Winner, winner, chicken breakfast?
While chicken is a dinner (and lunch) staple, the protein-packed poultry rarely populates our breakfast plates. But it totally should. Chicken, especially the breast, is leaps and bounds healthier than other high-processed morning meats like bacon and sausage.
Here are seven delicious breakfast chicken recipes — each with 19 grams of protein or more — to add to your morning menu.
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1. Bali-Inspired Chicken, Egg and Rice
- Calories: 351
- Protein: 28 grams
Got leftover rice and veggies? Last night's dinner makes this morning's breakfast stir-fry super simple and convenient. In a pinch, you can even toss in your favorite canned or frozen vegetables, which are just as nutrient-dense as their fresh counterparts.
And with chicken two ways — breast and eggs (OK, eggs aren't technically poultry, but you get the idea) — you reap double the protein power with 28 grams per serving.
Get the Bali-Inspired Chicken, Egg and Rice recipe and nutrition info here.
2. Organic Chicken Breakfast Patties
- Calories: 206
- Protein: 24 grams
Think breakfast sausage can't be healthy? Unlike the mystery meat you find in the frozen food aisle, these homemade chicken sausage patties are packed with simple whole food ingredients like rolled oats, fresh herbs and apple butter for a hint of natural sweetness. One serving of three palate-pleasing patties provides 9 grams of gut-friendly fiber and 24 grams of satiating protein.
Get the Organic Chicken Breakfast Patties recipe and nutrition info here.
3. Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Calories: 406
- Protein: 35 grams
The best breakfasts are nutritious, flavorful and fast, and this slow cooker casserole — which only requires five minutes of hands-on prep — checks all the boxes. The hearty blend of sweet potatoes, chicken sausage and cheddar cheese will fill you up without weighing you down.
And if you meal prep this casserole on Sunday, you'll have four servings ready to go for Monday morning. That's practically enough portions to cover the whole workweek.
Get the Sweet Potato and Sausage Breakfast Casserole recipe and nutrition info here.
4. California Chicken Breakfast Burrito
- Calories: 745
- Protein: 54 grams
Stuffed with fresh greens, juicy chicken breast and velvety avocado, this robust breakfast burrito — with a healthy balance of carbs, protein and fat — boasts everything you need to boost your energy levels and kickstart your morning. Short on time? Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken (or last night's leftovers) instead.
Better yet, make a bunch of these burritos and freeze them individually. The next time a craving calls your name, simply reheat one in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Get the California Chicken Breakfast Burrito recipe and nutrition info at Sweet and Savory Meals.
5. Easy Chicken and Protein Waffles
- Calories: 380
- Protein: 36 grams
This sweet and savory combo of chicken and waffles offers all the finger-licking good, comforting flavors of the scrumptious soul food staple but with fewer calories and less fat. Cooking in an air fryer not only perfectly crisps up your chicken without extra oil but also saves you time in the kitchen since it doesn't require preheating like an oven.
And, with a satiating scoop of protein powder blended in the batter, these wonderfully filling waffles serve up a whopping 26 grams of the muscle-building macro.
Get the Easy Chicken and Protein Waffles recipe and nutrition info at Kinda Healthy Recipes.
6. Buffalo Chicken Egg Bakes
- Calories: 151 calories
- Protein: 19.5 grams
This creative chicken-based breakfast proves that Buffalo wings aren't just for tailgating. Bursting with heat, the hot sauce and cayenne pepper in these spicy Buffalo chicken egg bakes will put a little pep in your step on groggy mornings. And baking these egg bites in a muffin tin means built-in portion control. Just one serving of two touts more than 19 grams of stomach-satisfying protein.
Get the Buffalo Chicken Egg Bakes recipe and nutrition info at Hungry Girl.
7. Chicken Fajita Breakfast Skillet
- Calories: 868
- Protein: 51 grams
Fajita fans will freak over this savory skillet recipe that transforms the delicious dinner dish into a beautifully balanced breakfast. Crisp, roasted potatoes, tender pan-grilled chicken and sautéed bell peppers come together in a cinch to create this flavorful fajita. Toppings like spicy salsa will make your taste buds tingle while fresh avocado slices add a creamy texture (and heart-healthy fats).
Get the Chicken Fajita Breakfast Skillet at Sugar Dish Me.