Spring is in the air. Summer is quickly approaching. So for those of us trying to eat lighter and healthier, that can mean only one thing: Grilled Chicken. To prevent boredom from setting in here is a roundup of 27 light and luscious low calorie recipes for grilled chicken, from my favorite recipe sites all with Weight Watchers Points Values to help you keep your meals sizzling all summer long.
If you are like me and prefer to grill indoors with your trusty grill pan or George Foreman Indoor Grill you are in luck. All of these recipes can be grilled indoors or out. And perfectly okay with grill pans and electric grilling devices that allow me to cook indoors.
Skinny on Barefoot Contessa Grilled Lemon Chicken Made Lighter
I’m kicking this collection of grilled chicken recipes off with one of my all time favorites: Ina Garten’s Grilled Lemon Chicken from her original The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.
I’ve been making this recipe forever, only skinnier. I love Ina and olive oil, but it’s pricey in more ways than one. So, if you’re watching your pocketbook and/or your Weight Watchers points, do what I do, use a whole lot less.
All you need to do is marinate boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a bowl or zipper-lock plastic bag, let it sit in all that lemon-herb goodness and well, that’s pretty much it.
The longer you marinate the chicken in this simple combination of lemon, olive oil and herbs the more tender and flavorful it will be.
Now that boneless, skinless chicken breast is zero points on the new WW Freestyle Program, according to my calculations this only now only has 1 SmartPoint. This recipe also will work with Weight Watchers Simply Filling technique.
Skinny Grilled Chicken Recipe Variations
Different meats/fish: Chicken thighs, shrimp, swordfish, halibut, tuna etc,
Zestier: add Dijon mustard, chopped garlic, dried red pepper flakes
Simple and Delicious, this Grilled Lemon Chicken Recipe from the Barefoot Contessa made lighter, healthier and more Weight Watchers friendly. Note: This chicken needs to marinate for several hours before cooking for best flavor!
- 3/4 cup Freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
- 2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, halved and skin removed (about 8 4-ounce chicken breasts)
Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and thyme. Pour over the chicken breasts in a non-reactive bowl.
Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. (Alternatively I place the chicken and marinade in a plastic zipper-lock bag before refrigerating.
Remove the chicken from the marinade and pat dry. (Discard the marinade.)
Heat a grill, broiler or grill pan and cook the chicken breasts for 5 to 10 minutes on each side (depending on the size and thickness of your chicken breasts), until just cooked through.
Serve warm, chilled or at room temperature.
*2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*2 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
*1 WW Freestyle SmartPoint
Source: adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Here’s another easy + healthy recipe for grilled lemon chicken:
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
26 More Skinny Grilled Chicken Recipes from my favorite Weight Watchers sites:
Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs, 176 calories, 5PP, 3 SmartPoints (Simple Nourished Living)
WW Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts with Tarragon, 141 cals, 3PP, 2 SmartPoints (Simple Nourished Living)
Grilled Chicken Greek Salad, 235 calories, 6PP, 5 SmartPoints (Simple Nourished Living)
WW Grilled Ginger Lime Chicken, 5PP, 5 SmartPoints (Simple Nourished Living)
Grilled Chicken Bruschetta, 237 calories, 6PP, 6 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Korean Grilled Chicken Breasts, 121 calories, 3PP, 3 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Grilled Chicken Tacos with Lettuce Slaw, Avocado and Cotija, 326 calories, 9PP, 9 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Honey Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Vegetables, 273 calories, 7PP, 5 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breasts, 141 calories, 3 Points Plus (LaaLoosh)
Grilled Chicken Kabobs with Red Pepper Cilantro Pesto, 204 calories, 6 PointsPlus (Cookin’ Cannuck)
Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs, 147 calories, 4PP, 6 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Grilled Chicken Kabobs, 160 calories, 5 PointsPlus (Dashing Dish)
Grilled Lemon Dijon chicken Skewers, 164 calories, 4PP, 2 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Grilled Sriracha Barbecue Chicken, 210 calories, 5PP, 5 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Grilled Chicken Pesto Wraps, 259 calories, 7PP, 6 SmartPoints (Emily Bites)
Honey Soy Parmesan Grilled Chicken, 191 calories, 5PP, 4 SmartPoints (Dashing Dish)
Grilled Chicken Tenders with Chipotle Lime Yogurt 180 calories, 4 PointsPlus (Cookin’ Canuck)
Grilled Greek Chicken, 204 calories, 5 PointsPlus (LaaLoosh)
Pesto Pasta Salad with Grilled Chicken, 236 calories, 6PP, 6 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Grilled Chicken Zucchini and Quinoa Salad, 329 calories, 9PP, 9SP (Slender Kitchen)
Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken 204 calories, 4 Points Plus (Hungry Girl)
Grilled Basil Lime Chicken, 202 calories, 5PP, 4 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Grilled Tandoori Chicken, 203 calories, 4PP, 5 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
BBQ Marinated Grilled Chicken, 240 calories, 6PP, 4 SmartPoints (Green Lite Bites)
Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce, 220 calories, 5PP, 5 SmartPoints (Emily Bites)
Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken, 232 calories, 6PP, 6 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
5/8/16 GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!!
The winner of the George Foreman Grill is:
Krystal S. “Grilled chicken bruschetta! I am afraid of the BBQ and an indoor grill may just be the answer.”
Congratulations, Krystal! Contact email@example.com to claim your prize!
And thanks to all of you who stopped by and participated by sharing which yummy grilled chicken recipe you would make first?
Grill Pan Giveaway Details… Today, because it’s Friday, because spring is in the air, and because I hate grilling outside, I’m giving away a George Foreman Grill… TO ENTER To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post: “Which of these 27 skinny grilled chicken recipes would you choose to make first with an indoor grill and why?” Just let me know which recipe looks best to you and why and you’re entered to win the indoor grill. THE RULES One entry per person, please Winners will be announced Sunday night. Be sure to check back to see if you won. Good luck!
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