One-Pot Chicken Recipes

Delicious dinners with minimal dish washing

As winter approaches, we find comfort in chicken. The only thing more comforting than a chicken dinner is a chicken dinner with minimal cleanup. No one wants to spend more time than necessary washing dishes, so one-pot meals are a huge convenience. From Moroccan tagine to Indian curry, we’ve rounded up our favorite one-pot chicken dinner recipes.

Italy is home to some of the world’s best comfort food, including great chicken dishes. Chicken cacciatore is a classic dish of chicken in a vegetable-rich tomato sauce. Chicken arrabbiata is a spicy dish of chicken braised in a chile-tomato sauce. You can serve it over pasta, but we like just sopping up all the juices with crusty bread.

Moroccan tagines are vibrant stews typically made with chicken and onions and packed with flavorful ingredients like saffron, turmeric, lemon, and olives. Preserved lemon is a traditional ingredient. If you want something fruitier, add apricots and figs. Tagines are traditionally cooked in a cone-topped pot of the same name, but a Dutch oven works fine.

Simple soups are a satisfying one-pot meal. Mexican tortilla soup is a delicious mix of chicken, chilies, tomatoes, and garlic in chicken stock. It really comes to life piled with toppings like cheese, avocado, cream, and of course crushed tortilla chips.

Find all of these dishes and more in our collection of one-pot chicken recipes.

Chicken Arrabiata

This classic chicken arrabbiata embraces summer’s bounty in a simple, one-skillet main. Get the recipe for Chicken Arrabiata »

Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca)

This simple pasilla chile- and tomato-based soup is ladled onto tortilla chips and topped with creamy avocado, jack cheese, and tangy Mexican crema. Get the recipe for Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup (Sopa Azteca) »

Fricassee Chicken

Telangana Chicken

Summer Rambutan Curry

After stumbling upon fresh rambutans, test kitchen assistant Jake Cohen used this Malaysian tropical fruit to make this spicy and sweet summer curry. Get the recipe for Summer Rambutan Curry »

Chicken with Walnut Sauce (Katmis Satsivi)

A thick, aromatic walnut sauce adds luscious body and earthy flavor to this spiced chicken dish.

Mustard and White Wine Braised Chicken

An adaptation of a regional French classic, this version swaps out the traditional Dijon in favor of a grainy, seeded mustard.

Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla)

Onions stew until soft and sweet in this satisfying one-pot chicken dish flavored with saffron, turmeric, lemon, and olives. Get the recipe for Chicken and Onion Tagine (Djej Besla) »

Chicken Tagine with Apricots, Figs, and Olives (Tagine Djaj Bzitoun)

Briny olives, sweet apricots and figs, and tart preserved lemons flavor this aromatic North African braised chicken stew.

Chicken, Olive, and Lemon Tagine (Djaj Mqualli)

Tagine, the Moroccan stew, shares its name with the terra-cotta pot it’s traditionally cooked in, whose neat conical lid promotes convection and even cooking. There are many versions; maybe the most classic is braised chicken, green olives, and lemons in a sauce fragrant with ginger and coriander.

Chicken and Potato Stew (Guisada al Pollo)

Hearty and filling, this easy chicken stew gets its signature smoky flavor from chipotles in adobo. Get the recipe for Chicken and Potato Stew (Guisada al Pollo) »

Danny Bowien’s Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho

This dish, which Danny Bowien serves on his breakfast menu at New York City’s Mission Cantina, is inspired by the Vietnamese soups he ate at Turtle Tower in San Francisco when he was a culinary student. Get the recipe for Danny Bowien’s Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho »

Rajasthani White Chicken Curry (Safed Maans)

A seasoned coconut chicken curry is tempered with yogurt.

Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricasé de Pollo)

Nitza Villapol, the legendary Cuban cook and author, taught generations of islanders and exiles to make this hearty chicken stew. It draws flavor from alcaparrado, a mix of pimento-stuffed olives and capers, and sweetness from raisins.

Hunter’s Wife Chicken (Pollo alla Cacciatora)

The recipe for this stew, a northern Italian braise of chicken and vegetables in a tomato sauce, is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s book Essentials of Italian Cooking (Knopf, 1992). Get the recipe for Hunter’s Wife Chicken »