7 Ideas for Light Summer Meals with Chicken

Running out of ideas for what to cook during the hot summer months? Well, you’re not alone.. because it can get challenging. You’re supposed to not only take into account the dietary constraints, the nutritional composure of the dish and the taste-buds of the people you’re cooking for, but also whether the meal is light enough for the weather. That is why we bring you the following 7 ideas for light summer meals with chicken

7 Ideas for Light Summer Meals with Chicken

7 Ideas for Light Summer Meals with Chicken

When you think of light meals to be eaten during hot summer days, what comes to mind is usually vegetarian options.  However with the ideas mentioned below, you won’t need to forego your proteins! 

There are many ways that you can go about preparing chicken, but what we advise you to do during summer is either bake it or grill it to keep the dish light and healthy. Also, you can always add some vegetables and even fruit for a fresh flavor. 

Speaking of grilling, check out some of our vegetarian bbq skewer options that you and your guests would definitely enjoy!

If you would like a private chef to handle the dinner preps, the menu selection & the cooking, ChefXChange has got you covered! 

Chicken Salad with grapes

Chicken Salad with grapes

We’ll start out with something that’s very easy to prepare… a chicken salad with grapes. That’s something that you cannot go wrong with. You can add/ remove vegetables to fit your taste-buds and it even stores well if you keep the sauce aside! 

You can have this salad for dinner or lunch… and you can even serve it as an appetizer at a dinner party! 

Enough about the dish, let’s talk about the recipe.
First of all, you need to make the chicken. Then you can start prepping the vegetables. What we propose to include in your salad is some lettuce/ iceberg, grapes, roasted nuts, celery, dried cherries, mushrooms & pecans. 

Now for the sauce, you can make a simple mayonnaise dressing (mayonnaise, oil, lemon, salt & pepper) or keep it even lighter with the traditional balsamic sauce.  

Tomato Basil Chicken Fettuccine

Tomato Basil Chicken Fettuccine

Next in line is our basil chicken fettuccine. You’re probably drooling at the sight of the picture, aren’t you?

This dish is very easy to prepare. It’s also one of the mot popular versions of pasta. Just think about the juiciness that the tomato adds, the flavor of the chicken & the freshness of the basil… top that with some shredded Parmesan cheese & that’s what makes for a perfectly light meal on a hot summer day!  

Jerk Chicken and Slaw

jerk chicken and slaw

There’s nothing better than pineapple to add some freshness to your meals… 
This summer, have a taste of this unusual version of baked chicken to keep things light and easy. Here’s a little preview of how to make this delightful dish… it involves some sugar!
For further details about how to cook it, have a look at the jerk chicken and slaw recipe.

Spicy Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken

Spicy Peach-Glazed Grilled Chicken

If you’re a fan of exotic and spicy dishes, you’ll definitely enjoy this one. This is what we at ChefXChange would like to call the perfect combination of spicy and sweet! 

It may sound weird at first, but once you have a bite of it, you won’t be able to stop. The jalapenos and the soy sauce are perfectly balanced by the peach… making up a flavorful light meal.  On the plus side, it’s also full of protein and vitamins! 

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

Lemon-Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

Potatoes and chicken drizzled with melted butter, could a meal get any better? 

Actually, if you wrap the pieces in foil sheets along with slices of lemon and rosemary, you end up with an even more flavorful dish…  who said that dinner preparations should be hard and time consuming? This dish comes out perfectly tender after 30 minutes in the oven! 

Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled Chicken Tacos

One thing’s for sure … you can never go wrong when it comes to TACOS! It’s a dish full of flavors and vitamins that you can modify to any taste-bud out there! 

You can always add/ remove vegetables and spices as per your crowd’s liking. What we suggest to use is bell peppers, corn, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and avocado… simple yet delicious! 

This taco is ideal for your BBQ Party! Just turn on the grill… throw in the chicken and the vegetables.. season with your choice of sauces & spices… and take your taste-buds to a culinary trip to Mexico! 

Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

You must be thinking that this dish sounds complicated, well don’t worry! It’s very easy to make if you follow this simple recipe

It’s a very light meal to have during summer, pair that with some pecan rice and you’ll have your stomachs full and your taste-buds satisfied. 
If you’re in for a cozy gathering with friends and family the Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice is definitely an option to keep in mind.