One Pot Chicken Stroganoff | Lightened Up!

The most cherished cookbook in my collection is a spiral-bound, home-printed collection of my grandma’s recipes. I flip through it often, as much to search for new recipe ideas as to remember her. Today’s creamy Chicken Stroganoff is inspired by her classic stroganoff recipe on page 22.

Quick, easy and delicious One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff!! A healthy, homemade version of everyone’s favorite hamburger stroganoff that’s ready in 30 minutes! Perfect for a weeknight meal and will have everyone asking for seconds. NO canned soup! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

This recipe is sponsored by McCormick.

My grandma was a mother of nine, seven of them boys. She cooked from scratch every night, and the family ate dinner at an enormous, sturdy round table that my grandpa specially designed to serve the hungry crew.

Decades later, their dozens of grandchildren, including yours truly, ate in their same kitchen, at the very same table.

My grandma and grandpa are no longer with me, but when I read my grandma’s cookbook, I am transported back to the hours I spent in the kitchen with the two of them, my grandpa leaning quietly over his plate and my grandma fussing over something or other on the stove (did she ever sit?).

Healthy Chicken Strognaoff. ONE POT, 30 minutes, and healthy! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My grandma’s recipes reflect a Midwestern sensibility that I suspect one must develop when feeding nine hungry kids. Like this Chicken Stroganoff, her recipes are decidedly unfussy, stick-to-your-ribs comforting, and will appeal to even the pickiest of palettes.

My recipe today for a lightened-up, healthy Chicken Stroganoff does vary from my grandma’s more-decadent original, but it maintains every bit of its warming spirit and nostalgia.

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This Chicken Stroganoff also shares my grandma’s practicality and good common sense. The entire recipe cooks in a single pan, including the pasta, and is ready in 25 minutes flat.

Chicken Stroganoff is ideal for both the approaching change in seasons and for a season that has already begun in many parts of the county—Back to School.

Cooler weather demands comfort food, and busy school nights necessitate recipes that strike the sweet trifecta of quick, easy, and healthy. This Chicken Stroganoff is all of the above.

It had been years since I’d had stroganoff—beef, chicken, or otherwise—and until I made this recipe, I’d forgotten how delicious it truly is. The sauce is the right amount of creamy to be comforting but not overwhelming, the noodles are hearty and soothing, and the mushrooms give the stroganoff a complexity of flavor that suggests you spent hours making it, instead of minutes.

ONE POT Healthy Chicken Stroganoff. Quick, easy, and delicious! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My biggest healthy hacks are to swap ground chicken for the beef, whole wheat egg noodles for the white, and low-fat Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Because ground chicken is fairly bland on its own, to give the dish plenty of pizzazz, I used a blend of spices you will always find in my pantry: black pepper, dried thyme, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. The first three are classic in many stroganoff recipes, and McCormick smoked paprika is the secret to this Chicken Stroganoff’s extra somethin’ somethin’.

Lightened Up Creamy Chicken Stroganoff. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

One of the biggest cooking lessons I’ve learned over the years is that all spices in the grocery store are not created equal. I use McCormick, because the spices are well sourced, fresh, and pack more flavor teaspoon for teaspoon than other brands I’ve tried. Good cooking begins with good ingredients. Using fresh, good-quality spices will make your recipes taste better every time.

Easy Chicken Stroganoff. Healthy version without cream of mushroom soup! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

 

One of the questions I receive most often is what side dish I’d recommend to go with a particular recipe. For Chicken Stroganoff, my pick is oven-roasted brussels sprouts. They are coming back into season, and they cook in the exact same amount of time you’ll need to make this Chicken Stroganoff. Destiny!

Roasted Brussels sprouts are a great side dish to pair with this easy recipe for Chicken Stroganoff Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Preheat your oven and prep the sprouts first. Then, as soon as they are in the oven, start on the Chicken Stroganoff recipe. The two should finish in about the same amount of time.

One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff. A healthy chicken stroganoff recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

For those who, like me, love their leftovers, Chicken Stroganoff reheats like a dream. Warm the leftovers gently in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of extra chicken stock, then dive in and enjoy the bonus serving of healthy comfort food.

For a step-by-step of how to make this healthy Chicken Stroganoff, watch this short recipe video:

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One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff

Quick, easy, and delicious One Pot Creamy Chicken Stroganoff! A healthy, homemade version of everyone’s favorite comfort food. Ready in 30 minutes!

Yield: 10 cups (4–6 servings)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick Thyme Leaves
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Black Pepper
  • 16 ounces sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups unsalted chicken stock (I used Kitchen Basics)
  • 8 ounces whole wheat egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup 2% Greek yogurt, at room temperature*
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a large, deep skillet or a dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid, heat the olive oil over medium. Once hot, add the chicken, thyme, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is fully browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the sliced mushrooms. Continue to cook until the mushrooms begin to soften, about 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the top, then stir so that it coats the chicken and mushrooms.
  3. Add about one-third of the chicken stock. Stir and work the flour off of the bottom off the pan. Add the rest of the stock and the egg noodles and cover the pan. Bring the liquid to a boil, then immediately remove the lid and stir the pan. Re-cover, then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Let simmer until the noodles are al dente and most of the liquid is absorbed, about 7 minutes, stirring the noodles and replacing the lid every few minutes. If at any point the liquid drops below a gentle simmer, increase the heat slightly.
  4. Once the noodles are tender, remove the pan from the heat and let sit 1 minute to cool slightly. Stir in the room-temperature Greek yogurt. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve hot.
  • *I do not recommend using nonfat (0%) Greek yogurt, as it is very prone to curdling when added to anything hot. Full fat is okay too. To further prevent curdling, set it out and let it come to room temperature before adding and be sure to remove the pan from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes as specified in the directions. If you do not want to purchase a large container of 2% Greek yogurt, most grocery stores carry individually sized serving containers.
  • The amount of salt you need will vary based upon the saltiness of your chicken stock. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Make it a meal! Serve this Creamy Chicken Stroganoff along side a pan of oven roasted brussels sprouts. See the above blog post for timing details.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  Reheat gently in the microwave or on the stovetop with a splash of extra chicken stock (or water in a pinch) to keep the stroganoff from drying out.
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Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 (of 5), about 2 cups

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 396 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 137mg
  • Sodium: 277mg
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 30g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

50 comments

  1. Lexi @Lexi'scleankitchen Reply

    Such a perfect dinner for any night of the week! Love that it comes together in just 30 minutes!

  2. I am LOVING the use of Greek yogurt here! You can never go wrong with a one-pot meal and this looks delish!

  3. Great weeknight meal!

  4. i’m so trying this with my GF pasta. I miss it! And love McCormick

  5. I think I might make this for dinner tonight! The kids will love it :)

  6. Glad you have those family recipes to cherish. I love making my grandmother’s old recipes – it’s like traveling back in time! This looks super comforting and delicious!

  7. I make my stroganoff with a recipe very similar to this. Honestly, I think it taste way better than the canned soup versions :)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

  8. I should try this with GF pasta! looks delicious!

  9. Oh, Erin, this looks great! Thanks for telling us about your wonderful relationship with your grandmother. I love being reminded of my grandma every time I use one of her recipes. She didn’t have one similar to this, but I think she’d love it (and I know we will!)

  10. This sounds like something I might make.  The only stroganoff I’ve had in years is the Skid Road Stroganoff recipe that I got from a college roommate back in 1966, which was made with canned cream of chicken soup and is served over rice.  I still love that recipe, but these days I make my own chicken soup for it.  I think it’s my husband’s favorite dish of all the ones I make.  I’m a little bit concerned about the amount of herbs/spices you use for this – for my taste buds it seems like the flavors would be very strong.  I like the idea that this is a more traditional stroganoff.  Also love the idea of serving it with roasted Brussels sprouts – the best way to eat them.

    • Susan, I totally understand the hesitation to try a new recipe when you’ve already got a perfect one in hand! I hope you enjoy it if you do decide to give it a try.

      • Erin, I did give it a try because we had a pound of ground chicken that my husband didn’t use.  It is very different from the one I usually make and is very tasty.  I wondered about the amounts of the herbs/spices because many times the flavors come out too strong for our tastes, but this came out pretty much perfect.  I would probably reduce the amount of black pepper next time.  This recipe is definitely a keeper.

        • Susan, I’m so excited to hear you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for giving it a try and taking the time to share your thoughts.

  11. Forgot to mention that I really like that you use 2% Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.  I’ve been doing that for a number of years, and when you have 2% or full fat, it tastes even better than using sour cream.

  12. Made this tonight. It’s like you read my mind. I am pregnant and I have been craving something like this!  don’t like mushrooms so I used frozen green peas instead. Delicious!!

    Rating: 5
    • YAY Amanda, I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this! Great idea to swap in peas. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review!

  13. This looks incredible!!

  14. Awesome recipe! Super easy to make and very tasty. Creamy and delicious but still healthy which is great. I added a little shredded cheddar cheese with the Greek yogurt (about 1/2 cup) and it worked well. Thanks Erin!

    Rating: 5
    • Nicole, thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review and share your tweaks! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe.

  15. I made this tonight! So good!! Thank you!

    Rating: 5
  16. This is comfort food at its best. Love that you used chicken!

  17. Stroganoff is one of the very best comfort dishes. Extra mushrooms for me, please!!!!

  18. Michaela Barrett Reply

    Loved this recipe!! I could make it quickly while my little man watched Elmo and then he asked for “more more” multiple times!!😄😄

    Rating: 5
    • I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Michaela! Thank you so much for giving it a try and taking the time to report back! :)

  19. Hi! So excited to try this recipe!! I was just wondering can I substitute multi grain rotini pasta for the whole wheat egg noodles? I could not find whole wheat egg noodles at the store.

    • Hi! I do think this will work. You may need to adjust the noodle cooking time (I think it would take longer) and should watch to make sure you there’s enough liquid in the pan so that the noodles don’t dry out. I hope you enjoy it!

  20. Those family recipes are the best which is why we now call them comfort food because they bring us back to those happy moments.  I love this version of stroganoff, it is one of my favorites as it always reminds me of my mom and being in her kitche!

  21. I cooked this tonight and it was quick and delicious! I had to use ground turkey because my grocery store didn’t have ground chicken. I also used less thyme. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes !

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this great comment, Sheri! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed this dish.

  22. This looks totally amazing! I also had a grandmother who never sat. My dad tells stories of her making hundreds of ravioli from scratch for his football team.  I love stroganoff and I can’t wait to try this spin on it!  McCormick is my favorite spice brand to buy, and you are right, the best spices are the most important part of a recipe!

  23. Chappell Fendley Reply

    Love this! It really only take 25 minutes to make!! I may used reduced sodium stock next time instead of no-sodium though. I used full fat greek yogurt. Yum!

    Rating: 5
  24. Another favorite for my family. My 3 and 5 year old picky eaters even loved it. Thanks again for another great recipe!!

    Rating: 5
    • Woohoo, Kristi! I’m so happy to hear the recipe was a hit with your family. Thanks so much for taking the time to give the recipe a try and report back!

  25. Great recipe! Fast, loved that it was easy for a weeknight and tasted great. I also made the Brussels sprouts. Perfect dinner. Next time I will add a little less Greek yogurt but only because the flavors are so wonderful even without it.

    Rating: 5

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