Low-Sodium Chicken Recipes

With less than 300 milligrams of sodium per serving, these high-flavor chicken recipes help you cut back on your sodium without feeling deprived.

  • Sautéed Zucchini with Lemon-Thyme Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Quentin Bacon

    Sautéed Zucchini with Lemon-Thyme Chicken

    Season chicken cutlets with lemon zest and fresh thyme and serve with couscous and sautéed squash for an easy one-dish meal.
  • Chicken with Olives and Lemons
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Chicken with Lemon and Olives

    Briny olives, tart lemons, and fresh herbs give this dish a big hit of flavor so there’s no need for adding a lot of salt.
  • Mushroom-Herb Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Mushroom-Herb Chicken

    Marjoram, mushrooms and sherry provide the rich flavor in this easy chicken dish. Marjoram is oregano's mild cousin. Crush the dried leaves to release their delicate flavor.
  • Lemon-Chardonnay Grilled Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Lemon-Chardonnay Grilled Chicken

    Reserving a portion of the marinade to spoon on after cooking is the key to giving this chicken extra flavor.
  • Cashew Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Cashew Chicken

    At last–a stir-fry recipe that’s not loaded with MSG and other high-sodium ingredients. The vibrant flavor in this chicken dish comes from mandarin oranges, green onions, low-sodium soy sauce and fresh ginger. See our collection of Low-Sodium Recipes for more ways to reduce sodium in your diet.

  • Jalapeño Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Oxmoor House

    Jalapeño Chicken

    Spice up chicken with a packet of reduced-sodium taco seasoning and jalapeño pepper slices. Serve over rice and black beans for a one-dish meal.
  • Fresh Lemon-Pepper Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Oxmoor House

    Fresh Lemon-Pepper Chicken

    Rotisserie chickens from the grocery store deli are often high in sodium because of the salty seasonings that are added. It’s easy to make your own roasted chicken and season with just a small amount of salt along with garlic, peppercorns and lemon rind.
  • Pan-Fried Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Pan-Fried Chicken

    Fried chicken goes healthy when you pan-fry in a small amount of oil and add whole wheat flour and spices to the coating mixture. When you add flavor with ginger, paprika, cinnamon and nutmeg, you don’t need to use as much salt.
  • Double-Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    Double-Herb Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

    This versatile herb-roasted chicken recipe is great on its own for dinner, but if you have any left over, you can use the chicken for other recipes.
  • Drunken Chicken
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Leigh Beisch

    Drunken Chicken

    Soy sauce, fresh ginger, cilantro, jalapeño peppers, green onions, and Chinese rice wine provide the Asian flavors for this make-ahead chicken dish. The chicken becomes more flavorful after it soaks in the wine marinade overnight.
  • Grilled Split Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D.

    Grilled Split Chicken with Rosemary and Garlic

    With only five ingredients and a grill, you can create a high-flavor chicken dish with ease. The secret is to marinate the chicken in buttermilk-herb mixture overnight.
  • yogurt-chicken-skewers
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Tina Rupp

    Yogurt-and-Spice Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Combine yogurt with a spice blend of paprika, onion powder, chili powder and cayenne pepper to make a marinade for the chicken strips. Grill the chicken on skewers and serve with a dipping sauce of honey mustard and sour cream.
  • Grilled Chicken Tostadas
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Grilled Chicken Tostadas

    This dish gives a Southwestern accent to the grilled chicken with the addition of crisp corn tortillas and toppings such as shredded lettuce, chopped avocado, pickled jalapeño peppers and queso fresco cheese.
  • Honey-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., David Martinez

    Honey-Molasses Chicken Drumsticks

    Kids will love these saucy drumsticks that are cooked in a sweet and tangy mixture of honey, molasses, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard.
  • Chicken and Mint Coleslaw Wraps
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Karry Hosford

    Chicken and Mint Coleslaw Wraps

    Fill up a flour tortilla with a fresh and flavorful mixture of chicken, angel hair coleslaw, lemon juice, ginger and mint for a simple sandwich meal.
  • Chicken With Green Onion Sauce
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Oxmoor House

    Chicken with Green Onion Sauce

    Dress up plain chicken breasts with a low-fat white sauce flavored with green onions, garlic and thyme. Serve over steamed rice so you won’t miss any of the savory sauce.
  • Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

    Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs

    You don’t need much salt when you marinate chicken in a mixture of big-flavor ingredients such as lemon juice, garlic, molasses and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Lemon Chicken Soup with Dumplings
    Text by Anne Cain, R.D., Photo: Nina Choi; Styling: Lisa Lee

    Lemon Chicken Soup with Dumplings

    Soups are often super-high in salt, but this one gets its distinctive flavor from the homemade chicken stock, turmeric, parsley, lemon juice and fresh dill instead of the salt shaker.
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