We've all been there. It's the middle of the week and you're exhausted, hungry, and completely at a loss about what to prepare for dinner. You want something quick and easy, but you're also looking for a dish that's a cinch to clean up. We get it: Life is hectic. But meal prep doesn't have to be.
Fortunately, not every recipe requires washing piles of pots and pans after you're done cooking. All of these recipes use just one pot or pan, so you won't have to spend your whole night in the kitchen. Now that's a win-win. And while you're brushing up on your cooking skills, be sure to try out any of these 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.
Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
This meal is so delicious and so easy to make. Just roast the meat and vegetables on a sheet pan, fill your tortillas, and you're good to go.
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Hearty Turkey Chili
Chili is the ultimate one-pot meal, no matter what season it is. This recipe uses plenty of spices, along with unexpected ingredients like cocoa powder and even beer.
Crispy Cod Recipe with Sweet Potato Fries
If you love ordering fish and chips at the bar, you'll be thrilled with how easy this recipe is to replicate at home. And the best part is that the potatoes and fish all cook on the same sheet pan.
Once you learn how to make orange chicken at home, you might swear off takeout for good. And this recipe uses just one cooking skillet, making cleanup a breeze.
Would you believe us if we told you that you could make this dish with just one saucepan? This chicken piccata is so flavorful, you'll be surprised it takes just one pot to cook it in.
Baked Turkey Wings
Believe it or not, all you need to make some delicious turkey wings are the ingredients and a baking dish. And if you do want to go the extra mile, use the drippings to make a homemade gravy for the wings.
As with the chicken fajitas, all you really need for this recipe is a pan to cook the meat in. Then, all you have to do is plate it with the tortillas and toppings and serve.
5-Ingredient BBQ Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: There's no better feeling than assembling all of your dinner ingredients on one pan, throwing it in the oven, and not worrying about the meal again. This barbecue chicken recipe allows you to do just that.
One-Skillet Taco Pasta
Any pasta recipe that includes cooking the pasta in the same skillet as the rest of the meal gets a thumbs-up in our book. This taco pasta is full of flavor and couldn't be easier to make.
You don't have to go to a restaurant to eat a killer brunch—and you don't have to use a ton of pots and pans, either. Our eggs diablo recipe uses just one skillet, and it's just as good as what you'd find on a brunch menu.
Broccoli-Cheese Eggs in a Mug
This is more than a one-pot meal—it's a one mug meal. All you have to do is load up the ingredients and let the microwave do its magic. This recipe truly couldn't be easier.
Blackened Fish Sandwich With Avocado and Cabbage
Once the fish is cooked, all you have to do is assemble the rest of the ingredients for this sandwich. Easy peasy.
Sunny-Side Up Egg Pizza
Eggs on pizza? Why not? This recipe is surprisingly easy to assemble, and all you need is a pizza pan or baking sheet for the actual cooking.
Pan Burger With Fried Egg and Special Sauce
Yes, it's possible to have a decadent egg-topped burger using just one cooking skillet. This recipe is so delicious, you might swear off restaurant burgers for good.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf
If you can't get enough of this Southern-inspired chain, you'll want to try this meatloaf recipe at home. The meatloaf will cook in one baking pan, and you'll impress all of your Southern food-loving dinner guests.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole
Need a side dish for that meatloaf? You can't go wrong with this hashbrown casserole. After you mix the ingredients, you'll just need a baking dish to cook this hearty side.
Like chili, this hearty pasta dish requires just one cooking pot. It's delicious on a winter day, or any time you're looking for a hearty dish that doesn't require too much prep time.
Sheet Pan Vegan Sausage and Vegetables
Looking to add more plant-based recipes into your regular rotation? Try out this sheet pan dinner. It's super easy to assemble, and there are no animal products involved.
Tandoori Chicken Legs
After marinating the chicken in a plastic bag, all you'll need is one baking pan to finish cooking this flavorful dish.
Sheet-Pan Italian Pork Chops
Once again: three cheers for sheet pans! With just a baking sheet and a mixing bowl, you can make this classic Italian dish at home.
Smoky Spanish Beef Stew
Chili, stew, soup—these are all great dishes that you can cook in one pot. This Spanish beef stew is so flavorful, you won't believe it takes just one cooking pot.
Thai Beef Stir-Fry
Whip up this tasty stir-fry in just one skillet, and you'll have dinner on the table in no time. (The fact that it tastes way better than takeout is just an added bonus.)
Quick and Easy Italian Tuna Melt
Think of this as a tuna salad sandwich, upgraded. All you need is the skillet to heat this tuna melt in, and you'll have a tasty, warm dinner ready in minutes.
Another flavorful chicken recipe that only needs one pot to prepare it in? Sign us up. This recipe is so easy, you'll rethink those regular Olive Garden trips.
Sweet and Spicy Beef Stir-Fry
Picking up on a trend here? Stir-fries are some of the easiest one-pot meals around. This recipe combines flank steak, green beans, garlic, mushrooms, and scallions for an uber-flavorful dish.
Spicy Tuna and Avocado Fish Tacos
Fish tacos are a lighter alternative to their beef-based counterparts, and they're every bit as delicious. The seared, pepper-crusted tuna in this recipe pairs well with the avocado—you'll wonder why you never cooked fish tacos before.
Asian-Inspired Chicken Meatballs
Cook these tasty meatballs on a grill pan, and serve alongside some fresh vegetables for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.
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Mouthwatering Mushroom Cheesesteak
This vegetarian dish is a lighter take on the classic cheesesteak sandwich. And, best of all, you only need one pan to cook everything. Now that's what we like to hear!
Oven-Baked Chicken Tenders with Chipotle Honey Mustard
Chicken fingers aren't just for the kids' menu! These baked tenders will please kids of all ages, as will the tasty honey mustard sauce.
Chicken Noodle Soup
The ultimate comfort food, chicken noodle soup can be cooked in just one pot. Whether you're battling a cold or just looking for a warm winter meal, this is a simple recipe that's great for all occasions.
Getting dinner on the table doesn't have to be a struggle with these easy one-pot meals. The only question now is which one you'll try first!
A previous version of this article was originally published on September 26, 2017.