I’m often asked how I have the time to cook so many healthy, low calorie meals, while still managing to have a life. I totally get that food shopping, food prep, and cooking can be very time consuming and tedious at times. So, one of the things I like to do when I have a busy week ahead, is to cook up this Cilantro Lime Chicken, and store it in the fridge or freezer. It’s one of my basic, staple, go-to chicken recipes that is super easy to make and can be used in many different ways. This way, I have chicken that’s light, healthy, and ready to go when I need to put together a meal quickly. It’s so incredibly flavorful, and works wonderfully in a variety of Weight Watchers Recipes. Use it for wraps, on salads, in soups, or over rice and beans…it’s incredibly versatile. I will often make double or triple the recipe and serve some as dinner one night too. it’s really SO delicious, and having it readily available to me on the days that I don’t feel like/don’t have the time to cook, is a HUGE key to successfully keeping me on track. And with the 4th of July coming up this Friday, I’m planning on using this recipe with whole chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks to cook on the grill! Much healthier than traditional burgers and hot dogs, this Cilantro Lime Chicken would make a fantastic Weight Watchers Fourth of July Recipe.
As I’ve mentioned time and time again on this blog, I am obsessed with Buffalo Chicken anything. And I’m always experimenting with new healthy, and low calorie ways to get my craving satisfied. Over the years, I’ve created a variety of Buffalo Chicken Weight Watchers Recipes, but these Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos are topping my list right now. Holy Moly were they good. A bit spicy for the kids, but my husband and I TORE THESE UP! If you have some leftover rotisserie chicken on hand, it works great in this recipe. I didn’t, so I just boiled a couple of chicken breasts. It’s a very quick and easy recipe to throw together and makes a fantastic Weight Watchers party appetizer or game day food. In fact, these are so good, they are making it to my Weight Watchers Super Bowl Recipes list. I also tried making some of these with the Mountain Bread that I posted about last week, and it worked perfectly with those too!
It’s amazing how spices can really make an impact on a meal. Take this Roasted Middle Eastern Chicken with Potatoes Recipe, for example. It’s really just a simple dish of chicken and potatoes, but the blend of Middle Eastern spice combination, turns this basic recipe into something absolutely mouthwatering. To keep this dish light, I calculated the nutritional stats based on only using chicken breasts. But if you want to spend an extra Point or two, use a variety of chicken cuts – thighs, drumsticks…whatever you’d like. The potatoes pick up all the flavors of the spices and the juice from the chicken, so they are heavenly. And the tomatoes help add a touch of acidity to bring everything together. This is a SUPER easy Weight Watchers Chicken recipe with minimum prep, and my family absolutely loves it. Enjoy!
All the delicious flavors of pepperoni pizza rolled up in a juicy chicken breast that is breaded and seasoned with Italian herbs, makes this one unbelievably good Weight Watchers chicken recipe! High in protein and lower in carbs than a slice of pizza, this high protein version will really fuel you up. And by using a light, turkey pepperoni, I was able to really stuff that chicken with a lot of it, which tastes incredible. This easy chicken dish is sure to be a family favorite. Enjoy!
This Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe for Country Fried Chicken with Gravy is one of my absolute favorite dishes. That gravy….it is to die for! The chicken is tenderized in a buttermilk marinade then breaded and baked for a crispy finish with tender and juicy breast meat inside. Smothered with some of that heavenly country gravy, and you’ll be lost in a fit of tastebud ecstasy! I often make this with a mix of chicken breasts, drumsticks and thighs, since the rest of my family prefers the dark meat, but I only eat the breasts to save the extra Point or two. If you want to splurge a bit, serve this over one of these Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits for an extra 3 Points Plus….it’s sooooo good! Just 7 Points + per serving makes this classic recipe a perfect, lower calorie Weight Watchers comfort food recipe that will have you completely forgetting that you are on a diet.
Nothing like an easy, healthy casserole recipe to make a hectic weekday a bit easier! I recently came across the original version of this Chicken, Broccoli, Quinoa Casserole Recipe at Pinch of Yum, and I thought it was a fantastic twist on a traditional broccoli chicken and race casserole, so I was excited to give it a try. A few minor alterations, and the casserole was extraordinary! It tastes amazing, was very filling, and satisfied the whole family. And with all of it’s amazing healthy ingredients, I don’t feel the need to make any extra side dishes. Yay for less cooking! At 7 Points + per serving, this is an amazing Weight Watchers casserole recipe that I will be making again and again.
This incredibly simple Caprese Chicken Recipe tastes way too good to be made so easily and have just 5 Points + per serving. A handful of ingredients come together to create an amazing Weight Watchers Chicken Recipe that is mouthwateringly delicious. Tender chicken breasts topped with fresh melted mozzarella cheese, tangy cherry tomatoes and peppery basil makes for serious mouthful of perfection. And each serving is just 5 Points +! If you want a quick and easy chicken dinner that is sure to impress, this Caprese Chicken is what you need to make. This has become one of my favorite dishes.
Let’s face it – Olive Garden is a danger zone. From the breadsticks and salads to the heavenly entrees and desserts, there is Weight Watchers un-friendly deliciousness at every turn. This is why I try to avoid going there at all costs, because I have absolutely no control as soon as I lay eyes on that food. So I found a way to re-create a healthier version of one my favorite Olive Garden dishes – the Tuscan Chicken. Their menu describes it as “a flavorful blend of herb-seasoned chicken breasts sautéed with oven-roasted garlic, sweet roasted red peppers and spinach, served in a white wine and garlic cream sauce.” Sound good? You bet it does! But the restaurant entree is laden with way too much fat and calories, thus making it too many Points Plus to justify spending on a regular basis. My lighter version, which tastes AMAZING, has just 9 Points + per serving. Still not a super light dish, but a lot lighter than what the restaurant will serve you. And more nutritional too. This light Tuscan Chicken Recipe is a wonderful alternative that still delivers all those amazing flavors you are anticipating. Now….if I could just make a low carb Olive Garden breadstick, the world would be a perfect place.
This Chipotle Chicken Wrap Recipe is one of my favorite Weight Watchers lunch recipes. Not only is it a very nicely sized serving and very filling, but it is mouthwateringly good! The heat and smoky spice of the chipotle peppers is cooled a bit with the tangy Greek yogurt. This sauce is combined with the cooked chicken breast and fresh vegetables condiments and it all comes together to create a flavorful, light wrap that is amazingly good and can be prepared super quickly. If you have leftover chicken, this is an ideal recipe.
In the mood for something a bit more decadent recently, I played around with some ingredients I had on hand and found another great way to utilize one of my favorite products – Justin’s Almond Butter, and came up with this amazing Honey Roasted Chicken Satay Recipe with Basil Almond Sauce – 7 Points +. I cannot get over how delicious it was!! The fresh, peppery basil and bright, bold ginger was a perfect complement to the rich almond butter. Combined with a few traditional Asian flavors, and this dish was a HIT! I will most definitely making this again and again Healthy, unique, absolutely scrumptious, and yet still only 7 Weight Watchers Points + per serving.
When I want a decadent pasta dish, this Mushroom Parmesan Chicken is one of my favorites. The wine really makes this recipe for me….it gives the chicken such a wonderful flavor. But if you aren’t a wine drinker or don’t like the flavor of wine, you can use chicken broth in place of the wine. Though, I don’t really feel like it has the same oomph that way, so I wouldn’t recommend it, if possible. There’s something about the flavors of white wine and Parmesan cheese that just make me…well, for lack of a better word, salivate. The chicken turns out so tender and juicy, and the portobello mushrooms add a nice hearty, earthy flavor. Truly a delicious Weight Watchers chicken pasta recipe that is worth every single one of it’s 8 Points Plus value. Pair with a light salad for a perfect meal!
I’ve been meaning to post this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe for a while now, but when my husband and kids came down with sore throats, coughs and runny noses this past week, I whipped up a batch for them, and realized I MUST share this recipe…NOW! It’s sooooooo good, and truly the best homemade chicken soup recipe I’ve ever made. It’s an incredibly easy recipe and the flavors are divine. To keep it on the lighter side, I used chicken breasts, but you can use any cut of chicken you’d like. I often do breasts and drumsticks, since my family prefers the dark meat, and I prefer the breast meat. And the key is using a really good egg noodle. I LOVE this egg pasta from Bionaturae….they taste so fresh and light. The next time you need some chicken soup, do yourself (and your body) a favor – skip the can and make this Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup instead — it tastes way too good to be just 4 Points + per serving. Enjoy!