12 Easy Skillet Chicken Dinners

You can never have too many easy chicken recipes in your back pocket. Here are 12 of our favorite recipes made in a skillet, from Cheesy Bruschetta Cutlets to Chicken Fajitas.

There never seem to be enough chicken recipes, am I right?

Here, we’ve put together some of our favorites for your weeknight (or weekend!) inspiration. They all have an eye toward expedience and efficiency, and are easily made in one skillet.

Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken Cutlets in a stainless steel skillet

A favorite appetizer transitions to a main course, with parmesan and mozzarella and chicken cutlets.

Skillet Chicken Puttanesca

The pantry is your friend for this dish—canned tomatoes, capers, anchovies and olives, in particular! They come together to make this quick and flavorful skillet chicken puttanesca.

Curried Chicken Thighs with Wilted Greens

Dark leafy and bitter greens pair well with these crispy curried chicken thighs. They're loaded with fresh herbs, green onions, garlic and ginger.

Skillet Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Cheese & Spinach

It might be sausage, but it's still chicken! Here, it’s paired with cheese, pasta and spinach. Hard to go wrong.

Chicken Fajitas Recipe

Quickly sear the chicken on the stovetop, followed by onions and peppers. Warm up some tortillas, pile up some toppings, and dinner is ready.

Easy chicken tikka masala served over basmati rice in bowl

This staple of Indian restaurants is surprisingly easy to make at home with a few spices, a can of tomatoes, and some yogurt.

Skillet Chicken with Bok Choy

When properly cooked, baby bok choy offers a combination of crisp and soft textures. Add some chicken breasts in a quick sauce and dinner is served.

Skillet Chermoula Chicken

Never heard of Chermoula? It’s a North African herb sauce with cilantro, parsley, cumin and coriander and a great foil for chicken thighs. Serve with couscous.

Chicken Cacciatore

This Italian hunter-style chicken dish is a simple braise involving tomatoes, garlic, onion and wine. It takes a little more time to cook, so save it for a night when you won't feel rushed.

Skillet Chicken and Orzo

Chicken breasts cook on top of a bed of orzo and onions. Serve this all right in the pan in cooks in.

Chicken Scampi with Angel Hair Pasta

Scampi is usually associated with shrimp and shellfish, but chicken works just as well when cooked with butter, olive oil, lemon juice and white wine.

Spicy Orange Marinated Chicken

Boneless thighs are pounded thin and marinated. In twenty minutes you’ve got a spicy, orangey chicken dish to serve with some Spanish rice.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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  1. Lori

    My family loves chicken so these recipes look great can’t wait to try them all do you have an easy recipe for sweet potatoe pie

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  2. Lois J. Hill

    You just can’t have to many chicken recipes.

  3. Jessica

    I have made the chicken fajitas 25 times since discovering it a couple years ago… It is absolutely delicious. :-D

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  4. Julie Moore

    I check your site first now for my daily inspiration when facing the daily grind of dinner!!
    Refreshing and insightfully beautiful!!
    Thanks for all you do!

  5. Alida @My Little Italian Kitchen

    Wow what a collection of recipes! You can never get it wrong with chicken. I have some inspiration for tonight’s dinner. Thank you!

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