20 Spring Dinner Recipes for Busy Families

Collage of 6 dinners from the list of 20 Spring Dinner Recipes for Families

It’s SPRING!!  The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and we are spending more time outdoors. That means it’s time for easy, healthy, and tasty Spring Dinner recipes for families! So, I have compiled a list of 20 Spring Dinners that fall into one or more of these categories:  they are easy to make, use healthy ingredients, are great for eating outdoors or on-the-go, and use seasonal produce.

Easy to prep and cook

You are busy this Spring with work, home, activities, and school still going in some form – remote, in person, or both.  That means you will need easy to prep-ahead and easy to cook dinners. These dinners are all super easy to make with prep-ahead steps listed for every recipe along with quick and easy cooking steps.

Healthy Ingredients (but still delicious!)

Spring weather brings sunshine, birds chirping, flowers blooming.  It means shedding layers and being more active.  This naturally brings a desire for healthier foods and meals.  This can be tricky with kids!  Mention the word healthy in my house and my oldest runs out the door.  But healthy dinners CAN be delicious.  All of these recipes listed here have been tested and approved with busy families with kids of all ages. 

Good for On-the-go or Outdoors

With warmer weather, you are likely more on-the-go. That means more outdoor activities or just enjoying meals outside. Meals that are served cold or can be eaten with your hands are easier for these times. So, I have included some sandwiches, tacos, and salads that are easy to eat quickly or taken outside.

In-Season

These Spring Dinner Recipes take advantage of fruits and veggies that are in season. There are so many benefits to eating produce that’s in season. You get fresher products as they have to travel less distance and time when they are in season. They often cost less because they are in abundance. And you get a variety of different foods from what you may have been eating through the winter. In the Spring, you get asparagus, artichokes, peas, spinach, kale, limes, pineapple, apples, and so much more! You can get a complete list of fruits and veggies that are in season in Spring here

I hope you try and love these 20 favorite Talking Meals Easy Spring Dinner Recipes!

1.  One Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken & Asparagus

This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious. The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness!

This One-Pan Parmesan Crumb Chicken and Asparagus is crispy, healthy, filling, easy, and delicious. The chicken is simply breaded with a mixture of parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. The Asparagus is lightly seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle the entire pan with scallions for a mild onion flavor and this dish is loaded with amazing but simple delicious-ness! Asparagus is in season in the Spring, so you will start to see it more in the stores and at a lower cost. This is a great Spring dish also because it’s so easy! It all cooks on one pan in the oven.

2.  Mouthwatering Korean Beef Tacos

Korean Beef Tacos on a plate with flavorful Korean beef, crunchy Sesame Cabbage Slaw and a creamy, cool, Cilantro Lime Sriracha sauce!

When it comes to fun Spring Dinner Recipes, I always think of tacos! These Korean Beef Tacos are mouth-wateringly delicious and so easy to make you will be blown away! The marinade comes together in minutes for a salty, nutty, slightly acidic, sweet, and savory flavor. Each amazing taco also has crunchy Sesame Cabbage Slaw and a creamy, cool, Cilantro Lime Sriracha sauce! Limes are in season in the Spring, so take advantage and buy a ton! Use them for this recipe and then juice some for a refreshing Lime-ade. This is also a fun outdoor eat-with-your-hands dinner as you can get as messy as you want!

3.  Chicken Chimichurri Rojo

Chicken Chimichurri Rojo on a plate with cup of chimichurri. It is broiled or grilled Chicken topped with a cool, fresh, tangy, and incredibly full-flavored!  The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper.  All of the ingredients simply get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier!  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chimichurri #easychicken #easydinners #dinner

Most people have had Chimichurri, but how about Chicken Chimichurri Rojo? It’s a perfect Spring or Summer dish because you can simply grill or broil the chicken then top with this make-ahead cool, fresh, oh-so-delicious Chimichurri Rojo. The Rojo comes from the addition of red pepper and combined with the other ingredients, this sauce is cool, tangy, sweet, savory and incredibly full-flavored!  All of the ingredients get blended in a food processor so it could not be easier! With garlic, parsley, cilantro, lime, vinegar, and red pepper, this is one easy sauce that delivers BIG flavor!

 4.  Garlic & Lime Shrimp Recipe with Tzatziki Sauce

Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce over Quinoa on plate. The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lime for big bold flavors. The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. #shrimp #easydinner #dinner #seafoodrecipes #shrimprecipes

This Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Tzatziki Sauce combines big bold flavors with cool, refreshing flavors. The Shrimp is simply sauteed with minced garlic, olive oil, and lemon for big bold flavors. You can also marinade the shrimp in the garlic and olive oil and then grill, squeezing the lemon over after grilled.  The Tzatziki Sauce is bright and cool with creamy yogurt with fresh cucumber, lime, garlic, and scallion. A perfect combination and so easy to pull together for a bright and light Spring dinner!

 5.  Zesty Pea Soup

Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick...this Zesty Pea Soup with Spring Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on Pea Soup recipes! You get the sweet spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from jalapeño that leaves a wonderful warmth (not spicy-hot) feel in your mouth.

Peas are in so many Spring recipes, but in my family, they unfortunately will only eat them blended. So, bring on the Pea Soup! Creamy, sweet, fresh, with a kick…this Zesty Pea Soup with Peas, Jalapeño, and Mint is a delicious new take on the traditional Pea Soup recipe! You get the sweet Spring flavor of the peas with the cool fresh mint, followed by the peppery kick from the jalapeño that gives you a wonderful warmth (not spicy hot) feel in your mouth and keeps you coming back for more. They blend together for the perfect Zesty Pea Soup and one of the most quintessential Spring dinner recipes.

6.  Lemon Dill Chicken & Asparagus

Cooked Lemon Dill Sauce Chicken and Asparagus in pan on stove. It has chicken in a light and creamy sauce flavored with garlic, lemon and fresh dill. It's loaded with fresh asparagus. #springrecipes #dinner #easydinner #healthydinner #lemon #asparagus #chicken #glutenfree #easyrecipes

Creamy, bright, herby, and lemony, this recipe screams Spring dinner recipes! Lemon Dill Sauce Chicken and Asparagus is Dill-licious! (yep, I just did that!) This is such an easy one-pan skillet recipe. It has seared chicken in a light and creamy sauce delicately flavored with garlic, lemon and fresh dill. Then it’s loaded with fresh and bright Spring asparagus. Yum! You could serve this over rice or pasta, but honestly, it’s perfect just on it’s own!

 7.  Green Veggie Cauli-Cream Fettuccine

Pasta with spinach, asparagus, cauliflower sauce in bowl on blue towel

Spring Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine is bright and creamy and perfect for this list of Spring dinner recipes. With Spinach blended into the sauce and bites of Asparagus, you get the creaminess and the texture all in one fabulous dish. Cauliflower Cream Sauce is truly a chameleon. It can take on any flavor that you add to it. With the green veggies, this Green Cauliflower Cream Fettuccine recipe takes a comforting cream sauce to the next level.

 8.  Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

Close up of bowl of Quinoa & Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas, Pomegranate, Feta, red pepper, and Creamy Lemon Dressing. #glutenfree #lunch #dinner #healthyrecipes #healthyfood #salads #quinoa #kale

This Quinoa and Kale Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Creamy Lemon Dressing has everything you could ever want in a Spring dish. It’s fresh, light, and bright from the lemon dressing, kale, scallion, and red pepper. Then it’s hearty, nutty, and salty from the quinoa, roasted chickpeas and Feta Cheese. And then you get a burst of fresh sweetness from the pomegranate seeds. All of the different textures will make your mouth so happy!

 9.  Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures! Use leftover chicken breast, buy a rotisserie chicken, or get cooked chicken from the Deli!   The chicken is mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing. Then you get a burst of freshness from the red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and sweetness from the raisins. Make this once and you will crave it again and again! It’s a perfect Spring lunch or dinner for eating while you sit outside enjoying the sun and breeze.

10.  Moroccan Turkey Meatball Stuffed Pitas

Moroccan Meatball Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce.

Moroccan Meatballs Stuffed Pitas are filled with homemade hummus, moist turkey meatballs made with warm Moroccan spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander, and then topped with creamy, fresh and bright lemon yogurt sauce. These Stuffed Pitas are incredibly easy to make, fun to stuff, and so delicious to eat. It’s another eat-with-your-hands dinner that fun to take outside and enjoy in the Spring.

 11.  Greek Chicken Meatballs with Greek Orzo Salad

Ground Chicken Greek Meatballs on a plate with Tzatziki sauce over rice. Baked meatballs in back. These meatballs have garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano. 
Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese in a bowl with spoon on side. It's mixed with a creamy lemon dressing that's bright and light!

Ground Chicken Greek Meatballs are so moist and bursting with big flavors from garlic, feta, parsley, and oregano. You can make them ahead and freeze for months. Then simply bake for 25-30 minutes and enjoy! Paired with a tangy and bright Tzatziki sauce! Served with this amazing Greek Orzo Salad with Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, and Feta Cheese that will make you go weak in the knees! It’s creamy, tangy, crunchy, salty, fresh, bright, and delicious. It starts with Orzo pasta. Cucumber brings a cool refreshing crunch. The kalamata olives and feta bring the saltiness and tang. All of this goodness is combined with a creamy lemon dressing that’s bright and light!

12.  Veggie Frittata with Lemon Crema

Vegetable Frittata with Lemon Crema is an easy weeknight dinner, quick breakfast, or weekend brunch recipe! This Vegetable Frittata is thick and hearty with lots of flavors and textures from the veggies, but is also light and creamy from the eggs and cheese. It's loaded with healthy veggies, is gluten free, and super EASY to make and to clean up after.

Vegetable Frittata with Lemon Crema is an easy weeknight dinner, quick breakfast, or weekend brunch recipe! This Vegetable Frittata is thick and hearty with lots of flavors and textures from the veggies, but is also light and creamy from the eggs and cheese. It’s loaded with healthy veggies, is gluten free, and super EASY to make and to clean up after. This recipe is great to use any Spring veggies that you can find in the store or have leftover in your fridge!

13.  Shell Pasta with Chicken Italian Sausage & Kale

Shell Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale on a plate. It's loaded with a salty homemade Chicken Italian Sausage flavored with garlic and fennel in a parmesan, garlic and kale sauce. 

Healthy, comforting, utterly delicious – that’s today’s Shell Pasta with Italian Sausage and Kale. The sauce is loaded with a salty homemade Chicken Italian Sausage flavored with garlic and fennel. Kale is in abundance in the Spring and here it’s cooked in the flavorful sauce so it wilts down and melds into the backdrop so perfectly. Hearty shell pasta perfectly holds the creamy parmesan cheesy sauce in each shell cup. Parmesan on top is the salty and nutty finish!

14.  Sweet & Sour Chicken Kabobs, Pineapple

Spoon drizzling Sweet and Sour sauce over Chicken Kabobs with pineapple, onion, and red pepper over Green Rice with basil, chives, and spinach.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Kabobs have pineapple, onion, and red pepper for sweet, savory, tangy, and salty flavors. Chicken is marinated in a Sweet and Sour marinade so that when it’s grilled, it gets the most amazing sweet and savory grill flavor. The grilled pineapple intensifies into this deep flavor, that is still sweet, but somehow also savory from the grill and the caramelization of the natural sugars. The onion and red pepper round out the flavors and textures with a bit of fresh crunch. Look for whole pineapples in the Spring on sale at your store and enjoy them in this recipe, as a snack, for breakfast, or for dessert!

15.  Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic! Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over! You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema. I love these tacos in the Spring because once again, they are fun and great for enjoying outside.

16.  Family Chickpea Coconut Curry

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry over rice in a bowl with red bell pepper, zucchini, onion, coconut milk, and warm Indian Curry spices.

Family Chickpea Coconut Curry with Vegetables is a creamy, crunchy, and filled with warm, soothing, yummy flavors. You get nutty roasted chickpeas, with sweet and creamy coconut milk. Then lots of crunch and texture from the sweet red bell pepper, zucchini, and onion. Finally, I took a little inspiration from Thai Curry and added in aeromatic fresh basil, which brings a wonderful fresh finish. It’s all served on top of fluffy rice that soaks up the delicious sauce.

17.  Quinoa & Black Bean Burritos

Quinoa Black Bean Burritos cut in half and stacked on plate. Packed with protein and fiber, but also cheese, tomato, cilantro, and sour cream!  The vegetarian 'meat' is taco-seasoned quinoa, black beans, and cauliflower.

Quinoa and Black Bean Burritos are a scrumptious eat-with-your-hands family dinner! They are packed with protein and fiber, but also ooey-gooey cheese, tomato, cilantro, and sour cream! The ‘meat’ in this recipe is a flavorful taco-seasoned quinoa, black bean, and cauliflower filling. Easy to prep in advance and wrap individually! Eat on the go, outside for lunch, or in the backyard for dinner.

18.  Spinach & Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini on a pan. Each fantastic bite gives you creamy artichoke, nutty cheesy Parmesan, spinach, and zucchini. Prepare entirely ahead, then bake 20 minutes and enjoy! #vegetarian #zucchini #stuffedzucchini #spinach #artichoke #springrecipes #healthyfood #healthydinner #healthyrecipes #glutenfree

This Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Zucchini has all the goods! It tastes delicious and indulgent, but it’s healthy too with so many nutrient-dense veggies! Each fantastic bite gives you creamy and earthy artichoke, nutty and cheesy Parmesan, fresh spinach, and meaty zucchini. Prepare entirely ahead and then bake 20 minutes and enjoy! While zucchini comes into season more in the Summertime, spinach is in season in the Spring. Frankly, this is just such a Springtime looking meal that I just love!

19.  Crispy Baked Fish & Chips

This Fish and Chips recipe is baked, not fried, so it is light and crispy, but has all of the amazing flavor you want. The Mind Blowing Remoulade sauce is sweet, salty, tandy, and a little bit spicy – you will be scraping the bowl with your fries and fish to get every drop! I added this one to the list for Spring dinners because fish is a great light protein option for Springtime. It’s a great option for getting picky kiddos to eat more fish!

20.  Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta on a plate with fork in pasta. It's delicious AND good for you!  It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts.  But the flavor is a bit more mellow by adding broccoli! #broccolirecipes #pesto #pasta #easydinner #dinnerideas #familydinner

Broccoli Pesto Pasta is delicious AND good for you! It has all of the classic pesto flavors from garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. But rather than a huge punch in the face of flavor, it’s a bit more mellow – and healthier – for you with the addition of broccoli! This last dinner made the list because it’s light and bright and a super fast make-ahead dinner for Spring!

Bonus 21.  Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips

No Bake Energy Bites cut into squares and stacked. These Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent!  They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, & healthy.  Only minutes to make & no Baking! Breakfast, snack, or dessert. #energybars #granolabars #snackrecipes #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #healthysnacks #healthybreakfast #healthydessert

Super Easy Nut-Free, No-Bake Energy Bites with Chocolate Chips are magnificent! They are sweet, nutty (but no nuts!), chocolaty, chewy, crunchy, and filling. Eat them for breakfast, a snack, or even dessert! Kids love them because they taste great. Adults love them because they are good for you. Schools love them because they are nut-free. YOU will love them because they are scrumptious! The best part?? NO BAKING! And you can store them in the freezer! The ingredients in these Energy Bites are loaded with health benefits and lots of fiber and protein, which help to give you energy. Protein is a macronutrient that is metabolised into energy for the body and helps to repair and build tissue. Soluble Fiber thickens when digested to slow gastric dumping and help to maintain energy.

What are YOUR favorite Spring recipes?  Please share in the comments!

😍 Carrie

One Pan Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken

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Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.

Does your family thank you for making dinner?  Making dinner is often a thankless job.  But everyone will scream THANK YOU for this one!  This Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner is easy to make and scrumptious to eat.  The creamy corn is rich, creamy, savory, slightly sweet, and slightly smokey.  The blackened chicken is coated with warm spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin that bring huge flavor, but not a lot of heat.  It finishes with a delicious salty bite from cotija cheese.  Best part is that it all cooks in one large pan – truly a perfect dinner!

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top on a plate with fork holding a bite of chicken..

CORN SEASON!

You can of course find flash frozen fresh corn throughout the year.  But if you are mad for fresh corn on the cob like me, than July through September are your months!  If you are in warmer or coastal locations, then you will start to see beautiful and tender Sweet Corn in the stores in early July.  For all other areas, you will see it in abundance during August through September. 

When you see it on sale and in season, GO BUY IT UP!  You can follow my instructions for removing the fresh kernels from the cob and then flash freeze it yourself.  Lay the fresh corn on a sheet pan and place in the freezer.  When it’s frozen, transfer it to a freezer bag and label it with the date.  It will last for up to 6 months. YAY!!

A couple other favorite recipes using corn are:

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan with spatula scooping.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a large skillet/frying pan for making the veggies and curry sauce. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

Mincing garlic is made super easy with a Garlic Press.

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CREAMY CORN & BLACKENED CHICKEN

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details)

Make Spice mixture and separate 1 tsp for the sauce later.

Five spices sectioned in a bowl for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Cut chicken breasts into 4-6 pieces each and rub the spice mix all over.

Raw chicken pieces coated in spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Removing Corn from the Cob

First, remove the husks and any remaining corn silk. Then rinse the corn and gently cut off the kernels using a sharp knife. After the kernels have been removed, use the back of the knife to press and scrape down the ear to remove any of the remaining kernel and the ‘cream’ that is left behind.

Knife cutting corn off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn cut off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner Back of knife scraping the corn cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn kernels cut off cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Fresh corn kernels in measuring cup for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Can I use frozen corn?

Yes, you can use frozen corn.  You will probably need to get about 30-40 ounces.  You could also use canned corn, but I prefer fresh or frozen.  If you use canned, be sure to drain and rinse it.  If you use frozen, add it to the pan frozen since it thaws very quickly.  You may need to cook any excess water from the frozen package off in the pan.

Using Jalapeno

I love the flavor and the heat that the jalapeno peppers brings to the creamy corn.  However, if you are not a fan of spice, then you can either leave it out altogether or go very light with it.  First, cut the jalapeno in half lengthwise.  Then using a spoon, carefully scrape out the seeds and discard them.  The seeds have most of the heat.  Then thinly slice the pepper and finally thinly dice.  You can start by adding a teaspoon and working your way up.  If you love the spice, add the entire diced pepper!

COOK YOUR CREAMY CORN & BLACKENED CHICKEN 

Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the seasoned chicken and cook for 5 minutes on the first side to get it really blackened. Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes until cooked through. Then transfer the chicken and it’s juices to a plate/bowl.

Blackened chicken in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

To the same pan, add another tsp of olive oil, along with the garlic, red pepper, and jalapeno. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the peppers start to glisten and then add the corn. Cook for 5 minutes. Then add the broth and the remaining seasoning mix, then let it come up to a simmer.

Diced red pepper, jalapeno, and garlic in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Corn and red peppers in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Seasoning on top of cream corn in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

While that is cooking, make the slurry be whisking the cornstarch into the cold milk. Whisk the slurry into the corn and continue to stir as it starts to thicken.

Cream Corn cooking in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner

Add the chicken back and sprinkle the crumbled cheese on top. 

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.

What is Cotija Cheese?  Can I use something else?

Cotija is a cow’s milk hard cheese that’s deliciously salty.  It originated in Mexico, in the town of Cotija, Michoacán.  Ideally, you want to crumble it up on top so if you can find it in a block form or already crumbled, that is best.  Sometimes it may be grated, which is okay, but I prefer chunks of salty bites.  If you cannot find Cotija, you can substitute with Feta cheese, which has a similar texture and salty bite.

Can I make this ahead and freeze or reheat?

Yes and no.  Corn freezes well fresh, but can be mushy if frozen in this cream sauce.  I recommend freezing the corn separate from the sauce; however, for best results.  You can make the sauce with the peppers and freeze it.  Then thaw the sauce, cook the corn directly from the freezer, and add the sauce.  The chicken can coated with the spices and frozen raw or cooked and then frozen.  If raw, thaw it in the fridge 24 hours in advance and then sear it in the pan as per the instructions.  If frozen cooked, thaw in the fridge overnight or in the oven 350F degrees for 20 minutes or until center is warmed through.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top on a plate with fork.

One Pan Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken

This Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner is easy to make and scrumptious to eat.  The creamy corn is rich, creamy, savory, slightly sweet, and slightly smokey.  The blackened chicken is coated with warm spices like chili powder, paprika, and cumin that bring huge flavor, but not a lot of heat.  It finishes with a delicious salty bite from the cotija cheese.  It's truly a perfect dinner! #creamedcorn #skilletchicken #blackenedchicken #chickenandcorn #chickendinner #creamycorn

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, corn, one pan meal
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 382 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breast skinless, boneless
  • 2 tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp salt

Other Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 Bell Red Pepper
  • 1/2-1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup cotija cheese (or feta)
  • Cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Make Spice mixture in a small bowl with the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, and salt. You will be saving 1 tsp for the sauce and the rest for the chicken.

    Five spices sectioned in a bowl for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  2. Cut chicken breasts into 4-6 pieces each and rub the spice mix all over, saving 1 tsp for the sauce later.

    Raw chicken pieces coated in spice mixture for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  3. Clean the corn. Remove the husks and any remaining corn silk. Then rinse the corn and gently cut off the kernels using a sharp knife. After the kernels have been removed, use the back of the knife to press and scrape down the ear to remove any of the remaining kernel and the 'cream' that is left behind.

    Back of knife scraping the corn cob for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  4. Dice the jalapeno and the red pepper

Cook

  1. Preheat a large frying pan or skillet on high heat. Add the olive oil and then the seasoned chicken and cook for 5 minutes on the first side to get it really blackened. Then flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes until cooked through. Then transfer the chicken and it's juices to a plate/bowl.

    Blackened chicken in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  2. To the same pan, add another tsp of olive oil, along with the garlic, red pepper, and jalapeno. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the peppers start to glisten and then add the corn. Cook for 5 minutes. Then add the broth and the remaining tsp of seasoning mix. Bring to a simmer.

    Seasoning on top of cream corn in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  3. While that is cooking, make the slurry be whisking the cornstarch into the cold milk. Whisk the slurry into the corn and continue to stir as it starts to thicken.

    Cream Corn cooking in pan for Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken skillet dinner
  4. Add the chicken back and sprinkle the crumbled cheese on top. Garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

    Creamy Corn and Blackened Chicken with feta and cilantro on top in a pan.