Spicy Chicken Dinner (30 minute meal)

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This easy Spicy Chicken Dinner is a 30 minute meal that’s perfect for weeknights. It’s a one pot skillet meal with corn and zucchini with a little bit of spice! Even the picky eaters liked this chicken recipe.

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I constantly struggle with getting dinner on the table every night. Mel helps and we divide up days, but still – cooking almost every night can get so tiring, which is why it’s important to find recipes you really like that you can make again and again.

That’s why I love this Spicy Chicken Dinner with corn and zucchini: it’s an easy meal we love – it’s a bit spicy and a lot delicious.

Seriously – I make some version of this at least once a month and it’s always a family favorite.

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One Pot Meal is a plus

I love me a one pot meal. Sure, I don’t mind making rice or pasta or something but I can’t stand when I have to wash a meat pan, a pasta pan and a vegetable pan. Whenever I can do all of my recipe in one pot, I’m totally digging it.

This easy one pot skillet meal has spicy chicken with corn, zucchini and peppers. There are tons of vegetables in the corn mixture and you won’t miss the extra carbs from pasta or rice.

30 Minute Meal is a must

Rachael Ray taught me about 30 minute meals back in the early 2000s and the habit has stuck. Unless the recipe is going in the oven (like a casserole) or being made in the crockpot, I do not want to spend more than 30 minutes making it.

My favorite dinner recipes are one pot skillet meals that take less than 30 minutes. This Spicy Chicken satisfies all those requirements.

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Easy Spice Rub for chicken

I used a few spices I had on hand to make this spicy chicken:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chipotle Chili Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and pepper

If you’ve never used chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika you must try them. They add a spice and a smokiness to any recipe. They’re two of my most used spices.

What kind of chicken to use

We usually have boneless skinless chicken breasts in the freezer but if I’m at the store I’ll often grab a package of chicken breast tenders. I like the taste of them better, probably because they’re smaller and cook faster and more evenly.

You can use either full breasts or tenders for this recipe but if you’re using full breasts, I recommend that you slice them smaller and make sure they’re evenly sized. This will ensure even, fast cooking.

Great vegetables to use

In a way, this recipe is like a stir fry made of spicy chicken and tons of summer vegetables. Even though it’s full of summer veggies, we make this all year.

My go-to mix of vegetables for this meal are:

  • Corn (fresh or frozen)
  • Red bell pepper
  • Zucchini
  • Jalapeño
  • Red or yellow onion

You can mix and match vegetables as you like. Try using yellow squash or maybe some butternut squash!

spicy chicken with corn and zucchini in pan

This easy one pot meal is the perfect chicken dinner. It’s a bit spicy with lots of delicious stir-fried vegetables. One of our favorite meals, this recipe is even picky eater approved!

Other Easy One Pot Chicken Dinners:

I love my Staub 13-inch Skillet for making one pot meals!

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Spicy Chicken Dinner with corn and zucchini Recipe

Make this easy one pot spicy chicken dinner with corn and zucchini! It's healthy and simple and a 30 minute meal!
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 1 pound chicken breast tenders or boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided

Vegetables:

  • 1 small red onion diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeds and ribs removed and diced
  • 1 medium or 2 small zucchini cut small
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Lime

Instructions

  • If you’re using full chicken breasts, slice them into smaller uniform size pieces (about 4 per breast depending on size).
  • Mix salt, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, smoked paprika and chili powder in a small bowl. Sprinkle over both sides of the chicken.
  • Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the chicken in a single layer. Cook about 5 minutes per side or until the chicken is almost cooked through (cooking time depends on thickness of chicken).
  • Remove chicken to a plate. Add remaining oil to the skillet and turn heat to medium.
  • Add the onion, bell pepper and jalapeño to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 3-4 minutes. Add zucchini and garlic. Season vegetables with about 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook until zucchini starts too brown.
  • Add corn to the pan and stir all the vegetables together. Return the chicken to the pan and nestle it in the vegetables. Cover and finish cooking until the chicken is done (internal temperature of 165°F), corn is hot and zucchini is cooked to your liking (less time if you like it al dente, more if you like it softer).
  • Remove from heat and squeeze the juice of one lime over the pan. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve hot. Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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Recipe Notes

Want it even spicier? Add another 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder and/or a dash of cayenne pepper!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 910mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1261IU | Vitamin C: 66mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword candy corn, chicken, oatmeal, spicy, zucchini

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This Spicy Chicken Dinner recipe is a one pot meal made so easy and flavorful! It’s made with corn and zucchini and only takes 30 minutes.

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  1. I fixed this recipe tonight for diner. I am always looking for something new to do with chicken. When my husband walked in the door from golf he said
    ‘ Wow, dinner smells really good’. He loved the chicken with the vegetables and so did I. It is an easy recipe to make and taste amazing. It has a tiny little kick to it and your taste buds will love the combination together. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes you email to folks. I have enjoyed everyone I have made!

  2. Soooo good! I had zucchini in the fridge that needed to be used and this was a huge hit! Super easy and delicious. You won’t regret trying this. I didn’t have chipotle chili powder so just used regular and regular paprika and it turned out delightful!! Going to post on insta with my photo Of finished meal and be sure to tag you! Thanks for this delicious awesomeness!

  3. This was delicious! Not nearly as spicy as I was expecting, so next time I would do that differently. Went perfectly with our Spanish rice. Thank you for this great recipe!

  4. So delicious!! I made it for my toddler too, so I omitted spicy ingredients and added summer squash, it turned out so good—she ate everything! Can’t wait to make the spicy version next!

  5. So my New Year’s Resolution is to try new foods and eat more vegetables and I was soooo excited reading this recipe! It was simple and amazing 🙂

  6. MMMMMM I can’t stop dreaming about it! Looking at these photos is taking me back…It was the perfect blend! I am putting this on next week’s menu!