Who doesn’t enjoy a hearty skillet dinner? I myself love them because they’re easy to make and the mess is greatly reduced because there aren’t a ton of pots and pans to clean.
Plus, it gives me a chance to use my cast iron pan. I’m convinced cast iron makes everything taste just a little bit better.
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You’ll notice this recipe uses coconut aminos. Have you tried this before? It’s a liquid made from coconut sap which is dark, salty and a little sweet. The flavor is similar to soy sauce—but without the soy. It’s also gluten-free!
If you’re like me and always looking for a way to keep your family’s sugar intake on the low side, this recipe has you covered. I use a honey alternative and a no-sugar-added ketchup.
Choose Your Ingredients Wisely
You need 4 chicken thighs for this skillet dinner. Thighs are richer and more tender because they have a higher amount of fat than chicken breasts. (This is the reason I use thighs in my white chicken chili as well.)
Not to mention: thighs are cheaper. Win-win! 🙂
Brussels sprouts should be bright green, firm, and the leaves should be tightly packed. If they have black spots or leaves that are turning yellow, you don’t want them.
Sweet Fire Skillet Dinner
- Pour a tablespoon of avocado oil, or your favorite cooking oil in a cast iron skillet.
- Pour the soy sauce, ketchup, honey (or honey substitute), and 2 tablespoons of crushed red pepper into a bowl, and combine.
- Place the cast iron skillet on a medium-high burner, add the thighs and begin to cook it. Watch the thighs and turn them as each piece cooks.
- Cook 5-8 minutes on each side. Remove the thighs.
- Slowly add the prepared veggies. Sautee them and season them with sea salt.
- Dip each chicken thigh into the sauce and make sure to cover each side.
- Return the thighs to the skillet to warm.
- Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Doesn’t it sound yummy? It’s great any time of year, but when the air begins to feel a little crisp, it’s especially delish.
As I said, a great skillet dinner is one of life’s great gifts to busy moms and busy families. It’s so helpful to always have some ingredients on hand to whip up something amazing without making a huge mess. Keep some chicken thighs and veggies in the freezer (Brussels sprouts come frozen as well as fresh!) and a few basic ingredients in the fridge and pantry, and you can make a healthy, flavorful meal in the same time pizza delivery takes– for less money!
Do you have a cast iron skillet? Families often hand them down from generation to generation for good reason. If no relative has offered to give you theirs, never fear. This cast iron skillet is pre-seasoned and very affordable. You won’t regret buying one, and hey, maybe you’ll pass yours down to someone who’ll cherish it someday!
Thank you for popping by to grab this recipe. I hope your family flips for it. If you have any terrific skillet dinner recipes, would you share them with me? I’m always on the lookout for more quick and easy meals.