10 Whole 30 Chicken Recipes That'll Become Staples In Your Kitchen
Whole 30 Chicken Recipes
Are you dieting but hit a weight-loss plateau? Constantly struggling to keep your eyes open at your desk? Feeling aches and pains that can't be explained? Well, according to the Whole30 website, this diet might be able to help all of the above. (Related: I Lost Weight On Whole30 Without Cheating)
The diet creators claim that eating only whole, unprocessed foods (cutting out grains, sugar, dairy, legumes, and alcohol,) for 30 days can completely reset your body. They say it helps reduce systemic inflammation and will change your relationship with food overall.
However, just because it's an elimination diet it doesn't mean you have to eliminate delicious food from your life. Below, a list of delicious Whole 30 chicken recipes to keep you satisfied (and sane!) during the next 30 days. (Still hungry? Here is a mega-list of Whole 30 Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or Snacks).
Whole 30 Mushroom Spinach Chicken
This Whole 30 chicken recipe takes only a second to whip up but stays in your belly for hours. All you do is soak the chicken in olive oil and Italian spices (the longer the better!), and throw it on the grill. While the chicken is grilling, you start sauteing. Throw in mushrooms, spinach, onions, garlic, and even more Italian spices in a frying pan to put on top of the chicken when it's ready. (Psst: When you're done with Whole 30, check out these Mediterranean diet chicken recipes.)
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Mushroom Spinach Chicken
Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Mint Salsa
Have some sweet, ripe strawberries in the fridge? Marinate the chicken in balsamic vinegar (yes, balsamic has a little bit of sugar in it—but all vinegar is allowed on Whole 30!), and either put it on the grill or stovetop. For the "salsa," combine strawberries, mint, red onions, and lime juice. The result? A sweet concoction that is picnic perfect!
Get the recipe: Balsamic Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Mint Salsa
Fiery Glazed Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers
These BBQ chicken skewers fit the phrase: "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen." Okay, that might be a bit dramatic, but so is the flavor of these skewers! This Whole 30 chicken recipe calls for grilled chicken topped with a mango and cayenne BBQ sauce in between peppers and onions on a skewer.
Get the recipe: Fiery Glazed Mango BBQ Chicken Skewers
Easy Whole 30 Chicken Tenders
*Record scratch* A diet that allows chicken nuggets?! Yes, ma'am. The crunchy nugget breading is made from Whole 30-compliant almond flour instead of bread crumbs. You won't even taste the difference with the medley of spices (garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, and paprika) that's inside. (Get more healthy versions of your favorite fried foods with these air fryer recipes.)
Get the recipe: Easy Whole 30 Chicken Tenders
Sheet Pan Faux Honey Mustard Chicken
The secret to this Whole 30 chicken recipe is in the sauce. Honey and other added sweeteners (even all-natural) are not allowed in the Whole 30 diet. Instead, this sauce calls for dates to be blended with mustard (check the mustard's label for white wine, since some mustard contains it and wine is not Whole 30 compliant.) This recipe suggests roasting carrots, broccoli, onions, and tomatoes alongside the chicken, but the sauce is very versatile and can complement any of your favorite veggies.
Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Faux Honey Mustard Chicken
Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
Oops—did you forget to meal prep and don't have time to grocery shop? This is the perfect Whole 30 chicken recipe to make in a pinch. It's a simple ingredient list: chicken, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and basil, all foods you might already have on hand!
Get the recipe: Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes
Whole 30 Braised Lemon Garlic Chicken
This braised lemon garlic chicken recipe uses both olive oil and ghee—both Whole 30 approved—which make the chicken juicy AF. Combined with the sour lemon and umami garlic, this dish will have your mouth dripping with flavor. This chicken goes well with anything: Put it on top of a salad or with a side of cauliflower rice.
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Braised Lemon Garlic Chicken
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
Just because you're on Whole 30 doesn't mean you have to miss out on summer BBQs! This recipe shows you step-by-step how to make mouthwatering BBQ chicken that might even rival the usual. You'll have to skip the bun, but this sweet BBQ chicken can be eaten with grilled veggies such as zucchini and eggplant. Don't forget fresh watermelon for dessert! (Make even more chicken in your instant pot with these recipes.)
Get the recipe: Instant Pot BBQ Whole 30 Chicken
Instant Pot Chicken Breast
Moist is not everyone's favorite adjective—but there's simply no other way to describe this Instant Pot chicken breast. Whether the chicken is frozen solid or fresh from the market, it takes only a few minutes to get rotisserie-style meat in the Instant Pot. This recipe suggests adding garlic powder, chili powder, and oregano to give the chicken a real kick. Just make sure you swap the vegetable oil with olive oil to keep this recipe Whole 30 compliant.
Get the recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Breast Whole 30 Recipe
Whole 30 Cranberry Chicken
This Whole 30 chicken recipe with cranberries is a tart and refreshing dish fitting for all seasons. First, start with salted chicken thighs with the skin on—this will make the chicken extra crispy and juicy. Then you'll be adding fresh cranberries, shallots and thyme creating a fresh, herby finish to the chicken. If this recipe reminds you of a Thanksgiving meal, pair it with mashed potatoes. (As long as you don't add cream to your mash, white potatoes are Whole 30 approved.)
Get the recipe: Whole 30 Cranberry Chicken Recipe