Easy Dinner with Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

Looking for an easy and delicious meal to make for dinner tonight? Look no further than this Easy Dinner with Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes Recipe.

With just a few simple ingredients and one pan, you can have a flavorful and satisfying meal on the table in no time. It’s such an easy recipe.

photo of the chicken and potatoes cooked in the cast iron pan

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Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes Recipe

The beauty of this recipe is that everything cooks together in one pan, which means fewer dishes to wash and more time to enjoy your meal. The chicken is flavored with a few simple spices; garlic, thyme, kosher salt, and black pepper, and then seared to perfection in a hot cast-iron skillet. The potatoes are also cooked in the same skillet, absorbing all of the delicious flavors from the chicken and spices. The result is a hearty and flavorful meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Serve your Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes hot, garnished with fresh thyme or fresh parsley if desired. This recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or a casual dinner party. Plus, with only one pan to clean up, you’ll have more time to relax and enjoy your meal.

One-Pan Cast-Iron Chicken with Potato

Cook delicious crispy potatoes and juicy chicken in less than 30 minutes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meal, chicken and potatoes, one-pan
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 448kcal

Equipment

  • cast iron skilllet
  • sharp knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Wooden Spoons
  • measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 pound new or red potatoes
  • 1 whole chicken breast butterflied
  • 1/2 tsp Redmond Real Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 1 tbsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 lemon sliced
  • fresh thyme or parsley for garnish

Instructions

Potatoes

  • Wash potatoes and cut into slices.
    photo of a cast iron pan with butter, oil, and garlic
  • In a large cast iron skillet melt 1 tablespoon of butter with 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and stir in for a few seconds then add the potatoes. Stir until the potatoes are nicely coated with oil, butter and garlic.
    butter, oil, garlic, and potatoes in a cast iron pan
  • Spread potatoes into a single layer. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes stirring once during this cooking time.
    potatoes cooked and pushed to one side in the cast iron pan

Chicken

  • While the potatoes are cooking season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme.
    cooked potatoes in cast iron pan with chicken breast added
  • After the potatoes have browned push to one side and add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter to the free side. Add the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook, uncovered for 5 minutes.
    cooked potatoes in cast iron pan with chicken breast browned on one side and flipped
  • Flip chicken and top with lemon slices. Cover and cook for about 10 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. (internal temperature of 170°)
    cooked potatoes in cast iron pan with chicken breast browned on one side and flipped with lemon slices on the top

Serve

  • Serve the potatoes and chicken along with your favorite vegetable or a side salad for a complete meal.

Notes

If you choose you can add vegetables like beans, carrots, or broccoli to the pan when you add the chicken. 
After you remove the chicken and potatoes from the pan you can also deglaze the caramelized drippings from the bottom of the skillet with a little white wine or chicken broth to make a light gravy.
My cast iron skillet didn’t come with a cover but I happen to have one from my pots and pan set that fits. If you don’t have a good cover for your cast iron skillet, you can use aluminum foil to cover your pan.
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Main Ingredients

Boneless, Skinless Chicken

You will need boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this recipe. You can use either fresh or frozen chicken breasts. If using frozen chicken, make sure to thaw it completely before cooking. If you like crispy skin, you can use bone-in, skin-on chicken. It just takes longer to cook. 

Some people prefer chicken thighs and they also would be a great way to prepare this one-pan chicken dinner.

I’ve made the recipe for two since it’s just “Handy” and me at home. I use one chicken breast and butterfly it. It’s the perfect amount for the two of us. Sometimes there is leftover chicken and you can store that in an airtight container. It’s perfect for lunch the next day. You can easily double the recipe.

New Potatoes

New potatoes work best for this recipe as they are small and cook quickly. You can use any variety of potatoes for this recipe. I typically keep red potatoes or baby potatoes on hand and they work well. Make sure to wash the potatoes before cooking and then slice them. 

Another option would be to use sweet potatoes diced into bite-size pieces.

Garlic

I use 1 tablespoon of minced garlic. I’m a huge fan of minced garlic in the jar. It’s such a time saver. 

If you’re looking for more ways to save time in the kitchen I have them for you HERE

Lemon

Lemon adds a tangy flavor to the dish. You will need half of one lemon for this recipe. Cut the lemon into slices. After you have seared both sides of the chicken you will place the lemon slices on top of the chicken breasts. The lemon juice from the slices cooks into the chicken 

Thyme

Thyme is a fragrant herb that adds a delicious flavor to the dish. You can use either dried or fresh thyme for this recipe. If using fresh, strip the leaves from the stem and chop them finely.

That’s it for the ingredients! With these simple ingredients, you can make a delicious and easy one-pan chicken and potato dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.

Instructions

Heat your skillet on medium-high heat and add 1/2 of the olive oil and 1/2 of the butter to the pan. While the butter is melting slice up your potatoes.

Crispy Potatoes

To get perfectly crispy potatoes, make sure you’re using a hot skillet and don’t overcrowd the pan. The butter combined with the olive oil is what makes these potatoes nicely browned and crispy. You can want to add the garlic to the pan once the butter has melted. Stir for just a few seconds and then add the sliced potatoes. Cook with cover on for 12 minutes, stirring 1/2 way through. 

While the potatoes are cooking season your chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, and thyme.

Juicy Chicken

Move the potatoes to one side of the pan and add the chicken breasts. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes then flip and top with lemon slice.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until the chicken is done.

To keep your chicken juicy, You don’t want to overcook it in the skillet.  Once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 170 degrees then it’s done.,

Cast Iron Skillet

If you’re looking for a versatile and durable kitchen tool, look no further than your trusty cast iron pan or skillet. Not only is it a great tool for cooking up a wide variety of dishes, but it’s also incredibly easy to clean and maintain.

Here are some tips for using your cast iron skillet to make a delicious one-pan wonder chicken and potatoes recipe. If you don’t have a cast iron skillet any large skillet will do. However, a small investment in a cast iron skillet will change your cooking game. 

  • Purchase a quality cast iron skillet. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime purchase as you never have to replace it.
  • Some come pre-seasoned which means that it already has a layer of oil or fat on the surface. Mine wasn’t pre-seasoned so I had to apply a light layer of vegetable oil to the pan with a paper towel. Then put it on a high heat burner until it smoked then wipe the pan again with more oil on a paper towel. Be very careful not to burn your hand. The skillet will turn a dark color. Once this happens turn the heat off and allow the skillet to cool down.
  • Once you’ve seasoned your skillet you are ready to cook on it and the more you cook with it the more it “flavors” the pan. Some people only wash their cast iron with water. I use a little soap and a scrub brush then I let it dry. Occasionally, I put another coat of oil on it before I put it away. 
  • Never put your cast iron skillet in the dishwasher.

In conclusion, your cast iron skillet is a versatile and durable kitchen tool that can be used to make a wide variety of dishes. By following these simple instructions, you can make a delicious one-pan chicken and potatoes recipe that’s sure to impress your family and friends.

I also own a cast iron Dutch oven and in it, I make everything from chili to bread.

“People who love to eat are always the best people”

– Julia Child

Easy Weeknight Meal

Looking for an easy weeknight meal that’s delicious and satisfying? Look no further than this One-Pan Wonder: Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes Recipe! This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

To make this recipe, all you need is a cast iron skillet, some chicken breasts, potatoes, and a few simple seasonings. The best part is that everything cooks together in one pan, so there’s minimal cleanup involved.

Once your One-Pan Wonder: Cast Iron Skillet Chicken and Potatoes Recipe is done, you can serve it up with a side salad or your favorite vegetable for a complete and satisfying meal. So next time you’re looking for an easy weeknight meal, give this recipe a try! If you looking for another single-pan recipe, you can also try my seafood medley. It’s another great recipe that is easy.

I promise that once you try this recipe it will be on regular rotation at your home. It’s quick, it’s easy and there is only one pan to clean.

Enjoy!

Peace and Love,

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to prevent chicken from sticking to a cast iron skillet?

To prevent the chicken from sticking to a cast iron skillet, make sure that the skillet is well-seasoned before cooking. You can also heat the skillet before adding the chicken to ensure that it’s hot enough to create a non-stick surface. Another tip is to avoid moving the chicken too much while it’s cooking, as this can cause it to stick to the skillet.

Can I add carrots to the One-Pan Wonder recipe?

Yes, you can definitely add carrots to the One-Pan Wonder recipe. Simply chop some baby carrots into smaller pieces and add them to the skillet along with the potatoes. Carrots are a great addition to this recipe as they add extra flavor and nutrients. Another way to change up this recipe is to add green beans to the skillet with the chicken. Putting in some cherry tomatoes toward the end will give this a Mediterranean flavor. And of course, you can add any kind of fresh herbs and/or red pepper flakes to spice up this dish. I’m a go-with-your-gut cook so while this is a staple weeknight dinner for us, I switch it up quite a bit with flavors. 

Why do some recipes call for adding lemon to roast chicken?

Adding lemon to roast chicken can help to enhance the flavor and add a subtle citrusy note. Lemon also helps to tenderize the chicken and keep it moist during cooking. Additionally, the acid in the lemon can help to break down any tough fibers in the meat, making it more tender and juicy.

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