Chicken is a weight loss powerhouse. It’s high in protein yet low in unhealthy saturated fats. Chicken can be used in so many ways, you almost can’t get bored of eating it. In fact, we have eight fresh ideas right here that include hearty soups, classic comfort foods and spicy ethnic dishes.
Making all of these chicken recipes is easy with an Instant Pot. If you don’t have one, you’ll find it’s a time-saving appliance that can be used as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, food warmer and more. Cooking with an Instant Pot helps you to lose weight by transforming simple, healthy ingredients into flavorful meals.
With an Instant Pot, you can make all of these healthy chicken recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Because it all cooks in one pot, there’s a minimum of mess and clean-up for you when you’re done enjoying your delicious homemade meal. Enjoy these eight healthy and easy Instant Pot chicken recipes:
Calories per Serving: 320
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 1 Extra and ½ Vegetable
Pad Thai (pronounced “pahd tie”) is a classic noodle dish that tastes salty, sweet and spicy all at the same time. Even if you’ve never made it before, you will find this Instant Pot Chicken Pad Thai recipe super easy to make. Along with the chicken breast, we use brown rice noodles for extra fiber and nutrition, plus spiralized zucchini noodles, bean sprouts and shredded cabbage. The savory sauce features peanut butter, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, lime juice and honey.
Servings: 4 (1 serving = 2 lettuce wraps)
Calories per Serving: 219
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable
With this Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe, you get everything you love about a buffalo chicken sandwich but without all the extra calories. The white-meat chicken becomes moist and tender in the Instant Pot as it absorbs the spunky flavor of the buffalo sauce. Skip the roll and spoon the shredded chicken into crunchy lettuce leaves. A dressing made with real blue cheese is the perfect topping. Two of these plump wraps make one serving and one satisfied appetite.
Calories per Serving: 192
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb and 1 PowerFuel
Here’s a delicious and healthy upgrade of a classic family favorite that’s quick and easy to prepare in the Instant Pot. This Instant Pot Green Chile and Chicken Mac and Cheese is made with whole wheat elbow macaroni for the extra fiber, though no one will notice the difference. The cheese sauce has a hint of heat because we use pepper jack and mix in fire-roasted green chiles. Diced chicken breast adds protein and turns this dish into a filling meal.
Calories per Serving: 434
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 2 PowerFuels, 3 Extras and 1 Vegetable
Put a little zing in your lunch with this filling Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup. It features lots of white meat chicken, fire-roasted tomatoes, sweet peppers, onions and corn. Spices such as chili powder, cumin and garlic bump up the flavor of the rich broth. The recipe makes four servings and it’s easy to double it, so you can freeze the extras as individual servings to heat and eat another day.
Calories per Serving: 263
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
New Orleans is known for its exceptionally good food and you can enjoy one of its signature dishes in your own kitchen. Chicken Creole is a flavorful stew that brings together white meat chicken, tangy tomatoes, sweet peppers, zesty onions, and a blend of spices that will get your taste buds tingling. While you go about your busy day, the ingredients merge their flavors in the Instant Pot and become one delicious meal. The fragrance of this Instant Pot Chicken Creole is so enticing, everyone in the house will ask for a bowlful.
Servings: Depends on size of chicken (1 serving = 2 oz. cooked chicken)
Calories per Serving: 116
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel
When you need a filling meal that can feed a family (or you for a few days), a rotisserie chicken is an ideal solution. In an Instant Pot, the whole chicken turns tender and juicy with a crispy skin on the outside. We season it with black pepper, onion and herbs to give it classic taste, but you can use any herbs and spices you like. Pair this Instant Pot Rotisserie Chicken with your choice of vegetables and a serving of SmartCarbs and you’ve got a complete meal.
Calories per Serving: 306
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 2 PowerFuels, 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra
If you crave the flavors of Mexican food, this dish will hit the spot. We make Carnitas (pronounced “car-neat-ahs”) with white meat chicken flavored with fire-roasted tomatoes, onions, garlic and spicy chili powder. The meat comes out of the Instant Pot moist and tasty. Spread these Simple and Spicy Instant Pot Chicken Carnitas on corn tortillas, top with salsa, slices of fresh avocado and some cilantro, then enjoy this ready-made fiesta.
Calories per Serving: 303
On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb, 1 Vegetable and 1 Extra
Soup can be the heart of a satisfying meal when it’s loaded with filling ingredients like ground chicken, pasta, high-fiber beans and plenty of vegetables. Fagioli (“fah-jowl-ee”) is Italian for “beans,” which are featured in this traditional Italian favorite along with a rich tomato base and lots of herbs and spices, such as garlic, oregano and parsley, to give it an authentic homemade flavor. While this Instant Pot Pasta e Fagioli Soup may seem complicated to make, it’s actually quite simple to prepare in the Instant Pot—no need to stand over the stove all day as it cooks.