We love the ease and simplicity of one-pan meals. I guess this isn’t totally a one pan meal since we added spaghetti squash on the side but you get the idea. One pan meals are great during the week when you are busy and don’t feel like cooking but still want to eat something that tastes like you put some effort into it. The meal prep on this one is easy and because you’re using only one pan the clean up is a breeze.
This recipe has tons of good Mediterranean flavor – onions, artichoke hearts, garlic, tomatoes, spinach and olives. You can’t beat this for an easy weeknight meal that you can throw in a cast iron skillet and have ready in about 45 minutes. Just brown the chicken in the skillet and throw everything in together to cook in the oven.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1 can artichoke hearts, quartered or halved 14 oz
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup kalamata olives
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes
- 5 cups spinach
- Salt and pepper
- 1 small spaghetti squash
Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
Cut the spaghetti squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash face-down on a sheet pan and set aside. Cut onion, artichoke hearts and garlic as noted.
Next, heat a cast iron skillet (or other oven safe pan) over medium heat. Add in the onions, artichoke hearts and garlic to heat up and soften. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes until the onions start to soften up.
Scoop the items in the pan aside to make room for the chicken. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and it in the pan to brown on each side - about 5 minutes per side.
Add the tomatoes, kalamata olives and spinach and mix everything together.
Place the chicken skillet in the oven along with the spaghetti squash. Cook for about 30 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken breasts and squash, until the chicken is cooked through and the squash pierces easily with a fork.
Remove the chicken and squash from the oven. Once the squash has cooled for a few minutes, scoop it out with a fork. Serve your Mediterranean chicken and veggies over the spaghetti squash.