These incredible one-pot chicken dinner recipes are so easy, you can even whip them up on a busy weeknight. They’re juicy, flavorful, and perfect for a family feast.
After all, the last thing you should have to worry about is a sink full of pots and pans, right?
Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty pasta, a creamy casserole, or a rich soup, this collection has it all.
So, get ready for a standing ovation because these one-pot chicken dinner recipes will definitely earn you one.
Let’s get the show on the road with something fiery!
Tender and juicy chicken thighs are braised in tomatoes, onions, and Tabasco for a flavor-packed stew.
You’ll love how the combo of thighs and Tabasco creates a nice balance of fatty and spicy. So although there’s heat, it won’t burn your tongue off.
Kale and chickpeas are also thrown into the mix for texture and color.
The name may be intimidating, but if you break this authentic Mexican chicken recipe down, it’s actually pretty simple.
Pozole Verde de Pollo is a Mexican stew made with chicken and hominy (dried corn kernels).
Its broth features flavors from poblano peppers and fresh tomatillo, which is what gives the broth its hue (Verde = green).
To make it extra, garnish the soup with your favorite Mexican toppings. You can’t go wrong with avocado slices, jalapeños, and tortilla chips.
Instant noodles are undeniably addictive, but we all know they’re not the healthiest. Luckily, this doctored ramen recipe is the perfect solution.
In this recipe, you’ll only use the noodles and throw out the seasoning packet.
Instead, you’ll use a mix of sweet and umami-rich Asian sauces to toss the noodles in.
Add in some juicy chicken thighs and a medley of vegetables, and your healthy ramen noodles are ready for inhaling.
Whenever I see a recipe for gnocchi, I instantly give it a try. I’m such a sucker for these wonderfully chewy and pillowy dumplings!
I’m pleased to announce this recipe is a worthy addition to your weekly meal rotation. It’s a quick and easy 30-minute recipe, but it delivers big flavors.
The gnocchi dumplings are accompanied by sun-dried tomatoes, wilted spinach, and chicken chunks, and are then coated in an outrageously creamy and cheesy sauce.
That’s what I call pasta paradise.
Here’s an amazing dish the whole family will enjoy. And when I say the whole family, I mean even the babies, too.
Chicken, couscous, and carrots together create a healthy and soft dish that even the little tots will enjoy.
The dish is seasoned with turmeric, curry, and other spices, but not too much that it’ll overwhelm your kid’s palate.
Chicken, rice, and sun-dried tomatoes may seem like a simple combination, but it also happens to produce some phenomenal flavor and texture to boot.
Seriously, it’s so good, you’ll want to lick the plate. I know I did!
Oh, and its aroma is pretty epic, too. Just be careful, you might find a few neighbors knocking at your door.
How this for a one-pot wonder: tender chicken thighs, chewy orzo, garlic, parsley, and juicy tomatoes cooked together in one skillet.
This dish combines protein, fat, carbs, and vegetables and creates one heck of a show-stopping meal.
It’s very hearty, and yet, you won’t be able to stop eating. Doubling the recipe is highly suggested.
Here’s the best part: this complete meal-in-one is ready for lunch or dinner in just 35 minutes.
Chicken Alfredo is the kind of dish you absolutely must know how to cook, especially if you have kids in the house.
If you don’t have one yet, feel free to pin this one!
It’s a no-fuss, no-muss recipe that yields the creamiest, dreamiest one-pot pasta dish ever.
After all, how can you go wrong with fettuccine, chicken, cream, and cheese? It’s the ultimate definition of decadence.
When I see bacon and Ranch in a dish, I get excited. But when it’s mixed with chicken too? Just try and hold me back!
Aside from the salty, smoky, and crunchy bacon bits, this dish is also packed with starchy rice and juicy chicken. That’s all tossed in lots of cheese and a sinful Ranch dressing.
It’s definitely not for those who are trying to cut back, but if you’re craving something decadent after a productive work week, this dish is calling out your name.
There’s no denying how insanely good this classic Italian dish is. But if you’ve made it before, you know how labor-intensive it can be.
With this simplified version, though, you’ll still get to enjoy the flavors and textures of the beloved dish without going through the same effort. Hurray!
Plus, the addition of rigatoni pasta makes it extra hearty and satisfying.
Just look at this thing of beauty. It’s perfectly roasted chicken complete with starchy vegetables and rich gravy.
I can’t help but drool.
The chicken and veggies are great, but it’s the combination of herbs and white wine that makes this roasted chicken extra special.
It creates a ridiculously mouthwatering gravy that coats both the bird and the vegetables, giving them so much flavor.
And yes, as difficult as it is to believe, all three elements are cooked in the same pot!
Between the crispy chicken, crunchy-tender vegetables, starchy rice, and creamy lemon broth, this hearty meal is everything you can ask for in a comforting bowl of soup.
Irresistible is not enough to describe how good it is.
With its bright flavors and wonderful variety of textures, this soup is like a party in your mouth.
Craving Chinese? Instead of going out or ordering in, why not make your own lo mein?
I promise; it’s a lot easier than you think. Plus, it’s a helluva lot cheaper!
This noodle dish is brimming with colors, tastes, and texture. What’s not to love?
You’ve got chewy noodles, savory chicken, and crunchy veggies, all tied together in an umami-rich sauce. Yum!
If you’ve never heard of or tried this authentic Filipino chicken dish before, you’re really missing out.
Chicken adobo is a simple dish of meat stewed in a mix of vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns, and bay leaves.
It may look plain at first glance, but trust me, there’s nothing basic about its flavors. This dish is umami overload, which is why it’s best served with sweet and starchy coconut rice.
Pro-tip: the perfect adobo is one that’s glistening with fat. So, be sure to fry the chicken (or pork belly) before braising it.
15. Coq au Vin Blanc
Coq au vin is a classic French chicken dish that sounds way fancier than it really is.
For this one-pot recipe, you’ll swap some of the usual ingredients for convenience and a fun twist.
For instance, white wine is used instead of red, chicken thighs instead of a medley of chicken pieces, and shallots are used rather than pearl onions.
While it’s much simpler and more affordable than the classic elegant dish, it still manages to deliver stunning results.
A dish doesn’t have to have a million different ingredients to be a hit. Case in point: this insanely scrumptious chicken skillet recipe.
With only two primary components – chicken and rice – this dish may seem basic, but I promise, it’s loaded with flavor.
And it’s all in the seasonings!
Cajun, butter, honey, mangoes, and cilantro ensure that this dish is far from plain and simple.
Chicken and mushrooms are a match made in heaven. Nothing creates a more meaty, savory, and earthy flavor profile than these two!
Together with sweet onions and hearty orzo pasta, this dish is outrageously tasty and highly satisfying.
Its ingredients list is fairly short and the steps are very simple. From kitchen to table, it won’t take you over 30 minutes.
Kids generally don’t like the idea of eating spinach for lunch. This dish is an exception.
Made of juicy thighs, shallots, creamy spinach, and wine, this entrée is impossible to resist.
Don’t worry, the wine doesn’t make it boozy. All the alcohol evaporates during cooking, and all that’s left is the wine’s flavor.
Shredded chicken recipes are some of my faves, especially when it’s with crunchy-tender vegetables and pillowy dumplings in a delectable broth.
Trust me, this one-pot chicken and dumplings is what dreams are made of.
It’s American classic comfort food at its best!
The best part is this dish is surprisingly easy to make. Just 30 minutes of prep, and voila.
This next one-pot dish is a combination of thin, crunchy chicken breasts bathed in a creamy and savory wine sauce.
Taking it to the next level is tarragon, a bright and lively spice that has the magical property of adding life to any dish.
Its sauce is so flavorful you can use it to coat pasta for a filling meal.
This luxurious-sounding dish has tender chicken, earthy mushrooms, and sweet carrots all coated with a creamy white wine sauce.
It’s worthy of special occasions, but as a one-pot dish, it’s easy enough to whip up any day of the week.
Serve fricassee with rice or dinner rolls for a hearty meal.
Pro-tip: to get those crispy golden chicken skins, brown the chicken pieces first – skin-side down.
Creamy noodle casserole: these three words are like music to my ears!
This dreamy mix of noodles, shredded chicken, and vegetables are mixed together with a creamy sauce. Then, it’s all nestled underneath a bed of crispy breadcrumbs.
This dish is unbelievably rich and I adore the crunch of the crumb on top. The fact that it comes together in just 30 minutes is crazy to me.
Give me pasta, cream, chicken, and noodles every day and I’ll be perfectly happy. As long as I have this chicken mushroom florentine with me, I’m good.
I love how this dish is loaded with umami flavors, yet it’s not too overpowering.
The addition of sun-dried tomatoes and spinach dials down the richness, resulting in a wonderfully balanced, and surprisingly fresh dish.
Chicken Cacciatore is one addictive Italian chicken dish, and it’s all thanks to the tomato sauce.
Usually served over rice or pasta for a hearty dish that can feed a crowd, it’s simple, but bursting with flavors.
Both the chicken and tomato sauce are seasoned perfectly with garlic, onions, peppers, and herbs. It may not be as decadent as cream-based pasta, but the flavors are there.
It’s not only scrumptious and easy to make, but nutritious, too! So go ahead, enjoy a second serving without the guilt.
Tired of your usual American cuisine? How about something Mediterranean, for a change?
Crisp and juicy chicken thighs are pan-fried in olive oil and flavored with garlic, herbs, and lemon.
It’s accompanied by crispy potatoes, charred bell peppers, zucchini, and onions. What a heavenly combination!
Even without pasta or rice, this dish is wonderfully filling. But more importantly, it’s delicious. The components complement each other really well both texture and flavorwise.
Arroz con pollo is a savory Spanish chicken recipe that’s loaded with saffron rice and vegetables.
It’s as delicious as it is beautiful and aromatic.
From the picture alone, you can already tell just how scrumptious this dish is. From the yellow-tinged saffron rice to the juicy thighs, every component is purely delightful.
Think of it as paella, but simpler and a lot easier to make. The flavors are all there, though, so dig in!
Say “goodbye” to powdered pesto sauce mixes and “hello” to this easy, homemade pesto pasta!
I mean, sure, those packets are reliable, especially on extra busy weekdays. But if you’re not on a time crunch, I highly recommend making pesto from scratch.
It yields a much more refreshing and flavorful sauce and it’s not as complicated as you think.
And if you want to save a few pennies, use walnuts instead of pine nuts.
Here’s another Chinese comfort dish you’ll crave again and again. It’s all the goodness of fried rice and marinated chicken, together in one amazing bowl.
What’s not to like?
The rice is mixed with colorful veggies and stir-fried to perfection.
The chicken marinade is made from a blend of Asian sauces and condiments like oyster sauce, soy sauce, and Chinese cooking wine.
Together, they make a sweet and savory sauce that’s impossible to resist.
Jambalaya is a fun and flavorful Creole dish that’s surprisingly a cinch to make.
If you’ve always been intimidated by jambalaya, you probably think it requires some level of cooking expertise, right?
Well, think again! This recipe is so easy it’s embarrassing.
The secret? Use fresh and quality ingredients.
This chicken recipe is all you’ll need on a busy day.
With this dish, you’ll get juicy and perfectly seasoned chicken thighs, starchy potatoes and carrots, sweet onions, earthy mushrooms, and a flavorful wine sauce – all in one pot.
It’s flavorful, cozy, hearty, and everything you can ever ask for in a one-pot chicken recipe.
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