Weeknight Wonders: One-Pot Oven Baked Chicken Dinners

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One-pot oven meals are a lifesaver for busy weeknights. They’re simple to prepare, require minimal cleanup, and can be endlessly customized to suit your taste buds. This recipe for one-pot oven chicken is a great starting point, packed with flavor and perfect for any night of the week.

Ingredients:

One-pot Italian chicken recipe
One-pot Italian chicken recipe

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained and rinsed (cannellini, chickpeas, or kidney beans all work well)
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables (broccoli, carrots, bell peppers, or a combination)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

  • Instructions:

    1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Lightly grease a large baking dish or Dutch oven.

    2. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, oregano, thyme, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the chicken breasts or thighs.

    3. Arrange the seasoned chicken in the prepared baking dish.

    4. Scatter the diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed white beans, and chopped vegetables around the chicken.

    5. Pour the chicken broth over the entire dish, ensuring the chicken and vegetables are mostly submerged.

    6. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil.

    7. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

    8. If you desire a crispier chicken skin, remove the foil for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

    9. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts:

    (Per serving, based on 4 servings)

    Calories: 400-500 (depending on chicken cut and vegetables used)

  • Protein: 30-40 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 40-50 grams
  • Fat: 15-20 grams

  • Note: These are approximate values and can vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Conclusion

    This one-pot oven chicken recipe is a fuss-free way to get a satisfying and healthy meal on the table. It’s easily customizable to your preferences – try different herbs and spices, swap out the vegetables, or add other protein sources like sausage or shrimp. With minimal prep and cleanup, this recipe is sure to become a regular in your weeknight dinner rotation.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces?

    Absolutely! Bone-in, skin-on chicken will take slightly longer to cook (around 50-55 minutes). Increase the cooking liquid by 1/4 cup to prevent drying out. You can remove the skin before serving if desired.

    2. What are some other vegetables I can use?

    This recipe is very flexible when it comes to vegetables. You can use frozen vegetables, just add them a few minutes earlier in the cooking process. Other great options include corn, green beans, zucchini, or mushrooms.

    3. Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

    Yes, you can! Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through.

    4. What can I serve with this dish?

    This one-pot meal is pretty complete on its own, but you can pair it with a side of rice, quinoa, or couscous for a more filling option. A simple green salad would also be a great addition.

    5. Can I use leftover chicken for this recipe?

    Certainly! Simply shred or chop cooked chicken and add it to the baking dish with the remaining ingredients. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are heated through.