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Chicken Recipes for One Person

Chicken Recipes for One Person

Cooking for one? Here are 14 different chicken recipes for one person. These recipes include soup recipes, pasta recipes, salads, flatbread/pizza, and easy lunch recipes that all use chicken. Single serving recipes at their best.

four different chicken dishes on plates

Tips to Cook for One

If you’re new to cooking for one or your cooking is feeling stale, here are a couple resources to get you started/re-inspire you. Remember, there’s no need to always cook at home, but if you like cooking, this will make it easier and more enjoyable.

What Should I Cook for One Person?


Chicken Soup for One

Make some comforting, delicious chicken soup for one in about 30 minutes. This warming recipe is easy, flavorful, and made in one pot. It’s perfect for a quick winter dinner.

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bowl of egg noodles, carrots in bowl

Chicken soup is a comforting classic. For good reason. Make this easy chicken recipe for one person for a quick, comforting dinner. White wine and lemon are added for a boost of flavor.

Instant Pot Chicken and Mushroom Soup

This creamy, comforting chicken and mushroom soup with wild rice is the perfect winter recipe to warm up with. It just takes about 15 minutes hands-on time and is ready to eat in about 50 minutes. Use frozen chicken to make it even easier!

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close up of mushroom and wild rice soup in a bowl

Chicken and mushrooms is such a classic, delicious combination. Add both to this easy soup, that you can make in your Instant Pot. Double or triple this chicken recipe for one person so you can have leftovers.


One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Make this 20 minute, pantry ingredient, one pot chicken parmesan pasta with crispy breadcrumbs instead of traditional crispy, cheesy chicken parmesan without the extra time, steps, and mess.

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square photo of spiral pasta with tomatoes on a black plate with a fork

Chicken parm is such a delicious dish, but it honestly takes more work than I’d like. With a few hacks, like pan frying breadcrumbs, you get all the delicious chicken parm flavors, without the mess and time.

One Pot Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Pasta

Combine the best salty, earthy, and meaty flavors in this 20 minute creamy one pot chicken bacon and mushroom pasta. Quickly cook your pasta while preparing your mushrooms then add it back after cooking the meat and mushrooms for a super easy one pot dinner for one.

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close up of pasta with mushrooms, bacon, and chicken with a fork in it

Chicken, mushrooms, and bacon with pasta! Need I say more? I love this flavor combo, and what makes it even better is that it’s ready in 20 minutes. It’s a delicious chicken recipe for one person.


Watermelon Chicken Salad

Bring watermelon onto your dinner plate with this easy watermelon chicken salad. It’s made with sweet juicy watermelon, tender chicken, peppery arugula, salty feta, and chewy barley. This salad is summer on a plate, no doubt!

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large bowl full of watermelon, blueberries, feta cheese on a table

I usually enjoy seasonal watermelon plain, but why not enjoy it with other ingredients in this easy watermelon chicken salad. It’s easy, and perfect for a light summer meal.

Chicken Cranberry Walnut Salad

This 15 minute chicken cranberry walnut salad is the perfect easy lunch. It’s got tender chicken, sweet chewy dried cranberries, and crunchy walnuts dressed in a mayo/yogurt dressing that’s wonderfully sweet and tangy. Make this chicken salad even quicker by using precooked chicken, it takes 5-7 minutes to assemble. Serve it over greens, in a sliced croissant, in a sandwich or a wrap for lots of options.

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chicken salad over greens with crasins on top

This chicken salad is great over greens, but it’s really delicious with a crusty chunk of bread, or served as a sandwich. It’s a great winter-y take on a classic chicken salad, which again, is the epitome of easy chicken recipes for one person.


Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

This easy buffalo chicken flatbread recipe is tangy, spicy, and cheesy. It’s perfect if you’ve got precooked chicken and a few random vegetables. This pizza, depending on the size of your flatbread, serves 1-2 people.

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buffalo chicken flatbread with ranch on top

Pizza is my favorite way to use up random vegetables in the fridge, it’s fun, always something to look forward to, and a great way to reduce food waste. This buffalo chicken flatbread/pizza is a nice vehicle for random ingredients.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Flatbread

This 20 minute chicken bacon ranch flatbread is an easy dinner recipe that works as a great base for using up other ingredients like vegetables.

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slice of chicken bacon pizza with bite out of it

Chicken, bacon, AND ranch on a pizza/flatbread? Yes please, enjoy this easy dinner as is or add some random veggies in your fridge to reduce food waste.

Easy Lunch Ideas

Healthy Chicken Salad Sandwich

All you need is 10 minutes to assemble this chicken salad pita, thanks to precooked chicken. Eat it over a bed of lettuce, over whole grain bread, or just off a spoon. 

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pita filled with chicken salad and salad on plate

Like I said, chicken salad options are endless. Here’s a classic version that’s great in a pita, bread, or on greens. It’s great as is or with even more add-ins.

Chicken Omelet

This chicken omelet is a great way to repurpose dinner leftovers. Pair the chicken with tomatoes, onion, and cheese for a flavorful breakfast.

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omelet with chicken on plate with fork

I never would have thought of adding chicken to an omelet, but this omelet is so comforting and delicious. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken in a slightly unexpected way. It makes an easy chicken dinner or breakfast.

Chicken Pecan Salad with Apples

This chicken pecan salad, just like other chicken salad recipes are fantastic throw together lunch or dinner. Use precooked chicken, crisp green apple, pecans, and a Greek yogurt/mayonnaise dressing for a tangy salad.

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open faced chicken salad sandwich with sides on plate

If you like crunchy chicken salads, this chicken pecan and apple salad is perfect for you. Chicken salad is a classic quick chicken recipe for one person, and for good reason-it’s easy, tangy, and add-in options are endless.

Chicken Burrito Bowl

This Burrito Bowl Recipe is so satisfying! It’s the perfect lunch option and, best of all, it’s easy to throw together.

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burrito bowl with cheese, avocado, lime, onions, beans, tomatoes

I love a good burrito bowl, lots of textures, flavors, and a delicious sauce… in a bowl?! yes please. Another great way to use up random ingredients in your fridge, but in a delicious way.

Other Chicken Recipes

Chicken Bacon Sheet Pan Dinner

This easy chicken bacon sheet pan dinner with brussels sprouts is the best way to enjoy fall and winter flavors without much effort at all. I mean, you literally let your oven do all the work. It just takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, and you can let your oven do 90% of the work.

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chicken with bacon on top next to brussels sprouts on a grey plate

I’ll be the first to admit, a recipe that takes 45 minutes to make? Not usually something I’d wait for. But this recipe is assembled quickly, is easy to clean up, and, well it has chicken and bacon. So it’s worth trying. Again-chicken and bacon.

Chicken Broccoli Divan

Make dinner tonight a snap with this super easy 30 minute Chicken Broccoli Divan casserole for one + leftovers. Juicy chicken, tender broccoli, and a creamy sauce top brown rice.

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close up of cheesy broccoli in white casserole dish

Serve this chicken and broccoli over rice for a delicious, easy recipe. It makes 2 servings, but honestly you’ll want the leftovers. It’s as good, if not better day two.


How to cook chicken for one person?

There are lots of ways to cook chicken for one person, it doesn’t have to be boring at all. Check out the chicken recipes listed above for some delicious and easy chicken recipes for one person.

What are your best recipes for cooking for one?

There are lots of delicious single serving recipes. Here is a list of some of my most popular/favorite Single Serving Recipes.

Did you make any of these chicken recipes for one person? Leave me a comment & rating to share how your recipe(s) turned out!

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