Last Minute Chicken Recipe

If you’re in a crunch for an easy weeknight dinner, this Last Minute Chicken Recipe is what you need! 

This Last Minute Chicken Recipe is the perfect quick and easy recipe to get dinner or lunch on the table in a hurry!pinterestI can’t tell you how many times I have been so busy during the day that I forget to plan our dinner. Yup, that happens… even to a food blogger.

Since chicken is one of my family’s favorite proteins, I always keep it stocked in my freezer and some fresh in my fridge too. That’s why I’m loving this Last Minute Chicken Recipe out of my friend Mary’s new cookbook, “The Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook.” The chicken ready in about 15 minutes and goes perfectly with just about any side dish, in salads, sandwiches or just by itself!

The Weeknight Lunches and Breakfasts Cookbook by Mary Younkin is perfect for quick and easy recipes!

This chicken is ready in a flash and perfectly seasoned.

Last Minute Chicken Recipe:

  • Start with fresh boneless skinless chicken thighs. Boneless skinless chicken breasts would also work with this recipe!
  • Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl and sprinkle on both sides of the chicken.
  • You can cook the chicken on a grill pan, over a traditional grill or even in your oven!
  • This chicken is ready in about 15 to 20 minutes!

Our family loves this Last Minute Chicken Recipe!

Make Ahead Chicken Recipe

  • The recipe makes 3 pounds of chicken, but if you’re just serving for a smaller family, you can scale back the amount of chicken and seasoning you use.
  • Make a big batch of this chicken in the beginning of the week and use it throughout the week for easy lunches and dinners!
  • Store cooked chicken in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer until ready to enjoy.

This recipe calls for paprika or smoked paprika. I love the smoky flavor that you get when you use the smoked paprika, but if you’re wanting to keep this recipe pretty basic for everyday use, I would stick with regular paprika.

Combine the garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, pepper and salt in a small dish and sprinkle over the chicken.

One of my favorite things to do with this chicken is prep it all on Sunday night and have cooked chicken ready for easy lunches throughout the week. Mary’s cookbook is filled with amazing easy lunch recipes just like this one. From salads, to soups, skillet meals, make ahead breakfasts and even her go-to spice mixes in the back, this recipe book has what you need to streamline your week!

Easy Side Dishes To Pair With This Chicken Recipe:

This easy Last Minute Chicken Recipe is just what you need to put dinner on the table in a hurry!

Get started with this easy chicken recipe, then grab her new cookbook and get excited!


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Last Minute Chicken Recipe

This easy Last Minute Chicken Recipe is just what you need to put dinner on the table in a hurry!

This Last Minute Chicken Recipe is the perfect way to get dinner on the table in a hurry! Recipe from The Weekday Lunches and Breakfasts Cookbook by Mary Younkin

  • Author: Shawn Syphus
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp paprika OR smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)


  1. Combine the garlic, onion, paprika, oregano, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle half the spices over the chicken. Turn the chicken pieces over and sprinkle the remaining spices over them. Rub the spices into the chicken, if needed, to coat well.

Grill Pan Directions:

  1. Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium heat. Drizzle with the olive oil. Place half the chicken in the grill pan, making sure there is a gap between the pieces. Cook the chicken without touching it for 5 minutes. Flip the pieces over and cook for 3 to 5 minutes until they’re cooked through. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Broiling Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Place an oven rack 6 inches from the top of the oven. Put a wire rack over a large baking tray and arrange the chicken on the wire rack. Place the chicken in the oven and broil for 6 minutes. Remove the chicken from the oven, turn each piece of chicken over, and then broil for 5 to 6 minutes.
  3. Let the cooked chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle the pieces with cilantro, if desired.


Recipe can be made with chicken breasts as well. Simply watch the cooking time and adjust as needed. Chicken breasts will cook faster than thighs, depending on their thickness.

Keywords: Chicken Recipe, Grilled Chicken


This Last Minute Chicken Recipe is the perfect quick and easy recipe to get dinner or lunch on the table in a hurry!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
58 Responses
    1. Hey Renee! Yes, you can definitely bake just like my chicken breast recipe. Chicken thighs cook a little differently than breasts, so just use an instant read thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. 🙂

  1. I recently bought an air fryer, and I absolutely love it. So I am going to try this in the air fryer. Mine is a fairly large one (five quarts), but still it is not going to hold three pounds of chicken thighs, but since there are only two of us, that’s okay. I have tried and enjoyed quite a few of your recipes, and have enjoyed them. The seasonings for this chicken sound so good, I just have to try it. Thanks so much, and wish me luck cooking this in my air fryer.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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