Are you out of ideas when your family asks you what you’re cooking for dinner? There is a reason chicken is one of the most common meats used for dinner dishes. For one, chicken is tasty. It also offers versatility, so you can create a variety of dishes even if you limit yourself to skillet recipes.
In fact, these are some of the skillet recipes you might consider for your next dinner.
1. Get Protein, Carbs & Veggies in One Easy Dish
There is one thing that a skillet is great for, and that’s combining all your favorite ingredients easily to create a dish that the whole family enjoys. This recipe for creamy chicken and broccoli is delicious and healthy, and it’s a one-skillet meal. You’ll only need a few items, including boneless skinless chicken tenders, garlic, milk, broccoli, and flour.
You can serve this dish over a bed of rice or pasta, depending on your preferences.
2. Can You Get Enough Garlic? This Dish Says No
It’s impossible to get enough garlic in a single meal, and making this skillet chicken dish is a breeze. You’ll use parmesan and garlic to create an Italian flavor, but you will serve the chicken over rice to create a flavorful combination that doesn’t taste simple at all. Spruce up your basic chicken tenders with this recipe and you’ll please everybody.
Plus, you need less than half an hour to get dinner on the table.
3. This Chicken Is Smothered in the Perfect Sauce
If you are looking for an easy chicken recipe that offers a deliciously rich sauce, you don’t want to ignore this one-pan recipe. You only need a few ingredients, including boneless skinless chicken breasts, bell peppers, mushrooms, cream, parmesan, herbs, and spices. It all comes together in a very creamy dish that looks beautiful thanks to the bell peppers.
You’ll also love how few items you need for this recipe.
4. A Spicy Ranch Chicken the Family Will Love
If you ever find yourself in a pinch, you might want to whip up this spicy ranch chicken dish in your cast-iron skillet. This chicken dish is easy as pie and full of lean protein and whole grains. If you’re in the mood for some Tex Mex, give this recipe a try.
It’s got something for everybody to love (including avocados and cheese). Add a little more spice or serve with hot sauce to create a more flavorful dish.
5. Chicken, Biscuits, and Everything in Between
Do you want to reminisce? This recipe for a chicken biscuit skillet is nostalgia in a pan. This is a cozy meal topped with flaky, browned biscuits, and it requires just a few ingredients.
You can even start with a pre-cooked chicken if you want to save a few steps along the way. You can also use leftover chicken to make this meal, which makes it a great choice for the holiday season when you’ve got a lot on your plate already.
6. Hot Honey Brings This Chicken to Life
This recipe from Southern Living brings chicken thighs to life thanks to hot honey and chile sauce. Unlike some of the other recipes on this list, this one uses chicken thighs. In 45 minutes, you’ll have crispy chicken soaked in a delicious Asian-inspired sauce and an array of healthy vegetables.
You’ll love the flavor of this dish paired with Jasmine rice, and everything cooks right in the skillet.
7. This One-Pan Curry Dish Makes Everybody Happy
Chicken rice curry is going to be your next go-to meal. This dish requires just a few steps and can be cooked in a single skillet, which allows you to do fewer dishes before bed. This curry chicken dish is also ripe with customization options.
For instance, you can add bell peppers or mushrooms if you want to get more flavor and more nutrients. By the end of your cooking session, you’ll have a saucy dish packed with protein.
8. Take a Culinary Trip to Tuscany
If you love sundried tomatoes, this chicken thigh skillet is going to be a new favorite. This chicken is soaked in a parmesan cream sauce, which gives it plenty of flavor on its own. You’ll use fresh basil, garlic, and thyme to complete the dish.
A Tuscan-inspired dish is always a great choice to serve alongside a garden salad and a loaf of Italian bread. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported away from your dining room.
9. The Perfect Dish for the Low-Carb Family
This creamy tomato chicken skillet dinner uses fresh basil and kale to create a dish that is not only visually stimulating but also nutritious and filling. The chicken breasts are juicy, soaked in a creamy tomato sauce with garlic. Three special ingredients tie this dish together: tomato paste, cream, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
This dish is designed much like a traditional pasta dish, but you can avoid the carbohydrates in pasta by pairing your favorite flavors with chicken instead
10. A Homestyle Pot Pie for a Cozy Night In
Chicken pot pie is a cozy meal for a night spent with the family. This dish serves six people and takes just over an hour to prepare and cook. You’ll start by making a crust, and then you’ll create a filling in a Dutch oven or pot.
You’ll combine everything in an ovenproof skillet before you serve it. What sets this pot pie apart from the others? Cheddar cheese! You will find that it’s easier than you think to create a cohesive dish that contains everything you need for a full meal.
11. Goodbye Tomato Sauce, Hello Bell Pepper Sauce
If you love chicken in sauce but are tired of tomato sauce, this is going to be your new BFF. Try this skillet chicken recipe, which is served in a roasted pepper butter parmesan sauce. That’s right, you can serve a delicious chicken dish in a matter of 30 minutes, especially if you use a pre-made bell pepper sauce.
The chicken is crispy, and you can adjust the seasonings to reduce or increase the flavor. You can even make your own bell pepper sauce with just a few ingredients.
12. An Elegant Take on Skillet Chicken
Perhaps you have a more formal affair set up for the family. In that case, this skillet chicken and mushroom wine sauce are perfect. It’s deceptively simple and brilliantly delicious.
This recipe creates a tender chicken breast, and you will have your choice of mushrooms to use (we recommend baby bellas or white mushrooms). The secret to the flavor in this dish is to use the juice of the chicken in the sauce. You also want to make sure those mushrooms are cooked until golden.
13. First Time Making Chicken Tikka Masala? So Easy!
While many people are intimidated by chicken tikka masala, there is no reason to be. In fact, this dish is super simple. It tastes just like take-out from your favorite Indian restaurant, and the dish is just spicy enough.
Plus, you can use chicken breasts or thighs depending on your preference and what you’ve got hanging out in the freezer. The secret to this dish is to marinate your chicken in yogurt, which makes your meat more tender.
14. Make This Tortilla-Free Burrito
This burrito does not have a tortilla, which makes it the perfect dish for somebody who is trying to focus on a diet rich in vegetables and protein. This dish combines all burrito ingredients, including chicken, black beans, rice, and veggies, in one skillet. One key to this dish is that the rice is cooked alongside the other ingredients, including chicken broth.
You’ll get richer rice full of more flavor than if you had cooked the rice in water.
15. Need Something New for Dinner? You Have to Try This
If you’ve been looking for something brand new to serve for dinner, this is the ticket. This recipe for chicken thighs uses curried cabbage and chickpeas to create a low-carb and high-nutrient meal. The best thing about this dish is that the chicken thighs are seared to create crispy, flavorful skin.
Cooking the veggies in the fat also allows you to get much more flavor in the cabbage itself. Delicious!
16. A Chinese Takeout Dish You Can Replicate at Home
If your family loves Szechuan chicken and Chinese takeout, imagine being able to make your favorite dish at home. This dish uses a ginger paste that will elevate the flavors in this dish. You’ll stir-fry your chicken and then cook your vegetables, which makes this dish so simple.
Don’t forget to use cashews in this one-skillet dish, because they will add texture that feels more authentic.
17. Check Out This “Hot” Take on Buffalo Chicken
If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy your favorite spicy chicken dish, you’ll love this buffalo chicken and potato skillet. This dish uses a traditional buffalo sauce with shredded chicken and blue cheese for an easy appetizer or entree. The potatoes are cooked in liquid and then crisped in fat, which gives them the perfect texture.
Plus, this recipe starts with a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken so that you only have to cook the potatoes. So easy!
18. The Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs Might Change Your Life
We don’t think it’s hyperbole that this recipe describes the garlic butter chicken thighs as “life-changing.” In fact, this dish uses a stovetop-to-oven method to cook this chicken, and the recipe also uses a special technique to achieve that super crispy skin. Pair this chicken with rice or noodles for a complete meal and an impressed family.
19. The Easiest Lemon Chicken You’ve Ever Made
There is something about chicken and lemon that just works. This one-pan chicken dish is a complete meal thanks to the inclusion of baby red potatoes, mushrooms, and French green beans. You’ll need an ovenproof skillet you can transfer from the stovetop to the oven, which will do most of the work for you.
By the end of the night, you’ll have a citrus-flavored dish that tastes deceptively sophisticated.
20. Let’s Combine French Onion Soup & Chicken
Are you ready for something truly unique? This one-skillet recipe calls on chefs to combine French onion soup flavors and chicken cutlets. Each cutlet is smothered in Gruyère cheese and onions.
With this recipe, you will also create a delicious sauce that helps tie in the flavor. The key with this recipe is to caramelize your onions, which can take some time. You can speed up the process with baking soda or by caramelizing your onions ahead of time.