Lazy Dinners That Only Require One Skillet
The holiday season is busy, and we know you don’t have a second to spare on that calendar. That’s where these one-skillet meals come in. This season, skip the takeout and forget about spending hours in the kitchen (unless you're baking cookies). With these easy one-skillet dinners, you’ll get a hearty, homemade meal on the table in no time, and you’ll only have one dish to clean up afterward. There’s never a bad time to break out your cast-iron skillet, and these dinners are reason enough to use that piece all season long. Even the pickiest kids at the table will want second helpings of recipes like fried chicken, baked ziti, mac and cheese, and shrimp fried rice. And with skillet recipes like pork cacciatore, orzo with fish and herbs, and chicken-and-wild rice casserole, you’ve got easy one-skillet options that look (and taste) company-ready. Your family and holiday guests will adore these suppers, and you’ll adore how easy they are to get on the table and clean up.
Lighter Pan-Fried Chicken with Green Beans and Tomatoes
Get crispy, golden fried chicken with a quick pan-fry rather than a deep fry, and cook tender veggies in the very same skillet for a meal the kids and adults will love.
Skillet Spinach Lasagna
Recipe: Skillet Spinach Lasagna
We bet you didn’t see this one coming—all the homemade comfort of a casserole-style lasagna made quickly and simply in a skillet. Weeknight genius.
Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
Recipe: Cast-Iron Pork Cacciatore
This gorgeous Italian-inspired dish is ready in just 30 minutes, so you can focus on getting yourself and the house ready before company arrives.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
Skillet Shrimp Chilaquiles
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
When we get an Instagram-worthy dinner on the table in just 30 minutes, we call that a win.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Skillet-Baked Ziti with Andouille, Tomatoes, and Peppers
Pasta night was already easy, but add a cast-iron skillet and wow-worthy Andouille and it becomes almost too good to be true.
Beef-and-Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry
This flavorful stir-fry is even easier than ordering takeout, and your kids will actually eat Brussels sprouts served this way.
Whole Wheat Pesto Pizza
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
Store-bought potato gnocchi is delicious when sautéed in a skillet. This easy recipe can be jazzed up with any sauce or seasoning, and you can add a protein like shrimp or chicken for a more filling dish.
Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs
Recipe: Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs
This pretty entrée is quick and simple enough for a weeknight but looks dressy enough for company.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto
This simple recipe doesn’t require a lot of seasoning or fuss because our homemade arugula pesto speaks for itself.
Shrimp Fried Rice
Recipe: Shrimp Fried Rice
Your kids might not believe you when you tell them this fried rice came from your kitchen and not takeout boxes. Our test kitchen recommends using cooled, day-old rice, which is drier and less sticky.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Skillet Mac and Cheese with Crispy Breadcrumbs
Skillet Rice with Shrimp and Chicken
Packed with two kinds of protein, rice, and tons of veggies, this one-dish meal will fill your family up more than you might think.