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13 Quick and Easy One-Skillet Dinners Your Whole Family Will Love

published Feb 9, 2024
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We’d be hard-pressed to think of a meal better-suited to weeknight cooking than a one-skillet dish. These recipes are easy to prep, easy to clean, and can be served directly from the pan they’re cooked in. And though we love our fair share of one-skillet chicken, we’ve expanded the possibilities to include pizza, pot pie, and even lasagna.

Here are the simple skillet dinners to remember when you need something delicious, without the mess.

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It doesn’t get much better than this 30-minute chicken dinner. Tender, crispy-skinned chicken is paired with a comforting pan sauce made with two types of mustard for an elegant meal you’ll want seconds of.

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We knew you’d fall in love with this dish’s herby tomato sauce, so we planned ahead and included couscous in the recipe. The couscous soaks up every last drop, so none of the deliciousness goes to waste.

One step above the boxed variety but so much easier than the traditional baked version, this 10-ingredient skillet mac and cheese is ideal for busy nights. Don’t skip the buttery breadcrumbs, which add a satisfying crunch.

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This chicken’s buttery sauce combines all our favorite ingredients: mushroom, garlic, a touch of cream, and Parmesan. Hang onto leftovers and reheat the rest of the week.

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Customize this skillet dinner to your liking by making it with your family’s favorite salsa. Opt for mild for a kid-friendly version, or go for extra-hot salsa if your dinner guests can handle some heat.

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Yes, it’s possible to make lasagna without turning on the oven. Tender noodles cook directly in the savory sausage and mushroom sauce, and three types of cheeses bind the dish together.

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This is summertime’s answer to family pizza night. Instead of cranking the oven as hot as it will go, this cheesy pizza is made entirely on the stovetop (although if you want a deeply golden crust, you can finish the pizza under the broiler). Cooking the crust first gives it a chance to get crispy, and finishing it with a lid allows the cheese to bubble and melt.

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This is officially the dish chicken breasts have been waiting for. Crispy potato rounds and garlicky spinach combine to form the base for herbed chicken covered in prosciutto and melty cheese.

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Just when you thought this skillet meatloaf couldn’t get any better, we brushed it with barbecue sauce and broiled it just before serving. Hello, sticky-sweet glaze.

When a craving hits for chicken pot pie, nothing else will do. Luckily, this skillet recipe means you won’t have to wait long to dig in. After cooking the filling in the skillet, it’s topped with crust and finished in the oven.

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All your favorite cheesesteak components — onions, bell peppers, and melty cheese — are mixed with ground chuck and tossed with twirly noodles for an exciting new twist on the classic sandwich.

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Juicy, blistered tomatoes and fresh basil star in this four-ingredient dinner, which will be on the table in 15 minutes. We won’t tell if you make this multiple nights in a row.

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While traditional paella is made with Spanish short-grain rice, this fun twist calls for ingredients you probably already have on hand.

This post was originally published on The Kitchn. Read it there: 13 Quhttps://www.thekitchn.com/simple-skillet-dinners-259347ick and Easy One-Skillet Dinners