They key to weight loss is creating a plan—a plan for food, a plan for exercise, a plan for getting past the cravings. One element of that planning requires you to think about what you’ll eat and when. With a low-calorie meal plan, eMeals can help take away much of the planning and the worry about getting delicious meals you’ll love that also help you reach your weight-loss goals.
Our Low-Calorie Meal Plan features recipes under 500 calories, but some are even lower. Here, we’re highlighting 12 chicken dinners under 350 calories from that plan. Each of these is unique and delicious, great any time of the year, and sure to please everyone at the table.
Seared Chicken with Orange Salsa
Citrus fruits are in their prime in colder months, but they’re available all year. That means you can enjoy this fresh, crisp salsa on a basic seared chicken cutlet any time a craving hits. We pair the juicy orange segments with grassy green onions for a combination that’s unique and fun. If you’re keeping things low-calorie and low-carb, you can serve with a side of fresh green beans, and call it a plate. If you’re OK with a few more calories, serve with Lemon-Parsley Couscous.
Thai Coconut Chicken-and-Noodle Soup
Thai restaurants are famous for their coconut soups, but many of them are loaded with calories and fat a healthy diet can’t afford. We updated it for an under-350-calorie version that’s lick-the-bowl good. The flavors also get better with time, so if you have a leftover cup or two after dinner, this will make a truly delicious lunch that’s sure to make your officemates jealous.
Mushroom Gravy-Smothered Chicken Meatballs
This is classic comfort food at its finest. Lean ground chicken is rolled into meatballs, which bake while you work on an umami-rich mushroom gravy. We like these meatballs on their own with a side of broccoli, but if you’ve got room in the daily calorie count for some Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, you’ll love the tang of the spuds against the savory sauce.
Mini Chicken-and-Potato Pot Pies
Adorable and easy to make, these single-serving pot pies are elegant for parties but simple enough for weeknight dinners. Truly you can’t go wrong with a pot pie because ingredients can be added or removed to your family’s liking. If you have extra calories to spare, serve with an Herbed Biscuit, and sop up every last bite of gravy.
Chicken Cutlets with Pomegranate Sauce
Pomegranate juice is a sweet-tart beverage many of us overlook for cooking. When you reduce the ruby red drink in a hot pan, it turns syrupy, almost like a luscious glaze. Add a shallot, with its delicate onion flavor, and you’ve got a topper for basic chicken that’s bound to knock your socks off. Add a side of green beans to finish off the plate. If you have the calories, we recommend Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, too.
Seared Chicken with Greek Relish
While you can pull the relish together as the chicken cutlets sear, we’ll give you a tip: Make the relish the night before you plan to serve it, or at least the morning before. The lemon juice, mint, and other ingredients will mix and mingle while the relish sits and create a show-stopping topper for the basic chicken breast. Serve with a side of Basil-Pine Nut Bulgur for a whole-grain side if you can spare the calories. You can also use the same stir-in ingredients with riced cauliflower for a lower-calorie, low-carb option.
This is a takeout go-to, but the little boxes can pack almost a day’s worth of calories, fat, and sodium. Some of them, especially dishes like Sweet-and-Sour Chicken, also have an incredibly high dose of sugar. We use the natural juices from pineapple and a bit of honey to make this restaurant favorite a must-have for your home-cooked dinners. Once you see how easy it is—and how much healthier it can be—you’ll lose your favorite restaurant’s number in a heartbeat, we’re certain of that.
Skillet Mediterranean Chicken
One-dish dinners like this Skillet Mediterranean Chicken are the time-crunched cook’s best friend. You use the same pan—less mess!—to cook all the ingredients, and you get the bonus of helping all the flavors work together as they cook. If you have some calories to spare, serve this with a side of Lemon Orzo so you get all the tasty tomato juices.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Carrots, Lemon, and Olives
Sheet pan dinners were created to make your life easier. Prep all the ingredients before work, come home, and put them on a roasting pan. Pop the pan in the oven, and then get some things done around the house while everything cooks. We prefer chicken thighs here because they stay juicy longer, even if they get a little overcooked (sometimes we lose track of time while folding laundry). The carrots turn delicately chewy and sweet, and the olives pick up a delicious roasted-nut quality. Add a little more green to your plate with a side salad, and dinner is ready with little hands-on cooking time.
Barbecue Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash
A hash is the home cook’s way of cleaning the fridge out while creating a masterpiece. This one is easily adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Made just the way the recipe is written, it’s spectacular, however. Plus, it’s great for dinner or a simple weekend brunch. We suggest adding spicy barbecue sauce. The creamy egg yolk will take the heat off the sauce’s bite. However, you could opt for a sweeter option if you wanted. It’s an all-in-one dish, so no need to make any sides.
Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
This dish makes us long for summer nights, a hot grill, and a vegetable bounty. Even if you can’t get your hands on glorious fresh tomatoes or eggplants, you can still grill up any veggies you can find. They’ll make for a plant-rich dish that’s spectacular because it’s truly so simple—and under 350 calories.
Asian Grilled Chicken Salads
Diets are synonymous with salads, and you can get tired of eating them, we know. However, this Asian Grilled Chicken Salad is a welcome bit of flavor satisfaction in a wide array of boring salads. A nutty sesame dressing gives an earthy balance to sweet apples and oranges. For another flavor kick, serve with the Spicy Wonton Chips if you have some extra calories for the meal.
Which Plan Is Right for Weight Loss?
When you set out on a weight-loss journey, you can find yourself soon lost in the planning and preparations. eMeals can take away a lot of that work with our customizable low-calorie meal plans. These plans can help you meet your goals, create delicious dinners, and feed your family, too.
The eMeals Low-Calorie Plan features seven new, delicious dinner recipes each week that are all under 500 calories for the main dish and side. Many of the main dishes are under 350 calories, too. If you need help with the other two meals in a day, we also offer a Low-Calorie Breakfast Plan and a Low-Calorie Lunch Plan.
Our Quick & Healthy Plan is also chock-full of low-calorie recipes that you can use to reach your goals. Do you count points for your daily meals? Our Portion Control Plan features point totals from popular weight-loss plans so you can combine their tracking system with a meal plan that suits your tastes.