5 Ingredients or Less: 25 Meals For All Taste Buds

Poultry Meals With 5 Ingredients or Less

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#5 Balsamic Chicken Salad

You could also try using a different salad dressing, or alternative vegetables in this super easy recipe.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4

4 Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. packet of baby salad greens
  • 2 (5 oz.) sliced pre-grilled chicken breast
  • 1/2 lb. cubed reduced fat cheese
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing


  1. Slice chicken breasts into strips.
  2. Toss with salad greens, cheese and vinaigrette dressing, serve.

Recipe source

#6 Pesto Chicken Packets

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

5 Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8 plum tomatoes, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • 2 cups frozen asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons low fat mayonnaise


  1. Heat grill. Place 1 chicken breast half on 18×12″ sheet of heavy duty foil. Divide tomatoes and asparagus over chicken.
  2. In small bowl, combine pesto with mayonnaise. Divide this mixture over food on each sheet.
  3. Fold foil over chicken and seal edges, using double fold method.
  4. Cover and grill packets 6″ from medium coals for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. You could also bake the packets in a preheated 450° degrees oven for 20-30 minutes, or until done.

Recipe source

#7 Chicken with Lime and Mango

Try serving with steamed potatoes, and salad or vegetables.

Preparation: 10 minutes, +15 minutes marinating
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

4 Ingredients:

  • 125ml lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 large mango, peeled and diced
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 600g


  1. Combine the lime juice, orange juice and mango in a shallow dish. Add the chicken breasts and turn several times to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes, or overnight.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on a heated barbecue hotplate, or in a hot non-stick frying pan.
  3. Cook for 10-15 minutes, turning several times and brushing with the marinade.

Recipe source: Healthy Eating for Australian Families, Rosemary Stanton.

#8 Berry Chicken Salad

Cooking chicken in a salad dressing is an unusual way to add flavour, and reduce the calorie content.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

4 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 cup Catalina or French salad dressing
  • 10 oz. packet mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, or blueberries, or raspberries


  1. In a large skillet, simmer chicken in 1/4 cup of the salad dressing over medium heat until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  2. Toss greens, strawberries and chicken in large bowl with remaining dressing, serve.

Recipe source

#9 Minted Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Sauce

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

5 Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 5 fresh mint leaves, minced


  1. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, and spread both sides with 1/2 cup yogurt. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, combine 1 cup yogurt with cucumber and mint; mix well and refrigerate.
  3. When ready to eat, broil chicken 6″ from heat for 4-5 minutes on each side until browned and thoroughly cooked.
  4. Serve chicken with cucumber and mint sauce on side.

Recipe source

#10 Spinach Chicken Salad

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

4 Ingredients:


  1. Combine spinach, chicken, and cheese in large salad bowl.
  2. Drizzle creamy tarragon salad dressing over salad. Toss gently and serve.

Recipe source

#11 Saucy Salsa Chicken

This recipe would go well with rice, and a selection of steamed vegetables.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

4 Ingredients:

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey dijon mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine all ingredients and place in 13×9″ pan.
  2. Bake for 40-45 minutes until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Recipe source

#12 Grilled Turkey Tenderloin with Stuffing

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

5 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
  • 3 (12 oz.) turkey breast tenderloins
  • 8 servings of stuffing mix


  1. Mix lemon juice, oil, salt, pepper, thyme, and tarragon in a glass baking dish. Add turkey tenderloins and turn to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, but not longer than 24 hours.
  2. Brush grill rack with vegetable oil and heat grill. Grease a 9″ square aluminum pan and set aside.
  3. Remove turkey tenderloins from marinade and place directly on grill. Cover grill and cook turkey 4-5″ from medium coals for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in large bowl stir stuffing mix together with amount of water called for on package. Spoon into prepared aluminum pan and cover with foil. Add pan with stuffing to grill rack.
  5. Brush turkey with marinade and turn. Discard remaining marinade. Cover and grill 10-15 minutes longer, or until center is no longer pink, or internal temperature reaches 180° F, and stuffing is hot and tender.
  6. Let turkey and stuffing stand for 10 minutes before serving. Cut tenderloins into 1″ pieces and serve with stuffing.

Recipe source

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Lauren March 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Hey Mel this is a great list of recipes. I can’t wait to get stuck into some of them.



Tanya March 5, 2008 at 10:26 pm

Great job. I have some similar recipes and I look forward to trying some of these.


Family Nutritionist March 6, 2008 at 1:40 am

There are some great ideas here. Also, don’t forget meatloaf. You can do it in 5 ingredients if you like it plain, 6 if you want to add a seasoning (italian seasoning, curry powder, chili powder, or chipotle peppers, for example).

Is your “kumara” my “sweet potato”? In the US’s New England, fishcakes were traditionally made from leftover salt cod (bacala) and mashed potato. This is an interesting variation.


ruth March 6, 2008 at 6:29 am

absolutely adore these recipes! can’t wait to try them. and share them!!!!!!!


Melanie March 6, 2008 at 8:37 am

Hi guys,

Thank you all for commenting!

Lauren – I hope you enjoy!

Tanya – Your site looks great, I’ll check out your recipes too.

Family Nutritionist – I’ve actually never tried meatloaf, can you recommend a recipe? Yes, the kumara is sweet potato, or is it also called yam in the USA?

Ruth – you can let me know if you do try any of them out!


Rebecca March 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

YumOLA! I can hardly wait to try some of these, especially that berry chicken. Thanks for sharing.


ruth March 13, 2008 at 8:16 am

hi mel, well I tried the chicken pesto parcels. Wonderful! similar to another dish I make stufing my chicken with mozerella and beef tonatoes and fresh basil leaves. so it was good having another variation.


Melanie March 13, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Hi Rebecca,

Glad you found the recipes useful, I thought the berry chicken sounded great too.

Hi Ruth,

So the pesto parcels went well..that’s great news. Yes, I’ve had your stuffed chicken dish too, it’s delicious!

BTW, thanks for the rice recipe, I’ve definitely had it once before, and it’s great. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you!


Family Nutritionist April 5, 2008 at 3:14 am


I missed your response to my comment.
I’ve posted my favorite meatloaf recipe at Perfect Chipotle Meatloaf.


Family Nutritionist April 5, 2008 at 3:22 am

In the US, “yam” and “sweet potato” can be confusing. The sweet potato is not a yam, but for some reason the red or orange sweet potatoes are called yams, especially in the South Maybe they taste something like real yams (which I’ve never had). So sometimes they are called “yam sweet potatoes”. And sometimes yams are called “yams (not sweet potatoes)”. But real yams are uncommon, except in groceries with lots of customers from the Caribbean.

And the pale, whitish variety of sweet potatoes are always called sweet potatoes, but who eats them? Sweet potato pie, mashed sweet potatoes, sweet potato french fries, and are made with the orange sweet potatoes. Candied yams are made with the orange sweet potatoes, too.


Melanie April 8, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Hi Family Nutritionist,

Thanks for linking to your meatloaf recipe. Since replying to your initial, I’ve had meatloaf at a friends house. It was great, and not at all what I had expected.

Also, thanks for clearing up the extremely confusing “yam” issue!


Jesse May 18, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Love this compilation…amazing,fish cakes using sweet potato,a totally new idea for me.Thanks for sharing :)

Jesse’s last blog post..‘ Love Thyself.. ‘


Melanie May 19, 2008 at 8:56 am

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found some new ideas here, that’s great!


Barry January 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm

This is great and just what my readers are looking for.
Barry (Solo-Dad)


Melanie January 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Hey Barry,
I’m glad the post was useful to you. Let me know if any of the recipes are particularly good!! :-)


Karyn June 6, 2009 at 3:41 am

THANKS so much for these recipes!! What a wonderful and EASY idea – and healthy! I am not big on beef, but will use probably 75% or the recipes posted here!
Thanks again,


Melanie June 6, 2009 at 4:22 am

Hi Karyn,
I’m so glad you found this post useful, hope the meals are a success! :-)


Deborah Porter August 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Thanks for the great Veggies recipes. Always looking for some.
.-= Deborah Porter´s last blog .. =-.


Melanie August 27, 2009 at 8:46 am

Hey Deborah,
I hope they are helpful. What’s the best veggie recipe/s you’ve found?


Daleen April 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Melanie for the list of recipes cant wait to try them


Melanie May 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

You’re welcome!


Glucose Meters December 19, 2010 at 2:14 am

Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! Great post, you did such a nice job presenting the pictures too…I am definitely going to have to try that recipe this weekend! Thanks!


Melanie December 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Thank you. I hope the recipes turned out well for you :-)


Micah February 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

your recipes look very good and i thing im gonna try them all in the later days to they look GOOD


Melanie February 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Let us know how you get on :-)


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