Alea’s One Pot Chicken Dinner

by Alea on October 12, 2010

Perhaps this should be called the lazy cook’s chicken dinner. I love the convenience of one pot dinners. I could happily eat soup or chili every night, just to avoid washing extra dishes. However, my kids prefer meals with a main course and separate side dishes. This recipe  has the convenience of being prepared in one pot while allowing my kids to feel like they are eating a proper Sunday dinner.

Ingredients:

splash of olive oil
1 – 1 1/2 pounds chicken, cut into 3 – 4 ounce pieces
1 medium onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound red potatoes, halved or quartered if large
1 pound carrots, cut into 1 inch long pieces
4 stalks celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 tablespoon parsley
dash of salt and pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:

Brush the bottom of a large pot with olive oil. Add chicken and cook over a medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown about 8 – 10 minutes. Remove chicken from the pot ( I put the chicken pieces on the lid because it means 1 less dish to wash later). 
While the meat is browning, I roughly chop the vegetables. Once the meat is removed from the pot, put the onion, garlic, potatoes, carrots, and celery in the pot. Cook over a medium-high heat, stirring often, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. 
Add the broth and spices to the vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil. Place chicken on top of the veggies, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place lid on pot and reduce heat to low. Simmer until veggies are fork tender and meat is cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the veggies to a platter, top with chicken pieces, cover and place in oven to keep warm.

Add cornstarch to leftover broth and cook over high heat, stirring constantly until thickened.  Spoon gravy into a gravy boat or pour directly over the top of the chicken and vegetables if you really don’t like doing dishes! ;)

Voila, only one pot and one serving dish to wash!

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What tricks do you have for reducing dishes? Eating out and paper plates don’t count! :)

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Sherrie October 12, 2010 at 10:22 pm

We had this meal for dinner tonight (minus the celery because we didn’t have any). We added some pasta and everyone LOVED it! Thank you for the great recipe–we will definitely be having this again!

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Mary E.S. October 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

When I make a recipe that calls for chicken and chicken broth,I put the chicken in water in the same amount as listed for the broth.I also add the spices in the water.This way I don’t have to keep canned broth on hand.I made a recipe similar to this last week and it was very good with a loaf of home made bread.

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Claire October 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm

thank you for sharing this recipe. It looks simple and yummy. I hope to make it soon for my large family. I hope they enjoy it. My boys don’t smile at veggies to much! lol

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Jill November 1, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I made this tonight and we all loved it!! Thanks for the amazing recipe. :)

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jen February 23, 2011 at 10:06 pm

This is delicious! It is my new favorite meal. I have made it three times now.

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Alea February 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

I am so glad to hear you like – you made my day!

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Lisa Sakabu June 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Loving this site! thank you for such great ideas!

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife September 30, 2011 at 4:18 am

I really like the sound of this recipe – the flavours that Alea has used are terrific, and it is a really healthy one pot meal.

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