Cast Iron Pan Chicken Dinner For One

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My fusion version of a ‘sheet pan’ chicken and roots dinner for one, with smoked paprika, Chipotle and veggies!

Cast Iron Pan Dinners For One

Don’t you just love it when your entire dinner can be served out of one pan, particularly if you are just cooking for you!

This healthy dinner for one, can be prepared in under an hour, start to finish, or simply double up the ingredients and use a slightly larger pan for more than one. 

Cast Iron Chicken Dinner
Healthy Dinner For One

Cast Iron Pans

The best pan to cook for one. I find the small cast iron pans are truly a worth-while investment, of which you don’t need a name brand in order to get quality. 

Cast iron is a heavy iron that holds heat better than steal.  I always find them for really cheap at variety of home shopping stores. In fact, the small one I use in this dish was just nine bucks! 

Cast Iron Chicken Dinner

Why are they so good? Heat! Heat is what is needed to sizzle a steak, fry a piece of chicken, or put a crunchy crust on your frittata, and nothing distributes the heat quite like cast iron. 

The other thing I love about cooking with them is they can be used to sauté on top the stove, and then pop them into a hot oven to finish cooking, with or without a lid.

Cast Iron Chicken Dinner
Cast Iron Pans

Chicken And Roots For One

For this dinner, I used 1 small iron pan for the chicken, a baking sheet to par-roast the veggies, which were then added to the chicken pan near the end of its cooking time. 

Wash up that baking sheet, and set out your dinnerware while the meal finishes its last 15 minutes in the oven, and clean up time will be fast and done!

Other Dinners For One

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken pieces
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Baby Bok Choy
  • Flour
  • Paprika
  • Chipotle powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
Cast Iron Chicken Dinner

Equipment Needed

  • Gallon zip baggie or closed container – to shake up the chicken in
  • Oven mitt
  • Cast iron pan
  • Baking sheet pan
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Chopping knife
  • Oven
Cast Iron Chicken Dinner
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Cast Iron Chicken Dinner

Cast Iron Chicken And Roots Dinner For One

Roasted chicken and roots with a little smoke, heat and healthy veggies.
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Course: Meat, Salads and Veggies
Cuisine: Dinner For One
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 1 servings
Calories: 300kcal


  • Chicken pieces – 2 thighs and a leg, or one breast, bone in, skin on
  • Fingerlings Potatoes – 1 cup, peel left on and cut in half
  • Carrots – 3, rough diagonally cut
  • Onion – 1 small, or half of a larger one, chopped
  • Baby Bok Choy – 1 bundle, chopped lengthwise
  • Flour – 1/2 cup
  • Paprika – 1 tbsp
  • Chipotle powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Balsamic vinegar – 1 tbsp
  • Olive oil – 1 tbsp
  • Garlic salt – 1 tsp


  • Preheat the oven to 400 and place the iron pan in the oven
  • In a gallon zip bag or closable container, place the flour, paprika, chipotle, and salt.
  • Rinse chicken, pat dry and toss into flour baggie. Give a good shake to cover all its nooks and crannies.
  • Slice all the vegetables so they are ready for you. Diagonal slices expose the most of a vegetable and provide even cooking.
  • Carefully pull out hot iron pan from the oven with a mitt, drop the butter in, and place the chicken in the pan, skin side down. Return it to the oven for 35 minutes.
  • Mix the garlic salt, oil and vinegar, drizzle across the baking pan, and toss in the onions, potatoes, carrots in the drizzle and pop it into the oven for 15 minutes.
  • When the 35-minute timer goes off, pull out the chicken, turn it, place the veggies in the pan with the chicken and its juices, layer the Bok Choy on top and put it back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • Place the veggies and chicken on a plate with the yummy juices in the pan, or serve in the pan with a hot plate and a cloth napkin wrapped around the handle, rustic style.


Calories: 300kcal
Cast Iron Chicken Dinner
Roasted Chicken and Roots Dinner for One

My Muffin Madness


In my family, I’ve always been known as the ‘Muffin Queen’. Out of necessity, I created muffins for breakfast, lunch, on the go snacks, sometimes dinner and a sweet yet healthyish treat for dessert!

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5 years ago

looks fabulous and great job on this video!

5 years ago
Reply to  pegasuslegend

Thank you for your kind encouragement!!

5 years ago
Reply to  pegasuslegend

You are too kind! I love making films, and cooking for the camera. Poor hubby plays second fiddle to my camera at meal time LOL!

Lynn Elliott Vining
5 years ago

I love that little cast iron pan! I cook for crowds to my pots and pans a huge! I don’t know if I can cook for one! LOL
BTW… love the recipe!

5 years ago

Thank you Lynn. I too have always cooked for many, but I see a change in the dinner table: multiple tastes, dietary needs, and a host of reasons to be able to cater to a one plate meal. This one was easy. I will explore many others.

Michaela Martin Kenkel

I have such a hard time scaling down my recipes after cooking for a family of 6 for so long! This is a great one and easily adaptable – Thanks!

5 years ago

Thank you Michaela!

Christine @ Christine's Pantry
Christine @ Christine's Pantry
5 years ago

Good job!


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