20 One-Pan Chicken Recipes – These incredible chicken recipes will kick up your budget-friendly weeknight meal menus up a few notches. Chicken is so juicy, meaty, and economical for a family. Even better, it’s super easy to prepare, whether in the oven, the stovetop, or the grill.
My favorite chicken recipes, of course, are the quickest and most straightforward. I especially love them if I don’t have to clean up a big mess. That makes one-pot chicken recipes convenient besides delicious.
My favorite go-to recipes at my fingertips make my life so much easier. What’s your craving? Whether it’s for Caribbean, African, or classic Southern comfort food, I’ve got you covered with this list of delectable one-pot chicken recipes.
This list could take a while because there are so many ways. Baked, grilled, fried, stewed, smoked, and roasted are just a few to get you started.
It really does; for two reasons. First, the lactic acid breaks down collagen and tenderizes the meat, and second, calcium accelerates the process of natural enzymes breaking down protein. And who doesn’t love a cream sauce with their chicken?
Brining does pretty much the same thing milk does. It accelerates proteins breaking down for a tenderer piece of chicken. And it does it without dairy.
Southern Chicken Recipes
This Cajun and Creole specialty will feed a crowd and leave them happy. Cajun spices and seafood flavored rice will have your family drooling before it even makes it to the table. This one is a complete meal with lots of flavor and tradition!
2. Chicken and Dumplings
This classic Southern comfort food with a creamy sauce, tons of flavor, and (my favorite) dumplings is a real treat. These dumplings definitely are what make this so soul-satisfying — they’re made with a super easy biscuit recipe for the win!
3. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Chicken and broccoli go so well together, and they’re even better when tossed with rice. The cheesy sauce made with cheddar cheese and Creole spices takes this one-pot recipe over the top, while pops of green from the broccoli make it a beauty to behold.
4. Chicken Corn Chowder
Corn chowder with chicken, veggies, and cream makes the ultimate comfort food. But it’s the spices that take it over the top. I use chicken in my corn chowder, but you can totally make a vegetarian version as well, and it’s equally delicious!
Italian One-Pan Chicken Recipes
5. Tuscan Chicken
Let me take you to Tuscany and back with this one-pot chicken recipe. It all starts with a decadent garlic cream sauce and spinach. This dish is what Italian food is all about—simple ingredients that come together quickly for an elegant weeknight dinner.
6. Chicken Fricassee
This recipe reminds me of home, and it’s everyone’s favorite recipe when we can gather around the table despite our hectic lives. There’s elegance in this comforting dish, thanks to the famous fricassee sauce, mushrooms, and a hint of dry white wine. Add asparagus to elevate this one-pot meal to more memorable occasions.
7. Chicken Scarpariello
Chicken and sausage come together in this filling one-pot recipe where every ingredient plays a crucial role. Pan sear the chicken and sausage first to crisp them up, then sauté the veggies. This Italian American dish will win your heart with the first bite.
8. Chicken Cacciatore
This perfectly seasoned chicken is an Italian American recipe with tons of flavors. And it looks gorgeous with that red tomato sauce! Tasty chicken on top of a side of pasta makes a whole meal that will surely satisfy your family. Olives, bell peppers, and mushrooms really make the dish! Oh, and use some homemade garlic bread to scoop up the last drop of sauce from your plate!
Asian One-Pan Chicken Recipes
9. Stir-Fry Chicken and Vegetables
Let’s not forget that stir-fries are one-pot dishes as well, and they often take just a few minutes. I use boneless thighs to flavor this savory chicken stir-fry with garlic, ginger, and onions. A red bell pepper makes it gorgeous, and the honey glaze is also a perfect finishing touch.
10. Chicken Biryani Recipe
This is the perfect recipe for you Indian food lovers, and it’s sure to be your next one-pot meal favorite. It’s also a fantastic way of using leftover roasted chicken. Ginger, cumin, garlic, and onions all kick this deliciousness up a few notches on the flavor scale. Yum!!!
11. Chicken Fried Rice
This is a super easy recipe for when I’m in a hurry and need to throw something together for a quick meal. The secret is marinating the chicken, even if it’s only for a few minutes. The rest is super easy! By the way, this chicken fried rice tastes even better the day after, and it’s one of my favorite leftovers!
Caribbean One-Pan Chicken Recipes
12. One-Pot Caribbean Jerk Chicken and Rice
Jerk spices are the very essence of Jamaican cuisine. The garlic, ginger, and hot peppers marinate the chicken to perfection. Add rice and meaty kidney beans, and dinner is served! This one-pot chicken recipe is also perfect for an outdoor lunch!
13. One-Pan Puerto Rican Chicken And Rice
Chicken and rice were meant to be together — that’s a satisfying mouthful, especially if you give the one-pot dish a Caribbean feel. The Adobo is the secret ingredient with garlic and oregano, then mix in some cilantro for the win, and you have a one-pot meal worth writing home about.
14. One-Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken and Rice
This fresh and fragrant chicken recipe is citrusy and aromatic, making it perfect for summer. The hearty dish with black beans enjoys mouthwatering Latin flavors that will surely become a family favorite. There’s something about cilantro and lime together that makes everything better.
15. Arroz con Pollo
This Latin American version of chicken and rice is absolutely mind-blowing. Long-grain rice serves as a bed for a rich chicken stew flavored with tomatoes, herbs, spices, and white wine. A lot is going on in this one, but don’t let the long ingredient list intimidate you; making arroz con pollo is super easy, I promise.
More Chicken Recipes
16. Jollof Rice and Chicken
By now, you know I love rice. And that is because you can do so much with it! The chicken and rice, along with thyme, hot peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and a few other veggies, make a super comforting meal. Use long-grain rice for this one, and don’t be shy with the spices!
17. Chicken Paprikash
This spicy stew is all about paprika straight from Hungary. The beautiful red sauce has no tomatoes—the gorgeous red is all from paprika. Then the sour cream and onions perfectly balance all the wonderful flavors. I accidentally served it without the sour cream once, and it was still tasty.
18. Braised Garlic Thyme Chicken
If you are looking for melt-in-your-mouth chicken, this is the recipe for you. Addictively buttery and generously seasoned, this braised chicken recipe spotlights one of my favorite herbs, thyme. And the mustard, paprika, and a few other spices make the dish more complex than you think.
19. Rosemary Chicken
This recipe is not only super easy for weeknight meals, but it’s also perfect for dinner parties. It is gorgeous on the table, and the chicken comes out fork-tender. Potatoes are also the ideal match for rosemary, and the drool-worthy sauce takes this appealing dish beyond delicious.
20. Muamba Chicken (Muamba de Galinha)
This Angolan chicken stew has tons of flavors you won’t get from just any one-pot meal. The palm oil, hot peppers, and the smoky paprika all come together for a mouthwatering taste of Africa. Be generous with the spices, especially the hot peppers. 😉
So that wraps up my list of super quick and straightforward one-pot chicken recipes. The Jambalaya is the right choice if you’re looking for good ol’ Southern comfort food. But if you want a dish that’s a little more elegant, you can’t beat Rosemary Chicken. Try a few, or try all of them on a weekly rotation, and let me know which one is your fave.
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