32 One-Pan Meals Made Easy!

Avoid the messy cleanup with these one-pan meals

broccoli couscous

The only thing I love more than an easy weeknight meal? One-pan meals made easy. These one-pan meals are so fantastically full of flavor, but they also don’t require a ton of cleanup, either. That makes it so much easier for me to pull the trigger on cooking on a weeknight. We wanted to share some of our favorites to make your life easier, too!

32 One-Pan Meals Made Easy!

1. One-Pot Orange Chicken

Why go out for takeout when you have one-pan meals made easy? This one-pot orange chicken recipe tastes super authentic, so your dinner guests will swear it was made by a professional. All the flavor and none of the cleanup mess, because you made it all in one pot. Easy and delicious!

2. One Pot Zucchini and Mushroom Spaghetti

This vegetarian dish is surprisingly hearty! While it is perfect just the way it is, you can feel free to throw some chicken or turkey meatballs into the mix for more protein. Likewise, you can replace the pasta with zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a lower-carb option.

3. One Pot Turkey Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo

Our one-pot turkey sausage and roasted red pepper alfredo may be a one pot meal, but there are a whole bunch of tasty flavors in this new & improved pasta dish.

4. One-Pan Roasted Chicken And Veggies Dinner

Sheet pan chicken and veggies is my absolute favorite way to make a one-pot dinner. Everything gets loaded up on the sheet pan and roasted away to perfection! The fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme really make this dish shine. This dish is also Whole30 friendly, too.

5. One Pot “Stuffed” Cabbage Stew

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner, you’ll definitely want to try this delicious cabbage stew on the next chilly night. It contains plenty of protein, nutrients, and yummy flavors to enjoy!

6. One-Pot Mexican Style Quinoa

Getting creative with flavors doesn’t mean that you have to make a mess. This one-pot Mexican-style quinoa uses green chiles and Mexican spices like cumin to make this dish taste super festive. Throw it together in one pot and you’ll have a fun dinner without any of the mess.

7. One Pot Chicken and Spinach Dinner

This high-protein, low-carb dinner is the perfect option when you’re in a pinch. It’s extremely easy to make, and just as easy to clean up! Oh, did we mention that it tastes amazing?!

8. One-Pan Pork Chop & Veggie Dinner

Pork chops made easy? Yes, please! I love the lean protein in pork chops but I often find them challenging to cook. I changed my mind about that after I made this one-pan dish that uses the broiler to cook the pork chop to perfection. The squash, tomatoes, and onions cook perfectly when infused with all that pork flavor, too.

9. One Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is truly a classic, however traditional versions can be loaded with calories. Our one skillet chicken pot pie is loaded with vegetables and flavor, coming in at only 322 calories per serving!

10. One Pan Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

These apple cinnamon pork chops are going to be one of your new favorites! The combination of sweet, savory, and spicy flavors will get your taste buds buzzing!

11. One Pot Chicken Breasts in Chinese Brown Sauce

One-Pot Chicken Breasts in Chinese Brown Sauce

We think you’ll love the healthy spin that we’ve put on this dish! Next time you’re in the mood for Chinese takeout, try this melt-in-your-mouth chicken dinner instead! It’s healthier and yummier, at least in our opinion. 😉

12. One Pan Skillet Lasagna

For some reason, I think lasagna tastes so much better when cooked as a one-pan dish. Is it because it actually tastes better, or is it because the cleanup is that much easier? It could be a combination of both! We sub-in some turkey sausage in this lasagna recipe to make it that much healthier, without sacrificing any flavor.

13. One Pot Carrot and Broccoli Couscous

This vegetarian-friendly, fiber-rich meal is packed with healthy carbohydrates that will provide you with the energy you need to get through the day!

14. One Pot Chicken Paella

Our chicken paella dish is a nutritious, well-rounded meal that will not disappoint. This meal makes great leftovers, so eat it for dinner tonight, and pack some up for lunch tomorrow!

15. One Pot Coconut Curry Shrimp


If you’ve gotten a little bored with chicken dinners, this zesty shrimp will bring some excitement back to your diet! This dish is high in protein and healthy fats, and low in carbohydrates, making it a nutritious dinner time option.

16. One Pan Smoked Sausage and Rice

Smoked sausage and rice makes a deliciously filling, fiber-forward dinner that will fill you up and keep you feeling full. Plus, it almost tastes better the next day so it is a great leftover lunch! We amped up the nutrition by adding broccoli and peppers and made it super easy to execute by cooking it in one pan.

17. One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Say no more… you had us at garlic and parmesan! We all crave pasta every now and then, but most pasta dishes are loaded with unhealthy carbs and fats. At SkinnyMs, we aim to deliver recipes that are not only satisfying, but good for you too! This meal is a must-try.

18. One Pot Spaghetti Puttanesca

Speaking of pasta, this one pot spaghetti Puttanesca is another yummy, clean-eating pasta dish. The combination of salty, savory, and tangy ingredients will satisfy your taste buds and your tummy!

19. One Pan Honey Roasted Chicken and Carrots

This meal allows you to cook the main course and the side dish in one pan! Obviously, this makes preparing the dish, and cleaning up afterwards, simpler than ever! Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you either, this dinner packs a seriously strong, flavorful punch.

20. Parmesan Chicken & Veggie Bake

Would you believe me if I told you that chicken parmesan could be one of our favorite one-pan meals made easy? It’s true! This breaded chicken is oven-fried and baked over the vegetables. That means the veggies get super tender while the chicken crisps up to perfection. Who needs a deep fryer, anyway?

21. One Pot Chicken Chasseur

We’ve put a healthy spin on this classic, French comfort dish. The perfectly seasoned chicken combines with the hearty mushrooms and onions, to fill your belly with Western European flavors and your kitchen with delightful aromas.

22. One Pot Balsamic Chicken, Carrots, and Lentils

We love one pot meals for multiple reasons, however one of our favorites is the fact that combining all of the ingredients in one pot, allows them to mingle and enhance each other! This dish is loaded with nutrients and wonderful flavors, making it a great option for busy weeknights or even your next dinner party!

23. One Pot Curried Coconut Chicken

Our one pot curried coconut chicken will make you feel like you’re in South Asia without ever having to leave your home! Ingredients like turmeric and bell peppers, turn this chicken dinner into a nutritional powerhouse.

24. One-Pot Sesame Chicken Recipe

Talk about making life easy! This one-pot sesame chicken tastes just as good as take-out Chinese food, but you don’t even have to go out for it. It will be ready in the time it would take you to pick it up! And the flavors taste even more authentic than you could imagine.

25. One Pot Black Pepper Chicken

If you’re itching for some take out, but don’t want to consume the extra calories, try this incredible black pepper chicken, instead. We have no doubt that this delightful, spicy, and savory dish will satisfy that craving.

26. Easy One Pot Chicken and Rice Dinner

This traditional, home-cooked recipe is another one that the whole family will love! If you’re looking for a different, healthy-alternative to Asian takeout, give this one a shot.

27. One Pan Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs, Tomatoes, and Chickpeas

In about 30-minutes, this delicious Mediterranean meal can be on the table! Mediterranean flavors are unlike any other, helping to pull you out of a bland-food rut. Furthermore, the ingredients used in these dishes are typically clean and healthy, making them a great option for weight management.

28. One-Pot Chicken and Veggie Ramen Stir-Fry

Did you know that you can stir-fry ramen noodles? It’s true, you don’t always have to eat them in soup! This one-pot stir-fry is chock full of healthy vegetables and it’s swimming in delicious flavors. All in one pot, so it’s super easy to clean up, too.

29. One Pot Rosemary Chicken Dinner

Cooking with chicken is easy and affordable, but all too often it comes out dry and bland. That’s not a problem here! The chicken in this recipe comes out deliciously juicy, while the potatoes and veggies are packed with flavor.

30. One Pan Oven Skirt Steak with Broccolini and White Beans

The combined ingredients in this dish taste exquisite, but they are also a great source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants! This recipe will have you looking forward to dinner, before you even eat breakfast!

31. One-Pot Caprese Pasta

Caprese salads are some of my favorites, so why not transform them into pasta? Using whole wheat pasta keeps the nutrition up in this dish. The ingredients are really simple – just tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil – so there’s no reason to dirty up any extra pots. Super easy!

32. One Pot Southwestern Quinoa Bake

Skip the unhealthy Mexican restaurant and make this Southwestern Quinoa Bake at home, instead! It tastes just as good (if not better) than the local restaurant, and it will save you hundreds of potential calories!


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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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