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This simple dish of beautifully seasoned chicken and peas is the meal solution you’re looking for when you’re short on time but want something tasty and healthy!

I just love this quick meal. It looks like there’s not much to it but looks are deceiving. This has so much flavor even with minimal ingredients.

Peas don’t get enough credit. I feel like a lot of us grew up with bad experiences with this particular legume. They were overcooked, mushy, and bland. Boy, when peas aren’t cooked correctly they are no good, friend. Let’s not do that.

When peas are cooked properly and seasoned well they are such a perfect addition to any meal.

The best part? Peas can cook in five minutes or less! Talk about fast, right?

Another pro is how readily available peas are. You can find them fresh or frozen in pretty much any grocery store. And really I see no benefit to using fresh vs frozen. So pick whichever you prefer!

For this one pot meal we’re combining these fast cooking, totally delicious peas with chunks of chicken and plenty of spices and herbs.

Let’s get into how we throw together this simple dish.

Cutting your chicken into chunks before sautéing will get them browned quickly. Since this meal is all about speed (and flavor of course) that’s an important step. Stir in those seasonings. Now just give that chicken a few minutes.

When your chicken is browned, toss in the frozen peas. Stir. Season. Sauté for another few minutes.

That’s it! We’re done! I swear I put more effort into writing this recipe description that you’ll actually spend making this meal.

Can you use fresh peas instead of frozen?

Fresh and frozen peas are usually interchangeable in recipes. They cook in just about the same amount of time so I wouldn’t hesitate to swap one for the other if that’s what you have on hand.

How to serve this simple dish?

This recipe can be enjoyed as a complete meal as is. When you do this you’ll get two to three large servings.

If you add a side you can easily get four servings. My favorite side for this incredible dish is my Light & Creamy Mashed Potatoes. If you’re not a mashed potato fan (how dare you) try Easy Seasoned Roasted PotatoesEasy Diced Air Fryer Potatoes, or Skillet Breakfast Potatoes. Steamed cauliflower rice or traditional rice work great too!

Thinking of a green side? I recommend my Spicy Roasted BroccoliEasy Roasted BroccoliBalsamic Bacon Brussels SproutsGarlic Green BeansSimple Sautéed CabbageRoasted Brussels Sprouts, or Roasted Green Beans with Almonds.

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5 from 16 votes

15-Minute Italian Chicken & Peas

By Christina
This simple dish of beautifully seasoned chicken and peas is the meal solution you're looking for when you're short on time but want something tasty and healthy!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients 

Chicken

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 lb chicken breasts, Cut into 1-inch pieces.
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika

Peas

  • 1 1/2 tbsp ghee, If dairy-free, use a vegan butter.
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 12 oz frozen english peas, shelled
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper, Can reduce to 1/8 tsp if wary of the heat.
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Instructions 

  • Add 1 1/2 tbsp oil to a large skillet. Heat on medium-high. Once oil is hot, add your chicken pieces. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika. Sauté, flipping occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes uncovered or until chicken has some browning. (If this is taking too long you may want to turn up the heat. Medium-high heat will quickly cook raw chicken pieces and you'll achieve that browning.)
  • Add ghee (or a vegan butter if dairy-free) and minced garlic to the skillet with the browned chicken. Sauté for a minute or until garlic is golden in color.
  • Reduce heat to medium. Add peas to skillet. Season with 1 tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes. (If you're particular heat averse you can use 1/8 tsp crushed rep pepper instead.) Stir. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until peas are cooked.

Notes

This recipe can be enjoyed as a complete meal as is. When you do this you’ll get two to three large servings. If you add a side you can easily get four servings.
You’ll find plenty of recommendations for how to serve this recipe above the recipe card. 

Nutrition

Calories: 365kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 123mg, Sodium: 786mg, Potassium: 837mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 810IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 38mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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24 Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    Delicious, easy, and fast! Great weeknight meal! 

  2. Andrea says:

    I’ve rated this before and continue to love having this recipe in my dinner rotation. So easy, quick, and just darn tasty. I had to write a follow-up because I had this for lunch at work today, and my coworkers were super jealous of how delicious my lunch smelled. Such simple ingredients but perfectly seasoned to make a truly yummy meal!

    1. Christina says:

      I always get excited when someone loves this recipe! Peas are so under appreciated but I love them! Thank you, Andrea!

  3. Heidi A says:

    This recipe was easy to make, full of flavor, and my husband even liked it. 

    1. Christina says:

      Happy to hear that, Heidi! Thank you!

  4. Heather says:

    OMG this dish was so simple but delicious! My son and I both had seconds. I also served it over mashed potatoes 

    1. Christina says:

      Yay! I love this simple dish too! And serving it over mashed potatoes sounds heavenly! Thank you, Heather!

  5. Kassandra says:

    This was so delicious. I will make it often now. We ate it with a copycat Olive Garden Italian salad. You rock!

    1. Christina says:

      YOU rock! Thank you so much, Kassandra!

  6. Trish says:

    This was delicious!

    1. Christina says:

      Thank you, Trish! One of my favorites too!