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18 Easy and Comforting Skillet Dinners

One pan is all it takes to make these easy, satisfying weeknight suppers. You'll love how they stretch ingredients to go easy on the budget, too.

Chicken Skillets

1. Italian Chicken Skillet

Ready in 40 minutes | To get the best-tasting results, the wine you use to cook this dish (or any dish) should be the same wine you would choose to drink. If you don't want to cook with wine, substitute chicken broth.


2. Arroz con Pollo II

3. Chicken and Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Ready in 35 minutes | No need to boil the rice noodles in this dish. Just soak them in hot water before adding to the skillet or wok.

Chicken and Rice Noodle Stir Fry

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Beef Skillets

4. Skillet Chili

Ready in 1 hour | You can tweak this chili to be thick enough to stand a spoon in, or thin enough to make a soup. The recipe description tells you how to do it.

Skillet Chili

Photo by Rock_lobster

5. Skillet Meatloaf

6. Santa Fe Stew

Ready in 50 minutes | Want more control over what exactly goes into your food? Make up a batch of your own taco seasoning instead of buying the packaged stuff. You can also whip up your own ranch dressing, too.

Santa Fe Stew

Photo by Snacking in the Kitchen

7. Cheesy Salsa Mac

Ready in 40 minutes | Put your homemade taco seasoning to work in this stovetop mac and cheese.

Cheesy Salsa Mac

Photo by bd.weld

8. Sweet and Sour Beef and Cabbage

Pork Skillets

9. Skillet Ham, Cabbage, and Potatoes

Ready in 1 hour | If you use Russet potatoes, cut them into cubes instead of slices so they hold their shape better. Yukon Golds, on the other hand, will hold together well.

Skillet Ham, Cabbage and Potatoes

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

More: Know your 'taters. Find out what kind of potato works best in which recipe.

10. Pork Chop Skillet

Ready in 55 minutes | This is one of those simple but successful recipes where you can easily take the basic idea and switch out the ingredients to change up the flavors.

Pork Chop Skillet

Photo by claudiar21

Sausage Skillets

11. Skillet Spinach Lasagna

Ready in 45 minutes | Lasagna noodles are cooked right in the skillet along with everything else. How genius is that?


12. Farro Sausage Apple Skillet

13. Sausage Potato Stuff


Vegetable Skillets

14. One Skillet Mexican Quinoa

Ready in 40 minutes | Easy, spicy, and packed with protein. Use a lighter hand with the spice measurements the first time you make this if you feel like you need to tone it down.

One Skillet Mexican Quinoa

Photo by The Gruntled Gourmand

15. Spicy Tofu Stir Fry

Ready in 1 hour | To get a better sear on your tofu squeeze out some of the water first: Wrap the tofu block in paper towels and sandwich it between two plates. Put a heavy can on the top plate to gently squeeze the tofu; change the paper towels a couple of times. Pat the tofu dry, then cube.

Spicy Tofu Stir Fry

Photo by Buckwheat Queen

Breakfast for Dinner Skillets

16. Jay's Hearty Breakfast Skillet

Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes | Get this on the table faster (and keep this to one pan) by using frozen hash browns instead of boiling potatoes.

Jay's Hearty Breakfast Skillet Photo by mommyluvs

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

17. Chef John's Shakshuka

Ready in 45 minutes | Even though we usually think of eggs as breakfast food, this North African dish is meant to be enjoyed any time of the day. Serve it with flat bread for scooping up all the eggs and sauce.

Chef John's Shakshuka

Photo by Baking Nana

18. Hangtown Fry with Parmesan and Fresh Herbs

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About Vanessa Greaves

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