Last Minute Chicken


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How cool is it that this Last Minute Chicken is the easiest chicken I make and it is also some of the tastiest chicken we make? Seasoned with plenty of terrific flavors and quickly cooked in any number of ways, this chicken is the weeknight main dish that the whole family enjoys.

I’ve been making this chicken probably every other week for over 5 years now. And yes, it’s taken that long for me to share it here on the website.

This recipe is another favorite from The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. However, I use the chicken in so many other recipes, I decided it was past time to share the original here.

Last Minute Chicken

You only need a few minutes to get this chicken ready to cook and you’ll be sitting down to eat just ten minutes later.

The chicken is great on its own with a side of raw vegetables and ranch dip. It can also be sliced thin for sandwiches, or chopped bite-size for soups, salads, or pasta.

How To Make Last Minute Chicken

Combine the garlic, onion, paprika, oregano, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle half the spices over the chicken. Turn the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the remaining spices over the chicken. Rub spices into the chicken, as needed, to coat well.

This recipe can be made with chicken breasts as well. Simply watch the cooking time and adjust as needed. Chicken breasts will cook faster than thighs, depending on their thickness.

Easiest and tastiest chicken you'll ever make!
How To Cook Chicken Thighs On A Grill Pan

My preference and go-to cooking method for this chicken is my grill pan on the stove. When I’m in a rush, the oven method is a little faster, simply because you can cook all the pieces at once. This chicken can also be cooked in a skillet on the stove or on an outdoor grill.

Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat. Place half the chicken in the grill pan, making sure there is a gap between the pieces. Cook the chicken without touching it for 5 minutes.

Flip over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until cooked through. Repeat with the remaining chicken.

Let the cooked chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing thin.

How To Broil Chicken Thighs

Preheat the oven to broil. Arrange an oven rack 6 inches from the top of the oven. Place a wire rack over a large baking tray. Arrange the chicken on the wire rack.

Place the chicken in the oven and broil for 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven, turn each piece of chicken over, and then broil an additional 5-6 minutes.

Let the cooked chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing thin.

Juicy, flavorful chicken thighs, in just minutes!

We like to serve this chicken with Roasted Fingerlings. (That aioli makes an awesome dipping sauce for the chicken too!) It’s also great with Chipotle Lime Rice, Ramen Noodle Salad, and this Dill Pickle Potato Salad.

Try the chicken over this creamy Fettuccine Alfredo and pair it with a Strawberry Spinach Salad for a restaurant-worthy meal on your next date night at home.

Last Minute Chicken - the easiest and tastiest chicken you can make in under ten minutes!

Juicy, flavorful chicken thighs, in just minutes!

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Last Minute Chicken

Juicy chicken that is loaded with great flavor can be on your table in under 10 minutes!

Course Main CourseCuisine AmericanKeyword Last Minute Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutesCook Time 10 minutesTotal Time 15 minutes

Servings 10 servings
Calories 167kcal

Ingredients3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs2 tsps granulated garlic or garlic powder1½ tsps granulated onion or onion powder2 tsps paprika or smoked paprika2 tsps dried oregano1½ tsps freshly ground black pepper1 tsp kosher salt2 tbsps fresh cilantro chopped (optional)
InstructionsCombine the garlic, onion, paprika, oregano, pepper, and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle half the spices over the chicken. Turn the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the remaining spices over the chicken. Rub spices into the chicken, as needed, to coat well. GRILL PAN INSTRUCTIONS: Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat. Place half the chicken in the grill pan, making sure there is a gap between the pieces. Cook the chicken without touching it for 5 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 3-5 minutes until cooked through. Repeat with the remaining chicken. BROILING INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat the oven to BROIL. Arrange an oven rack 6 inches from the top of the oven. Place a wire rack over a large baking tray. Arrange the chicken on the wire rack. Place the chicken in the oven and broil for 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven, turn each piece of chicken over, and then broil an additional 5-6 minutes. Let the cooked chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing thin. Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

NotesCOOK’S NOTE: My preference and go-to cooking method for this chicken is my grill pan on the stove. When I’m in a rush, the oven method is a little faster, simply because you can cook it all at once. This chicken can also be cooked in a skillet on the stove or on an outdoor grill.
This recipe can be made with chicken breasts as well. Simply watch the cooking time and adjust as needed. Chicken breasts will cook faster than thighs, depending on their thickness.
NutritionCalories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 350mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Last Minute Chicken - the easiest and tastiest chicken you'll ever make!

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