Skillet chicken with creamed corn is an easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in just 25 minutes. Serve over rice or quinoa to soak up the delicious, creamy corn sauce!
Thanks so much to Iowa Corn for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Is it Monday already?
I mean, we had a super relaxing weekend, a fun Sunday brunch here at the house with some friends, and I seriously went to bed at 8:30 last night.
Still though, Monday already?!
And to add to it, both kids are home with me today because their schools are closed for Veteran's Day. (My work is not, unfortunately.)
Oh well, at least they are pretty good at entertaining themselves!
(But I may be going to bed super duper early again tonight! 😴)
Last month, I traveled to Iowa with Iowa Corn and some fellow food bloggers for a few days of fun eats and drinks, farm visits, race cars (yes, race cars) and lots of good conversation about the reality of farming and corn production in the U.S.
Overall, I was really impressed by the serious dedication and love the farmers have for not only what they do, but how they do it.
Sustainability is front of mind. The farmers want to take the very best care possible of not only their crops but the animals they raise, the land they farm on, the community they live in and the world that they and their food is a part of.
It’s all connected.
You can read my full recap of the trip here, including so many great takeaways on farming, sustainability, GMOs and even high-fructose corn syrup. (We didn’t shy away from anything!)
Bonus, it also includes 8 delicious corn recipes! 🌽💛
And for fun, I also wanted to share...
My 5 favorite corn facts and stats from the trip:
- Only 4% of the corn grown in the U.S. is for human consumption. Only 1% of the corn grown in Iowa is this sweet corn. The rest is field corn, which can be used in lots of ways.
- More than 97% of the corn grown in Iowa is grown on a family farm. ❤️
- Iowa is #1 in corn, ethanol, pork and egg production. Wow.
- The ethanol produced today results in 43% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline. (Also, producers are getting 15% more ethanol from a bushel of corn today than 20 years ago.)
- Iowa has 6 times more pigs than people. Oink, oink baby! 🐷
Now, on to this delicious skillet chicken with creamed corn recipe!
It is super simple to make but has such great flavor!
The seasoned chicken strips are served with the creamy corn sauce, which adds a great richness and a hint of sweetness to the dish.
Serious corn love going on right here!
Also, it’s super family-friendly! And it’s one of my chicken recipes in under 30 minutes, so it’s a great weeknight dinner option!
Wondering, what is creamed corn?
Creamed corn, or cream-style corn, is made by partially pureeing sweet corn, which releases the milky liquid content of the kernels.
You can make creamed corn yourself, in the slow cooker or on the stove, but I love the convenience of just picking up a can!
(If you love the stuff like I do, check out this classic corn pudding, which is a favorite holiday side dish.)
Notes on skillet chicken with creamed corn:
- I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them into strips. You could also use chicken tenders here if you prefer. They will likely cook up even quicker.
- You could use chicken thighs, too, but the cooking time will be longer.
- I like adding in the whole kernel corn with this recipe to bring home the corn flavor. You can use frozen corn or part of a can of corn or an ear of fresh corn. This is optional, however. I’ve made this recipe without it before and it was still delicious.
- Want some extra veggies in here? You can sauté some zucchini or peppers with the chicken. Or you can wilt in some fresh spinach with the corn sauce.
We love serving this chicken with cream corn sauce over steamed brown rice, which helps soak up all that gorgeous corn sauce.
You could also use cauliflower rice or quinoa.
One more idea for this chicken and corn recipe: Add bacon!
I kept this recipe simple, but I also love this dish with bacon! (I think corn and bacon go so well together. See my bacon rice with corn. And easy corn chowder with potatoes and bacon. 👍)
If you like that idea, I’d recommend you cook the bacon in the pan first, then remove it and crumble it.
You can then use the bacon grease in the pan to cook the chicken and make the sauce, which will add that much more flavor. 😍
If you’re short on time though, you can also cook your bacon in the microwave while the chicken is cooking.
Serve the chicken and corn with the crumbled bacon and you’ll be in heaven!
I hope you give this recipe a try!
P.S. Check out these other yummy corn recipes:
- Healthy southwest turkey chili with corn and black beans
- Healthy chicken and zucchini skillet with corn
- Yellow squash and corn medley
- Easy, cheesy cornbread muffins
Skillet chicken with creamed corn
Skillet chicken with creamed corn is an easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in just 25 minutes.
- 1 ½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch wide strips
- ¼ cup white whole wheat flour (see notes)
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 (14 oz.) can cream-style corn
- ½ cup yellow corn (fresh, frozen or canned, see notes)
- Combine flour, salt, pepper and paprika in a shallow dish.
- Coat chicken on both sides with the flour mixture.
- Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add chicken and cook 2-3 minutes on each side, until well browned. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking the chicken until it’s cooked through, 7-10 minutes more.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- Add the creamed corn and yellow corn to the skillet, stirring to warm through for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve the chicken and corn sauce over brown rice or quinoa. Sprinkle with cilantro or parsley and sliced green onions.
I use white wheat flour because that’s what I keep on hand, but any kind will do.
I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them into strips. You could also use chicken tenders here if you prefer. They will likely cook up even quicker. You could use chicken thighs, too, but the cooking time will be longer.
I like adding in the whole kernel corn with this recipe to bring home the corn flavor. You can use frozen corn or part of a can of corn or an ear of fresh corn. This is optional, however, and you can leave it out if you prefer.
Want some extra veggies in here? You can sauté some zucchini or peppers with the chicken. Or you can wilt in some fresh spinach with the corn sauce.
Last idea: Add bacon! I like to cook 3-4 pieces of bacon in the pan first, then remove it and crumble it. You can then use the bacon grease in the pan to cook the chicken and make the sauce, which will add that much more flavor. Serve the reserved cooked, crumbled bacon over the finished dish/
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This looks like such a yummy meal! I love that it's ready in 25 minutes!! It sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner!
Thanks so much Holly!
Erin @ Suburban Simplicity
I'm gonna say I like that last idea....add bacon 🙂 Just kidding I love the whole recipe and how quickly you can make it!
Can't go wrong with some bacon, right?! 🙂
After you warm the corn, do you put the chicken back in the pan with the corn?
You can, yes! You can either return the chicken to the pan and stir it in with the corn sauce or you can serve the corn sauce over the chicken on your plate. Hope that helps and hope you enjoy it!
This turned out quite well! My husband enjoyed it and he can be quite picky with food! Definitely recommend the addition of bacon and love the suggestion of extra veges. Thanks for a great recipe!
I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed it Julie! Thanks so much for sharing! 😊