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10 Chicken Recipes That Work for Whole30

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If you're anything like me, I bet chicken is in constant rotation in your Whole30 meal plan. But I don't just pick any chicken recipes. Since Whole30 requires a lot of cooking, I'm always after chicken recipes that are easy (both in effort and on my food budget) and can be made in big batches to stretch across multiple meals. These 10 recipes check all the boxes — and then some.

1. How To Cook Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

This is an easy, breezy method perfect for cooking up a batch of chicken breast for the week ahead. You can aim for firm but juicy chicken for cubing, or let it cook a little bit longer for tender shredded chicken. It even works if the chicken is still frozen.

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2. How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker

When you're not rushed for time, the slow cooker is another easy way to cook up a big batch of juicy shredded chicken to use in salads, wraps, and bowls in the week ahead.

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3. How To Roast a Chicken

All you need is a drizzle of olive oil and a generous sprinkle of salt to cook up a whole chicken with super-crispy skin.

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4. Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

This is an easy weeknight favorite in my house. Not only is it packed with a bright, sunny flavor, but it also won't kill your food budget for the week.

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5. Easy Crispy Chicken Carnitas

This is a great one to add to your weekend meal prep routine. Use the smoky chicken as a topping for salad, the filling for lettuce wrap tacos, or as the star of your cauliflower rice burrito bowl.

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6. Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken

This recipe starts with a simple cheese-free pesto that makes this family favorite Whole30-compliant. I love serving it with a side of roasted vegetables or over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.

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7. Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki

My favorite Whole30 recipes are often the ones that are the easiest to pull off. And it doesn't get much easier than this Greek-style lemon and herb sheet pan supper.

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8. Easy Bruschetta Chicken

If you can't get your hands on any decent tomatoes right now, opt for a convenient package of store-bought bruschetta. Just make sure there's no sugar added.

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9. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

Add this classic soup to your weekend meal prep roster and you've got a nourishing lunch to get your through the week.

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10. Sheet Pan Chicken with Red Potatoes and Sage

A bundle of fresh herbs means this chicken sheet pan dinner is anything but boring. And once you're a couple weeks into Whole30, you'll appreciate the ease of this recipe.