We've officially entered that awkward between-season stretch where it's not quite time to put away our Dutch ovens, but it's not quite time to break out our big salad bowls, either. To satisfy the last of our comfort-food cravings before the weather shifts from snowy and gloomy to sunny and breezy, we're turning to easy-to-make dishes that don't require spending a ton of time in the kitchen.
Enter these deliciously easy one-pot chicken recipes. Spanning a decadent coq au riesling that requires minimal chopping to a citrusy lemon butter chicken with orzo that comes together in under an hour, these recipes were practically made for busy, between-season weeknights. Ahead are five dishes that won't fill your sink with dishes while you (impatiently) wait for spring to arrive.
One-Pot Mushroom, Chicken, and Wild Rice Casserole
The Hero Ingredient: The caramelized mushrooms. Cooked in butter until golden brown, these delicious morsels lend a depth of flavor to this one-pot meal that's well worth the extra cooking time.
The Pro Tip: It "really doesn't get much easier" than this, says recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "This dish is an entire meal… carbs, protein, and veggies all in one," she explains. "This is truly a recipe made for busy nights."
The Clincher: The apples balance out the savory flavors of this dish and pair well with the Gruyère cheese, notes Tieghan.
One-Skillet Coq au Riesling
The Hero Ingredient: The white wine–based sauce steals the spotlight in this one-skillet meal. Comprised of wine, cream, mustard, and Parmesan cheese, it's truly decadent and surprisingly simple.
The Pro Tip: When making the sauce, recipe creator Tighan of Half Baked Harvest added Dijon mustard "to give [it] the slightest tangy hit of flavor. You barely know it's there, but the mustard's flavor pairs so well with the dry white wine and cream in the sauce," she adds.
The Clincher: The fresh thyme. Not to be confused with a garnish, this fresh herb is essentials as it lends an earthy taste to the dish.
One-Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken With Orzo
The Hero Ingredient: The lemon butter sauce really makes this one-skillet dish. And the best part about it? You don't even need a to get out a separate saucepan—it simply comes together as you add all the ingredients to the pot.
The Pro Tip: This dish is a "crowd-pleaser, and it actually comes out of the oven looking relatively pretty," remarks recipe creator Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "I threw on some fresh dill for color and served the chicken and orzo up right out of the skillet," she adds.
The Clincher: The caramelized lemons. After roasting in the oven, these citrusy slices become sweet enough to eat, skin and all, says Tieghan.
One-Skillet Garlic Roasted Chicken With Caramelized Figs & Onions
The Hero Ingredient: The crispy chicken thighs are next-level delicious in this one-skillet meal. Opt for the bone-in, skin-on cuts to maximize the flavor of this dish.
The Pro Tip: "I usually serve this with a side of steamed farro, brown rice, or a mixed green salad with a crusty baguette," suggests recipe creator Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon. "This dish also makes a great leftover lunch the next day," she adds.
The Clincher: The roasted figs achieve a sweet yet savory flavor after spending 30 minutes in the oven. You're going to want to get a bite in every forkful.
One-Skillet Chicken Stir-Fry With Carrot Noodles
The Hero Ingredient: The carrot noodles keep this one-skillet dish low-carb and gluten-free. (You're going to want to invest in a spiralizer if you don't already have one.)
The Pro Tip: "The magic happens when you soak the chicken IN the coconut milk—and don't go trying to swap in low-fat coconut milk," advises recipe creator Taylor of Food Faith Fitness. "It will NOT turn out N-E-A-R-L-Y as" delicious, she adds.
The Clincher: The spicy combination of ginger, cumin, coriander, and cardamom fill this recipe with tons of flavor.