From soups to curries and from salads to sheet pan meals, you'll find simple ways to remake classic chicken recipes into Whole30 approved chicken dinners.
Keep your chicken dinners healthy and delicious with these easy Whole30 chicken recipes that use everyday pantry ingredients.
Discover effortless ways to cook these recipes using your air fryer, Instant Pot, or crockpot. Skillet dinners and sheet pan meals are included, too.
These simple recipes make it easy to serve up a variety of flavor and protein-packed meals so you'll never get bored with chicken.
Best Whole30 Chicken Recipes
Whether you're making a meal for a weeknight dinner or meal planning and prepping for the future, browse these best Whole30 chicken recipes for tasty inspiration.
Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Breast
Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside makes your chicken succulent and delicious, thanks to your air fryer. Boneless and skinless chicken breasts are seasoned to perfection using Whole30-compliant ingredients. Apply a light brush of olive oil and a dry rub of sea salt, garlic powder and an Italian herb blend before placing it in your air fryer.
The chicken cooks in about 10 minutes, with a flip halfway through for even browning. You can even cook frozen breasts with this method, but they'll take about twice as long.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings
Make tasty Buffalo wings with my easy 2-ingredient Whole30 sauce. First, air fry the wings in a single layer in the basket. Leave room between them to achieve maximum crispiness. They'll need about 30 minutes in the air fryer with a flip about halfway through for even cooking.
Mix ghee and a Whole30-approved hot sauce together for the classic spicy sauce. Toss the cooked wings with half of the sauce. Serve with the remaining Buffalo sauce, celery sticks and my homemade Whole30 ranch dressing.
Easy Chicken Veggie Stir Fry Zoodles
A simple marinade of olive oil, toasted sesame oil, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, salt and red pepper flakes infuses chicken strips with outrageous flavor. Stir fry them to tenderness with fresh vegetables of onion, broccoli, carrots and snow peas.
Lastly, add spiralized zucchini to the skillet and cover it with a lid to steam the zucchini noodles to tenderness before serving. It's an easy, flavorful and Whole30 chicken skillet dinner!
Chicken Soup With Rotisserie Chicken
Healthy and comforting, a bowl of chicken soup is welcomed any time of the year. This Whole30 soup takes a shortcut by using a store-bought rotisserie chicken that's added to a pot filled with sautéed veggies like celery, onion and carrots as well as bone broth.
Stir in my homemade herbes de Provence along with the shredded chicken and simmer to savory deliciousness. For additional veggie goodness, add spiralized zucchini just before serving. The heat of the soup will automatically make them tender.
Chicken Salad With Grapes And Walnuts
This Whole30 chicken salad is perfect for meal prep for a quick protein-packed lunch to encase in lettuce wraps. Ditch the mayo and use an olive oil and lemon juice vinaigrette to mix with the shredded chicken that's full of crunch from chopped walnuts and celery.
Add a little natural sweetness with chopped seedless red grapes. Mix a batch of this chicken salad and stash it in the fridge for easy meals for several days.
Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings
If you love smoked meat, you'll want to make these crispy smoked chicken wings soon! You don't even need a dry rub since the smoker will do the flavorful work for you. However, if you do, try my homemade chili powder for some spiciness.
Just add the wings in a single layer on your smoker rack. I like fruity wood, such as apple or cherry wood for its amazing flavor. Serve with lime wedges or your favorite Whole30 dipping sauce.
Easy Italian Grilled Chicken Breasts
Ditch the store-bought Italian dressing and use my Whole30 dressing full of zestiness for an easy chicken marinade. The red vinegar in my dressing helps infuse the chicken with herbs like parsley, oregano and garlic. Add the boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the marinade for at least 30 minutes. Stash it in the fridge overnight for even more flavor if you're planning ahead.
When ready, grill the breasts for about 5 minutes per side, depending on thickness, or until the chicken reaches 165° F. You can meal prep these tasty chicken breasts and use them throughout the week for a zucchini pasta dinner or slice them for use on top of a large leafy salad.
Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Thighs
Perfect for busy weeknights, pressure cook frozen chicken thighs in as little as 12 minutes for a healthy way to enjoy this protein-packed meat. Cooking the chicken this way practically ensures you'll have tender and shreddable chicken to use immediately or save for use throughout the week.
Add a jar of Whole 30 salsa to the chicken to infuse it with amazing flavor. This hands-off way of cooking frozen chicken is a game changer!
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup
This set it and forget it method of making a healthy Whole30 soup is great for meal planning. Use your crockpot to cook chicken breasts and thighs along with veggies such as onion, celery and carrots. Add in garlic for extra zing. Water provides the base liquid as the soup slow cooks and is infused with flavor.
Shred the chicken when done and enjoy immediately or cool and freeze the leftovers for later.
Crock Pot Cauliflower Chicken Chili
Ground chicken adds the meaty protein to this crock pot chili along with onions, peppers, chicken stock and tomato puree. Keep it Whole30 as well as paleo by adding diced cauliflower rather than beans to this hearty chili recipe. Season it with chili powder and chipotle chili flakes for extra spiciness and heat.
Give it 8 hours to slow cook before serving it with avocado and cilantro. Save the leftovers in the fridge or freezer for another easy meal.
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
Perfect for meal prep, skip the store-bought rotisserie chicken and make this hands-off version that's super easy with the help of your crockpot. The whole chicken is simply seasoned with veggies of onion, carrots and celery to infuse the meat as it slow cooks.
Plus, you can use the leftover carcass to make homemade chicken stock (see the recipe below). This whole chicken comes out tender and juicy, perfect for a succulent chicken dinner. Save the leftovers to use throughout the week for more chicken meals.
Crock Pot Chicken Stock
When you roast a whole chicken (here's my easy oven method), save the carcass and add it along with water, apple cider vinegar and veggies of onion, celery and carrot to a slow cooker and cook for 12 hours.
Simply strain when finished, cool the broth and refrigerate or freeze for later use. With minimal effort on your part, you'll have a Whole30 broth that's tastier and healthier than any store-bought carton.
Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup
You can have this easy one-pot meal cooked and on the table in just 30 minutes, thanks to your Instant Pot. This Mexican-inspired soup is always a hearty favorite and this recipe keeps it Whole30 without sacrificing any of the spicy flavors you love. Start with a sauté of onion, celery, garlic and carrots in avocado oil along with aromatic chili powder.
Chicken stock and canned diced tomatoes are added along with chicken thighs. While the soup is pressure cooking, prepare your favorite toppings such as sliced avocado, chopped cilantro and raw jicama sticks as a Whole30 substitute for tortilla strips.
Fig and Ginger Chicken Tajine
Mediterranean flavors infuse this skillet chicken dish that starts with browning the chicken in ghee before adding in the aromatics of ground cumin, coriander, cinnamon and ginger. Add in chopped onion and garlic and sauté until soft.
Pour in chicken broth and let this extravaganza of a chicken dinner simmer before adding in dried figs. You can also make this in a slow cooker and it will be just as delicious with this saucy Mediterranean meal that's completely Whole30.
Chili Roasted Chicken Thighs
Make this sheet pan chicken meal in as little as 20 minutes with just 5 ingredients. Add spiciness to boneless chicken thighs by drizzling them with olive oil before rubbing on the homemade chili powder. Add extra seasoning with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes. It's the perfect chicken dish to serve with cauliflower rice and fresh herbs like cilantro. Sweet potatoes are also a tasty side dish for this chicken meal.
Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup
Curry chicken soup keeps it Whole30 with this spicy recipe that's also gluten-free, vegan and paleo. Red curry paste joins with ginger, garlic and a host of fresh veggies in a creamy coconut milk and chicken broth-based soup.
Add in diced chicken breast for protein and simmer this savory meal on your stovetop. Since it's dairy-free, it's great for freezing, too!
Recipe by Nyssa's Kitchen
Use organic chicken tenderloins to make this favorite skillet dinner that's also kid-friendly. The chicken tenders are seasoned with a grain-free mix of cassava flour, coconut flour and spicy ground seasonings. Dip each chicken piece in an egg mixture before dredging in the flour mixture.
Drop into a skillet with hot olive oil or coconut oil and pan fry until each side of the chicken tenders is golden brown. Drain on paper towels before serving with your favorite Whole30 dipping sauce.
Recipe by Paleo Running Momma
Chicken Meatballs In Curry Sauce
Ground chicken is mixed with chopped veggies, fresh herbs, coconut aminos (to add a soy sauce flavor), ginger, garlic and other spices before being formed into meatballs. Place the chicken meatballs on a lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Turn them to ensure even cooking on all sides and bake for another 15 minutes.
Make a coconut milk and red curry sauce on the stovetop. Thicken it with almond butter and spice it with garlic. Add the cooked meatballs to the cream sauce before serving with cauliflower rice.
Recipe by The Bewitchin Kitchen
Chicken Bacon Ranch Skillet
The outrageously tasty pairing of chicken and bacon makes this easy recipe a weeknight winner. Cook the bacon first and remove it from the skillet. Use the bacon fat to sauté chunks of boneless skinless chicken thighs.
Remove and set aside. Sauté fresh Brussels sprouts and fresh herbs. When tender, add all other ingredients back in and toss with Whole30 ranch dressing.
Recipe by Beauty And The Bench Press
Chicken Pesto Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash makes the perfect noodle dish that holds a chicken and pesto combo. Chopped boneless chicken thighs are browned and cooked in avocado oil in a skillet over medium heat until done.
Create the strands of spaghetti from the cooked squash and add them to a large mixing bowl. Add in the cooked chicken and stir in pesto for a keto-friendly and Whole30-approved chicken meal.
Recipe by The Roasted Root
These simple Whole30 chicken recipes are easy to make and so delicious!
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