5 Low-Calorie Chicken Recipes Under 300 Calories Each

low-calorie chicken recipes

These low-calorie chicken recipes under 300 calories each can help you to achieve your weight goals. Whether you’re trying to reduce or maintain your weight, it’s easier when you have low calorie chicken recipes that take all the tedious calculating out of your hands.

Each of these low-calorie chicken recipes is designed to be made using one whole chicken. The best part is, you can usually purchase whole chickens for between $5 and $10, depending on if you want to buy organic chicken. So not only do these low-calorie chicken dishes help your waistline; they also help your wallet.

When you prepare your whole chicken for these low-calorie chicken recipes, be sure to rinse the chicken under a weak stream of water so you don’t splash onto your countertops or faucets. Before cooking, pat dry with paper towels. For those recipes that call for browning, you’ll get a much crispier skin if you start with a dry chicken. Also, drying the chicken beforehand will reduce any cooking splatter, To prevent knife slips while cutting, be sure to use a sharp knife when cutting your chicken. Dull knives are more prone to slip. If you feel uneasy about handling a whole chicken, you can always purchase the chicken parts separately.

Low-Calorie Chicken Recipes

1. Chicken & Shrimp Simmer

4 servings

260 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken, cut 4 pieces (2 breasts, 2 leg and thigh pieces)
  • 2 medium onions, rough chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, cut into 16 wedges
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 10 medium shrimp, raw, shelled
  • 8 ounces frozen peas, thawed
  • 8 ounces yellow squash, peeled and diced
  • 4 ounce jar pimentos, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large cast iron skillet, brown the chicken pieces on all sides on high heat, without using oil.
  2. Turn heat to low.
  3. Add one cup of boiling water.
  4. Add the onions, tomatoes, garlic and rosemary.
  5. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
  6. Add the squash and the pimentos.
  7. Add salt and pepper (optional).
  8. Simmer covered on low for one hour.
  9. 15 minutes before serving, add shrimp and the peas.

 

2. English Chicken

4 servings

175 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken, cut 4 pieces (2 breasts, 2 leg and thigh pieces)
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 6 ounces tomato juice
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. mustard, prepared
  • 4 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a saucepan, add the water, vinegar, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, mustard, onions, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a low boil.
  4. Pour the ingredients into a glass baking dish.
  5. Add the chicken pieces.
  6. Turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees.
  7. Bake the chicken dish for one hour, covered.

 

3. Chicken Cabernet

4 servings

300 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken, cut 4 pieces (2 breasts, 2 leg and thigh pieces)
  • 1-1/2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 medium onion, rough chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 8-ounce package button mushrooms, whole
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a cast iron skillet over high heat, brown the chicken pieces.
  2. Turn the heat to low and add the Cabernet Sauvignon. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add the onions, garlic and mushrooms and sprinkle with flour.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Simmer for one hour, covered.

 

4. Vegetable Seasoned Chicken

4 servings

253 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken, cut 4 pieces (2 breasts, 2 leg and thigh pieces)
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled, chopped
  • 1 turnip, peeled, chopped
  • 2 medium leeks, chopped
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cloves, ground
  • ½ tsp. thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, add the water, thyme, bay leaf, and salt and pepper.
  2. Bring to the boil.
  3. Lower the heat and add the chicken and the vegetables.
  4. Simmer for 45 minutes, or until the chicken is done.
  5. Remove the bay leaf.
  6. Remove the chicken to a serving platter.
  7. Drizzle with the cooking liquid.

 

5. Latin Chicken

4 servings

250 calories per serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 small whole chicken, cut 4 pieces (2 breasts, 2 leg and thigh pieces)
  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. capers
  • 1 tsp. pimento, chopped
  • 1 medium lemon, peeled and quartered
  • 10 green olives, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large cooking pot, place all the ingredients.
  2. Add enough water to slightly cover.
  3. Cover and simmer on the stovetop for one hour, or until the chicken is tender.

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