One Pot Chicken with Spinach and Carrots

This One Pot Chicken recipe is truly a One-Pot Wonder where you get your protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat all in one pot following one easy recipe. 

Literally, all you need is one pot, a cutting board, and a knife.  

Believe me, anything that makes kitchen clean-up and washing dishes easier is a miracle!

Flavorful Broth

The best part about this recipe is the broth.  I start with the best, high quality broth out there and let the cooking methods enhance the flavor.

The deep flavor begins with the seared chicken thighs, which is enhanced with the sauteed onions and garlic.  Once you add the vegetables, arrowroot starch, and chicken to the pot to simmer, it combines the flavors and thickens for peak flavor and consistency.

I cleaned my plate to the last drop…literally.

Benefits of Bone Broth

Not only are you getting your protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat from this one pot chicken and vegetables meal, but all the health benefits and nutritious minerals from the broth, which are shown below.

  • Heals the gut
  • Relieves joint pain
  • Maintains younger-looking skin
  • Growl healthy hair and nails
  • Controls cravings
  • Reduces Stress
  • Improves sleep and memory

Save Money with Frozen Vegetables

In an effort to save money, I selected frozen spinach instead of fresh for this recipe.

The difference between frozen and fresh boils down to your desired cooking method.  When you cook it in ways similar to this one pot chicken meal, frozen is perfect.  Plus, since frozen vegetables are flash-frozen immediately after harvesting, you reap the same benefits of fresh spinach.

You can learn more ways to save money in this post.  By simply knowing when to select fresh versus frozen or when to select organic versus non-organic, you can save a lot of money while still providing your body with the best, nutritious foods.

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One Pot Chicken with Spinach and Carrots

Chicken with Spinach and Carrots
Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6-8 boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 onion
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 lb bag baby carrots
  • 2 lb bag frozen spinach
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot starch
  • 1 cup sugar-free broth of choice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, flat-bottom pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the chicken thighs to the pan and sear for 5 minutes on each side.
  3. While the chicken thighs are cooking, dice the onion and chop the garlic.
  4. Even though the chicken will not be cooked through, remove the thighs from the pan and set them aside for later.
  5. Add the diced onion to the pan and stir into the juices from the cooked chicken.  This adds a great, deep flavor to the onions.
  6. Once the onions are translucent, add the chopped garlic and thyme and stir to combine.
  7. Add the cut carrots and the bag of frozen spinach.  You don’t have to thaw the spinach, it will cook just fine from frozen.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the arrowroot starch with some of the broth and whisk together so there are no clumps, then add this arrowroot-broth mixture to the pan along with the remaining broth.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until the carrots are soft and the chicken reaches 165 degrees.

Variations:

This same recipe can be made in the oven, which simplifies the recipe even more.  Check out this Oven Baked Chicken and Vegetables recipe.

Baked Chicken and Vegetables

More Paleo Recipes Using Chicken

Want more chicken recipes, check out these Chicken Fingers made completely Paleo with healthy ingredients.

Chicken Fingers
Chicken Fingers

Add chicken to a soup also using frozen vegetables and great broth in this Ultimate Chicken and Vegetable Soup.

Ultimate Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Or, spice it up with these Spicy Chicken Wings.

Chicken Wings

How do you eat chicken?

Do you bake it, sear it, or grill it?

What do you typically make with chicken?  It’s so versatile, low in fat, and packed with vitamins and minerals.

Comment below, join in on the conversation, and let us know about your favorite chicken recipes.

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