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This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute gluten free dinner recipe that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. | ifoodreal.com

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute dinner idea that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. Last Thursday, I received another organic produce delivery with extra zucchini that I substituted for potatoes. It is hot and my body is not craving comfort potato dishes. Organic zucchini – yep.

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute gluten free dinner recipe that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. | ifoodreal.com

I had defrosted chicken in the fridge and these hot temperatures we have been having in Vancouver reminded me of mom’s cornish chicken. She used to rub it with lots of garlic and panfry under press, and for some reason it was always during summer months.

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute gluten free dinner recipe that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. | ifoodreal.com

Have you ever tried to cook chicken until golden brown in a little bit of oil with salt, pepper and garlic?! Very simple but it is my favourite way to eat chicken. I could never give up chicken! I limit it now but it is my favourite meat.

So, do that and you will have amazing easy chicken. And any part of chicken works – thighs, breasts, wings etc. Just remember anything with bone in takes longer to cook.

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute gluten free dinner recipe that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. | ifoodreal.com

Zucchini + corn = amazing combo. No need for cheese, you got garlic. My grandma always fried zucchini coated in flour, salt and garlic during zucchini season in Ukraine which was in July-August. Greasy but delicious! Ukrainians certainly love their garlic. We didn’t have basil, rosemary or cilantro. Raw garlic is natural antibiotic, did you know?! Prevents cancer too. Google it!

This Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn is a 20 minute gluten free dinner recipe that was inspired by my Ukrainian roots. | ifoodreal.com

With 90% of corn in North America being GMO I have heard it is hard to find organic corn. In my neck of the woods, there seems to be no shortage of organic tortilla chips. I also buy this frozen bag of corn at Costco. However, I have hard time finding organic cornmeal at reasonable price and Masa Harina is still a dream. Look around, I have heard Trader Joe’s carries organic frozen corn.

So, yeah, that was dinner made with 7 simple ingredients. I weirdly like it hot or cold, I know. Enjoy!

Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn

Garlic Chicken, Zucchini and Corn


  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame seed, coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Zucchini and Corn:
  • 1.5 lbs zucchini, cut into half moon shapes
  • 2 cups corn, frozen or fresh
  • 1 tsp sesame seed, coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Garnish:
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
  • 1/4 cup dill, parsley or green onions, chopped


  1. Chicken: Preheat cast iron skillet on medium heat and swirl oil to coat. Add garlic and cook for 10 seconds. Then add chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Zucchini and Corn: Cook the same way as Chicken but for 6 - 7 minutes.
  3. Add chicken back to skillet and stir. Remove from heat, sprinkle with herbs and more garlic if you wish, stir. Serve hot or cold (I know) with any salad or brown rice, quinoa, potatoes etc.
  4. Storage Instructions: Refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 6

Amount Per Serving = 1 1/4 cups:
Calories: 165.0
Total Fat: 2.6 g
Cholesterol: 36.7 mg
Sodium: 346.8 mg
Total Carbs: 17.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
Protein: 19.9 g
WW Points+: 4

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  1. Kayla

    I’m with you, bring on the garlic! This recipe looks delicious, like all your recipes. Thanks!

  2. Katherine

    Unless I missed something, you left cooking the zucchini out of the recipe. I’d really like to know what to do with it, as this looks amazing!

  3. Aggie

    This is so my kind of dinner – especially lately. It is seriously perfect. My kids can have it with rice, I’ll eat a big bowl on it’s own šŸ˜‰

  4. Suzette

    That was delish. I was looking for a quick n easy chicken and vegetable dish. Used coconut oil and garnished with the dill and green onions. Thank you!

  5. Rachal R Deo-Sen

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I didn’t had corn so substitute with button mushroom. Wonder if it taste just like yours

    • Olena

      A bit different but I’m sure still good.:) Corn adds sweetness. But mushrooms and garlic go awesome together.

  6. Katie

    Thank you for posting this recipe. It is delicious! Exactly what I crave when it’s 100 degrees outside! Can’t get enough garlic.

    We farm in WA state and raise corn among other things. Absolutely no sweet corn grown for fresh, frozen or canned is GMO corn. Corn grown for grain, like tortilla chips, can be GMO corn.

    It can be really hard to know and decipher what is and what isn’t GMO. Hopefully that helps!

  7. Lesly

    Olena, thank you, I am learning to cook with zucchini, and this recipe perfect for me. Anything with chicken. I am cooking this tonight.

  8. Laura

    Made this dish for the first time night before last and it was awesome! I didn’t have dill, green onions, or fresh parsley so I improvised a bit. I had chopped and frozen some parsley in my ice cube tray last week so I added two cubes to the pan, a dash of red pepper flakes, a dash of dried oregano, and a dash of dried basil. So good that I didn’t need to add the salt.

  9. Bethany

    Made this for dinner last night and it was DELISH!!! I’m going to try subbing other spices for the salt next time due to my hubby’s blood pressure. This recipe is definitely going on our dinner rotation. Easy to cook, easy to clean up.

  10. Paula

    Is there any other substitutions for the oil you used? I don’t have any of the ones you mentioned…

  11. Heather

    We made this for dinner tonight. Everyone loved it. Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Kaholly

    Looks yummy and is on the menu for tonight. So, is chicken as expensive where you are (Vancouver?) as it is in Nova Scotia?

    • Olena

      Yes. Organic chicken is pricey. I save on buying skin on and bone in. That runs about $7 per lb. I just bought boneless and skinless chicken thighs in Costco (the cheapest!) and paid $21 per kg. Definitely a treat. How much does it cost in NS? Non-organic chicken is cheaper of course but I would rather eat vegetables than that chicken.
      Let me know how you like the recipe.:) You have a lovely blog space.:)

  13. Pat Boldra

    Sounds good – got all the ingredients right here tonight in Canberra (zucchini and garlic still coming in from the garden, corn frozen earlier in the year) Maybe try it on my new Ukrainian neighbours? And good point about buying local and fair trade!

    • Olena

      Hi Pat. Live and learn – had to google where is Canberra and that was embarrassing. I can’t wait to visit your country soon. It is on the list along with New Zealand for a month of travel to explore and show kids the world.
      I think your new Ukrainian neighbours will like this dish. They just moved from Ukraine?

  14. Angela H.

    I JUST gone done eating this. YUM! The only differences I made was I used a whole bunch of garlic and diced up an onion to toss in. It’s really good!
    Last night I Googled “clean eating recipes” and thought I wouldn’t find anything good. But I came across this recipe, and ended up bookmarking a whole lot of your recipes. I can’t wait to try more!

    • Olena

      Hi Angela. Glad you enjoyed! After your comment I Googled myself and was surprised to see my blog on a 1st page. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy!

  15. Kristen

    Oh this recipe is a keeper. My husband isn’t a huge fan of chicken or zucchini, but they are some of my faves so they end up on the menu every week. But he went back for seconds on this dish!
    We served ours over Parmesan quinoa (Unami for the win)

  16. William Jordan

    Just tried your recipe and it was awesome. Great dish that I will make again. I appreciate the simple quick ingredients and steps. It really helps for a quick meal when only feeding two people. Thanks.

  17. Gerard

    Love his dish, made it with fresh chicken breast mince from the butcher. I also added 1/3 cup coconut cream and a sprinkle of dried chilli flakes.
    Soo tasty, thank you.
    It will be a regular in our house!



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