10 Seriously Yummy Chicken Traybake Recipes To Cook For Your Mates

There’s nothing like a fuss-free chicken traybake recipe to fill you and your mates up after a long day at uni – right?

Luckily for students, there are plenty of recipes out there that require very little work with a lot of yumminess.

If you’re staying in our fabulous student accommodation, rest assured, you will have top-tier kitchen facilities!

Just remember to tidy up after, we don’t want your kitchen becoming a mess, do we!? 😉

Without further ado, let’s take a look at 10 seriously yummy chicken traybake recipes to cook for you and your pals.

1. Creamy Chicken, Bean And Leek Traybake

Cooking time: 50 minutes

chicken traybake recipe leek

This is a delicious creamy chicken traybake recipe, perfect for freezing if you want to stock up on some weeknight meals!

Because what’s better than minimal effort and yummy food – right?


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 3 leeks
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 x 400g cans cannellini beans
  • 500ml hot chicken stock
  • 1 ½ – 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 100g crème fraîche
  • 1 large lemon
  • Crusty bread

This particular dish will take around 5 minutes and 50 minutes to cook, but it’ll be so worth it because it’s absolutely delish.

Click here for the full recipe.

2. Spanish Chicken Traybake With Chorizo & Peppers

Cooking time: 60 minutes

spanish chicken traybake recipe

Nothing says summer like a scrumptious chicken traybake with chorizo & peppers, what more could you want – right?

It’s a colourful dish with herby chicken thighs, spicy sausage and colourful veg, perfect for the summer.


  • 4 fat garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 4 tsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 8 chicken thighs on the bone (skin trimmed)
  • Mixed peppers, halved and deseeded
  • 140g piece of chorizo
  • 20 pitted olives
  • 200g cherry tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Crusty bread, pasta, or potatoes

This recipe serves four, takes about 15 minutes to prep and an hour to actually cook, so it’s pretty chill!

Check out the full recipe here!

3. Chicken, Baguette With Tomatoes & Pesto

Cooking time: 50 minutes

chicken baguette with pesto

Mmmm there’s nothing better than pesto, right? This chicken traybake recipe is nice and hearty, guaranteed to fill you up after a busy day!

It takes around 50 minutes to an hour to cook, and 5 minutes to prep, ideal if you’re busy and can’t be bothered with faff.


  • 4-6 chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 4 slices of baguette
  • 4 tbsp pesto
  • 350g cherry tomatoes
  • Handful of basil leaves

As it serves four, you can either treat your mates or half the ingredients if you’re wanting a smaller amount – simples!

Clickhere for the full recipe.

4. Roast Chicken & Spiced Rice

Cooking time: 50 minutes

roast chicken traybake recipe

Fancy a bit of spice in your chicken traybake recipe? Then you need to try this one, it’s a good amount of spice with plenty of flavour!

With just 15-minute prep, you can add some mango chutney for a bit of tang and enjoy gentle spice from the curry paste.


  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 4 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 2 tbsp butter oil
  • 350g basmati rice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 6-8 chicken thighs
  • 1 onion
  • 20g toasted almonds
  • 350g green beans
  • Handful of coriander
  • Mango chutney to serveClick here for the yummy recipe folks!

5. Spinach, Ricotta & Chicken Traybake

Cooking time: 30 minutes

spinach ricotta and chicken traybake recipe

Name a better combo than spinach and ricotta…we’ll wait!

This yummy chicken traybake recipe is a pretty healthy one, with four out of your recommended five a day – hurrah.


  • 3 bags of baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp ricotta
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • A few grinds of nutmeg
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g fresh breadcrumb
  • 3 courgettes (cut into batons)
  • 2 peppers, sliced
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 250g vine cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves

So, what are you waiting for? This recipe serves four and only takes half an hour to make, ideal after a busy study sesh!

Click here for the full recipe.

6. Sticky Chinese Chicken Traybake

Cooking time: 40 minutes

sticky chinese chicken traybake

Who needs a Chinese takeaway when you’ve got this badboy?! This sticky Chinese traybake is just as delicious, and way cheaper.

Flavoured with honey, hoisin sauce and Chinese five-spice, this is a super easy dish that’s deffo gonna impress your pals.


  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 ½ tsp Chinese five-spiced powder
  • Thumb-sized knob of ginger, grated
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Bunch of spring onions
  • 50g cashew nuts
  • Cooked brown rice to serve

You can view the full recipe here, enjoy!

7. Thai Coconut Crumbled Chicken Traybake

Cooking time: 60 minutes

thai chicken traybake

Doesn’t this recipe sound cool!? You’ll pretty much be a gourmet chef in no time if you make this for your pals.

The aubergine and tomatoes really compliment the Thai red curry paste making this an all-around fabulous dish.


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 large aubergine, cubed
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 4 tbsp fresh breadcrumb
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 300g cherry tomato
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry sauce
  • Handful of coriander leaves, roughly chopped
  • Lime wedges to serve

Click here for the full recipe!

8. Sweet Potato & Chicken Traybake

sweet potato chicken

This easy chicken traybake recipe is perfect for a quick and easy midweek dinner, ideal if you’ve had a busy few days studying!

The stock makes sure everything is yummy and tender and there’s sometimes a little extra gravy leftover for dipping – yummy.


  • 500g sweet potatoes
  • 2 red onions
  • 350g broccoli
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 6 skinless chicken thigh fillets (cut in half)
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 150ml chicken stock

Guess what? This recipe is only 439 calories, waaaay healthier than a takeaway – right?

It serves 4 people so you can treat your flatmates to a yummy meal in the comfort of your own student accommodation.

Click here for the full recipe!

9. Chicken Kiev Traybake

Cooking time: 65 minutes

chicken kiev traybake

Okay, if you don’t love chicken kievs, you are totes crazy, because what’s better than chicken and loads of buttery garlic?!

This particular recipe serves 2 and is just absolutely delish.


  • Floury potatoes
  • Spray oil
  • Smoked paprika 1 tsp
  • Garlic granules 1 tsp
  • Skinless chicken breasts (2 small)
  • Unsalted butter 50g
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • Lemon ½ juiced
  • Flat-leaf parsley ½ a small bunch

Check out the full recipe here!

10. Baked Lemon Chicken

Cooking time: 80 minutes

baked lemon chicken

You’re never going to look back after this dish, it’s so moreish and yummy!

It serves 4 people, great for a quiet night in with your mates with a movie.


  • Whole chicken thighs
  • Butter 50g
  • Garlic 2 cloves
  • 1 onion
  • 2 leeks
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 100ml white wine
  • 100ml double cream
  • 2 lemons
  • Rosemary (sprigs)
  • Rice or orzo to serve

Ready to get cooking? Click here for the recipe!

We hope you found these chicken traybake recipes useful, we love recipes like this because they’re so easy to create and filled with flavour! Just because you’re a busy student doesn’t mean you can test out your culinary skills, and get good practice for the future. Although we all love a takeaway now and then, it’s nice to mix things up a bit! Wondering what wellbeing apps to download? Check out our latest blog here for some top tips, because our wellbeing is super important.