Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD

Mary Ellen Phipps, MPH, RDN, LD, the founder of Milk & Honey Nutrition, is a diabetes dietitian (Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) renowned for combining her knowledge of diabetes and culinary expertise into easy-to-follow recipes and articles!


11 Diabetes Chicken Recipes for Lunch or Dinner

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diabetes chicken recipes

Let’s look at some of my favorite delicious diabetes chicken recipes!

You don’t have to force yourself to eat bland and boring chicken recipes. Let’s review what types of chicken recipes are best and some of my favorite diabetes chicken recipes!

Is chicken good for diabetes?

People with diabetes can enjoy all types of chicken. Chicken, like other meats, offers a delicious protein option at meal times and beyond. As a reminder, protein at meal time and snack time can help slow down digestion which leads to delayed carbohydrate absorption… which means more stable blood sugars after a meal.

Can someone with diabetes eat cooked chicken recipes?

Absolutely! Diabetes chicken recipes come in all different types! People with diabetes can enjoy everything from baked, to fried, to sautéed chicken and more. 

Is baked chicken good for diabetes?

One of the biggest stereotypes about eating for diabetes is that all of your meals will forever be boring baked chicken and vegetables. This just isn’t true though. 

But, the origin of this stereotype comes from the fact that baked chicken tends to be lower in fat than fried or sautéed chicken. Because of that, less experienced cooks or healthcare providers might assume that’s the only form of chicken you can eat. Baked chicken can be good for diabetes along with other forms of chicken.

Can people with diabetes eat rotisserie chicken?

Yes! Rotisserie chicken can be a great convenient protein option for people with diabetes. It’s ready to go and can be added to so many different types of recipes:

  • Chicken salad
  • Quesadillas
  • Casseroles
  • Tacos
  • And more!

I love the rotisserie chicken available at Costco! It’s seasoned so well and costs less than other stores I’ve found. 

While the skin can be eaten and adds delicious flavor, some people prefer to remove it. Removing the skin reduces fat, calories, and sodium.

Can someone with Type 2 Diabetes eat chicken thighs?

As mentioned above, people with diabetes, including type 2, can enjoy all types of chicken. Chicken thighs are higher in saturated fat than chicken breasts, so some people may assume they are off limits. But, this is not the case. While we need to be mindful of overall saturated fat intake, you can enjoy chicken thighs in moderation. 

One of my favorite ways to use chicken thighs actually comes from my first cookbook, The Easy Diabetes Cookbook. The cover recipe for Grain Free Chicken Parmesan calls for chicken breasts, but I usually swap in chicken thighs!

The Easy Diabetes Cookbook

Can someone with diabetes eat fried chicken?

As with all fried foods, fried chicken should be consumed in moderation. While delicious, it is higher in saturated fat than baked or sautéed chicken recipes. It can be enjoyed from time to time though and paired with some great blood sugar friendly side options like Broccoli Salad or Low Carb Coleslaw.

Chicken recipes for diabetes

Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite diabetes chicken recipes. If you’ve tried any of them, be sure to let me know what you think in the comments! And, if you’ve made any substitutes or new variations, I always love hearing that too!

Low carb diabetes chicken recipes

Some of my favorite, easy low carb chicken recipes are below.

Smoked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings seasoned with your favorite spices make an easy protein option for lunch or dinner. Pair them with your favorite vegetable and carbohydrate side items.

chicken wings on Traeger in backyard

Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings

These smoked chicken wings are so simple and easy to prepare, perfect for your next summer barbecue!
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Everything Bagel Low Carb Chicken Pizza

This recipe uses one of my favorite low carb products, egg white wraps. They crisp up perfectly for a delicious low carb meal.

low carb pizza made with egglife egg white wraps

Everything Bagel Low Carb Chicken Pizza

Get your tastebuds ready, because I promise you’ve never had a more delicious low carb pizza!
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Air Fryer Drumsticks

I love using my air fryer! It’s a simple way to get crispy food without deep frying. Combine these delicious drumsticks with your favorite vegetables and some potatoes and you’ve got a perfect blood sugar friendly meal.

drumsticks on plate

Simple No Fuss Air Fryer Drumsticks

Not only are air fryer drumsticks incredibly tasty, but these are very easy to make and have minimal clean up too!
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Diabetes chicken breast recipes

The recipes below all make for full meals and offer a blood sugar friendly balance of fat, fiber, and protein.

Healthy Baked Chicken Fajita Casserole

This casserole is a staple in my house! It’s loaded with delicious flavor and protein thanks to shredded chicken, veggies, rice, and cheese.

chicken fajita casserole on spatula with white baking dish

Healthy Baked Chicken Fajita Casserole

Who doesn't love an easy and delicious chicken fajita casserole recipe that's ready in no time?!
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

For this recipe, I use a chickpea pasta to make a delicious blood sugar friendly pasta salad! You can also use regular pasta, and when it’s cooling down get the benefit of resistant starch!

chicken bacon ranch pasta salad in white bowl

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

I’ve got your new go to favorite party recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad!
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30-Minute Chicken Noodle Veggie Soup

You can cook your own chicken breast or use a rotisserie chicken for this quick and easy soup recipe. Chicken noodle soup has all the components we need for a blood sugar friendly meal. Pasta gives us fiber and protein, vegetables give us fiber, and chicken provides fat and protein.

30 minute Chicken Noodle Veggie Soup

30 minute Chicken Noodle Veggie Soup

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Chicken Pot Pie

I absolutely love chicken pot pie! This recipe is loaded with veggies, protein, and flavor!

gluten free chicken pot pie

Healthy Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

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Lower Carb Burrito Bowls with Guacamole

When I first created this recipe, I was going for a lower carb version of my favorite Chipotle bowl… and, it did not disappoint! Serve it with a side of my 5-minute guacamole (linked in the recipe), for even more plant based fat and fiber!

low carb burrito bowl in white bowl

Low Carb Burrito Bowl with Guacamole

This low carb burrito bowl is packed with delicious flavors and can be ready in under 30 minutes!
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Diabetes chicken thigh recipes

As I mentioned above, one of my favorite chicken thigh recipes actually calls for chicken breasts, I just sub in chicken thighs. You can do this with any of the recipes above. Just make note that chicken thighs often need slightly longer to cook. And, because chicken thighs are higher in fat, you may not need as much to feel full and satisfied.

Diabetes chicken salad recipes

I grew up eating my mom’s classic chicken salad and still love making it to this day! It’s an easy make ahead, high protein meal that’s perfect any time of year.

Easy Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

If you like fruit in your chicken salad, this is the recipe for you! Combining grapes with a high protein food (like chicken) is a great way to enjoy them!

chicken salad with grapes and walnuts

Easy Chicken Salad with Grapes & Walnuts

Easy Chicken Salad with Grapes and Walnuts is a protein-packed recipe you must add to your lunch and dinner recipe rotation!
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Crunchy Pistachio Chicken Salad

I love a little crunch in my chicken salad! Pistachios offer all three of my favorite nutrients: fat, fiber, and protein… and a delicious crunch!

crunchy pistachio chicken salad

Crunchy Pistachio Chicken Salad

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