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23 Weeknight Chicken Skillet Recipes for Easy Family Dinners

published Mar 6, 2023
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four pieces of chicken over curried cabbage and chickpeas
Credit: Photo: Jason Rampe; Food Styling: Amelia Rampe

I am not sure which is more tried-and-true when it comes to weeknight cooking: a trusty skillet dinner or crowd-pleasing chicken. It really doesn’t matter, though, because if you bring the two together you have easy eating at its very best.

Take your pick between bone-in or boneless thighs or lean, mild-mannered chicken breasts because they’re all fair game in these chicken skillet recipes. These 23 recipes come together quickly in a single skillet and many of them are complete meals, cooked with a bed of tender rice, vegetables, or an irresistible sauce. From crispy, garlickly chicken thighs with green beans to sticky-sweet firecracker chicken to a creamy chicken skillet kissed with turmeric, here are the recipes to know.

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Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
To label a recipe as "life-changing" is a really bold statement. But trust me when I tell you that this easy weeknight chicken and veggie dinner will rock your world.
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Creamy Spinach Chicken
This extra cozy one-pan chicken has major creamed spinach vibes.
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One-Skillet Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
Crispy chicken thighs and tender potatoes join forces in this lemony, oregano-rich skillet dinner.
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Creamy Pepperoncini Chicken
Tangy pepperoncini peppers add bright flavor to this creamy skillet chicken dinner.
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5-Ingredient Skillet Chicken Parmesan
You'll get both the saucy pasta and cheesy chicken out of this easy one-pan recipe. Pair with a simple green salad for a complete meal.
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Simple One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Everything is done in the same skillet in this recipe — easy cooking and easy cleanup.
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One-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Pearl Couscous and Eggplant
This one-skillet dish features crispy chicken thighs, pearl couscous, and eggplant simmered in a flavorful tomato base. A complete dinner with minimal dishes to wash? Yes, please!
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Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Skillet
A creamy bed of gnocchi and wilted spinach doubles as a side in this easy chicken skillet.
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One-Pan Italian Chicken and Rice
This one-pan dinner has it all: juicy chicken, garlic and herb tomato rice, and a 10-minute prep time.
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Pomegranate Molasses-Roasted Skillet Chicken
Thick, tart pomegranate molasses makes an excellent foil for succulent chicken legs and crispy potatoes in this oven-roasted skillet dinner.
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One-Pan Creamy Orzo Chicken and Zucchini

Cooked in a mixture of whole milk and chicken broth, the orzo in this one-pan dish becomes incredibly creamy and comforting, without feeling rich or heavy. And, thanks to a full pound of zucchini and a squeeze of lemon juice for a pop of acidity, the finished dish feels light and bright.

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One-Skillet Chicken Thighs with Curried Cabbage and Chickpeas
This powerhouse meal is comprised of golden brown chicken thighs, leeks, cabbage, and chickpeas are simmered with curry powder and coconut milk all in one skillet.
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One-Pan Chicken and Rice with Olives and Lemon
With plenty of briny olives and zippy lemon, this chicken and rice skillet is anything but basic.
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One-Skillet French Onion Chicken
You'll never regret giving mild-mannered chicken breast the French onion soup treatment, with lots of velvety caramelized onions and melty Gruyère.
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Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Using both classic Dijon and whole-grain mustard means you get all the creamy goodness of the former with just the right bit of crunch and texture from the latter.
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Creamy Turmeric Chicken Skillet
You'll definitely want to serve this turmeric chicken skillet with a generous pile of fluffy rice to mop every last drop of creamy sauce.
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Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
A big splash of white wine not only helps the kale wilt in the skillet, but it also ensures the chicken breast will stay nice and moist.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken
In less than 30 minutes, you'll be dragging pieces of tender chicken through a puddle of creamy lemon sauce. It's a good idea to round out dinner with some rice, couscous, or bread so you can soak up every last drop of this sauce.
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Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs
A quick and easy recipe for crispy, skillet-cooked chicken thighs seasoned simply with fresh lemon and thyme.
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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken
Think of this as grown-up cream of mushroom chicken. It ditches the can for a quick homemade sauce that's seasoned with lots of garlic and Parmesan.
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Easy Apricot-Glazed Chicken
This glossy chicken hits all the flavor notes — sweet, spicy, and extra savory. It's wise to serve it over rice since there's lots of good sauce to be had.
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Jerk Chicken Skillet Dinner
What makes this complete meal extra special is that the rice is simmered in coconut milk, so it gets sweet and fragrant and becomes a nice contrast to the spiced meat.
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Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
This orzo skillet is almost risotto-like since the pasta releases some of its starches into the pan while it cooks to create a creamy sauce.
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Easy Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
While chicken pot pie is usually reserved for leisurely weekends, this streamlined version is a weeknight dream, thanks to a bag of frozen mixed veggies and store-bought pie crust.
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30-Minute Chicken Francese
Chicken Francese is an Italian-American favorite for good reason: It's crispy yet juicy and full of lemony flavor. This easy version may have you forgoing your neighborhood restaurant.
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Hot Honey Garlic Skillet Chicken
Crispy chicken thighs meet tender Brussels sprouts in this sweet and spicy skillet dinner.
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Green Goddess Skillet Chicken and Veggies
A bottle of herby green goddess dressing from Trader Joe's plays both that marinade and the sauce in this colorful chicken and radish skillet.
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Sesame Ginger Skillet Chicken
Broccolini and chicken are a perfect pair in this Asian-inspired skillet dinner.
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Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Apples and Cabbage
This fall-inspired recipes result is tender apples, savory chicken with crisp skin, and browned cabbage deeply flavored with all the juices from the chicken.
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French Onion Dip Chicken Thighs
Rub skin-on chicken thighs in a combination of mayonnaise and onion soup mix for a simple chicken dinner full of crunch and tangy flavor.
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Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Thighs
The key to burnished, golden chicken thighs? Strawberry jam.
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This post was originally published on Kitchn. Read it there: 23 Chicken Skillet Recipes for All Your Weeknight Dinner Needs

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