Chicken in a Hurry – the name says it all. This is the perfect chicken dish for a busy weeknight, but good enough for a fancy weekend meal. Sweet and tangy, super easy and inexpensive!
Chicken in a Hurry
This chicken in a hurry sometimes also called chicken hurry is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. I just love recipes like this one that our parents and grandparents had to come up with to make our dinners quick but still delicious enough for a big hungry family. Let me tell you this dish packs flavor and results in a perfectly made and wonderfully tender dish.
With a handful of ingredients, this chicken in a hurry is the epitome of set it and forget it type of meal. You basically just pour the broth over the chicken, drizzle with the onion soup mix, brown sugar and ketchup. Cover it with foil and bake and that’s it!
What Is Chicken in a Hurry?
I have to say that when my friend told me about this recipe I was very skeptical. This is one of her mother’s recipes that she used to make for dinner all the time and when she first told me ingredients in it, I questioned it. You mean you don’t mix everything together and pour over the chicken? I just couldn’t wrap my head around it.
But being the foodie that I am, my rule is to always try something once and if I don’t like it, well then at least I can say I tried it. So we made it and I’m glad I did! This dish couldn’t get any easier.
Ingredients In Chicken In A Hurry
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- Chicken – Thighs, bone in with skin on.
- Broth – Chicken broth is preferred, low sodium as we want to control the amount of salt in our dish.
- French onion soup mix – We’re using 1 entire packet of the mix for lots of concentrated flavor. Believe me you’ll want to include this ingredient.
- Sugar – Brown sugar gives this dish some sweetness to help round out the flavor of our dish. We want to use brown sugar as it’ll give us molasses notes and complexity.
- Ketchup – Really? Ketchup? Believe me don’t knock it till you try it. It’s perfectly sweet, acidic, and tomato-ey.
- Parsley – Chopped finely for garnish.
How To Make Chicken In a Hurry
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Preheat the oven: To 375 F degrees.
- Prep the chicken: Arrange the chicken thighs in a large 9×13-inch baking dish or a roaster. Pour the chicken broth over the thighs then sprinkle the onion soup mix and brown sugar evenly over each thigh then squeeze ketchup over each thigh. If you don’t have a squeeze ketchup bottle, spoon about 1/2 tbsp of ketchup over each thigh.
- Bake the chicken: Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through. Bone-in thighs should reach an internal temperature of 180 F degrees when they are done.
- Finish the dish: Garnish with chopped parsley and serve over your choice of starches.
What To Serve With Chicken In A Hurry
The beauty about this dish isn’t just how quick, delicious, and easy it is, but also how well it pairs with so many sides! Whether you’re looking to go basic with mashed potatoes or rice, or more extravagant like polenta or kale salad, you’re bound to be impressed.
- Kale And Quinoa Salad With Lemon Vinaigrette
- Greek Salad
- Warm Kale Salad With Roasted Butternut Squash
How To Ensure Your Chicken Is Cooked Through
If you’re used to only really cooking with chicken breast just keep in mind that the color of the cooked meat will be different. Chicken breast cooks from pink to white whereas chicken thigh will cook darker, even a little pinkish even when done. So fear not if your thigh still has some color to it, as long as the internal temp is 180 F degrees you’re good to go!
Tips For Making The Best Chicken In A Hurry
- Be sure not to touch the bone with the thermometer when reading the internal temperature of the thigh.
- Make sure to pat the chicken dry first before seasoning because moisture causes steam which will prevent your chicken from browning.
- Use any type of chicken that you’d like in this recipe. If you’re using chicken breasts, the breast is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F degrees.
- BBQ sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, or fresh tomatoes would be a great substitute if you don’t like ketchup.
- Baking time may vary depending on how many chicken thighs are in the pan or whether or not you’re using skinless and boneless vs bone-in with skin.
How To Store Leftover Chicken Thighs
Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
Absolutely! Freeze this stored in airtight containers for up to 3 months! Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge before heating back up in the oven, on the stove, or on the microwave.
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Chicken in a Hurry
- 4 lb chicken thighs with skin and bones
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 oz french onion soup mix (1 packet)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 tbsp parsley chopped, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 F degrees.
- Arrange the chicken thighs in a large 9x13-inch baking dish or a roaster.
- Pour the chicken broth over the thighs. Sprinkle the onion soup mix and brown sugar evenly over each thigh then squeeze ketchup over each thigh. If you don't have a squeeze ketchup bottle, spoon about 1/2 tbsp of ketchup over each thigh.
- Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes or until the skin is crispy and chicken is cooked through. Bone-in thighs should reach an internal temperature of 180 F degrees when they are done.
- Garnish with parsley and serve over rice or mashed potatoes.
- Use any type of chicken that you'd like in this recipe. Keep the same time and temperature if you're using chicken breasts.
- BBQ sauce, tomato paste, tomato sauce, or fresh tomatoes would be a great substitute if you don't like ketchup.
- Baking time may vary depending on how many chicken thighs are in the pan or whether or not you're using skinless and boneless vs bone-in with skin.
- Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
- Freeze this stored in airtight containers for up to 3 months! Allow to thaw overnight in the fridge before heating back up in the oven, on the stove, or on the microwave.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.