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Easy One-Dish Dinners for Busy Fall Evenings

Back to school means back to busy evenings and back to wondering "what's for dinner." With your busy schedule, you'll want to make things easier for yourself with dinner recipes that don't require lots of fuss and can be made in just one dish. Say goodbye to big cleanups, and say hello to these seven easy one-pot winner dinners!

1. Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

This sheet pan dinner is full of flavor, and once it's in the oven your work is done. "Usually "stuffed" means complicated and long prep. On the contrary, this recipe was easy and quick. I substituted a bag of frozen veggies and used grated cheddar cheese because I did not have mozzarella. Good weeknight dinner for a busy family!" -- EAM

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Photo by lutzflcat

2. Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

This one-dish winner is easy enough for novice cooks! "I am a husband/father and I actually made this dinner. It was super easy and a big hit with my family." -- cfsmitty


Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

3. Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

This meal is quicker and tastier than takeout. "After eating out so often lately because of long hours at work, I was craving a home-cooked meal but didn't have the energy for too much prep or clean up. This satisfied all my needs AND I got to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while it was doing the brunt of the "cooking" - no active babysitting of the stovetop necessary. Talk about a winning weeknight meal. ;)" -- LazyFoodieGirl



Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Photo by Jennifer Baker

4. One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies

One pan + chicken + sriracha = winner dinner. "OMG this is good. The method works exactly as written. I used agave syrup instead of brown sugar and used a bit more Sriracha than written." -- Buckwheat Queen


One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies

Photo by Paultbush

5. Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast

This skillet dinner is especially good for quick dinners. "I will make this again and again! It is key to use chicken breasts with the skin still on. The veggies were to die for! And best yet, it is simple to throw together, without much of a mess. " -- McSnick


Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast

Photo by Kenneth Newbold

6. Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Zesty chicken with potatoes and Brussels sprouts is one dinner you'll want to add to your recipe rotation. "A delicious one-pan dinner that tastes like you cooked all day but only takes a small amount of hands-on time. Great flavor and easy clean-up!" -- LAMBR

7. Addictive Asian Beef Slaw (Crack Slaw)

This spicy beef and cabbage stir-fry is made in a skillet, and is a cinch to put together. "My husband and four boys loved it! It's a good, quick, cheap meal for a family on a budget. I got packaged coleslaw and broccoli slaw. We also sprinkled sesame seeds on top. So many textures & colorful. " -- fogarty


Addictive Asian Beef Slaw (Crack Slaw)

Photo by Alli Shircliff

8. Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet

Italian pork sausage, potato gnocchi, diced tomatoes, and spinach combine with Italian seasonings and mozzarella cheese in this quick, one-skillet meal. "I've used mild sausages but hot Italian sausages can be substituted," says Bren. "Gnocchi is usually in the same isle as dried pasta."

Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet

Photo by Bren

9. Skillet Apple Cider Chicken

Here's a fall classic. Simmer chicken thighs with apples, apple cider, onions, and bacon in a skillet. "This skillet apple cider chicken is a great fall recipe," says Jeff. "Serve with egg noodles."

Skillet Apple Cider Chicken

Photo by lutzflcat


About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at