Our Best One-Dish Dinner Recipes

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Skillet Taco Pie
Photo: Blaine Moats

Pulling together a delicious, well-rounded meal is a breeze with our best-ever recipes for a one-dish dinner. Each requires little prep time and uses just one pan—be it a casserole, skillet, slow cooker, or sheet pan—so cleanup is a breeze. Whether you're craving tacos, perfectly-cooked chicken, or roasted salmon, weeknight cooking doesn't get much easier than this.

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Chicken and Lemon Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo
Blaine Moats

Cooking chicken breasts is one of the easiest ways to get a delicious dinner ready on the fly. In this simple one-pan meal, mushrooms and broccoli accompany the tender chicken. A bit of lemon and alfredo sauce take this 20-minute dinner from standard to standout.

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Skillet Taco Pie

Skillet Taco Pie
Blaine Moats

Speed up your one-pan dinner's cooking time by preparing it in a large, low-sided skillet so the filling gets warm and bubbly faster. For a leaner protein option, try replacing the ground beef with ground turkey in this Mexican-inspired meal.

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Chicken Fajitas in a Flash

Chicken, vegetables, and spices cook together in the oven in this sheet pan dinner. Broiling the chicken under high heat gets the job done super fast. Simply serve the fajita filling alongside your choice of toppings and a stack of tortillas, and allow everyone to build their own meal.

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Roasted Vegetable-Chicken Sausage Pizza

Roasted Vegetable-Chicken Sausage Pizza
Jason Donnelly

One sure-fire way to make better-than-delivery pizza is to cook the different elements in layers, so they get just enough bake time and nothing gets overdone or underdone. Start by roasting the vegetables on your sheet pan. Transfer them to a wire rack as you partially bake the crust, then layer it all together, finishing with chicken sausage and cheese—then slide the pan into the oven for one last quick bake.

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One-Pot Spaghetti

One-Pot Spaghetti

Yes, it's possible to enjoy a full pasta dinner with just one pot. Not only does it make for fewer dishes, but cooking the pasta right in the meaty marinara sauce gives it loads more flavor than cooking it separately. Don't forget to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.

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Lamb, Bean, and Sweet Potato Chili

Lamb, Bean, and Sweet Potato Chili
Blaine Moats

Luckily for you, this unique take on chili can be prepared in either of two convenient ways. Combine the ingredients in your slow cooker for an all-day simmer—or give it just 20 minutes in the pressure cooker for a delicious dinner filled with tender lamb, beans, and sweet potatoes.

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Sunday Oven Pot Roast

Sunday Oven Pot Roast
Jason Donnelly

For a classic meat-and-potatoes dinner, look no further than our top-rated pot roast. The fork-tender meat will leave your mouth watering for every minute it spends cooking in the oven. If you'd prefer, let it slow-cook on the countertop all day in lieu of baking in the oven.

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Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables

Balsamic Chicken and Vegetables
Jason Donnelly

Prepare to blow your family away with a one-pan dinner they'll crave constantly. The chicken and vegetables achieve a perfect sweet and tangy flavor from a balsamic-honey mixture that's finger-licking good. Oh, and your 20-minute healthy chicken dinner is filling, yet has less than 300 calories per serving.

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Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo

Cajun-Seasoned Vegetarian Gumbo
Jason Donnelly

A peppery-hot cajun seasoning blend adds bold flavor to this easy vegetarian gumbo. Using both frozen and canned vegetables makes this slow cooker dinner a breeze to prepare. If you like, serve it with some rice and you've got a warm, spicy meal perfect for a night in.

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Mexican Skillet Dinner

Mexican Skillet Dinner

Mexican chorizo is a spicy, deep red sausage, and combined with chili powder and ground cumin, it really brings the heat to this quick and easy one-dish dinner. Corn, beans, and cheese round out the 8-ingredient recipe.

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Mini Meat Loaves, Green Beans, and Potatoes

Mini Meat Loaves, Green Beans, and Potatoes
Blaine Moats

How cute are these tiny meat loaves? By making them miniature, you can count on them cooking quickly—and you can cook your greens, potatoes, and meat in one sheet pan. Slather on some extra barbecue sauce once they're done, so everything stays moist and flavorful.

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Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce

Beef Sirloin Tips with Smoky Pepper Sauce
Andy Lyons

For a hearty one-dish dinner, cook beef sirloin tips with roasted red peppers and serve them over polenta, couscous, or mashed potatoes. Our smoky pepper sauce pulls the whole dish together. And as impressive as it looks, this meal only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

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Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Lemon-Herb Roasted Salmon with Broccoli and Tomatoes
Blaine Moats

It only takes minutes to bake fish to flawless, flaky perfection. Throw some fresh (or frozen) salmon and vegetables onto a sheet pan and you'll have a delicious, healthy meal ready in less than 20 minutes. A squeeze of lemon and some fresh herbs add a zesty finishing touch.

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Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna cooling on wire rack
Jacob Fox

Enjoy all the flavors of a classic lasagna in a fraction of the time. Wide egg noodles, ground beef, and zippy pasta sauce combine for a one-pan skillet meal that's warm and comforting. All you need to go with it is some crusty garlic bread to sop up that delicious sauce.

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Easy Huevos Rancheros Casserole

Easy Huevos Rancheros Casserole
Marty Baldwin

Huevos rancheros are a Mexican breakfast staple of eggs on tortillas smothered in salsa. Whether you need a new idea for brunch or really want breakfast for dinner, this dump and bake casserole delivers with spice from cumin and chili powder. To amp up the spice even more, choose a salsa with extra heat.

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Chicken and Vegetable Sauté

Chicken and Vegetable Sauté
Karla Conrad

You really can't go wrong with chicken and veggies, and this simple one-pan dinner is no exception. The best part about this recipe is how forgiving it is. If you don't have one of the vegetables listed, feel free to swap it out with what's in your fridge or freezer. We've also added some beans to the mix for extra protein and fiber.

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Apple-Pecan Pork Chops

Apple-Pecan Pork Chops
Jacob Fox

"Easy, quick, and a huge hit in my family," says one BH&G reader of this top-rated one-pan dinner recipe. Calling for just five common ingredients (plus salt and pepper), this skillet pork dinner is one you'll make again and again.

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Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry

Pineapple-Chicken Meatball Stir-Fry

A few shortcut supermarket ingredients (canned pineapple and chicken meatballs) make it possible to prep this teriyaki stir-fry super fast. Use precooked rice to keep the prep time to just 15 minutes.

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Shrimp, Chickpea, and Feta Cheese Nests

All you have to do to finish this one-pot dinner is throw some chick peas and quick-cooking shrimp in during the last minute of your pasta's cook time. The delicious pasta "nests" are dressed with a fresh combination of tomatoes, mint, and feta for a satisfying 30-minute meal.

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Chili-Pasta Skillet

Chili Pasta Skillet
Jason Donnelly

Your favorite cozy bowl of chili meets pasta in this irresistible one-pan dinner recipe. The pasta noodles cook in with the beans, tomatoes, and spices. Top it all with shredded cheese for some extra melty goodness.

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Greek Chicken and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

Greek Chicken and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner
Peter Ardito

Need some new Paleo recipe ideas? This sheet pan dinner will be a hit with everyone at the table. A Greek-style seasoning of oregano, basil, garlic, and lemon pepper packs tons of bright herbal flavor into your chicken and vegetables.

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Striped Bass en Brodo

Striped Bass en Brodo
Andy Lyons

You'd never guess a fish dinner with such a fancy name only took one skillet and half an hour. En brodo simply means "in broth," and this dish features a light broth of white wine, water, shallots, and fresh thyme. Change up the recipe and swap the striped bass for red snapper or halibut.

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Pulled Roast Chicken Sandwiches

Pulled Roast Chicken Sandwiches

In just seven minutes of cooking, you can transform a store-bought rotisserie chicken into saucy barbecue sandwiches. If you have more mouths to feed, or want to make sure you have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch, buy two chickens and you'll be set.

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