Ole’ Chicken Skillet

January 4, 2012 at 4:19 pm 8 comments

One dish meals — I think I should post a series of easy skillet meals that only require one pan for cooking and can be served on weeknights. Reason being, I have a feeling these “one dish wonders” in addition to crockpot meals will become standard fare in our house over the next few months…because:

1. The Frozen Moose yogurt store should be open around February 1st (yay!) and I won’t have time for elaborate dishes when opening a new business
2. Our kitchen still doesn’t have a dishwasher (hehe) and I won’t want to mess with dirtying multiple pans
3. They are just as delicious and nutritious, plus they are EASY — which should be enough to compel me right there 🙂

I’ve dubbed this skillet meal “Ole’ Chicken” – cubed chicken with anaheim peppers and onions, fresh tomatoes and warm spices. It’s comforting, filling and oh so good. I topped mine off with cool Greek yogurt and served over cooked rice.

Helpful hint: when I make rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth etc I always make huge batches and freeze in portions for Chris and I for quick meal prep : )

Ole’ Chicken Skillet


1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, butter, ghee or olive oil, divided (use oil for dairy free)
1 cup onion, diced
1 1b chicken breast, cubed or into strips (steak would also be a good sub)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika (could use Spanish smoked paprika for smoky flavor)
1 tsp ground coriander
1 anaheim peppers, deseeded and chopped
3 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
2-4 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

For serving
cooked grains* (I used brown rice but quinoa, millet or even polenta would be good)
chopped cilantro or chopped scallions
Greek yogurt or sour cream and/or shredded cheese (omit for dairy free unless using dairy free versions)
guacamole or chopped avocado or salsa, optional


1. In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Add chicken and onions and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, paprika, coriander and anaheim peppers and cook for an additional two minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
2. Add the remaining oil along with the zucchini and tomatoes. Cook for 5 more minutes or until vegetables are cooked through and chicken is golden brown. Toss in cilantro and season with salt and pepper.
3. Serve over cooked rice or favorite grain and top with a dollop of greek yogurt, cheese, avocado/guacamole and salsa and a fresh cilantro or scallions. Enjoy!

*I served this dish over cooked brown rice (about 4 cups) that was tossed with lime juice, a drizzle of olive oil, 3 Tbsp cilantro and salt and pepper

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. melanie  |  January 4, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Do you just freeze your grains in ziplock bags? What a great idea!!

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  January 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Hi Melanie! Yes, I freeze them in freezer-safe zip lock bags 🙂 just let the grains cool completely, divide it all up and stick in the freezer! super quick to de-thaw too!

  • 3. La Chapstick Fanatique  |  January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    freezing rice and quinoa is such a good idea. i never would have thought of that! thanks for the tip.


    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  January 5, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Happy to help! I’ve found eating healthy is so much easier when you have easy and quick options 🙂

  • 5. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  January 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I would love a one dish meals series 😀 This looks delicious – the cilantro sounds yummy 🙂 And I love your tip for freezing grains, that saves me so much time!

    • 6. naturalnoshing  |  January 5, 2012 at 9:46 am

      I’ll have to work on that Heidi! I’ll come up with some veggie ones too for you 🙂

  • 7. Cara  |  January 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

    FEBRUARY FIRST???? That is so super soon! I am impressed that you have time to do all of these posts as well as you prep for opening up the store. You are a one-woman show 🙂 I’m so exciting for you and the Frozen Moose. Are you getting nervous?

    • 8. naturalnoshing  |  January 5, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Ahh I know! It’s right around the corner! I’m a little nervous but really excited too – we’ve had some nice weather the past week and I keep thinking “oh I wish we were open, I think people would be coming into the store for yogurt right now!”
      Haha thanks Cara, you’re too sweet! Baking and cooking is my stress relief (most of the time at least) so it’s been great to have time to blog while preparing for the store opening!


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