This One Pan Chicken and Potatoes recipe is going to become a favorite comfort food for your family! You can use a whole chicken as shown for more variety in your meal time.
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I am all about making easy recipes for dinner time. This One Pan Chicken and Potatoes dish is a favorite because it takes minimal prep work and my whole family loves it.
- TASTE: This dish is full of savory chicken, flavorful veggies, and Cajun seasoning. It tastes like the comfort of home.
- TEXTURE: The chicken is juicy and the vegetables are tender. The skin of the chicken is deliciously crisp after searing.
- TIME: This recipe takes an hour and 15 minutes.
- EASE: With only one cast iron pan and a handful of kitchen staples, this dish is so easy to make.
What You’ll Need
- Chicken– You can use a whole chicken that’s been cut up or your favorite sections, like chicken thighs or breasts. I like to cook a little of everything.
- Potatoes– I used baby potatoes because they have great flavor and are just the right size. But other varieties work, too.
- Vegetables- Carrots, Mushrooms, Onion, and Garlic will be used to add earthy, pungent flavors that will really enhance the savory chicken and tender potatoes in this one pan meal.
- Seasonings- We’ll use Cumin, Cajun Seasoning, and Salt for extra flavor.
Add-ins and Substitutions
- Substitute different cuts of meat- This One Pan Chicken and Potatoes works great with light or dark meat. But you can also make it with beef, pork, or turkey.
- Add other vegetables- Try this recipe with celery, asparagus, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, or tomatoes. You can also squeeze a fresh lemon over it.
- Substitute seasonings- Make this dish with cayenne pepper, chili powder, onion powder, rosemary, thyme, sage, or Berbere seasoning.
- Add cheese- Make this with gooey delicious cheese melted on top. You can place the cast iron pan in the oven and broil it for 5 minutes to get a golden brown top.
How to Make One Pan Chicken and Potatoes
- Combine the seasonings and chicken. In a bowl, mix the chicken, cumin, Cajun seasoning, salt, and garlic with a sprinkle of olive oil.
- Sear the chicken. Place a cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add some olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Then brown both sides of each chicken piece and remove.
- Combine the veggies and seasoning. Cut the potatoes, mushrooms, and onions, then mix them with the carrots, garlic, oil, and seasonings.
- Bake. Place the seasoned vegetables into the cast iron pan and add the browned chicken on top. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Pro Tip: Oil the cast iron pan well because the chicken will stick to it otherwise and burn. It will be easier to remove after browning if there is a generous covering of oil on the bottom.
- Leave the chicken skin on- If you want to keep the chicken extra moist, then leave the skin on. If you prefer not to eat it, you can always remove it before plating.
- Brine the chicken- If you want your meat even moister, you could brine it for 30 minutes in water and salt. This is especially useful when cooking chicken breasts, which tend to be dry.
- Keep the veggies a similar size. As you cut the mushrooms, onion, and potatoes, keep their sizes uniform so they will cook evenly. This will also make it easier to serve and get a little of everything.
- Brown the top. Finish the cooking process without the foil because it will give the top of the chicken time to brown and crisp up. The vegetables will also caramelize some.
Yes, you can. But if you are cooking them at the same time, be sure to check the internal temperature of the chicken to make sure it’s fully cooked. However, if you sear the chicken, you can partially cook it and also get a delicious crisp on the skin.
You can brine the chicken to make it moister in a mixture of water and salt. Also, cooking the chicken with its skin on will help hold the juices in for a more tender, moister meat.
With delicious flavor that pairs well with everything, this One Pan Chicken and Potatoes recipe is so versatile. Here are some tasty ways to serve it.
- Salad: Serve this dish with a Cucumber Radish Salad, Tomato Garlic Salad, Avocado Corn Salad, or Caprese Salad.
- Sides: Enjoy this One Pan Chicken and Potatoes with some green veggies, such as these Sauteed Garlic Asparagus, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Bacon Green Bean Salad, and Crispy Air Fryer Broccoli.
- Soups: Pair it with a bowl of Homemade Chicken Meatball Soup, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, or Copycat Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
- Bread: Serve it with some Focaccia Bread, Sourdough Bread, Cornbread Muffins, or Super Soft Brioche Dinner Rolls.
Make This Recipe in Advance
Make ahead: You can prep the chicken for this dish and then put everything together, cover with foil and store it in the fridge. When you’re ready to serve, pop the pan in the oven to cook.
Storing: Store any leftovers of this One Pan Chicken and Potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat it in the oven or microwave.
Freeze: You can freeze this dish in a freezer ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
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Full Recipe Instructions
One Pan Chicken and Potatoes
For the chicken
- Bring a cast iron pan over medium-high heat and add a generous drizzle of olive oil (enough to coat the bottom of the pan). Then brown both sides of each chicken piece. Then remove the chicken.
- Meanwhile cut the potatoes in half. Then cut mushrooms and onions into wedges.
- In a separate bowl, combine the potatoes, baby carrots, mushrooms, onion, cumin, Cajun seasoning, salt, 1 pressed garlic clove, and olive oil.
- Place the seasoned vegetables into the cast iron pan and add the browned chicken on top. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. Remove the foil in the last 15 minutes of cooking.