love these quick and easy Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes that require zero sugar packed ketchup. They can be tossed together for a busy weeknight dinner for the family or meal prepped with buns, wraps, zoodles and salads for a well rounded lunch option.
Full recipe: Ground Chicken Sloppy Joes
This Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowl is quick, easy and perfect for meal prep. Whip these up in under 20 minutes for a quick weeknight meal or have for lunch or dinner throughout the week.
Full recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowl
Nutrition information: 329 calories: Protein 33 g, Carbohydrates 41 g, Fat 3 g
Healthy weeknight dinners don’t have to be boring. And with its savory sauce, crisp vegetables and tender ground chicken, this Ground Chicken Stir Fry proves it. This delicious dish is low calorie, low fat, high protein and ready in no time.
Full recipe: Healthy Ground Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Nutrition information: 227 calories: Protein 25 g, Carbohydrates 16 g, Fat 6 g
Goodbye boring plain chicken. Air Fryer Blackened Chicken is spicy, delicious and has so much flavor! This is going to be your go-to easy meal prep recipe. It’s quick, easy, flavorful and all clean whole ingredients.
Full recipe: Air Fryer Blackened Chicken
Nutrition information: 145 calories: Protein 26 g, Carbohydrates 2 g, Fat 3 g
This Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken is quick and easy with a homemade sweet and sour sauce that will satisfy all your takeout cravings. Using minimal ingredients you can have this healthy sweet and sour chicken ready in under 20 minutes. Without even breading the chicken this sticky, sweet and delicious sauce is an excellent choice if you don’t want takeout.
Full recipe: Air Fryer Sweet and Sour Chicken
Nutrition information: 280 calories: Protein 41 g, Carbohydrates 41 g, Fat 3 g
Dinner just got easier with this Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff. A deliciously rich and easy high protein meal in less than 30 minutes. With juicy chicken, a creamy sauce and classic egg noodles, this lightened version of a traditional beef stroganoff is guaranteed to please.
Full recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Stroganoff with Greek Yogurt
Nutrition information: 357 calories: Protein 38 g, Carbohydrates 33 g, Fat 8 g
This Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken is sticky, sweet and better than takeout. It’s ready in under 30 minutes with minimal ingredients and delicious paired with rice or steamed vegetables. Serve over cauliflower rice, rice, or steamed root vegetables.
Full recipe: Air Fryer Teriyaki Chicken
Nutrition information: 291 calories: Protein 36 g, Carbohydrates 17 g, Fat 7 g
This Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta is a simple weeknight comfort food your entire family will love. Using roasted garlic gives this dish a gourmet feel while still being quick and easy for busy nights. Top with extra parmesan cheese and enjoy a restaurant-style meal right at home.
Full recipe: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Pasta
Nutrition information: 400 calories: Protein 35 g, Carbohydrates 43 g, Fat 10 g
This creamy, crunchy and sweet California Chicken Salad is a great meal prep option. Serve it with bread, buns, in a salad or even as a dip with your favorite chips or crackers. Store in an airtight containers, grab on your way out the door in the morning and assemble your lunch when you’re ready.
Full recipe: California Chicken Salad
Nutrition information: 218 calories: Protein 16 g, Carbohydrates 9 g, Fat 11 g
These Blackened Chicken Tacos are the perfect summer staple or easy weeknight dinner. They’re spicy and sweet, easy to make and the entire family is going to love them. Make the pineapple salsa to wow your friends at your next barbecue.
Full recipe: Blackened Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa
Nutrition information: 156 calories: Protein 21 g, Carbohydrates 14 g, Fat 2 g
Busy weeknights get a whole lot better with this Creamy Chicken and Veggie Casserole. This comfort food classic has tender chicken, fresh veggies, and a buttery cream sauce making this easy dinner recipe one you won’t want to miss.
Full recipe: Creamy Chicken and Veggie Casserole
Nutrition information: 292 calories: Protein 31 g, Carbohydrates 16 g, Fat 11 g
This Blackened Chicken Alfredo is pasta perfection! This easy recipe has a homemade lower fat creamy alfredo sauce, juicy blackened chicken breasts, and perfectly cooked pasta to make busy weeknights a little easier and a lot more delicious.
Full recipe: Easy Blackened Chicken Alfredo Recipe
Nutrition information: 436 calories: Protein 42 g, Carbohydrates 42 g, Fat 15 g