If you're of the mindset that a weeknight meal shouldn't require spending more than 30 minutes in the kitchen, sheet pan dinners are for you. The ultimate in lazy cooking, these easy recipes simply require slicing up veggies, reaching for staple pantry spices, and tossing everything together on a single sheet pan before placing it all in the oven. To get you inspired, we're sharing the best sheet pan dinners we keep on constant rotation. Spanning easy poblano chicken fajitas to a pan-roasted pomegranate glazed salmon, these simple recipes are why our sheet pans are the most used tool in our kitchens, period.
Read on for our favorite easy sheet pan recipes.
Honey Mustard Chicken With Vegetables
This flavorful sheet pan honey mustard chicken from Joyful Healthy Eats calls for mixing together a nine-ingredient marinade that you simply brush onto the protein just before popping it into the oven. It's simple, delicious, and, most importantly, easy.
Pan Roasted Pomegranate Glazed Salmon
From start to finish, this Half Baked Harvest recipe is ready in 30 minutes flat, making it the ideal meal for busy weeknights. Although it can be a bit tricky to track down the pomegranate molasses, trust us: It's worth the extra effort to make a special trip to Whole Foods. If it's any consolation, you'll use every last drop of the rich sauce making this recipe on repeat.
Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggie "Stir-Fry"
For dinner that doubles as tomorrow's lunch, Gimme Some Oven's sheet pan recipe is a go-to. Served over brown rice, this chicken and veggie sheet pan "stir-fry" makes for a great midday meal.
Our managing editor omitted the oyster sauce and red wine vinegar from the stir-fry sauce on multiple occasions in the interest of saving time while grocery shopping.
Shrimp and Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner
This recipe from The Modern Proper contains all the elements of a great sheet pan dinner: a little protein, lots of veggies, and a generous amount of flavorful spices. While this recipe specifically calls for Old Bay seasoning, you can simply use a combination of garlic salt, ground black pepper, red pepper flakes, and paprika if you don't want to add another container to your pantry.
Harissa Chicken With Chickpeas and Sweet Potatoes
Made with harissa, a hot chili pepper paste, this healthy sheet pan dinner from Half Baked Harvest is brimming with flavor. You can buy the spicy seasoning at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or Amazon.
Sheet Pan Maple-Mustard Salmon
You might not typically think of maple and mustard together, but let this Boulder Locavore recipe convince you. The fall-inspired recipe is healthy and flavorful and gets some additional heft from roasted potatoes.
Sheet Pan Stuffing
Looking for an easy Thanksgiving side? Meet your new go-to stuffing recipe from Feed Me Phoebe. Not only can you make it on a sheet pan, but it's also healthy and gluten-free.
Lemon Rosemary Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs
This recipe from Boulder Locavore might look simple, but it isn't short on flavor. Juicy chicken thighs combine with veggies, herbs, and lemon for a light and flavorful sheet pan dinner that'll be on your table in 30 minutes.
Red Curry Sheet Pan Chicken
If you normally make curry on the stovetop, let this Feed Me Phoebe recipe convince you to try it on a sheet pan. Curried chicken combines with sweet potatoes and kale for a healthy dinner that packs in the flavor.
Spicy Baked Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts and Sweet Potatoes
We love trying out new variations on brussels sprouts in the fall, and this recipe from Boulder Locavore is the perfect opportunity. Roast the vegetable on a sheet pan with sweet potatoes and pork chops for a hearty but healthy fall dinner perfect for your next date night.
Tandoori Chicken With Vegetables
Skip the takeout tonight—Foodie Crush's recipe shows you how to make tandoori chicken at home. Best of all, you don't even need a clay oven, you can make this recipe on a sheet pan! Combined with veggies, it's a complete meal that's just as delicious—but way healthier—than ordering in.
Sheet Pan BBQ Blue Cheese Chicken Pizza
We'll never turn down pizza, so we couldn't wait to try making it on a sheet pan, like in this Foodie Crush recipe. You don't need a pizza oven or stone, all you need is a sheet pan and 30 minutes. You can customize it however you want, but we love the barbecue/blue cheese combo.
Sheet Pan Chicken Shawarma with Sesame Sweet Potatoes and Hummus
It's true—this Half Baked Harvest recipe was made on a sheet pan. Start by roasting the Middle Eastern seasoned chicken with sweet potatoes. When it's finished, put everything in a bowl and serve with hummus, naan, arugula, and some feta. It'll be your new favorite dinner bowl.
Sheet Pan Cuban Chicken and Black Bean Rice Bowl
For another dinner bowl idea, try this recipe from Half Baked Harvest. If Cuban flavors are new to you, it'll be a real treat. The chicken is spicy and citrusy and goes perfectly with rice, avocado, and black beans. Whatever you do, don't skip the mango salsa.
Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner
Why wait for Thanksgiving to make a turkey? This easy sheet pan recipe from I Am A Food Blog makes prepping the bird a breeze. If you want to lighten your load on the big day, you can try this out for the holiday, as well.
Sheet Pan Balsamic Salmon
We love the combo of balsamic and salmon, so we knew this Joyful Healthy Eats recipe would become a regular in our rotation. This healthy dinner is full of bold flavors and is a well-rounded meal with the addition of potatoes and asparagus.
Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos
Who doesn't love nachos? Though these are ideal for an appetizer or snack, this Joyful Healthy Eats recipe gets some heft from chicken, making them also work for a light dinner. Best of all, they're ready in just 20 minutes.
Curried Sweet Potato & Chickpeas
Looking for a plant-based meal that's easy, filling, and flavorful? Look no further. Minimalist Baker's sheet pan recipe ticks all those boxes. If you have any leftovers, they're perfect for compiling a lunch bowl the next day.