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18 Healthy Recipes for January

An all-star collection of healthy recipes that are super delicious, easy, and perfect to make in January! They’re tasty, colorful, and wholesome, and will get your year off to a fantastic and nutritious start!

A collage of healthy recipes to make in January - Soups, Thai green chicken curry, egg salad tartine, pan-fried Indian salmon, chicken lettuce cups, baked chicken meatballs, and energy balls.

Hi friends!

Can you believe that we are in 2020 already?! As they say, time flies when you’re having fun. And for me, that fun means cooking and spending time creating in the kitchen. ❤️

Looking back now, this past year has truly been a delicious one! From epic soups and chowders, to tasty Asian stir-fries, to simple and easy weeknight pastas, and of course, plenty of noodles! I hope you’ve enjoyed all the recipes, and have had fun following along! 😊

Now that it’s January and many of us are trying to eat a little healthier given the past few months of indulgence during the holidays, I thought I’d share some of my favorite healthy recipes from the blog with you.

Think cozy and warming Thai curries, hearty soups, quick and flavorful chicken salad sandwiches, easy stir-fries, and even some low-calorie party appetizers for your entertaining needs!

While these recipes may be lighter, cleaner, and nutritious, I haven’t sacrificed (and never will!) on any flavor. I hope you find some delicious cooking inspiration in this list, and enjoy these healthy recipes as much as I do. 🤗

So without further ado, here’s what you should be making this January!

HEALTHY RECIPES FOR JANUARY

EASY THAI GREEN CHICKEN CURRY

Thai Green Chicken Curry in a large deep white serving bowl on top of a round wooden chopping board. The curry is garnished with coriander, basil leaves, and red chili strips.

A classic creamy Thai curry that’s easy to make on any given weeknight, super fragrant, tasty, and naturally gluten-free and dairy-free! You can customize it and make it vegetarian with tofu if you like, or with your favorite protein (shrimp, beef, pork, etc.)!

Get the recipe here.

TOM KHA GAI (COCONUT MILK CHICKEN SOUP)

Tom Kha Ghai in bowl garnished with kaffir lime leaves, red chilies, coriander, and a drizzle of chili oil.

Chicken, oyster mushrooms, Thai aromatics, and fresh herbs get simmered in a fragrant, sweet, a little spicy, and creamy coconut milk broth! It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and can be made in just 30 minutes in ONE POT! Chicken and mushroom soup FTW!

Get the recipe here.

BAKED SPICY CHICKEN MEATBALLS

Chicken meatballs on a white round plate coated in sweet chili peanut sauce.

Who can resist these life-changing lean and mean spicy chicken meatballs? They’re extremely juicy and moist, great for meal prep (tasty in sandwiches, wraps, or on top of pasta), and a fantastic party appetizer when you toss them in a sticky, sweet and spicy Thai Sweet Chili Peanut Sauce!

Get the recipe here.

GARLICKY BLACK PEPPER & TURMERIC CHICKEN DRUMETTES

Garlicky Black Pepper & Turmeric Chicken Drumettes garnished with freshly chopped coriander lined up on a long white rectangular serving plate.

Super simple and easy to make, naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and lighter and healthier than your average chicken wings! These babies are incredibly tasty and a guaranteed game day crowd pleaser! But they’re also great for an easy weeknight dinner when served with some warm steamed rice!

Get the recipe here.

HERBY EGG SALAD TARTINES

Four egg salad tartines garnished with fresh dill on top of parchment paper.

Great for lunch or brunch, zingy, and loaded with feel-good bright herbs like mint and dill! They’re quick to make, and will 💯 up your lunch game a notch!

Get the recipe here.

CHILI CHICKEN LETTUCE CUPS

Close up photo of a Chili Chicken Lettuce Cup garnished with spring onion greens on a white round place. In the center of plate is a glass serving bowl filled with chili chicken mince.

These gorgeous and tasty lettuce cups are perfect for a light lunch, colorful, bright, and incredibly delicious! They’re ready from start to finish in just 35 minutes!

Get the recipe here.

OVEN GRILLED CHICKEN TIKKA DRUMETTES

Close up of left side of square plate loaded with oven grilled chicken tikka drumettes, and a small dish of cucumber and mint yogurt dip in the center of the plate.

Chicken drumettes (sans skin) are marinated in a spicy, aromatic, bold flavored, and zesty marinade. They’re then baked in the oven until they’re perfectly crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. You’ll want to bookmark this one for an easy and lighter game day appetizer! You can also serve it with grilled onion rings, whole wheat naan/brown rice, and a fresh squeeze of lime for a low-maintenance weeknight dinner!

Get the recipe here.

CAULIFLOWER & POTATO INDO-THAI DRY CURRY

Cauliflower and potato dry curry in a black bowl and garnished with chopped coriander. Bowl is on top of a gray napkin on a brown wooden table backdrop. White bowl filled with steamed white rice in the back.

A vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free main dish that’s made with everyday ingredients! Cauliflower florets and potato pieces are pan-fried to crisp perfection, then tossed in an onion and tomato dry curry, and finally simmered down in a little bit of coconut milk. A tasty ONE PAN dinner that’s guaranteed to be loved by even the most relentless carnivores!

Get the recipe here.

HEARTY PUMPKIN CHICKEN SOUP

Pumpkin Chicken Soup in bowl with crispy bacon pieces, yogurt, and chopped coriander.

A delicious soup that’s warming, comforting, and incredibly cozy! This wholesome soup is loaded with feel-good nutritious ingredients like corn, asparagus, butter beans, shredded chicken, and rice. It’s also wonderfully spicy, naturally gluten-free, creamy (without adding any heavy cream), and great for a filling and hearty weeknight dinner!

Get the recipe here.

NUTELLA & PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BALLS

White bowl of Nutella & Peanut Butter Energy Balls stacked high with two balls in front of the bowl on a white backdrop. Jar of Nutella on the back right side of the bowl.

These little balls of joy are made with all sorts of healthy ingredients (oats, honey, chia seeds, flax seeds) and in just three easy steps! They’re also made with NUTELLA and PEANUT BUTTER (need I say more?!). Perfect for a nutritious and energy boosting midday snack or dessert!

Get the recipe here.

SPICY INDIAN PAN-FRIED SALMON

A fork with a bite of spicy Indian salmon and fillet garnished with coriander in a bowl of rice with cucumber slices, red onion, and a lemon wedge.

So simple and SO easy! Salmon fillets are bathed in a simple, spicy, and zesty marinade, then pan-fried to perfection so that they’re nice and moist on the inside and crispy and slightly charred on the outside! Great for meal prep and easy weeknight dinners!

Get the recipe here.

QUICK & EASY CHICKEN, BACON, AND CABBAGE STIR-FRY

A round white serving bowl with stir-fried chicken, bacon, cabbage, and dried red chillies in sauce. Chopsticks and stacked bowls in the back.

A simple and easy stir-fry that’s perfect for busy weeknights! The sauce for this one is totally OOMPHworthy, and this main dish goes well with warm steamed white, brown rice, and even quinoa!

Get the recipe here.

THAI SWEET BASIL ROASTED TOMATO SALSA

Plate of tortilla chips to the side, two jars filled with Thai Sweet Basil Roasted Tomato Salsa in the center, and some roma tomatoes behind the salsa jars.

A quick and easy to make fusion salsa that’s bursting with Mexican and Thai flavors! It’s super fresh, aromatic, and perfect for entertaining and game day! Serve it with tortilla chips if you have friends popping over. Or liven up your lunch salads and sandwiches with a dollop or two! 💃

Get the recipe here.

BLUEBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE

Blueberry Banana Smoothie in a mason jar mug topped with fresh blueberries, and with a straw in the mug.

A cooling and refreshing smoothie that’s ready in a jiffy! It’s loaded with antioxidants, rich in vitamins, and guaranteed to get your day off to a great and energetic start!

Get the recipe here.

SPICY MEXICAN CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Bowl of Mexican chicken soup topped with corn, black beans, avocado slices, cheese, and a lime slice, with tortilla chips around the bowl

This spicy, bold, and vibrant soup is chockfull of feel-good and wholesome ingredients like corn, black beans, chicken, rice, and sweet peppers! It’s creamy (without using any heavy cream), delicious, and incredibly comforting and cozy during this time of the year!

Get the recipe here.

MANGO CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICH

10 cereal bagel halves on a plate with spinach leaves, cucumber slices, and mango chicken salad.

Diced seasoned baked chicken breasts, fresh chopped coriander, and spring onion get tossed in a wickedly tasty spicy mango mayonnaise. The chicken salad is then loaded up in a filling and scrumtious bagel sandwich! You can have the mango chicken salad in a sandwich, tortilla wrap, or on a bright green salad for lunch all throughout the week. Bonus? It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and downright delish!

Get the recipe here.

LIGHTENED-UP INDO-CHINESE CHILI CHICKEN

Chili Chicken garnished with chopped spring onion greens on a white square plate on top of a napkin.

A quick and easy fusion stir-fry dish that packs a punch and is exploding with flavor! It’s lightened-up by shallow frying (instead of deep frying like they do in restaurants) lightly marinated chicken pieces. They’re then tossed with red onion and bell pepper in a mouthwatering ,spicy, slightly tangy and sweet sauce!

Get the recipe here.

SICHUAN SAUCE NOODLES STIR-FRY

Asian stir-fry noodles with prawns, baby corn, mushrooms, bok choy, and spring onion garnish on a white plate with a fork.

And how could I not include a NOODLES (❤️❤️❤️) recipe in this list? This back-pocket stir-fry is great for cleaning out the refrigerator, and super easy to whip up in just 35 minutes! Load it up with whatever veggies and protein you like, and enjoy slurp, slurp, slurp-ing away my friends! 🤗

Get the recipe here.


MORE HEALTHY MEALS IDEAS

As always, feel free to check out the full section for Healthy Recipes here on That Spicy Chick. Or you can find more ideas and some new favorites by browsing the entire Recipes collection!

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Happy January and happy cooking everyone! Here’s to a wonderful and delicious year ahead! 🤗

Two bowls with spicy Mexican chicken tortilla soup on a blue background with scattered coriander, two soup spoons, and tortilla chips surrounding the bowls.

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