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I am always looking for easy, under-30-minute recipes which require minimal cleanup! And this skillet garlic chicken with zucchini and mushrooms is such a recipe which also has loads of flavor! I chose to make this recipe in the skillet versus a sheet pan in order to get a crisp texture for the zucchini and the mushrooms. But you could easily throw the garlic chicken and the vegetables together into a sheet pan after tossing them in the marinade and bake them in the oven.
For the vegetables, I love zucchini and mushrooms in this recipe. But you could certainly use other vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and spinach. This recipe is a meal by itself, however you could also serve this with some cauliflower rice on the side!
- ½ lb boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 medium zucchini, cut into ¼-in rounds
- 4 medium mushrooms, washed and sliced
- About ¼ cup avocado oil or coconut oil for pan frying
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- In a medium size mixing bowl, add all the marinade ingredients and mix with a spoon. Reserve half of this marinade (for the vegetables). Add the chicken pieces to the marinade left in the bowl and toss to mix well. Keep aside for 5-10 minutes.
- Add the reserved marinade to another mixing bowl and add the vegetables and toss to coat well with the marinade. Keep aside.
- Heat a medium size stainless steel skillet or a cast iron pan. When hot, add about 1 tablespoon of the oil. And then add the chicken pieces. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes. Then flip each piece and cook for another 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken pieces into a plate.
- Next, add some more oil to the pan and add the zucchini slices (you will need to do this in batches). Pan fry for about 2 minutes on one side and 1 more minute on the other side. Transfer to a plate.
- Repeat the same process with the mushrooms.
- Now add the chicken and the vegetables back to the pan. Cover and cook for 1 minute on low heat to get the chicken pieces all tender and juicy. Turn heat off and add the lemon juice and stir to mix.