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    The 45 BEST High Protein Meals

    If you’re looking for some delicious ways to add more protein into your diet, you’ve come to the right place!

    We’ve compiled this list of our absolute best High Protein Meals for you to cook, and they’re all amazing.

    Beef, chicken, pork, seafood… all cooked in a variety of flavors from all around the world. There’s something for everyone here!

    Cook your way through all of these high protein recipes, you will love these flavors!

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    The Best High Protein Meals:

    1. Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

    mediterranean chicken skillet

    We’re starting our list of high protein meals with this amazing Mediterranean Chicken Skillet.

    It’s a one skillet meal from stovetop-to oven-to table. Easy, healthy and delicious!

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    2. Barbacoa Beef Lettuce Wraps

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    Are you craving some Chipotle tonight? You don’t have to go to a take out place.

    It’s extremely easy to create the same bold flavors in your very own home with this Barbacoa Beef. Making it into lettuce wraps keeps the carbs low and protein high.

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    3. Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    southern braised chicken

    Southern Braised Chicken is the newest addition to your comfort food repertoire. It’s hearty and full of cozy flavors.

    With just a few humble ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time, you’ll have a high protein dish the whole family is going to love.

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    4. Pork Pinwheels with Zucchiccine

    pork pinwheels

    Add a gourmet flair to your table with these fancy looking, yet easy to cook, pork pinwheels.

    Packing 49 grams of protein per serving, they’re one of our favorite items on this list.

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    5. Baked Salmon with Mango Salsa

    salmon with mango salsa

    This easy recipe features spicy-limey salmon which blends perfectly with the sweetness of fresh mango salsa.

    This tropical delight is packed with protein and a lot of other good nutrients.

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    6. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    crockpot tuscan chicken

    This crock pot Tuscan chicken is drenched in a creamy sauce loaded with great Mediterranean flavors. It’s one easy and delicious make ahead weeknight dinner!

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    7. Puerto Rican Picadillo

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    Picadillo is classic Latin ground beef dish popular in many Latin countries. This Puerto Rican version bursting with flavors is one of my favorites.

    It’s so versatile, great in tacos, burritos, empanadas or alongside rice and plantains.

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    8. Shrimp Creole with Sausage

    shrimp creole

    This Shrimp Creole with Andouille Sausage is a flavor bomb! Plump shrimp and hearty sausage in a great Creole seasoned tomato sauce.

    If you’re a fan of New Orleans style food like us, this one is going in your rotation!

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    9. Jamaican Pepper Steak

    jamaican pepper steak

    This Jamaican style pepper steak ends up with tender strips of beef in a tasty, savory sauce, with colorful bell peppers cooked to sweet perfection.

    It’s one of our favorite high protein dinners!

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    10. Country Captain Chicken

    country captain chicken

    Country Captain Chicken… Indian curry meets Lowcountry cooking. Simply known as Country Captain, this is a Southern Icon you may have never tasted.

    Often found on tables from Charleston to Savannah, it’s a delicious Southern curried chicken, plus it’s packed with protein!

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    11. Oven Baked Ribs

    baked bbq ribs

    These Oven Baked Ribs are the BEST, hands down! They cook low and slow, until the meat is so tender that teeth are totally optional.

    It’s so simple to cook perfect baby back ribs, just a few minutes of hands on time, then your oven does the work.

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    12. Gorgonzola Portobello Steak Skillet

    gorgonzola steak skillet.

    This Gorgonzola Portobello Steak Skillet is sure to become a new family favorite. It’s a super easy restaurant quality meal that is an absolute flavor bomb!

    You can pair it with bread or noodles, or keep it low carb and serve it on its own.

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    13. Greek Shrimp with Tomatoes & Feta (Shrimp Saganaki)

    shrimp saganaki

    We just love this Greek Shrimp Saganaki, which features beautiful Mediterranean flavors and is topped with feta cheese.

    You just can’t go wrong with this one!

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    14. Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

    honey garlic chicken bites

    A high protein dinner ready in 20 minutes? Honey Garlic Chicken Bites… Music to the ears…

    When you look into the pan, the sticky delicious honey garlic sauce laced chicken bites, they look so tempting to dig in to.

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    15. Smoky Chipotle Chili

    chipotle chili.

    Rich and hearty, with a layer of smokiness from chipotle peppers, this chili will keep you warm on winter nights.

    Loaded with meat and beans, this one packs 48 grams of protein per serving!

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    16. Mediterranean Fish with Tapenade

    mediterranean fish

    Here is one of our favorite high protein fish recipes, Mediterranean Fish.

    The fish is pan seared and topped with a tomato and olive tapenade. It’s so good!

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    17. Beef Kheema (Indian Ground Beef with Peas)

    beef kheema.

    Kheema… One of the beloved ground meat dishes from India and Pakistan. This is one of the curry fixes you need in your life every now and then.

    It’s one of the quickest curried meats you can whip up when planning an Indian night, and has 45 grams of protein per serving.

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    18. Pesto Bruschetta Chicken

    pesto bruschetta chicken

    This gorgeous dish highlights two summer favorites: fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes!

    It’s a great high protein meal prep option. Only 10 minutes of prep time and then your trusty old oven does the rest.

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    19. Filipino Pork Menudo

    pork menudo

    Are you ready for a big bowl of the most delicious, melt in your mouth pork stew? Here it is!

    This Filipino Pork Menudo is bursting with soul-satisfying flavors, plus has a ton of protein.

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    20. Firecracker Salmon

    firecracker salmon

    Salmon is one of the healthiest sources of lean protein. If you’re looking for a new recipe to really jazz it up, try this firecracker salmon.

    It’s salty, it’s sweet, and it’s a little bit spicy! Firecracker salmon just may become one of your new go-to recipes.

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    21. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

    baked honey mustard chicken legs

    Sweet, Savory, Sticky, Saucy… Meet your new favorite meal prep option. This baked honey mustard chicken only takes 10 minutes of your time, the oven does the rest!

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    22. Bistec Encebollado (Steak & Onions)

    bistec encebollado.

    Bistec Encebollado, simply meaning steak and onions in Spanish. If you don’t know Bistec Encebollado… well, it’s about time you learn this Latin flavor bomb!

    This one packs a whopping 51 grams of protein per serving.

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    23. Harissa Shrimp

    harissa shrimp

    This Harissa Shrimp is a quick dinner that’s bursting with smoky, zesty, exotic flavors.

    It’s easy enough to go in your weeknight dinner rotation, but unique and special enough to impress guests with.

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    24. Flank Steak Fajitas

    steak fajitas.

    These flank steak fajitas are the perfect easy option when that Mexican food craving hits.

    Perfectly marinated, melt in your mouth tender beef strips with colorful peppers. You’re in for a fun meal with this one!

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    25. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    mediterranean braised chicken

    This gorgeous Mediterranean braised chicken is your coq au vin taken to the next level!

    So many layers of flavor, yet so easy. With 38 grams of protein per serving, it’s a great recipe to add to your rotation.

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    26. Beef Tagine

    beef tagine.

    Beef Tagine is a popular stew from Morocco with amazing flavors thanks to the earthy and exotic spices.

    It’s an alluring labor of love that takes hours to slowly cook and simmer. It’s not your regular stew by any standard.

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    27. Cochon de Lait (Cajun Pulled Pork)

    cochon de lait

    Cochon de Lait is a delicious pulled pork recipe from Louisiana.

    This high protein dish has great seasonings and slow cooks to melt in your mouth perfection.

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    28. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken

    teriyaki chicken

    This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely amazing. Tender juicy chicken glistening with savory, salty, sweet and umami rich teriyaki sauce, smothered to perfection.

    Alongside this are bright, crunchy colorful veggies dressed in a nutty sesame oil dressing, kinda like Asian coleslaw.

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    29. Spanish Clams with Chorizo

    spanish clams

    These Spanish Clams are simmered with cannellini beans, chorizo sausage and great flavor enhancers.

    It’s an amazing dish that will easily impress guests, but is easy enough for any weeknight.

    This is one of those meals where just a few ingredients combine to form something unbelievably delicious.

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    30. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    chicken skillet

    This creamy chicken skillet is your weekday best friend. It’s super easy , it’s super tasty and it’s a low carb bomb.

    Start to finish in 30 minutes, it’s going to be one of your favorite high protein meals.

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    31. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

    garlic butter steak bites.

    Take your beef to a new level with these tasty pan seared garlic butter steak bites.

    Perfectly cooked bite sized morsels of tender steak drenched in garlicky butter. So good!

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    32. Chicken Masala

    chicken masala

    Homestyle Indian Masala. Simple, yet crowd pleasing. Impress your friends and neighbors…

    Guess what? Indian doesn’t have to mean spicy! But it sure means flavorful!

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    33. Shrimp Foil Packs

    shrimp foil packs

    These Shrimp Foil Packets are a delicious healthy meal with all your favorite summer veggies.

    A great option to prepare ahead of time, they’re perfect for grilling season!

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    34. Crock Pot Barbacoa Pork

    barbacoa pork on a white platter

    Super easy, super tasty and super versatile. Make a huge batch and you can serve a big crowd or have leftovers for days.

    Try in tacos, a Buddha bowl, or use your own creativity!

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    35. Maafe (Senegalese Peanut Stew)

    beef maafe.

    This West African peanut stew, Maafe (or Mafe), is loaded with rich savory flavors and has 46 grams of protein per serving.

    Tender beef goes great in this perfectly spiced peanut butter and tomato based sauce.

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    36. Caribbean Coconut Mussels

    caribbean coconut mussels in a bowl on the gypsy plate

    Creamy… coconutty… seefoody… Extra yummy Caribbean Coconut Mussels. Easy, delicious, and sure to please any crowd!

    Try this delicious Caribbean style curry, but be warned, you will get hooked!

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    37. Islander Pork- The BEST Crock Pot Pork Chops

    crockpot pork chops

    These crock pot pork chops, AKA Islander pork, are your new weekday best friend.

    Melt in your mouth tender meat in a delectable sauce. If you can spare 10 minutes, your crock pot will do the rest!

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    38. Corned Beef and Cabbage

    corned beef and cabbage

    This easy Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage takes next to no effort, and results in perfectly tender, melt in your mouth beef.

    Just a few ingredients, and about five minutes of your time, is all you need to make this mouthwatering crockpot corned beef dinner.

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    39. Pork Vindaloo

    pork vindaloo

    Do you love curry? This authentic Pork Vindaloo from the Indian state of Goa is sure to tickle your taste buds.

    You can make it hot or mild, but it’s always packed with flavor and protein!

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    40. Psari Plaki

    psari plaki

    This Greek baked fish, Psari Plaki, is a great addition to your recipe collection.

    Flaky fish with light, fresh and vibrant Mediterranean flavors. YUM!

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    41. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

    thai basil chicken

    Are you looking for a really fast meal that’s really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken (or Pad Krapow Gai) bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

    Featuring 48 grams of protein, this might be your easiest recipe yet!

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    42. Tomato Basil Chicken

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    This tomato basil chicken is a quick, light and tasty weekday meal.

    The sweetness from the orange marmalade is a great complement to the freshness of the tomatoes and basil!

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    43. Ropa Vieja

    ropa vieja.

    Ropa Vieja is a TRUE Cuban Classic!!

    Beloved throughout the generations, this rustic and humble shredded beef is very popular not only in Cuba, but many of its neighboring Spanish speaking countries.

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    44. Jamaican Curry Chicken

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    This Jamaican Curry Chicken is a MUST for all you fellow curry lovers. It’s super easy and absolutely loaded with great flavors!

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    45. Steak Pizzaiola

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    We’re wrapping up this list of high protein meals with an Italian classic… Steak Pizzaiola!

    Pizzaiola is a dish from Naples that features meat cooked with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, oregano, and white wine. It’s so good!

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    So there you go, forty five incredible high protein meals. They’re all so delicious! Which one will you try first?

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    45 BEST High Protein Meals

    All of these High Protein Meals are delicious and flavorful. Plus, they're packed with healthy protein! We love this easy crockpot chicken:


    • 6-8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
    • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
    • 3 tbsp butter, divided
    • 1.5 cup cream
    • 1/2 cup chicken stock (optional)
    • 3/4 to 1 cup parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped or cut into strips
    • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
    • 3-4 cups spinach, packed
    • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp oil


      1. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, red chili flakes. Heat oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a pan on medium high heat. Add chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes. Flip and cook for 3-4 minutes on the other side. Transfer them to crockpot.
      2. In the same pan, add in the remaining 2 Tbsp butter. Add in garlic and sauté for 30-40 seconds. Add in cream and chicken stock and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning and cook for a minute. Add in sun dried tomatoes and cook for a minute.
      3. Pour the sauce over chicken in the crock pot. Spread well. Cover and cook 3-4 hours on HIGH or 6-8 hours on LOW.
      4. Once the chicken is tender and cooked, stirred in spinach leaves and mix well with the sauce. Cover and cook till wilted.

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