11 One Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes


For many of us, getting a home-cooked dinner on the table after a long day is a small miracle, so choosing a dish that doesn’t require a lot of cleaning is especially important. These 11 one-pot (or one-pan) chicken dishes are here to save you from the sink. Full Disclosure: Some of these recipes require an extra bowl or two to prepare, but the entire meal is completed in a single vessel, allowing you to serve straight from the stove. Since we know many of you will be asking, yes, some of the recipes that call for bone-in chicken can be made with boneless chicken thighs or breasts: simply decrease your cooking time accordingly.

Aaron Hutcherson created this brilliant recipe for cooking bone-in chicken, broccoli, and orzo all at once—a true one-pot wonder. Olive oil and butter add plenty of richness, while white wine and lemon keep it lively. This dish is very lemony, so if that’s not your thing, reduce the amount of lemon slices by half.

This super-easy 30-minute recipe from Yasmin Fahr is a reader favorite with over 1,500 five-star reviews (and counting). Frying onions in a hot, dry pan without oil will cause them to shed their moisture and cook quickly.

Recipe: Fried chicken with mushrooms and caramelized onions

Colu Henry’s Pot Roast made with coconut milk, tomato, ginger, garlic, cumin and cinnamon is a warming winter meal. Before serving, whip it up with a squeeze of lime juice to add sparkle. It goes great with rice or a piece of crusty bread (or both).

Recipe: Braised chicken in a pot with coconut milk, tomato and ginger

Inspired by Indian flavors, this Kay Chun Rice and Chicken Pilaf uses mustard seeds, cumin and cardamom. Double the spices if you can feel it. For a richer version, use half coconut milk and half chicken broth instead of plain broth.

“I’m not trying to exaggerate, but this may be the most delicious recipe I’ve ever cooked from this site,” wrote one reader. In this lively recipe, Yewande Komolafe combines chicken, butternut squash and beets with a fiery sauce of gochujang, soy sauce and ginger. Quickly pickled radishes provide a touch of freshness. (And to save time, mix the chicken, vegetables, and gravy ingredients right on the sheet instead of in a separate bowl.)

Recipe: Sheet-Pan Gochujang Chicken and Roasted Vegetables

Not only is this soupy pot roast from Ali Slagle a one-pot treat, it skips the all-too-common, if not always necessary, step of searing the chicken first, so it’s quick too. Tomato, cumin and onion make it soothing, while pickled peppers and their brine add a zesty heat.

Recipe: Quick Braised Chicken with Vegetables

If you’ve never had a roasted radish before, a real treat awaits. The typically bitter and crunchy vegetable becomes soft and sweet in the heat of the oven. Here, Yasmin Fahr combines them with bone-in chicken and miso butter, then roasts them together for a meal that’s as beautiful to look at as it is to eat.

Recipe: Sheet-pan miso chicken with radishes and lime

Many pasta purists believe that chicken and pasta don’t mix, but with 3,673 five-star reviews (and counting!), fans of this Mark Bittman dish don’t care. Here the pasta is cooked like risotto: chicken or vegetable broth is gradually added to the pasta, which it absorbs and retains its starch, making the dish creamy and rich, with hardly a drop of cream.

Recipe: Creamy one pot pasta with chicken and mushrooms

Inspired by North African tagines, Colu Henry combines chicken, pearl couscous (or orzo), and toasted spices and spices like harissa, cumin, turmeric, and cinnamon in this cozy recipe. Take a reader’s tip and add chickpeas and raisins to the couscous in the final minutes of preparation.

Recipe: Roast chicken and pearl couscous with Moroccan spices

Japanese curry, a thick beef stew served over rice, is usually milder and sweeter than Indian curries. This weekday variation of Kay Chun is based on chicken, onion, potato, carrot and rice, while curry powder, nutmeg, Worcestershire sauce and butter create the rich and layered sauce.


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