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27 Lazy High Protein Meals

Let’s face it, we all get lazy sometimes. Whether the week is throwing a million things at you, or you just don’t want to spend hours whipping up dinner, these lazy high protein meals will help.

For many people, that usually means calling up the closest takeout place and ordering the usual. But it doesn’t have to be the case for you. At least, not every time!

Eating a high-protein diet does require some dedication, but it also requires some contingency planning. For those days when cooking feels almost impossible, a lazy meal is necessary.

That’s why I’ve stocked this list full of delicious lazy high protein meals ready for the days when the takeout menus are calling your name.

Lazy High Protein Meals

1. Chicken Mozzarella Bake

 Chicken Mozzarella Bake


First thing’s first, let’s address one of the finer things in life: mozzarella. A good old-fashioned mozzarella and chicken bake is our first stop on the list. Why? Because it’s comfort in a dish.

Cheesy, rich with tomatoes, and packed with lean protein, there’s really nothing better than this on a lazy night in.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 395

• Fats: 18g

• Protein: 50g

• Carbs: 6.2g

• Fiber: 1.3g

• Sugar: 2.1g

2. Air Fryer Salmon

Air Fryer Salmon


Next up, your best friend when preparing lazy meals is your air fryer! This countertop appliance opens so many doors. Like, for example, this delicious salmon dish.

Crisped to perfection with a side of salted greens, this dish is healthy without taking hours to prepare.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 287

• Fats: 17g

• Protein: 26g

• Carbs: 7.2g

• Fiber: 0.6g

• Sugar: 4.5g

3. Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast

Cast Iron Skillet Chicken Breast


Next up, let’s give a little love to some cast iron. This delicious dish spotlights the humble chicken breast. Frying your chicken in cast iron is one of the easiest ways to prepare it.

Luckily, it’s also one of the tastiest! Serve with a side of salad or greens, this is your next easy dinner waiting to happen.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 185

• Fats: 9.8g

• Protein: 22g

• Carbs: 1.5g

• Fiber: 0.4g

• Sugar: 0.1g

4. 3-Ingredient Honey Chicken Wings

3-Ingredient Honey Chicken Wings


Chicken wings are a classic choice when takeout menus are calling. Instead of giving in, take 5 minutes to prepare these tasty wings.

All you need are your wings, some Italian seasoning, and a good dose of honey. The honey caramelizes the wings to utter perfection.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 527

• Fats: 37g

• Protein: 26g

• Carbs: 23g

• Fiber: 2g

• Sugar: 6.2g

5. 3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet

3-Ingredient Breakfast Skillet


Next up, another 3-ingredient winner! This is a high-protein breakfast skillet the whole family will love.

This calls back to an old rule in my house: on nights when dinner isn’t on the cards, then it’s time to have breakfast for dinner.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 274

• Fats: 20g

• Protein: 19g

• Carbs: 3.2g

• Fiber: 0.8g

• Sugar: 1.9g

6. Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Vegetables

Sheet Pan Pork Chops and Vegetables


Calling all lazy home cooks, here’s the answer to your prayers! The humble sheet pan opens so many doors for quick and easy recipes.

Case in point these tasty pork chops. This is one of my go-to recipes for nights when cooking something complicated is nigh-on impossible.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 390

• Fats: 28g

• Protein: 22g

• Carbs: 15g

• Fiber: 4.3g

• Sugar: 7.9g

7. Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats with Banana

Chocolate Protein Overnight Oats with Banana


Who says breakfasts can’t be lazy, too? Whether you need something simple for a busy morning or just want a quiet start to the day, these chocolate overnight oats will do the trick.

Kick things off the night before by mixing everything together, then leave it to sit ready for you the next morning.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 389

• Fats: 5.6g

• Protein: 33g

• Carbs: 54g

• Fiber: 8.1g

• Sugar: 14g

8. Salami Egg Cups

salami egg cups


Next up, here’s another breakfast option for you to consider (although this would work just as well for lunch or dinner). These are super simple and take almost no time to make.

Plus, you only need five ingredients to make ‘em happen!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 260

• Fats: 20g

• Protein: 17g

• Carbs: 1.2g

• Fiber: 0.2g

• Sugar: 0.3g

9. Chicken Avocado Wrap

chicken avocado wrap


Need something easy to enjoy on the go? Whip up this lazy wrap recipe to enjoy something healthy no matter the time of day.

These wraps are easy to customize based on whatever you might have on hand. Just make sure to include plenty of protein to ensure they’re nice and filling.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 314

• Fats: 16g

• Protein: 17g

• Carbs: 28g

• Fiber: 6.4g

• Sugar: 1.3g

10. Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks

 Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks


When it comes to lazy meals, one of the most important inventions of the twenty-first century is the Instant Pot. And nothing demonstrates that better than this amazing drumstick recipe!

These Instant Pot chicken drumsticks are full of yummy herbs and cooked in a delicious sauce. That makes them moist enough to fall off the bone.

Check out these other high protein instant pot recipes!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 337

• Fats: 22g

• Protein: 28g

• Carbs: 5g

• Fiber: 0.3g

• Sugar: 1g

11. Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders


We all know the temptation of buffalo chicken tenders, but they can be annoying to assemble. Luckily, your air fryer is here to save the day.

Quick and easy, this is a lazy version of chicken tenders that just so happens to be healthier than the standard.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 280

• Fats: 9.7g

• Protein: 35.7g

• Carbs: 9.8g

• Fiber: 0.8g

• Sugar: 0.4g

12. Air Fryer Ribeye Steak

Air Fryer Ribeye Steak


Next up, steak! Steak can be a great lazy high-protein meal because it takes just a few minutes to come together. The secret lies in what you dress your steak with.

Serve it alongside some garlic asparagus spears, and you’re golden.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 472

• Fats: 32g

• Protein: 46g

• Carbs: 0.1g

• Fiber: 0.03g

13. Ground Pork Stir Fry

ground pork stir fry


Stir fry is one of my go-to meals when I’m feeling a bit lazy but still need something to satisfy the family.

Rich with vegetables and twice as tasty, this meal is a great substitute for Chinese takeout. Not only that, you can whip this up in thirty minutes or less. Take that, takeout!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 221

• Fats: 5.5g

• Protein: 33.9g

• Carbs: 8.1g

• Fiber: 2.1g

• Sugar: 2.9g

14. Easy Baked Pesto Mozzarella Chicken

 Easy Baked Pesto Mozzarella Chicken


If there’s anything I know from years of seeking healthy, lazy meals, it’s that ovens are your friend. This simple mozzarella bake is a great way to prepare some lean chicken breasts!

Best of all, the pesto helps turn this into an Italian treasure.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 466

• Fats: 31g

• Protein: 39g

• Carbs: 7g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 3g

15. High Protein Pasta Salad

 High Protein Pasta Salad


Next up, a good old-fashioned pasta salad! This features everything from the deli cabinet and then some, ensuring your bowl is packed to the gills with flavor and veggies.

Whether you need something to bring to your next potluck or an easy weeknight dinner, this high protein bowl is the move.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 164.5g

• Fats: 10.2g

• Protein: 11.6g

• Carbs: 6.9g

• Fiber: 2.8g

• Sugar: 1.3g

16. Quick Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

Quick Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry


Cabbage is one of those vegetables that carries a bad reputation, but it doesn’t have to! With the right preparation, cabbage can be downright delicious.

This chicken and cabbage stir fry is next-level. Quick to make, this will bring the family running to the dinner table.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 258

• Fats: 10g

• Protein: 29g

• Carbs: 12g

• Fiber: 4g

• Sugar: 5g

17. Easy Chicken Limone

Easy Chicken Limone


Chicken Limone is absolutely delicious! Even better, it’s so easy to make that you can whip it up any night of the week.

While you can enjoy the limone on its own, I recommend rounding it out with a side of lazy steamed greens.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 168

• Fats: 11g

• Protein: 15g

• Carbs: 3g

• Fiber: 0.4g

• Sugar: 1g

18. Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry

Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry


When Chinese takeout is calling your name, there’s nothing to do but find your way around it… with a lazy recipe. This easy stir fry is the best of the best, rich with protein and steamed greens.

The sauce is what really makes this recipe sing. Make a big batch of it ahead of time and store it in your fridge for easy access!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 308

• Fats: 12g

• Protein: 37g

• Carbs: 15g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 6g

19. Easy Shrimp Scampi

shrimp scrampi


Got twenty minutes to kill and need to feed the family? This shrimp scampi is the recipe for you.

A delightful Italian classic with flavor to spare, this is an affordable dish you can enjoy in twenty minutes.

Best of all, it’s a one-pot wonder! No need to create a pile of dishes, just jump in and enjoy.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 338

• Fats: 25g

• Protein: 24g

• Carbs: 2g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 1g

20. Lazy Lasagna Casserole

 Lazy Lasagna Casserole


Lasagna is one of the more complex dishes on planet Earth, but those flavors are not to be missed. So, what’s a lazy cook to do? Get creative, of course.

This lazy lasagna casserole has the ease baked right into it. Instead of layered lasagna, just enjoy all the flavors mixed together and baked beneath a coating of mozzarella.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 489

• Fats: 23g

• Protein: 42g

• Carbs: 27g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 7g

21. Chicken Parmesan Casserole

Chicken Parmesan Casserole


Next up, the same thing goes for chicken parmesan! Delicious, but often fussy to make. That’s why this chicken parmesan casserole is the next best choice.

In fact, in my humble opinion, this might be even better than chicken parmesan. It’s easy to make, warm, and ringing with all the flavors of the classic dish.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 740

• Fats: 28g

• Protein: 42g

• Carbs: 80g

• Fiber: 6g

• Sugar: 12g

22. Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice

Instant Pot Chicken Fried Rice


Fried rice is a classic takeout meal, but you don’t have to outsource your meals for this one! All you need is your Instant Pot, some leftover rice, and a few minutes with your ingredients.

This fried rice is warm and enriching. It’s a great vehicle for all those leftover vegetables and meats at the end of a long week.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 489

• Fats: 9g

• Protein: 35g

• Carbs: 64g

• Fiber: 3g

• Sugar: 3g

23. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole


If you’re anything like me, then the combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch makes your heart sing.

As one of the most well-loved flavor combos in the world, this is at home in a casserole dish. This is a dump-and-go meal that saves you time and stress effortlessly.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 447

• Fats: 35.8g

• Protein: 37.3g

• Carbs: 6g

• Fiber: 1.6g

• Sugar: 1.3g

24. Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas

Air Fryer Chicken Fajitas


Fajitas are yet another meal that offers a quick and easy solution to lunch or dinner. While these are usually baked, your air fryer will do the trick in half the time.

These fajitas are ready to eat as soon as they emerge from the air fryer, although you can also warm some tortillas to enjoy with them if you like.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 154

• Fats: 10g

• Protein: 11g

• Carbs: 4g

• Fiber: 1g

• Sugar: 2g

25. Easy Chicken and Corn Chowder

Chicken and Corn Chowder


Chowder is an amazing choice for lazy, comforting dinners on cold nights with the family! This is a chicken and corn variation that’s both savory and just the slightest bit sweet.

Creamy, warm, and speckled with salty bacon, this is the answer to your winter night blues.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 544

• Fats: 27g

• Protein: 27g

• Carbs: 52g

• Fiber: 4g

• Sugar: 4g

26. Southwest Chicken Crockpot

Southwest Chicken Crockpot


Southwest chicken anyone? This is a quick and easy dish packed to the gills with protein and vitamins. This is one of those dishes you can make with whatever you have in your pantry.

Serve warm with a side of your favorite carbohydrate, and dinner is ready! Enjoy more crockpot chicken recipes here.

Per Serving:

• Calories: 244

• Fats: 4g

• Protein: 26g

• Carbs: 28g

• Fiber: 7g

• Sugar: 6g

27. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken


Finally, let’s pay homage to one of the most well-loved lazy dishes in the world teriyaki chicken! This is a slow cooker version that will have you watering at the mouth once you lift the lid.

Easy, convenient, and ideal for a lazy night in: this is the perfect dish to cap off our list. Follow up your meal with one of these high protein desserts!

Per Serving:

• Calories: 227

• Fats: 3g

• Protein: 25g

• Carbs: 22g

• Sugar: 17g

And that’s twenty-seven! With all those lazy meals for you to choose from, you’ll be well-equipped for the week ahead.

Or really, any night where putting too much effort into dinner is not on the cards.

I hope you found something you’d like to try on the list! Plus, drop your go-to high-protein lazy meal in the comments so we can all build up our reserves of easy dinners.