Easy One-Dish Dinners
Make meal planning easy by preparing one of these tasty one-dish entrées for dinner tonight.
If you’re in need of an easy recipe for tonight, nothing is better than a one-dish dinner recipe. Whether you’re throwing the ingredients together in one-pot or a sheet-pan, one-dish dinner recipes are perfect for easily preparing meals. You might think one-pot recipes can only be pastas or casseroles, but it can be anything from our Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl to Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions. For a light dinner, go with the Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad. For a meal everyone can gather around the table for, the Creole Seafood Jambalaya perfect. These easy one-pot dinners are perfect for any night of the week. Check out the entire list of Easy One-Dish Dinners and prepare one of these tasty one-dish recipes tonight.
Greek Pork Chops with Squash and Potatoes
A zesty marinade livens up this pork-and-veggie one sheet pan supper. Flavorful roasted squash, zucchini, and red potatoes make the perfect bed to serve pork loin chops. Pay attention when purchasing the pork chops, and opt for frenched pork rib chops – chops taken from the rib bone, and cut so that the rib bone is exposed and the meat is removed from the bone. In addition to making the cut’s presentation more appealing, frenching adds flavor. When preparing the dish, be sure to allow enough time for the pork chop to marinate. We recommend chilling the marinating pork for at least 8 hours to ensure it soaks up every last bit of lemon, garlic, and oregano flavor from the Greek marinade.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Chicken, rice, and greens fill one soulful pot in our family-friendly take on a Lowcountry staple. Quick-cooking basmati rice helps turn this recipe into dinner in no time and stays fluffy throughout the entire cooking process.
One-Pot Pasta with Tomato-Basil Sauce
Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Spice up dinner with a Tex-Mex classic at home with this easy, warming Southwest chicken recipe, served on a bowl of flavorful rice and topped with a sprig of cilantro. Lime juice gives it a summery zest while cayenne and jalapeño pepper add a nice kick. Perfect for pairing with margaritas.
Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts
Although you may not expect apples and brussels sprouts to taste so good, trust us – these pork chops are sure to please. Combining smoky flavors of paprika, chili powder, and red pepper with sweet brown sugar and subtle rosemary makes a complex and special weeknight dinner. For the zestiest flavor, rub the chops with the brown sugar mixture the night before, and let them chill overnight. When its time to cook, pull out one pan and you’ll be set. After baking the chops for about 25 minutes, you’ll broil the apples and brussels sprouts on high for a crispy, glazed finish.
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Our one-pot primavera brings together seasonal favorites: fresh herbs, crunchy sugar snap peas, and sweet peas. Combining ricotta cheese with the salty water left over from boiling the pasta makes a super-easy, creamy sauce.
Three-Bean Cassoulet with Cornmeal Dumplings
A mixture of beans gives this dish contrasting textures and colors.
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with tender chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty medley of fresh asparagus, couscous, and red onions. All of that is covered in a rich, lemony buttermilk dressing.
Honey-Soy-Glazed Salmon with Veggies and Oranges
Here's the delicious proof that you can serve a complete, no-mess fish dinner in less than 25 minutes. This recipe only uses one pan making cleanup a breeze. Just pile everything on your sheet pan and follow our instructions for perfectly broiled fish that will be on the table in no time.
Skillet Rice with Shrimp and Chicken
Simple substitutions give these hearty dishes flavorful twists: Swap sausage for chicken, crabmeat for shrimp, or make a vegetarian option by subbing vegetable stock and omitting proteins.
Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
This one-pan dish is as impressive as it is easy to make. Once you complete this hearty dish of savory apples and whipped cream, you’ll also finish with a side and a sauce all-in-one. The Granny Smith apples add sweet notes to the otherwise savory flavor profile, and pull richness from the bourbon. Out of bourbon? Just use scotch or whiskey as a replacement. When you stir in the liquor into the hot sauce, you’ll immediately see the alcohol evaporate from the pan. Be sure to brown the chops well so they'll give the mustardy pan sauce deep flavor.
Ancho Chile Flank Steak and Sweet Potato Tacos
For an extra burst of flavor, stir a few tablespoons of pan drippings into your sour cream.
King Ranch Chicken
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken
Hailing from an era when casseroles were king, this Tex-Mex dish still reigns supreme at everything from family dinners to church suppers and neighborhood potlucks. Though not an invention of the famed King Ranch--it's more likely the creation of a ladies' Junior League--the spicy flavors of chili powder, roasted peppers, and toasted cumin never fail to please. Seeded jalapeño and poblano peppers add mild spice, garlic adds bite, and Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, and sour cream add richness to the casserole’s creamy texture. If you’re in a rush, use a large rotisserie chicken in place of smoked chicken. It’s hard to mess up this age-old crowd pleaser.
Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
The trick to extra-savory veggies is cooking the chicken atop the potatoes and carrots.
Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
This rustic meal, a company's-coming riff on the old-school chicken-and-rice number, is held together by a tangy gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms.
Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs
Recipe: Skillet Orzo with Fish and Herbs
Cook the orzo like rice, paella-style, on the stove, then top with fish, and bake. Feel free to substitute salmon for any flaky white fish.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
This winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
Bratwurst with Peppers and Onions
If you're lucky enough to have leftovers, wrap hoagies in foil, and reheat in a 350° oven for 15 minutes.
Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Reinvent the Caesar by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it, and jazz up store-bought dressing to make it taste like homemade.
Creole Seafood Jambalaya
Recipe: Creole Seafood Jambalaya
"My family has been making a version of this dish for generations." —chef John Besh
Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice
Each member of the family can enjoy his or her favorite piece of the bird with this recipe.
Recipe: Peanut-Broccoli Stir-fry
Vegetarian or not, you'll love this healthy and satisfying meat-free dish for its delicious sauce: a flavorful combination of creamy peanut butter, fresh ginger and sweet chili sauce.
Italian Brunch Casserole
Recipe: Italian Brunch Casserole
This make-ahead Italian brunch casserole features sweet Italian sausage, green onions, diced zucchini, roasted red bell peppers, Italian bread, sharp Cheddar cheese, milk, and of course—eggs. Serve with fresh fruit.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Gumbo
A symbol of Creole cooking, gumbo is ubiquitous in homes and restaurants across Louisiana. Andouille sausage and file powder make this chicken-and-sausage gumbo a classic and, as in any good gumbo, a deep, rich roux thickens the stew.
Recipe: Shrimp Casserole
Take a break fom the usual chicken and rice combo and make this creamy, hearty seafood casserole.
Tuscan Pasta With Tomato-Basil Cream
This elegant pasta dinner will have your family thinking you worked in the kitchen all day long. The secret, though, is refrigerated ravioli and jarred Alfredo sauce that's heated with white wine, chopped fresh tomatoes, and fresh basil. Top with grated Parmesan cheese for a tasty finishing touch.
Tomato 'n' Beef Casserole With Polenta Crust
A flavorful cornmeal-based crust is topped with hearty ground beef, tomato paste, and sharp Cheddar cheese in this easy Italian casserole.
Black Bean Chili
Recipe: Black Bean Chili
Ready in only 30 minutes, this quick, meatless chili is made with black beans, meatless burger crumbles, and canned tomatoes. You can substitute ground beef for the meatless burger crumbles, if desired. Top with a dollop of sour cream, corn chips, and chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
No rolling pin is needed for this pot pie. Refrigerated pie crusts give you a leg up in the preparation of this classic comfort dish.
Recipe: Easy Enchiladas
These enchiladas are perfect for weeknights when you're craving Tex-Mex. Look for fresh salsa in the refrigerated section or the deli counter at your supermarket, or feel free to use your favorite jar of tomato salsa.
Recipe: Sausage Stir-fry
Served over a bed of couscous, this colorful Sausage Stir-fry incorporates ingredients such as chopped Granny Smith apples, dried plums, and red and yellow bell peppers to create a unique combination of sweet and savory flavors.
Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Replace the traditional pastry crust in chicken pot pie with homemade biscuits – trust us, the added cook time is worth it. These homemade buttery biscuits are made with sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chives, making them just as tasty solo as atop this chicken pot pie. The biscuits are filled with a buttery, flour-based, creamy filling of sautéed mushroom, chicken, bacon, chives, and hash browns. Want to take the flavor to the next level? Cook the bacon yourself and save the drippings; add a tablespoon (or two) into the pot pie filling for a savory, smoky flavoring. This elaborate meal is perfect for holidays or potlucks.
Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
Recipe: Pizza Spaghetti Casserole
We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
Curried Shrimp with Peanuts
Recipe: Curried Shrimp with Peanuts
"This is an updated version of my favorite dinner as a kid," says Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio. "Cooking the curry powder with the flour brings out the essential oils, making the dish even more flavorful.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve this dish to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.
Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Recipe: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Ready in less than 45 minutes, this creamy bow tie pasta recipe combines chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese for a satisfying main dish. Cooking the pasta in the same water that the chicken was cooked in gives the noodles extra flavor—and using just one pot makes for easy cleanup.
White Lightning Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili
White Lightning Chicken Chili gets its name because it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to get this one-dish meal to the table. Don't drain the chopped green chiles or navy beans. Serve chili with cornbread.
Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Recipe: Skillet Sausage 'n' Rice
Make this 30-minute rice and smoked sausage main dish recipe all in one skillet for an easy weeknight meal with very little cleanup.
Quick Beef Chili
Recipe: Quick Beef Chili
Hearty chili like this has chunks of meat cooked to perfection in a Dutch oven before being combined with its other ingredients. For our Quick Beef Chili we suggest using petite tender. This quick-cooking foundation for this dish is supermarket steak that is cut from the shoulder. It looks and tastes like tenderloin but costs a third of the price. If you can't find it, try chuck-eye steak, which also has great flavor but may need more trimming. Whatever your choice, this quick, spicy, delicious chili will have you filling your bowl for seconds. Smother it in great toppings: think green onions, sour cream, or many others.
Braised Beans with Collard Greens and Ham
Smoked ham hocks are inexpensive and give the dish rich flavor; substitute with ham steak if you prefer. This dish defines easy, relaxed cooking, so don't stress over measurements.
Southern Tortellini Minestrone
Recipe: Southern Tortellini Minestrone
Use your favorite frozen greens in this soup, or substitute a bag of thoroughly washed fresh spinach.
Chicken Casserole D'Iberville
Recipe: Chicken Casserole D’Iberville
Perfect for entertaining, this chicken casserole may take longer to prepare but it's worth the wait. In a hurry? Save time by following our Kitchen Express shortcuts in the recipe directions.
Recipe: Beef-and-Vegetable Stir-Fry
This easy stir-fry dinner calls for strips of top round steak, fresh asparagus, and classic stir-fry seasonings and vegetables. By cooking your favorite takeout dishes at home, you'll save both money and calories.
Recipe: Noodle Bowl
This ultimate one-dish wonder goes from kitchen to table in 15 minutes flat. It even uses easy and budget-friendly ingredients such as Oriental-flavored ramen noodle soup mix, shredded cabbage, and your choice of shrimp or chicken.
Cheese Ravioli With Spicy Tomato Sauce
Make homemade ravioli simple by using won ton wrappers found in the produce section of the grocery store. Change the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of dried crushed red pepper.
Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti
Not only is this classic spaghetti recipe easy to make, cooking it all in one pot means quick and simple cleanup later.