20 Easy One-Pan Chicken Recipes to Make Tonight

One-Pan Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Half Baked Harvest

The only thing more satisfying than preparing a delicious meal in no time at all is having minimal cleanup to do when the cooking is done. That's where ingenious one-pan recipes come into play. It's a time-sensitive way to cook that doesn't leave you with a sink full of dishes to wash and put away when you're done eating. If you're looking for a way to upgrade your weeknight chicken dinner routine, one-pan recipes are the way to go. Try your hand at one of these easy one-pan chicken recipes this week to see if the simplified cooking method is for you.

Read on for our favorite one-pan chicken recipes below.

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Autumn Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

One-Pan Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Wild rice. For those who avoid cooking rice on the stove for fear of burning it, this casserole recipe from Half Baked Harvest is for you. Simply add mushrooms, apples, wild rice, and chicken to a pan on the stove, then stir in some broth and just a splash of wine. Once the rice is tender, you can finish it off with some spinach and cheese for a chicken dinner that's almost too easy.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Chicken and Veggies

One-Pan Chicken and Veggies

Chelsea's Messy Apron

The Hero Ingredient: Fresh vegetables. veggies are the star of this healthy and incredibly easy chicken one-pan recipe from Chelsea's Messy Apron. Combine chopped sweet potato, bell peppers, green beans, and broccoli to bake with seasoned chicken. Squeeze a bit of fresh lime over your creation when it's out of the oven and serve over a bed of rice or quinoa for a light, but filling meal.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Chicken With Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

One-Pan Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce

Foodie Crush

The Hero Ingredient: Crumbled goat cheese. Yes, this Foodie Crush recipe is bursting with flavors from a pesto sun-dried tomato and olive sauce and a variety of tasty vegetables, but topping it all off with crumbly goat cheese takes the dish to another level. This is one meal that's sure to make its way into your weeknight recipe repertoire.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Chicken Fried Rice

One-Pan Chicken Fried Rice

Creme de la Crumb

The Hero Ingredient: Soy sauce. It gives this twist on a traditional dish the signature flavor you'd expect from your favorite Chinese takeout. The 20-minute recipe from Creme de la Crumb calls for chicken breasts, peas, carrots, onion, eggs, rice, sesame oil, and soy sauce—all ingredients you'd recognize from the restaurant favorite. However, for a healthy spin, this recipe is baked, rather than fried.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Southwestern Chicken and Rice

One-Pan Southwestern Chicken and Rice

Joyful Healthy Eats

The Hero Ingredient: Cheese. What would a Tex-Mex Southwestern meal be without a bit of cheese to top it all off? This easy recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats calls for seasoned chicken, poblano peppers, fire-roasted tomatoes, rice, and sweet corn. After some time with it on the stove, top it all off with a blend of Mexican cheese and sliced avocado.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Chicken Reuben Nachos

One-Pan Chicken Reuben Nachos

Melanie Makes

The Hero Ingredient: Sauerkraut. This Melanie Makes recipe for one-pan chicken Reuben nachos pretty much defines comfort food, and the sauerkraut, corned beef, and swiss cheese are an unexpected twist on the Mexican favorite. Instead of salsa and cheddar cheese, it's topped with a sweet sauce and cherry tomatoes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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Sticky Pomegranate Chicken and Honey Roasted Squash

One-Pan Sticky Pomegranate Chicken and Honey Roasted Squash

Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Pomegranate. Flavors from the pomegranate juice make this chicken one-pan recipe from Half Baked Harvest truly one of a kind. Along with Thai chili sauce, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic, the fruit adds to the beautiful, fresh flavors present in this surprisingly simple dish.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Mediterranean Chicken With Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Creme de la Crumb

The Hero Ingredient: Roasted red peppers. Peppers are the centerpiece of this delicious chicken recipe from Creme de la Crumb that's brimming with Mediterranean flavors. You can quickly make your own sauce in a food processor or blender then combine with heavy cream and cooked chicken breasts in a pan on the stove.

Serve with feta cheese and basil for a truly impressive dish made in 25 minutes flat.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Chicken Fajitas

One-Pan Chicken Fajitas

The Modern Proper

The Hero Ingredient: Bell peppers. A staple ingredient of fajitas, red, yellow, and green bell peppers perfectly lend their flavors to this simple recipe from The Modern Proper. Bake all of your veggies on one pan with marinated chicken, and then serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, and cilantro.

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus an hour to marinate the chicken)

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Honey Mustard Chicken and Vegetables

One-Pan Honey Mustard Chicken and Vegetables

The Modern Proper

The Hero Ingredient: Homemade honey mustard. All it takes to whip up your own springy honey mustard dressing is a bit of dijon mustard, honey, salt, vinegar, and paprika. You'll pour this all over shallots, fingerling potatoes, green beans, and chicken as they cook over the stove to make this quick one-pan recipe by The Modern Proper.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Lemon Rosemary Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs

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 Boulder Locavore

The Hero Ingredient: Chicken thighs. Take a break from chicken breasts and make this sheet pan recipe from Boulder Locavore with chicken thighs. They're juicy, tender, and oh so flavorful—especially when combined with lemon and rosemary.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Creamy Mushroom And Leek Chicken

chicken dinner

 Foodie Crush

The Hero Ingredient: Leeks. Craving comfort food? Try this recipe from Foodie Crush. Chicken combines with fresh leeks in a hearty cream sauce, and the best part is that it's on your table in 30 minutes or less.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Lemony Greek Chicken Thighs

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Boulder Locavore

The Hero Ingredient: Lemon. Lemon slices and juice add a tart, fresh flavor to this one-pan recipe from Boulder Locavore. It's especially refreshing combined with fresh herbs and topped with feta cheese.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Cast-Iron Skillet Whole Roasted Chicken With Potatoes

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Foodie Crush

The Hero Ingredient: A whole chicken. A one-pan chicken recipe doesn't mean you have to cook with breasts or thighs. Thanks to this recipe from Foodie Crush, you can cook an entire chicken in one skillet—with potatoes! It's big enough to feed a crowd, or if it's just for two or three people, you can have leftovers to eat all week long.

Prep Time: An hour and ten minutes

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Polynesian Chicken Skillet

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 Boulder Locavore

The Hero Ingredient: Coconut milk. You may not be familiar with Polynesian flavors, but after making this chicken recipe from Boulder Locavore, the exotic cuisine will become a weeknight regular for you. Coconut milk helps make this recipe dairy-free, too!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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Prosciutto, Apple and Sage Butter Chicken

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Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Apples. This flavorful Half Baked Harvest recipe is fall in a skillet. Chicken is wrapped with prosciutto and baked with apples, crispy sage, and brown butter. You might not be able to wait for cooler weather to make this!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Skillet

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 Boulder Locavore

The Hero Ingredient: Spicy rice. Kick it up and make this zesty Mexican chicken and rice skillet from Boulder Locavore. Spicy rice combines with black beans, corn, peppers, and chicken thighs in this flavorful recipe you'll be making on repeat.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Korean Chicken Bowl

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 Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Yum yum sauce. You can make these colorful bowls from Half Baked Harvest on a sheet pan, then serve them up with steamed rice. The best part is the sauce, made with Gochujang, honey, garlic, oil, and sesame seeds.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

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Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken With Citrus Avocado Salsa.

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Half Baked Harvest

The Hero Ingredient: Avocado Salsa. This Cuban recipe from Half Baked Harvest isn't short on flavor, and it gets even better with the addition of a citrus avocado salsa. "You CANNOT skip it. It’s my favorite part," recipe creator Tieghan Gerard says.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

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One-Pot Braised Chicken With Kale and White Beans

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The Modern Proper

The Hero Ingredient: Kale. Looking for a healthy one-pan dinner? Try this recipe from The Modern Proper. Kale gets added flavor after being cooked with juciy chicken thighs and creamy white beans.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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