17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights

12 May, 2017

Sheet pan dinners are the ultimate in one-and-done cooking.

I am having a total love affair with sheet pan dinners lately! It honestly doesn’t get much easier than this when you’re looking for a quick and easy meal, especially one that requires little cleanup and little prep work.

For a good sheet pan dinner, you need exactly the following:

  • a rimmed sheet pan
  • approximately 30 minutes
  • an oven
  • some sort of protein, seasoning, and vegetables and/or starch

THAT’S IT. Boom- dinner done. I love it.

A few weeks ago you may remember I shared this 20-Minute Sheet Pan Korean BBQ Salmon and Bok Choy. It is easily one of the most popular recipes I’ve published on the site so far and is getting repinned like crazy on Pinterest!

I’m guessing that’s because it checks every other box when you’re looking for quick meals: ease of use, quick and simple, kid-friendly, healthy-ish, and tasty. My other sheet pan recipe, Loaded Sheet Pan Cauliflower Nachos, is already one of the most popular recipes on the site. I’m not surprised!

One thing I really love about sheet pan dinners is that they are crazy customizable and versatile.

That’s two things that are so important when you’re a busy person looking to get food on the table, pronto.

Get a decent protein and seasoning together, and you can pretty much use whatever veggie or starch you’ve got lying around to round out the meal.

And I’m all about repurposing those old ingredients before they need to get tossed, right?

Want to hop the sheet pan dinner train? Check out this handy printable I designed down below, with 10 awesome ‘no-recipe’ ideas for throwing together your own sheet pan dinners on the fly.

One-Pan Balsamic Chicken Veggies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

17 Sheet Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (Sweet Balsamic Chicken and Veggies from Chelsea's Messy Apron)

Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes from Jo Cooks

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes from Jo Cooks)

Chicken Sausage Kalette and Red Onion Sheet Pan Supper from Heartbeet Kitchen

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (Kalette, Chicken Sausage and Red Onion from Heartbeet Kitchen)

Sheet Pan Ratatouille from Feasting At Home

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (Ratatouille from Feasting At Home)

Easy One Pan Chicken and Veggies from Oven Struck

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (One Pan Chicken and Veggie Bake from Oven Struck)

Chicken and Chorizo Traybake from Budget Allergy Kitchen

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights (Easy One Pan Chicken and Veggies from Budget Allergy Kitchen)

Sheet Pan Chili-Lime Chicken Fajitas with Corn and Cilantro Salsa from The Messy Little Kitchen

17 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners for Busy Nights

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  • Reply
    11 May, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    I love finding new ways to make nutrient dense but quick dinners! I have a big family and its very important for me to get them healthy. These were some wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Blair villanueva
    10 May, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Wow i didn’t know we can do this. I will share this tricks at home. Mom will like it, especially its her favorite to cook.

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    Chelsea Pearl
    9 May, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    You had me at Korean BBQ Salmon & Bok Choy, that sounds incredible! I need try a sheet pan dinner, such a smart idea!

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    9 May, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I love these easy breezy sheet pan dinners! First one I will make will be the chili lime chicken fajitas. Looks delish!

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    8 May, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I am saving This! I love how easy it is to make sheet pan meals.

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    8 May, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Sheet pan dinners are THE best! They make weeknights so easy and they’re seriously some of the most delicious meals too. Great ideas here, can’t wait to try some!

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    8 May, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    I love new food ideas! Thanks for all the great suggestions! I’ll be trying some of these very soon!

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    8 May, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Great collection of sheet pan dinners, I love it as I need to clean only one pan at I would love to try. Sheet pan Ratatouille.

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    Adriana Lopez Martin
    8 May, 2018 at 1:28 am

    You bet sheet pan dinners are the best easy to make and so many options. I cook a lot of this meals at home.

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    Gladys Parker
    7 May, 2018 at 11:42 pm

    I absolutely love this idea especially the repurposing leftovers! I always have a little squash, a handful of broccoli, half of a green pepper and some onions leftover no matter how hard I try to buy the right amount because I won’t buy single serve and pay a fortune. Your Loaded Sheet Pan Cauliflower Nachos sound delicious!

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      Ruthy Kirwan
      15 May, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Yes! Any recipe that can incorporate whatever leftover ingredients I have lying around is a huge win for me. It drives me crazy to waste food!

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    Minakshi Bajpai
    7 May, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    I love spam. They are healthy and vegan. Rich source of veg protein. thanks for sharing such amazing recipe.

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    7 May, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    I am definitely going to be pinning this to read later! I sometimes never have time at night to prepare my meals and this would really help me add some creativity to what we currently eat!

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      Ruthy Kirwan
      15 May, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Amen! I have limited time in the evenings quite often, and sheet pan meals are a life saver.

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    Tara Pittman
    7 May, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    These are great ideas for dinner. I like the idea of one baking sheet, less clean up for me.

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