These One-Pot Chicken Dinner Recipes Are Perfect for Busy Weeknights
Getting your evening meal on the table just got a whole lot easier.
A versatile ingredient, chicken is the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Its juicy, tender texture and swift cooking time make it a staple in many family's weeknight meals. In addition to being delicious and easy to make, chicken also lends itself nicely to being the main protein in one-pot meals—when you combine all of that together, it's easy to see why our one-pot chicken dinners, many of which come together in under an hour, are so popular with busy families. Short on cleanup, quick on prep, and big on flavor, these single-pot chicken recipes are the perfect solution for when you need to get dinner on the table fast.
Chicken, Fennel, and Artichoke Fricassee, pictured here, is made of chicken thighs, artichoke hearts, red onion, and fennel; everything cooks together in one skillet for a sumptuous dinner that couldn't be easier to make. The vegetables infuse the braising liquid, which cooks down into a flavorful pan sauce for the meat. Our Chicken-and-Broccoli Stir-Fry is another recipe to bookmark. We like that it comes together in under 30 minutes in one wok or skillet. Our One-Pan Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles is a creamy satisfying dish that goes from prep to the dinner table in under an hour. From there, head to Valencia, Spain with an update on the traditional Arroz Con Pollo. Our version uses pimiento-stuffed olives for a savory surprise.
If you have an Instant Pot, you already know that this small but mighty appliance comes in handy on hectic weeknights. Make our Chicken Curry or Coq Au Vin in half the usual time and with a fraction of the typical cleanup. It's also great for making a variety of different chicken soups and stews—we like ours paired with noodles and vegetables. The wintery and under-the-weather favorite Classic Chicken Noodle Soup is celebrated for a reason. With only 20 minutes of prep, our better-for-you version features a low-sodium chicken broth as a flavorful dupe.
And there's far more where these recipes came from. We're diving deep into our archives for delicious and easy one-pot chicken dinners.
Summery Chicken-and-Rice Soup
Chicken Paillard with Caprese Panzanella
Creamy Mustard Chicken with Couscous
Warm and comforting, this Asian-inspired rice porridge can be prepared in one pan. Our version is made with bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, ginger, scallions, and shiitake mushrooms.
Ground Chicken Tacos
Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice
Spicy Basil Chicken Stir-Fry
Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes
The secret to this rich and comforting one-skillet chicken dinner is four ounces of cream cheese, which is lighter than heavy cream but just as satisfying.
Creamy Asparagus Chicken
Cuban Chicken with Rice and Beans
A little bit of bacon goes a long way in this recipe. Not only does it add richness to the rice and beans, but it also deepens the flavors of the chicken thighs—they're browned in bacon in one pot.
Lemon juice and zest, plus plenty of fresh dill, brighten this chicken pasta inspired by the traditional Greek dish avgolemono.
Yes, you can whip up this takeout favorite at home! The sauce couldn't be easier—simply make a slurry with soy sauce, rice vinegar, oyster sauce, cornstarch, and sesame oil and add to the wok near the end of cooking.
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
Is there anything more comforting than a warming bowl of chicken noodle soup? All you have to do is simmer the ingredients together on the stove.
Garlic Chicken with Barley
Using the slow cooker for chicken means tender meat every time. It's served on a bed of barley studded with peas and tarragon.
Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles
A one-pot dinner that's elegant enough for company, this dish bathes chicken in a rich cream sauce and throws some bacon in the mix for good measure.
Warm Quinoa and Chicken Salad
Get out your saucepan! Quick-cooking quinoa is paired with boneless, skinless chicken breast in this light yet satisfying main-course salad with peas and asparagus.
Arroz con Pollo
This Spanish dish combines Valencia rice with chicken thighs and the bold flavors of saffron, bay, and garlic. Pimiento-stuffed olives add to the Iberian flavor. The result is one gorgeous yellow-hued dinner.
Chicken thighs and cannellini beans are the base of this spicy stew. Poblano peppers and chili powder provide a subtle heat.
Roast Chicken with Paprika and Roasted Garlic
One pot doesn't just mean stews and soups! This chicken is roasted alongside a medley of vegetables on one baking sheet. The bird cooks faster than it would in a traditional roasting pan, and a paprika-oregano rub gives the meat tons of flavor.
Instant-Pot Chicken Curry
In just 30 minutes, you'll have a delicious chicken curry dinner. This recipe uses spices like coriander, cumin seeds, and ginger for a whole lot of flavor in just one pot.
Chicken with Sausage and Potatoes
Red-wine vinegar and fresh oregano perk up this hearty chicken, sausage, and potato stew.
Roast Chicken with Scallion, Ginger, and Lime
Upend your roast chicken routine by flavoring it with our Asian-inspired rub, a delicious combination of scallions, ginger, garlic, and lime zest.
Kimchi Stew with Chicken and Tofu
On a kimchi kick? Then try this hearty, spicy soup that is sure to satisfy and delight.
Instant Pot Chicken Marbella
Pressure-Cooker Coq au Vin
Take your taste buds on a trip to a French bistro without leaving your kitchen. This chicken dish is made in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker in a fraction of the traditional stovetop meal time.
Chicken and Dumplings
Our version of this comfort-food favorite cooks in less than an hour. Chicken thighs simmer in a stew of onion, carrots, and thyme, and plump herb dumplings are added during the last 20 minutes.
Chicken and Rice with Swiss Chard
Chicken legs simmer together with a bounty of vegetables and rice in this versatile recipe. Use parsnips if you don't have carrots or swap out the Swiss chard for spinach. And while the recipe calls for basmati rice, you can also use Carolina, converted, or jasmine rice.