When it comes to one pot meals, people often think of long, slow braises and lazy Sunday afternoons. Fear not: these easy chicken dinners are ready in a mere half hour for fast weekday meals with family (or work lunches the next day).
Chicken and Dumplings
A classic for a reason, this sped-up version from Rachael Ray uses chicken breast tenders and biscuit mix to put this dish on the table in under 30 minutes.
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Bowls
Inspired by the ingredients of a Greek salad, this recipe uses Kalamata olives, feta and cucumber to top Instant Pot-cooked chicken and couscous. Serve in individual bowls or family style on a large platter.
Gluten-Free Chicken Paprikash Penne
A Hungarian/Italian mashup makes for a simple and gluten-free one-pot dinner — warming and filling for a winter’s night.
Quick Tikka Masala
A store-bought tikka masala paste brings all the complex spices to this fast curry that you could possibly need. Cut the heat with more non-fat yogurt if you have diners sensitive to spice.
Thai Glazed Chicken Lettuce Wraps
One pot cooking doesn’t have to be heavy comfort food — try lightening things up with these fresh lettuce wraps, filled with fish sauce glazed chicken pieces.
Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Fresh Herbs and Ginger
Use either basil or mint to keep the ingredient count low, or both for a full burst of fresh flavour with this quick pan sauce for chicken breasts.
Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry
Stir-fry, although convenient, demands that all your mise en place must be ready before you start cooking, so no last minute chopping while everything else overcooks. With that one simple rule, your asparagus and chicken stir fry will be ready before you know it.
A North American takeout favourite, battered lemon chicken is a familiar combination for many diners. Rachael Ray uses lemon curd as a shortcut, adding richness, body and tangy sweetness in one step.
20-Minute Chicken Noodle Soup
What is the secret to this simple and satisfying chicken noodle soup that’s on the table in 20 minutes? Making it with the best chicken broth that you have available, whether it’s a premium store-bought brand or your own homemade recipe.
No Pain Lo Mein
Another North Americanized hit, these lo mein noodles just need a simple flash in a pan with other quick cooking ingredients: crunchy snow peas, bell peppers and meaty mushrooms.
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Mustard Pan Sauce
A luxurious but dead-easy cream, white wine and mustard pan sauce envelops flavourful chicken thighs for a special dinner, no matter the day of the week.
Coconut Indian Chicken in a Bag
Borrowing from the French technique of en papillote, or cooked in parchment paper, this recipe packs the flavours of India into an easy-to-clean aluminum foil wrapping, making for perfect portions.
Lemon Pepper Drummers
Tiny chicken drumettes (the mini drumstick on the wing) in a simple sauce cook in a flash and make for excellent television accompaniments for the whole family.