30 Easy One-Tray Oven Dinners

Stop using a million pots to cook your dinner, like a fool. Just let those meats and veggies cuddle up together in the oven.

Braising a pork shoulder the size of Rhode Island is an awesome activity for a lazy Sunday. But sometimes you need dinner on a more immediate basis. You need a sheet-pan dinner!

Also called “jelly roll pans” and “rimmed baking sheets” — sheet pans are invaluable in the kitchen. A great feature in Bon Appétit showed us their ultimate use: roasting veggies and a fast-cooking protein on one pan.

The most simple formula is sheet pan + protein + vegetable(s) + salt + oil = dinner. You can also use a casserole dish in place of a sheet pan — the only difference there is the height of the pan’s sides, which doesn’t matter too much.

The key to using the formula correctly is understanding your ingredients’ cooking rates. For example, potatoes take longer than chicken, which takes longer than eggs. That’s where these recipes are super helpful. Once you get the hang of it, you can go nuts inventing your own tray-riffic (SORRY) meals.

2. Parmesan Chicken With Caesar-Roasted Romaine

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

4. Spicy Peanut Chicken With Broccolini

The whole operation takes about 20 minutes. Get the recipe at Martha Stewart.

5. Butternut Squash And Chicken Pan Roast

© Christina Holmes, foodandwine.com

Get the recipe at Food & Wine.

6. Roast Chicken Breasts With Garbanzo Beans, Gorgonzola & Tomatoes

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

8. Roasted Chicken Thighs With Fennel And Lemon

Get the recipe at The Kitchn.

10. Chicken With Caramelized Cauliflower And Green Olives

Get the recipe at Good Housekeeping.

11. Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs With Potato Wedges

Get the recipe at Serious Eats.

12. Citrus-Marinated Tofu With Onions & Peppers

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

13. Crispy Potatoes With Baked Eggs And Pesto Yogurt

Breakfast for dinner always wins. Get the recipe at Big Girls Small Kitchen.

15. Roasted Sweet Potatoes With Gorgonzola And Baked Eggs

Get the recipe at Naturally Ella.

16. Cumin-Roasted Cauliflower With Yogurt And Pomegranate

Get the recipe at Smitten Kitchen.

18. Roasted Broccoli And Shrimp

The spices (coriander, cumin, chili powder) really make this awesome. Get the recipe at The Wednesday Chef.

19. Pan-Roasted Salmon And Bread Salad

20. Fish In A Bag

All cuddled up with fennel, olives and tomatoes in a foil packet. Get the recipe at Jamie.

21. Wasabi Salmon With Bok Choy & Shiitakes

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

23. Mixed Pantry Pan Roast

Had canned sardines and hearts of palm languishing on a shelf for months? This is their time to shine. Get the recipe at Food & Wine.

25. Baked Fish, Spinach And Tomatoes In Foil

Get the recipe at The Kitchn.

28. Pork “Saltimbocca” With Roasted Onions And Potatoes

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

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