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25 Healthy Diabetic-Friendly Chicken Recipes

Chicken is a lean, versatile protein that's perfect for people with diabetes. Our roundup of delicious recipes has been reviewed and approved by a dietitian, so you can rest easy knowing that these dishes are good for you!

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Pressure-Cooker Red Pepper Chicken


Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1 cup bean mixture: 288 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 7g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Fiber-filled goodness in this chicken dish will keep your blood sugar humming along well throughout the evening. Low in saturated fat, this meal is made with lean chicken breast, beans, red peppers and tomatoes, so you get a ton of heart-healthy flavor.

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Tropical Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowls

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 325 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 4g fiber), 38g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat.

This low-carb dish made with cauliflower rice contains a ton of powerful plant compounds and fiber, which is heart-healthy for people with diabetes. The tropical flair from coconut, pineapple and cilantro complements the chicken breast with a myriad of flavors and aromas, making this low-fat dish a healthy meal in your weekly rotation.

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Curried Chicken Skillet

Nutrition Facts
2 cups: 367 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 450mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 6g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

This low-fat, high-fiber chicken dish packs a punch with curry powder—a blend of super spices, such as coriander, fenugreek, turmeric, red pepper and onion. Not only do you get great flavor, but anti-inflammatory benefits, which is vital for people with diabetes.

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Asian Chicken Rice Bowl

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 429 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 616mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

This high-fiber chicken dish with an Asian flair makes a flavorful splash with ginger. With its active compound, gingerol, gingerroot is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory benefits. Plus, this dish is low in saturated fat, which is a smart, heart-healthy choice for people with diabetes.

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Chicken & Spanish Cauliflower "Rice"

Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 227 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 492mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1/2 fat.

Swapping white rice for cauliflower rice is a heart smart choice for people with diabetes. Cauliflower is loaded with plant-based compounds that support brain, heart and immune health, plus it’s low in calories, carbs and saturated fat. And the herbs and spices in this dish offer tons of flavor and antioxidants!

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Grecian Pasta & Chicken Skillet

Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 373 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 658mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 4g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

Here’s a Greek-inspired pasta dish that’s full of protein and fiber, which bodes well for blood sugar control. It’s a healthy meal that’s simple to whip up, too—it takes only 30 minutes to prep. Be sure to use reduced-sodium chicken broth!

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Hearty Chicken Gyros

Nutrition Facts
1 gyro: 248 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

The clever chicken substitute for lamb in these gyros is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which bodes well for heart health for people with diabetes. Plus, the whole grain pita and veggies offer healthy plant compounds and fiber.

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Chunky Chicken Cacciatore

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 285 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 507mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 3g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

This popular Italian chicken dish is loaded with protein and powerful plant compounds. The tomato sauce has the powerful antioxidant, lycopene, and vitamin C, so this dish offers a tons of protection for immune health. Low in carbs with moderate protein, this makes for a satisfying meal to keep your blood sugar in check all evening.

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Orange Chicken Spinach Salad

Nutrition Facts
2-1/2 cups: 270 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 199mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fruit, 1 fat.

This spicy chicken dish takes on refreshing flair topped with accents of grapefruit, lemon and orange, which add flavor as well as antioxidants and fiber. This low-carb, high-protein meal is perfect for keeping blood sugar stable, as well as satisfying your appetite. Add a side salad or roasted broccoli for a low-calorie, fiber-filled side.

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Chicken with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1 cup bean mixture: 294 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 102mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

This simple dinner is loaded with antioxidants from the red pepper. Plus, the good-for-you dressing is made with olive oil, so it packs in extra health benefits. The dish is low sugar, too, and fits perfectly into a diabetes-friendly meal plan any week.

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Pressure-Cooker Italian Shrimp 'n' Pasta

Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 418 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 611mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

This Instant Pot meal is packed with protein from both chicken thighs and shrimp. Plus, it will keep your blood sugar steady with a good amount of fiber, as well as powerful antioxidants thanks to all the herbs and spices.

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Savory Braised Chicken with Vegetables

Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 1 cup vegetable mixture (calculated without baguette): 247 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 703mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch.

This low-carb chicken with vegetables dish is a tasty medley of zucchini, mushrooms and carrots in a savory broth. It’s low in saturated fat but packed with 28 grams of protein per serving.

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Southwestern Chicken & Lima Bean Stew

Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups: 312 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 614mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable.

Loaded with fiber and protein, this chicken dish is the perfect meal for keeping blood sugar in check. With heart-healthy lima beans and a myriad of disease-preventing spices, this makes for a nourishing dinner.

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Cherry-Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Nutrition Facts
2 filled lettuce wraps: 257 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 381mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fruit, 1/2 fat.

These colorful low-carb wraps make a good light dinner. Packed with natural sweetness from the cherries, they offer a myriad of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are essential for people with diabetes. Savor this fiber-filled dinner and know that you are taking a healthy step toward your diabetes management.

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Tangy Orange Chicken Thighs

Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup sauce: 248 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 80mg cholesterol, 236mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

This dish couldn’t be easier to make, as it all goes into the slow cooker. It’s the ideal weeknight meal! You can’t go wrong with canned tomatoes and oodles of herbs and spices simmered for hours to impart flavor, vitamins and minerals into chicken.

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Simple Sesame Chicken with Couscous

Nutrition Facts
1 cup couscous with 1/2 cup chicken mixture (calculated without peanuts): 320 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 442mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

This whole grain meal offers a good dose of protein plus heart-healthy fats for balanced nutrition. It’s the best combination for blood sugar control and keeping your waistline in check. Make this simple chicken dish part of your diabetes-friendly meal plan.

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Artichoke Ratatouille Chicken

Nutrition Facts
1-2/3 cups: 252 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 468mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 fat.

This chicken and veggie-packed dish is a tasty and simple low-carb option. It makes for a great diabetes-friendly meal as it has a good amount of fiber and lean protein to keep blood sugar stable.

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Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Nutrition Facts
2 tacos: 354 calories, 15g fat (3g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 474mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 27g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.

Who doesn’t love chicken tacos? These are loaded with diabetes-friendly ingredients, from chicken breast to avocado and herbs and spices. Tacos aren’t just for Tuesday—make them part of your meal plan any day.

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Chicken & Vegetable Curry Couscous

Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 273 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

This recipe is perfect in a time pinch. It’s low in calories and saturated fat, plus contains a decent amount of fiber. It’s a convenient diabetes-friendly meal that you can pull out of your hat any night of the week. Remember, frozen vegetables can be just as good as fresh and can round out a meal with plant-based goodness!

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Crispy Asian Chicken Salad

Nutrition Facts
1 salad: 386 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 6g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 2 fat, 1 starch.

This simple Asian salad has plenty of protein (30g!) to make a filling diabetes-friendly meal. Since protein stabilizes blood sugar, this dish will offer a steady stream of energy. It’s also low in saturated fat and calories to help keep your insulin levels in check.

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Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

Nutrition Facts
1-1/2 cups chicken mixture: 251 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 vegetable.

You’ve got to love skillet meals! This lean protein-packed mixture combines chicken and vitamin C-rich tomatoes for a powerful punch of antioxidants. It’s also a good source of fiber.

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Chicken with Celery Root Puree

Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 2/3 cup puree: 328 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 5g fiber), 37g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

This chicken dish is loaded with plant-based fiber from the celery root and butternut squash and high-quality protein from the chicken breast, so it will keep blood sugar steady for hours. These root veggie purees are jam-packed with vitamin A, beta-carotene and satisfying starchy goodness that allow you to stick within your diabetes-friendly eating plan.

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Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo

Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 345 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 starch.

This Greek-style chicken dish packs a wonderful citrus flavor, as well as plenty of health benefits. The whole wheat orzo offers filling fiber to fend off rising blood sugar and insulin levels. With high-quality protein and heart-healthy fat, this dish should be a staple in your meal rotation.

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Pressure-Cooker Autumn Apple Chicken

Pressure-Cooker Autumn Apple Chicken

Nutrition Facts
1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup apple mixture: 340 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 87mg cholesterol, 458mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

This pressure-cooker meal is made with skinless chicken thighs, which gives it tons of flavor without a lot of saturated fat or cholesterol. Apples give this dish a good dose of pectin, a soluble fiber that is great for heart health and keeping your blood sugar on an even keel.

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Garlicky Chicken Dinner

Nutrition Facts
1 piece chicken with 1 cup vegetables: 264 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Garlic fans unite for this tasty chicken dish! It’s jam-packed with this heart-healthy aromatic spice, as well as thyme, black pepper and paprika. Not only do these herbs and spices mean flavor, but they offer cell-healthy antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, which is a bonus for people with diabetes.

Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN
A registered dietitian nutritionist, book author and speaker, Vicki has a passion for helping others embrace simple lifestyle habits that lead to health and happiness. When she is not in the kitchen whipping up tasty, nourishing meals for her family: two children, a husband and pet pug named Stella. Vicki enjoys a soothing face mask, Pilates and the occasional trip to their local sushi hotspot.

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