21 Simple Dinners That Use One Pan

A Pinch of Yum

Anyone who is short on time will appreciate these simple sheet pan dinners that’ll nourish even the pickiest of food critics in your clan

It’s the eternal dinnertime dilemma: how to get a healthy meal on the table while juggling a million other responsibilities. Our solution? Break out the baking trays, because sheet pan dinners are about to change your life. These easy dinner recipes are a cinch to make and even easier to clean up. You’ll serve up a hearty feast your family will devour, and then be off to your next commitment in no time. Looking for other dinner recipes that don’t take too much work? Take a look at our favorite slow cooker recipes


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Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs

Lemon rosemary sheet pan chicken thighs with veggies are ready to be served
Boulder Locavore

For a quick and easy dinner that looks like you’ve spent a lot of time in the kitchen (shhhh! we won’t tell!), try these flavorful lemon rosemary sheet pan chicken thighs with vegetables from Boulder Locavore. You won’t even have to pre-marinate.  

 

Kung Pao Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Kung pao chicken made in a sheet pan for a quick dinner
Donut Worry, Be Healthy

It doesn’t get much easier than this kung pao chicken recipe from Donut Worry, Be Healthy. The key is in the sauce, made from a few pantry staples you likely have on hand.

Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner

A Salmon Sheet Pan Dinner is on a plate ready to be served
Weelicious

This recipe will get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! This salmon sheet pan dinner from Weelicious is delicious and so easy to clean up after a long day. 

Sheet Pan Nachos

Cait’s Plate

This recipe from Cait’s Plate is bound to be an instant favorite with your crew. You can customize the toppings to fit your family’s tastes, while still getting in plenty of veggies and protein. 

Sausage and Potatoes Sheet Pan Dinner

Smoked sausage and potatoes made from an easy sheet pan recipe
The Rustic Foodie

This Oktoberfest-inspired recipe from The Rustic Foodie is a year-round favorite. The smoked sausage pairs beautifully with red potatoes, and a tangy mustard glaze brings everything together. 

Shrimp Fajitas

Shrimp and veggies sit on a plate ready to be eaten after being made quickly for dinner
Meal Prep on Fleek

This lightning-fast dish from Meal Prep on Fleek is the perfect pick for busy weeknights. The shrimp and veggies cook up in less than 10 minutes and pair perfectly with a fresh pico de gallo and warm tortillas. 

Related: 10 Ways to Get Dinner on the Table Faster

Chicken Shawarma

Inquiring Chef

You can’t go wrong with this crowd-pleasing shawarma recipe from Inquiring Chef. The well-seasoned marinade makes the chicken super delicious, and your little ones can jazz it up at the table with toppings like tzatziki sauce, veggies, and hummus.

Caprese Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Nicole’s Tasting Spoon

Pretend you’re in Italy for the evening with this delish idea from Nicole’s Tasting Spoon. Like a Caprese salad, melty fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, and basil pair perfectly with chicken breast.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Sausage and Broccoli

Sweet potatoes, broccoli and sausage that was roasted in a sheet pan as a quick, easy dinner
Kalyn’s Kitchen

Keep things simple and healthy with this great recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, and sausage go well together, especially when you add a balsamic glaze to the equation.

Related: 25 Easy Crock Pot Recipes to Try This Fall

Hawaiian Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

A Hawaiian chicken recipe made in a sheet pan with pineapples, peppers and sweet potatoes
The Seasoned Mom

Sesame oil is the pantry item you’ll need for this tray bake from The Seasoned Mom. It combines pineapples, peppers, and sweet potatoes for a fresh, sweet roast of Hawaiian flavors. When you’re looking for an easy one-pan dish to lift the family’s spirits, this is it. 

Chicken Enchilada Sweet Potato Fries

A sheet pan of chicken enchiladas, made as a quick and easy dinner
Erin Clarke at Well Plated

These Mexican chicken enchilada fries might sound like a side dish, but topped with chicken, black beans and corn, they’re likely to become a filling family favorite. The good news is, the tray can be made a few hours ahead of time and reheated to crisp up when everyone’s ready to eat. Get the recipe from Erin Clarke at Well Plated, and skip the jalapeño if that’s too spicy for little taste buds.

Bacon Potato Skins

Potato skins made with bacon and kale as an easy sheet pan dinner
Pinch of Yum

The humble baked potato goes a long way to filling empty tummies (check out this version in our archives). You can take it a step further with this irresistible combination of bacon and cheese in crunchy potato skins from Pinch of Yum. The kids won’t even care that there’s kale pesto involved! Don’t be put off by the idea of scooping out and refilling potato skins—save the mash for later in the week—and treat the family to a baked potato meets pizza feast. Yum!

Baking Sheet Paella

A simple-to-make paella with fresh shrimp, chorizo, peas, and easy-cook rice
A Spicy Perspective

One of our favorite sheet pan dinners is this paella dish from A Spicy Perspective. Fresh shrimp, chorizo, peas, and easy-cook rice all layer up to make a meal the family will love. It’s easy and delicious, plus it can be cooked and prepped in less than 30 minutes. Switch out the chorizo for a mild sausage alternative if the kids aren’t into hotter flavors. 

Chinese Five Spice Pork Chops

A sheet pan dinner with pork chops, roasted broccoli and fresh pineapple chunks
Aggie’s Kitchen

Marinated pork chops are the star attraction in this sheet pan dinner; they’re complemented by roasted broccoli and fresh pineapple chunks. The only tricky bit is getting prepped with the marinade the night before, but other than that, this recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen couldn’t be easier—dinner will be ready in 20 minutes.

Chicken Fajitas

Quick and easy sheet pan chicken fajitas
Boulder Locavore

Kids will love these tasty sheet pan chicken fajitas from Boulder Locavore! Just 20 minutes of cooking time, and dinner can go straight from the oven to the table. Just wrap it in tortillas, and you’re good to go. 

Pizza from Scratch

A pizza made from scratch as a quick, easy sheet pan dinner
The View From Great Island

Don’t be put off by the idea of making pizza from scratch—this one shapes up in an hour and will be worth the extra effort. The View From Great Island will get you going on this recipe, and then you can add your family’s favorite toppings.

Parchment Paper Fish

Fish in parchment paper is cooked as a sheet pan dinner
Weelicious

This recipe from Weelicious calls for the ingredients to be cooked in a parchment paper envelope, so the pan doesn’t even need washing! It can also be adapted for different tastes, as you can swap out the Asian flavors of ginger and sesame for basil and tomatoes or add different veggies or cooked grains—whatever the kids will eat. The contents of the bag will be gently steamed for an easy dinner. 

Related: 10 Easy Dinners You Can Make for Less than $15

Pesto Chicken and Vegetables

NeighborFood

Chicken sheet pan dinners come in so many forms, and this one from  NeighborFood can be in your oven in less than 15 minutes. Then, 45 minutes later, the dishes are done and dinner’s ready. Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, and pesto are the secrets here. 

Sweet and Savory Quesadillas

Cinnamon, apple and cheese quesadillas made on a sheet pan
The Gourmand Mom

Serve these cinnamon, apple, and cheese quesadillas any time of day—better yet, get the kids to help make them and feast on them together. We have the super simple how-to in our archives, and the recipe comes from The Gourmand Mom—part of an initiative to get kids and parents cooking and eating together as a family. 

 

One Sheet Pan Shrimp and Vegetable Dinner

Shrimp and veggies made in a sheet pan for a quick, easy and cheap dinner
Weelicious

This shrimp and veggie sheet pan dinner from Weelicious is delicious and easy! Everyone will love it and kids will love to help make it. This recipe is great for getting everyone together in the kitchen. 

 

Sheet Pan Sausage with Cabbage and Apples

Sheet Pan Sausage with Cabbage and Apples on a cooking sheet ready to be served
Weelicious

This tasty sausage with cabbage and apples recipe from Weelicious is simple to make and easy to clean up. Your family will love to eat this and your kids can help make it!

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