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23 Chicken Recipes to Cook in Your Cast-Iron Skillet

The bird's the word for dinner tonight. Dust off your favorite pan—we've rounded up our best cast-iron skillet chicken recipes.

Cheddar Chicken PotpieTaste of Home

Cheddar Chicken Potpie

“Cheese soup is one of my favorites, but it’s a bit too rich for my husband’s tastes. So, by changing the ingredients a little, I came up with a variation of potpie we both enjoy. (If I’m in a hurry and don’t have the time this takes to bake, I’ll leave off the crust, add extra milk and serve it as a chowder.)” —Sandra Cothran, Ridgeland, South Carolina

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Lemon Chicken and RiceTaste of Home

Lemon Chicken and Rice

“On our busy ranch, we often need meals we can put on the table in a hurry. This all-in-one chicken dish—with its delicate lemon flavor—fits the bill, and it’s inexpensive to boot.” —Kat Thompson, Prineville, Oregon. Watch out for these mistakes everyone makes when cooking chicken.

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Sesame Chicken BitesTaste of Home

Sesame Chicken Bites

“These bites have been a party favorite at our house for many years. You can make the sauce the night before to make day-of prep even easier.” —Kathy Green, Layton, New Jersey

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Ginger-Orange WingsTaste of Home

Ginger-Orange Wings

“The sweet-and-sour sauce in this recipe was originally for pork spareribs, but my family has always enjoyed it this way. The longer the wings sit in the ketchup, ginger, and orange marmalade sauce, the better they taste. They can be served warm or cold.” —Lora Fletcher, Lyons, Oregon

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Chicken Bulgur SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken Bulgur Skillet

“This recipe was passed on to me by a friend. I’ve altered it slightly to suit our tastes. We like it with a fresh green salad.” —Leann Hilmer, Sylvan Grove, Kansas

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Garlic Ranch ChickenTaste of Home

Garlic Ranch Chicken

“The simple ingredients in this recipe give it flavor the whole family will enjoy. A no-nonsense salad will round out the meal.” —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Chicken and Orzo SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken and Orzo Skillet

“Here’s a great one-skillet supper that’s colorful, healthy, filling, and definitely special! Our taste testers loved the blend of spices, the touch of heat, and the sophisticated flavor that make this dish a must-try.” —Kellie Mulleavy, Lambertville, Michigan

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Cashew Chicken with NoodlesTaste of Home

Cashew Chicken with Noodles

“I tried this recipe for chicken with cashew nuts when making freezer meals with some friends. I was smitten! It’s quick, easy, and so delicious!” —Anita Beachy, Bealeton, Virginia

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Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken with PotatoesTaste of Home

Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken with Potatoes

“This is a meal I have my students make in our nutrition unit. It has a delicious lemon-herb flavor and is simple to make.” —Mindy Rottmund, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Lemon and Rosemary ChickenTaste of Home

Lemon and Rosemary Chicken

“This baked rosemary chicken with a tangy lemon sauce is my husband’s favorite, and my sister always wants it for her birthday dinner.” —Laurel Dalzell, Manteca, California

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Gram's Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Gram’s Fried Chicken

“As a boy, I wolfed down my grandmother’s fried chicken. I never knew how she made it, but my recipe using potato flakes is crispy close.” —David Nelson, Lincolnton, North Carolina. Don’t miss these other 20 recipes like Grandma used to make.

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Chicken & Garlic with Fresh HerbsTaste of Home

Chicken & Garlic with Fresh Herbs

“The key to this savory chicken is the combination of garlic and fresh rosemary and thyme. I like to serve it with mashed potatoes or crusty Italian bread.” —Jan Valdez, Lombard, Illinois

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Parmesan Bow Tie Pasta with ChickenTaste of Home

Parmesan Bow Tie Pasta with Chicken

“On lazy summer weekends, we like chicken and yellow squash tossed with bow tie pasta. Add extra fresh grated Parmesan for a Sunday touch.” —Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Chicken with Cherry Wine SauceTaste of Home

Chicken with Cherry Wine Sauce

“My dad’s a chef, so I learned to cook at an early age. This saucy chicken was the first dish I made by myself.” —Ben Diaz, Azusa, California

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Chicken Burrito SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken Burrito Skillet

“We love Mexican night at our house, and I love to recreate dishes from our favorite restaurants. This burrito-inspired dish is ready for the table in almost no time!” —Krista Marshall, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Bacon & Cheddar ChickenTaste of Home

Bacon & Cheddar Chicken

“Cheese and bacon don’t usually come ‘light.’ But this tasty recipe keeps the fat and calories low, and flavor high. This family-friendly chicken bacon recipe can easily be doubled to serve a larger group.” —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho

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Jerk Chicken with Tropical CouscousTaste of Home

Jerk Chicken with Tropical Couscous

“Caribbean cuisine brightens up our weeknights, thanks to its bold colors and flavors. Done in less than 30 minutes, this chicken is one of my go-to easy meals.” —Jeanne Holt, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

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Chicken Cordon Bleu SkilletTaste of Home

Chicken Cordon Bleu Skillet

“Here’s a good and hearty supper. If I have fresh mushrooms on hand, I slice them and toss them in the skillet. You could add cooked veggies like broccoli or cauliflower too.” —Sandy Harz, Spring Lake, Michigan

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Healthier-than-Egg RollsTaste of Home

Healthier-Than-Egg Rolls

“Frying anything at home is a little intimidating for me, but I love egg rolls. With this recipe, I’ve figured out a way to get the best part of the egg roll—without the mess. If you prefer a traditional egg rolls made with wrappers, you can use this as the filling!” —Sue Mitchell, Leakey, Texas. Find out which 17 breads you can make in a cast-iron skillet.

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Weeknight Chicken Chop SueyTaste of Home

Weeknight Chicken Chop Suey

“If you’d like a little extra crunch with this colorful chop suey, serve with chow mein noddles.” —George Utley, South Hill, Virginia

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Smokin'-Philled Chicken BreastsTaste of Home

Smokin’-Philled Chicken Breasts

“Combine cream cheese filling, crunchy coating, and smoky heat from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to seriously up your chicken dinner game.” —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

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Mom's Roast ChickenTaste of Home

Mom’s Roast Chicken

“This is the best way to cook a whole chicken that roasts up super juicy with crisp, golden skin. It’s simply seasoned, but packs in so much flavor.” —James Schend, Taste of Home Food Editor

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Spicy Chicken and Bacon MacTaste of Home

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Mac


“I’ve been working to perfect a creamy, spicy mac and cheese for years. After adding smoky bacon, chicken, jalapenos, and spicy cheese, this is the ultimate! I use rotisserie chicken and precooked bacon when I’m pressed for time.” —Sarah Gilbert, Beaverton, Oregon. Check out these other foods you should always cook in a cast-iron skillet.

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Sue Stetzel
Sue has been part of the Taste of Home family for over 16 years. Her collection of magazines dates back to the premier issue in 1993. When she isn’t writing, she’s answer your burning cooking questions and working with our team of Volunteer Field Editors.