This easy Chicken and Peas recipe is a quick 30-minute meal. Serve it with a salad for an easy low-carb dinner or add a side dish like potatoes, rice or pasta for a hearty dinner. Plus, you only need one skillet to make it!
Are there ever enough easy weeknight dinner recipes? In my humble opinion, the answer is “no” – I am always looking for new and creative ways to get dinner on the table during the week. I’m guessing you do, too, so I have a super easy one for you today: One Skillet Chicken and Peas.
Easy 30-Minute Dinner Recipe
It’s simple, it only takes 30 minutes and you don’t have to wreck your kitchen to make it. All of it cooks in one skillet so you don’t have a pile of dishes to clean up. Can I get a virtual cheer for that?
Unlike other chicken and peas recipes I’ve seen, my version is not dripping with a calorie-laden creamy sauce. Don’t get me wrong, I love a comforting dinner, just not every night. My version is definitely lightened up.
Tender chicken and peas are cooked in a light sauce for an easy meal that just happens to be low-carb. Sometimes we keep it really light with just a salad on the side and other times we carb it up and add a side dish like potatoes, rice or pasta. It all depends on our mood!
So, the moral of the story: this is a recipe you’ll want to add to your dinner rotation! It’s delicious and versatile – definitely a keeper!
How to Make Chicken and Peas
- Olive oil
- Chicken breast tenders
- Salt and pepper
- Diced onion
- Minced garlic
- Chicken stock
- Frozen peas
I like to use chicken tenders for this recipe because they cook fast. You can also use regular boneless, skinless chicken breasts but they will take longer to cook unless you cut them into smaller pieces.
Generously season the chicken with salt and pepper before you cook it.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken tenders and cook them for four to five minutes on each side, just until they are almost cooked through. Transfer them to a plate.
In the same skillet, cook the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken stock and, while it simmers, scrape up all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add the peas and place the chicken back in the skillet. Cover the skillet and let it all simmer together until the chicken is cooked through – this will only take a few minutes.
How do you know when chicken is cooked through?
Depending on how thick your chicken is you may need to add more or less cooking time. There are two ways to check if your chicken is done:
- Slice into the thickest part of the chicken. It should not be pink inside and the juices should run clear.
- You can also use a meat thermometer. Stick it into the thickest part and it should read at least 165°F.
What side dishes go with chicken and peas?
- If you want to keep it low-carb serve it with a side of cooked broccoli or cauliflower. A simple green salad is great, too.
- Mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes are delicious.
- Add a side of buttered noodles or add some cooked pasta.
- Rice is always good, too. Just pile some on a plate and top it with the chicken and peas.
Chicken and peas are always a great combination and turning them into an easy one-skillet dinner is a great way to enjoy them! Add this weeknight meal to your weekly dinner rotation – I think you will love it.
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One Skillet Chicken and Peas Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 to 1.5 pounds chicken breast tenders see note
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 5 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup chicken stock
- 3 cups frozen peas
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Generously salt and pepper the chicken. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes per side, or until it’s almost all the way cooked through. Remove to a plate.
- Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken stock and scrape the bottom of the pan to get up any stuck bits, then add the peas. Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices accumulated on the plate.
- Cover and cook until the peas are hot and the chicken is cooked through.
- Serve plain or with a side dish.
Make this easy Chicken and Peas one pot skillet meal for an easy dinner. It's a 30 minute meal that uses easy ingredients you already have. This recipe was a hit with the picky eaters!
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