One-Pan Chicken & Veggie Bake

Why is it that life’s most enjoyable moments can be followed by such tedious tasks? Going to bed early followed by waking up to a shrieking alarm. Showering followed by blow drying your hair. Putting on PJs followed by brushing your teeth. Having friends over for a party followed by clean up. And, alas, cooking followed by… dishes, ugh!

I love cooking! I love creating new flavors, finding healthy alternatives to my favorite treats, and seeing the smiles on my guests faces when they try my food. But I hate, absolutely hate doing the dishes. For one, it’s gross. The grease, grime, and old food particles. Ick! And, after a big meal, it can seem endless.

Say sayonara to perpetual dish washing! This one-pan Chicken & Veggie Bake has all the flavor and none of the dishes. This recipe also happens to be paleo, gluten-free, and even Whole30 approved! It’s so simple it’ll make you wanna spit.

One-Pan Chicken & Veggie Bake

Serves 2


10 oz boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts

1 sweet potato, chopped into small squares

1-2 cups asparagus

2/3 cup sliced mushrooms

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

Pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a cast-iron pan on the stove on medium/high heat.
  3. Once the oil is melted, place chicken on the pan. Sprinkle the top side of the chicken with seasoning.
  4. Once the bottom of the chicken is seared and golden brown, flip to other side and sear for another two minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. Turn off the stove. Place the asparagus, mushrooms, and sweet potato in the cast iron skillet around the chicken. Drizzle with melted coconut oil or spray with coconut oil cooking spray and sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper.
  6. Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Make sure to stir veggies halfway through.
  7. Carefully take out of the oven with an ovenmit. The pan will be HOT!
  8. Serve and enjoy with minimal dishes!

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Health and happiness,



Hi and welcome to Life in Spandex! I'm Emily, a personal trainer who believes there should be no secrets standing in your way to getting fit. I am sharing my knowledge here on this blog in order to help you reach your goals. Fitness should be fun, eating healthy should taste good, and feeling your absolute best is the ultimate goal. Let's get fit together!
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  3. I love one pan meals like this – and your Chicken and Veggie Bake is so healthy too! Scheduled to pin later today. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul!

    1. Thank you April!!! 🙂

  4. Ugh, I’ve definitely left a mountain of dishes in the sink before. The clean up process can be so daunting, especially when I’m trying to eat well and wind up with cutting boards, whisks, mixing bowls, pans, baking sheets, measuring cups…ALL FROM ONE MEAL! I love how simple and tasty this recipe sounds. I do not have a cast iron skillet (yet), and it’s things like this that have me wanting to take that leap!

    1. Yes do it! They’re only about $20 at target 🙂 you may be able to find an even cheaper one!

  5. This is such a healthy, delicious looking dinner idea. I also love that it’s made in one pan, since that makes for a nice easy clean up.

  6. This looks amazing! I love one dish meals. Makes for a tasty dinner and easy clean up.

  7. This looks amazing! I love anything that can be made in one-pan/pot 🙂

  8. That looks delicious! What a great and simple recipe.

  9. This is great! I am all about dishes that require minimal clean up! I enjoy cooking, but don’t do it all that much because I dread the clean up afterward!

    1. Agreed! You’re going to love cooking this

  10. This looks great! I love eating seasoned chicken breasts. My husband however, HAS to have a sauce for everything. Even the juiciest chicken breast with seasonings on it is too dry and bland for him. Haha are there any sauces would you recommend for this chicken?

    1. I think a BBQ or balsamic glaze would go nicely!!

  11. This looks so good. I’m definitely going to try this.

    1. Let me know how it turns out jade!

  12. This dish I’ve put on to do list I like it very much and it’s looking yummy

    1. Yum yum!!! And so easy!

  13. Oh yum! This looks so delicious and easy to make. Great option to prepare after a long day of work 🙂

    1. It’s perfect for a no stress, no
      Mess dinner!

  14. Minus the mushrooms, this will be dinner tomorrow!! Thanks for the idea!!

    1. Yaaasss! You’re welcome!

  15. This looks delicious!! I am starting to take my health seriously after having baby #3 and I am always looking for new recipes!

    1. So happy to hear you’re putting your health first Candi 🙂

  16. Oh I love this idea. I hate doing the dishes as well. Since I dont have the money for a personal cook yet, I will have to give this a try.

    1. Haha I want a personal cook!!!

  17. Love this! I also hate dishes! This looks yummy and healthy!

    1. 🙂 glad you like it!

  18. I love how simple this is! Definitely making this

  19. This looks so delicious, I’ve gotta try this out!

    1. Let me know if you like it!

  20. Great combination of ingredients and who can resist a one pan meal?! Looks great. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Mmmm this looks amazing. Chicken is so versatile isnt it!

  22. One pan is pretty much the only way I cook for myself, ha ah! With tinfoil over the top… So NO cleaning hehe he!

    1. Haha yaaasss girl I do it over my pans. Doesn’t work with a cast iron though. It’s designed to keep the juices in nom nom

  23. That looks so scrummy and I was sold at the minimal pot washing! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe I’m definitely pinching it xx #twinklytuesday

  24. this looks like a simple recipe I can try. thanks for sharing

  25. looks delish. I like the single pan. Love those cast iron fry pans!


  27. Yum this look amazing! It look so easy to do. I should do this. xx

  28. This looks awesome, I am for sure putting it in my rotation of meals. I’ve been trying to add more healthy items but are still easy, this looks like both… and delicious!

    1. ☺️ this makes me happy!

  29. I’ve been interested in learning how to cook at home nowadays, and this looks so easy to do (I’m a terrible chef, haha). I’m so excited to give this a try!

    1. Yes it’s so easy! And using a cast iron skillet makes it easier to keep your chicken juicy!

  30. This looks super easy and delicious! Less dishes is always better and easy, I’m sold!

  31. Sounds great! Love things with mushrooms and asparagus.

    1. a girl after my own heart!

  32. I absolutely love cooking in my cast iron skillets! I’ve also recently started roasting a lot of vegetables. The thing I love about its that I can add things in that I like that the rest of my family doesn’t (like sweet potatoes). Nice treat for me. We’ve especially been loving roasted broccoli. Yum!

    1. Yum yum yum! Is it lunchtime yet? Lol my mouth is watering

  33. I love one-pan or one-pot or crockpot meals for that same reason! Dishes are THE WORST. Especially when we don’t have a dishwasher! This looks great!

    1. No dishwasher?! Girl you need this recipe in your life lol

  34. Looks delicious and easy to make. I love the simple ingredients because I’ve discovered not only is it better for you but you can actually taste the awesome flavors of the food, I think many people miss that when they are saucing things to death.

    1. I couldn’t agree more!! 🙂

  35. Thank you for sharing this recipe. This would be perfect for my wife and I.

    1. Oh perfect!! You’re welcome Roy!

  36. This looks and sounds amazing. I will be trying it soon for sure. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thank you Callie! And you’re welcome ?

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