Eating bland chicken can get real boring real fast. For those who may just be coming off from a competition, you may not want to hear the word chicken for a while. Learning how to infuse the magic of spices and a little creative flair can help you turn your ordinary chicken breast into something enjoyable and nutritious. Who says that healthy chicken dishes can't be full of flavor?

Here are some great chicken recipes with an international kick that will make you fall in love with chicken all over again! Open your eyes and your palette to a wonderful world of healthy, colorful and flavorful international dishes that will make you feel like chicken tonight!

1. Baked Honey Glazed Garlic Chicken


  • 2 Raw Chicken Breasts (5oz)
  • 1 Tbsp Natural Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 Chopped Shallot
  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/4 Tsp Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place chicken in a foil-lined baking pan.
  3. In a measuring cup add all of the ingredients and pour mixture onto the chicken and bake for 20-25 minutes.

The best type of chickens to buy are 'free range' chickens or "natural grain fed" chickens. Although a little pricier, these chickens are fed natural grains, and allowed to run free, unlike the 'conventional chicken' that are grown in cages and fed growth hormones.

The Baked Honey Glazed Garlic Chicken Recipe PDF (12 KB)

2. Healthy Southern "Fried" Chicken


  • 1 Lb Chicken Tenders
  • 1/4 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Chives
  • Butter Flavored Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk


  • 1/2 Small Onion Cut Into Wedges
  • 2 Tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1 Garlic Clove Minced
  • 1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Light Brown Sugar)
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Pepper


  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredient in a blender until smooth.
  2. Place chicken in a glass baking dish and pour marinade on it and cover and store in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  3. Combine the bread crumbs, chives, parmesan, and buttermilk in a shallow baking dish and coat the chicken with the mixture.
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place chicken on a non-stick pan and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.
  5. Enjoy this crispy "fried chicken" with a side of home made sweet potato wedges and string beans!

The Healthy Southern Fried Chicken Recipe PDF (13 KB)

3. Guilt Free Italian Chicken Parmesan


  • Chicken Breast (Boneless)
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Pam Spray (Butter)
  • Spaghetti Sauce (Favorite Ready-To-Use Variety)
  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • Egg Whites
  • Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese


  1. Beat 3 egg whites in a bowl and dip chicken in mixture.
  2. On a separate plate, pour some bread crumbs and evenly coat the chicken and place in a casserole dish that has been sprayed with butter flavored pam spray.
  3. Spoon spaghetti sauce over chicken and top with the parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  5. If desired, top with low fat mozzarella cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with whole wheat pasta or salad.

The Guilt Free Italian Chicken Parmesan Recipe PDF (13 KB)

4. Glazed Chinese Chicken With Brown Rice


  • 2 Cups Brown Rice
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Orange Marmalade
  • 1 Cup Asian Sesame Salad Dressing
  • 2 Tablespoons Plus 1/4 Cup Diet Cola


  1. Pre-heat grill and cook rice on stove top as directed on package. Mix marmalade, dressing, and diet cola in a sauce pan and heat over low heat.

The Glazed Chinese Chicken With Brown Rice Recipe PDF (12 KB)

5. Grilled Greek Chicken


  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Kalamata Olives
  • 4 Large Tomatoes, Diced
  • Feta Cheese, Crumbled


  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • 2 Lemons, Juiced


  1. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lemon juice.
  2. Cut up chicken pieces into strips.
  3. Place the chicken pieces, olives and diced tomato in the mixture, cover and marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat grill for high heat.
  5. Place chicken mixture in aluminum foil, create pocket, add some of the marinade to keep moist and cook for approximately 30 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with feta cheese.

The Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe PDF (13 KB)

6. Caribbean Chicken Stir Fry

Perfect for a summer's night!


  • 1 1/2 Lbs Chicken Breast, Cubed
  • 2 Tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Scallion, Minced
  • 1 Can (15.25 oz) Tropical Fruit Cocktail
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Allspice
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 3 Cups Cooked Jasmine Rice


  1. Drain tropical fruit, reserving juice; set aside.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup reserved juice with soy sauce, ginger, paprika, turmeric, and allspice in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Mix orange juice and cornstarch in a small bowl; set aside. Salt and pepper chicken.
  4. Heat oil in wok or large skillet over high heat.
  5. Add garlic and scallion and stir-fry for 1 minute.
  6. Add chicken and stir fry until no longer pink (approximately 1 minute).
  7. Add orange juice and soy sauce mixtures to the wok.
  8. Stir gently for about 30 seconds.
  9. Add fruit salad, cover and cook 2 minutes.
  10. Add orange juice with cornstarch to the wok and stir until thickened.
  11. Serve on a platter over hot jasmine rice.

The Caribbean Chicken Stir Fry Recipe PDF (14 KB)

7. Mexican Chicken With Yellow Rice


  • 1 Whole Chicken, Cut Into 8 Pieces, Skin Removed
  • 1 Stalk Celery, Chopped Fine
  • 1 Carrot, Peeled, Chopped Fine
  • 1 Red Onion, Chopped Fine
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, Chopped Fine
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, Seeded And Chopped Fine
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Spanish Saffron, Crumbled
  • 4 Tbs Olive Oil
  • Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Cup Raw Long Grain Rice


  • Sliced Pimiento Peppers
  • Salsa
  • Chopped Green Onions


  1. In a 4 quart pan, heat oil on medium.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  3. Add chicken pieces and brown 4 minutes per side.
  4. Remove to plate.
  5. Discard oil, wipe out pan, and add 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  6. Add celery, garlic, carrot, jalapeno pepper, onion, season with salt and pepper, and saute until softened.
  7. Add wine, deglaze pan and mix in chicken broth, chili powder, and saffron.
  8. Add chicken, cover, bring to a boil and simmer 60 minutes.
  9. Uncover, add rice around chicken, being sure all rice is submerged, cover pan and bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
  10. Serve with your favorite garnishes.

The Mexican Chicken With Yellow Rice Recipe PDF (14 KB)

8. Mediterranean Chicken Salad

This is a delicious and heart-healthy salad. Simply serve on lettuce or spoon the salad into pita halves for a quick and delicious lunch or dinner!

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9. Tangy Thai Chicken


  • 1 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
  • 3 Green Onions, Finely Minced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 2 Teaspoons Fresh Ginger, Finely Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Cilantro Leaves, Finely Minced
  • 8 Chicken Breasts
  • Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper
  • Lime Slices, For Garnish
  • Green Onions, For Garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine coconut milk, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce, green onions, garlic, ginger, hot sauce, and cilantro in a small mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  4. Place chicken in a large zip top plastic bag and pour 1/2 of marinade over chicken. Seal bag and let marinate for 30 minutes.
  5. Add remaining marinade to a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  6. Bring to a boil and reduce to glaze consistency.
  7. Place about 1/4 cup of glaze in a separate bowl and reserve.
  8. Remove chicken from marinade and brush with glaze.
  9. Place chicken, skin side down, on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 10 minutes.
  10. Turn chicken over and generously brush with glaze.
  11. Bake for 10-15 more minutes, or until chicken is cooked.
  12. Once chicken has cooled enough to handle, place two breasts on each of 4 plates and drizzle with reserved glaze.
  13. Garnish with lime slices and green onions.

The Tangy Thai Chicken Recipe PDF (14 KB)

10. Cuban Arroz Con Pollo

This recipe requires a crock pot which is a time saver because it cooks itself all day! If you prepare in the morning it cooks all day and all you have to do is serve over rice at dinnertime!


  • 4 Chicken Breast Halves
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Red Pepper, Chopped
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/2 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Can (14 1/2 oz) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Package Frozen Peas
  • 3 Cups Cooked Rice
  • Hot Sauce (To Taste)


  1. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and paprika.
  2. Heat oil in skillet and brown chicken and put chicken in crock pot.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, except peas, rice, and hot sauce. Pour over the chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours.
  5. 1 hour before serving, add frozen peas.
  6. Serve over yellow or brown rice.
  7. Add hot sauce to taste.

The Cuban Arroz Con Pollo Recipe PDF (13 KB)

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Angelique Millis

Angelique Millis is a Certified Fitness Professional, Journalist and Lifestyle Coach living in Los Angeles, CA.

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