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15-Minute Reuben Chicken is a quick and simple, gluten free chicken recipe! Full of flavor, plus it cooks in just 15 minutes and in one skillet.

15-Minute Reuben Chicken on a plate.

Hi, hi! How was your weekend? The highlight of ours was finally getting Gwen’s nursery fully set up…cough…8 months after she was born. #3rdchildprobs I guess it wasn’t a “highlight” exactly – I already miss sleeping next to her so much – but it did feel good to finally get her room put together and her settled inside.

I’d had some anxiety about it over the past month or so as Lincoln slept in his crib from day 1, and we transitioned Cam into his crib and own room around 4 months. I knew she eventually needed to be on her own, but selfishly I wanted her close. Either way, it’s done, and now I can start decorating! I’ve been collecting cute prints for the walls ever since I found out we were having a girl, and my Mom got her these adorable swan and unicorn plush heads for above her crib.

Where’s Mama’s tool belt?!

Anyway, I took a little break from nursery assembly to sizzle up then chow DOWN on this crazy yummy dish for you – 15-Minute Reuben Chicken, aka sauteed chicken breasts smothered in all the typical toppings that are usually pressed between bread slices to make reuben sandwiches. They are soooo so good!

Bite taken out of Reuben Chicken

We ate hot sandwiches for dinner constantly while growing up, especially as teenagers when my brothers and I were hardly home for more then 30 minutes most nights before running off to various practices, games, and lessons. Grilled cheese, hot ham and cheese, and Reubens were my Mom’s specialties, and most importantly, they took nearly no time to cook.

I had a massive craving for a hot and sizzling Reuben sandwich around St. Patrick’s Day last month but couldn’t find gluten free deli corned beef anywhere so I scraped my plans for Skillet Shepherd’s Pie instead. The craving never left though, and the GF corned beef never appeared, so I recently satisfied my appetite with 15-Minute Reuben Chicken instead. This quick-cooking chicken dinner recipe is not only made in just one skillet but it is HELLA delicious – I’m claiming upgrade!

Chicken breasts or cutlets are sauteed then topped with sauerkraut (my favorite brand is below) homemade Thousand Island dressing (don’t get all riled up, Russian dressing enthusiasts, my explanation is below,) and swiss cheese slices then warmed until melty and saucy.

One pan, packed with flavor, ready in just 15 minutes. It does not get better then this!!

Fork taking a bite of 15-Minute Reuben Chicken

Start by seasoning 4 chicken breasts or cutlets with homemade seasoned salt and pepper then saute until golden brown on the bottom. I love using cutlets, which are large chicken breasts that have been sliced in half widthwise, because it’s a great way to stretch chicken, plus they cook super fast. If you’re using chicken breasts , be sure to pound them out to an even thickness before cooking to ensure they cook evenly.

Flip the chicken then continue sauting for 1-3 minutes, depending on if you’re using cutlets or breasts (detailed timing instructions are in the recipe card below) and then start adding all the traditional toppings: 2-3 Tablespoons sauerkraut followed by the same amount of homemade Thousand Island dressing. Russian dressing is typically used to make Reubens but my Mom always used Thousand Island growing up. You can use either!

Feel free to use store-bought Thousand Island dressing if you have it on hand though it’s super easy to whip up at home. Just combine mayonnaise (I used vegan mayo,) ketchup, vinegar, minced dill pickles and white onion, plus a pinch of sugar and a drizzle of pickle juice. That’s it! You can make the dressing ahead of time to get this quick-cooking dish on the table even faster.

Here’s the kruat I used too. Found it recently at Super Target! It’s raw, and crunchy, and sour, and I ate half of it with a fork straight outta the bag the first time I bought it. YOLO.

Last step is to add a slice of swiss cheese to the tops then place a lid on the skillet and continue to saute until the cheese melts.


Scoop the chicken onto plates then serve with a fresh side salad or roasted vegetables – I’m thinking roasted asparagus would be absolutely divine next door. However you serve it up, I hope you love this tasty twist on a classic reuben – enjoy!

Overhead photo of Reuben Chicken

Reuben Chicken


15-Minute Reuben Chicken is a quick and simple, gluten free chicken recipe! Full of flavor, plus it cooks in just 15 minutes and in one skillet.


serves 4

  • 4 chicken breasts or cutlets (see notes)
  • homemade seasoned salt and pepper
  • 3/4 cup sauerkraut, drained (I use Cleveland Kraut)
  • 4 slices swiss cheese
  • For the Thousand Island Dressing:
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s Vegan Mayo)
    • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
    • 2 Tablespoons minced dill pickles
    • 1 Tablespoon minced white onion
    • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar OR distilled white vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon pickle juice


  1. Combine all ingredients for homemade Thousand Island Dressing in a dish then cover and refrigerate. Can be done several days ahead of time.
  2. Place a large skillet over heat that's just a touch above medium then spray with nonstick spray. Season chicken on both sides with homemade seasoned salt and pepper then add to the skillet and saute until golden brown on the bottom, 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of your chicken cutlets/breasts. Turn heat down to medium, spray tops with nonstick spray, then flip chicken and saute for 1 more minute (2-3 minutes if using breasts vs cutlets.)
  3. Add toppings to each piece of chicken - roughly 2-3 Tablespoons sauerkraut, 2-3 Tablespoons dressing, plus a slice of swiss cheese - then place a lid on top and continue to saute until cheese has melted and chicken is cooked through.


  • You can use chicken cutlets (large chicken breasts cut in half widthwise,) or chicken breasts depending on how hungry you are! If you use chicken breasts be sure they have been pounded to an even thickness to ensure even cooking.
  • Click here for my 4-ingredient homemade seasoned salt recipe >

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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