Quick and easy sheet pan dinners for beginners

30 Quick And Easy Sheet Pan Dinners For Beginners

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Forget the fuss and say hello to sheet pan bliss! Here, are 30 quick and easy dinners that revolutionize weeknight cooking while taming your rumbling stomach in one fell swoop.

No more dirtying every pot and pan to cobble together a meal that leaves you in a disheveled heap. These sheet pan suppers allow you to roast, bake, and sear your way to mouthwatering flavor in a single sizzle-worthy pan.

From sweet chili salmon dancing alongside crisp green beans to sticky barbecue chicken nestled on a bed of baked beans, this handy sheetsicle pulls double duty as your stove, oven, and serving platter. Plus the cleanup couldn’t be simpler!

Seasoned chefs and cooking rookies alike will swoon over these fabulously simple meals layered with herbs, spices, proteins, and crisp-tender veggies. Healthy, delicious, and efficient all wrapped into one mighty pan – what’s not to love?

Say “sayonara” to kitchen chaos and hurry into the warm embrace of one-pan meals.

1. Sheet Pan Fajitas

Sheet Pan fajitas

  • Slice bell peppers and onions
  • Toss with olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano
  • Place on a large sheet pan and push veggies to one side
  • Add boneless, skinless chicken breasts to the empty side and season with fajita seasoning
  • Bake at 425F for 20-25 mins until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender
  • Warm tortillas and serve fajita ingredients in the wraps with toppings

2. Greek Chicken and Veggies

Greek Chicken and veggies

  • Toss red potatoes, cherry tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts in olive oil and Greek seasoning
  • Spread in an even layer on the sheet pan
  • Top with chicken drumsticks and crumbled feta
  • Roast at 375F for 35-40 minutes until chicken is cooked and veggies tender
  • Add kalamata olives and fresh parsley before serving

3. Honey Soy Glazed Salmon and Green Beans

Honey glazed salmon and green beans

  • Season salmon filets with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder
  • Add trimmed green beans to a sheet pan and toss with sesame oil
  • Bake at 400F for 12 minutes
  • Meanwhile mix honey, soy sauce, and rice vinegar for glaze and brush onto salmon
  • Bake 5 more minutes then switch to broil for 3 minutes to caramelize glaze

4. Sheet Pan Mac and Cheese

Sheet Pan Mac and cheese

  • Cook elbow pasta just to al dente, drain and toss with milk, shredded cheddar and parmesan cheeses, salt and pepper
  • Spread pasta out on an oiled sheet pan and top with bite-sized breaded chicken pieces and broccoli florets
  • Sprinkle breadcrumbs and more shredded cheese over the top
  • Bake at 375°F for 20 minutes until hot, cheese is melted and breadcrumbs are crispy

5. Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Sheet Pan Quesadillas

  • Brush tortillas lightly with oil and place on sheet pans
  • The top half of each tortilla with cooked chicken, black beans, corn, shredded Mexican cheese, salsa, and sliced peppers
  • Fold the empty tortilla halves over the fillings to make quesadillas
  • Bake at 400°F 8-10 minutes until tortillas are crispy and fillings are warm

6. Honey Balsamic Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Honey Brussel Sprouts

  • Toss trimmed Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • Place on a sheet pan and top with chicken thighs
  • Whisk together honey, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and garlic powder for glaze and brush onto the chicken
  • Roast at 375°F for 30-35 minutes, brushing chicken with more glaze halfway through cooking

7. Steak Fajita Bowls

Steak Fejita Bowls

  • Toss sliced bell peppers and onions with olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder
  • Push veggies to one side of the pan and add flank steak strips seasoned with salt and pepper to the empty side
  • Roast at 425F for 15 minutes, flip the steak
  • Roast 10 more minutes until steak reaches the desired doneness
  • Add pre-made cauliflower rice to the pan during the last 5 minutes
  • Serve steak and veggies layered over cauliflower rice with toppings like salsa, cheese, etc.

8. Chicken Parmesan Pasta Bake

Chicken bacon ranch pasta


  • Boil penne pasta, drain, and set aside
  • Place breaded chicken breast cutlets and marinara sauce on a sheet pan, top chicken with mozzarella
  • Bake at 425F for 15 minutes
  • Toss roasted chicken and juices with pasta and return to sheet pan
  • Top with more sauce and cheese, and bake for 5 minutes more

9. BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Bake

BBQ Chicken and Sweet Potato Bake

  • Scrub and slice sweet potatoes, toss with oil and seasoning
  • Add chicken drumsticks coated in BBQ sauce to the same pan
  • Bake at 400F for 40-45 minutes, flipping chicken halfway through
  • For crispy skin broil chicken for the last 3-5 minutes

10. Baked Chicken Parmesan

Baked Chicken Parmesan

  • Pound chicken breasts thin and coat with flour, eggs, then seasoned panko breadcrumbs
  • Arrange breaded cutlets on a sheet pan and top with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella
  • Bake at 425F for 18-20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and cheese is bubbly
  • Meanwhile, boil pasta – penne or spaghetti
  • Serve chicken over pasta, spooning over extra sauce from the sheet pan

11. Thai Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry

Thai Chicken And Vegetable Stir Fry

  • Toss chicken breasts, broccoli florets, sliced bell peppers, and onions in Thai peanut marinade
  • Spread evenly over a sheet pan and bake at 425F for 15 mins until chicken is cooked
  • Meanwhile, prepare pad thai rice noodles per package directions
  • Slice chicken and mix with roasted veggies and more marinade
  • Serve stir-fry mixture over rice noodles

12. Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Shrimp boil foil packets


  • Layer sheet pans with foil and top with butter, lemon slices, corn on the cob, potatoes, smoked sausage and shrimp
  • Sprinkle liberally with Cajun or Old Bay Seasoning
  • Seal foil tightly into packets
  • Bake at 375F for 30 minutes until shrimp is pink and potatoes tender
  • Carefully open packets to let steam escape before serving

13. Chicken Enchilada Bake

Chicken enchilada bake

  • Lightly grease large sheet pan and place tortillas to overlap to cover bottom
  • Top with chicken breasts seasoned with taco or fajita seasoning
  • Add cans of black beans and corn, red enchilada sauce, shredded cheese
  • Sprinkle on more cheese, green onions, olives, etc.
  • Bake at 375F for about 25 minutes until hot and bubbly

14. Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

  • Boil ziti pasta, drain well, and transfer to a greased sheet pan
  • Top with meatballs, marinara sauce, shredded Italian cheese blend, fresh mozzarella chunks
  • You can also add cooked ground beef or Italian sausage
  • Bake at 375F for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and sauce bubbling

15. Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu

  • Pound chicken breasts to flatten slightly
  • Top each with deli ham, Swiss cheese, and Dijon
  • Roll up and secure with toothpicks
  • Brush chicken rolls with butter then coat with seasoned panko crumbs
  • Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through

16. Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp fried rice

  • Scramble eggs with diced veggies like carrots, onion, and peas on a sheet pan
  • Push ingredients to one side and add chilled cooked rice and raw shrimp to the empty side
  • Bake at 450F for 8-10 minutes, stirring halfway, until shrimp is pink and rice is heated through
  • Stir in soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic, and toss all ingredients together before serving

17. Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir fry

  • Slice flank steak thinly across the grain
  • Toss with cornstarch, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger
  • Add sliced bell peppers and onions to a sheet pan and drizzle with oil
  • Roast at 425F for 12-15 minutes until beef reaches desired doneness
  • Mix everything and serve over rice

18. Sausage and Peppers Pasta

Sausage and peppers pasta

  • Roast sliced bell peppers, onions, and Italian chicken sausage links on a sheet pan at 400F for 15 mins
  • Toss veggies and sliced sausage with tomato basil cream sauce and cooked pasta
  • Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and parsley
  • Bake another 10 minutes until hot and melty

19. Honey Soy Salmon & Bok Choy

Honey soy salmon and bok choy

  • Toss baby bok choy and halved mini potatoes with oil, salt and pepper
  • Lay salmon fillets over veggies and drizzle everything with honey soy glaze
  • Bake at 375°F for 15-18 minutes until salmon flakes easily with a fork

20. Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Chicken fajita

  • Mix cooked chicken, rice, sautéed peppers and onions, cumin, cayenne and cheese
  • Stuff mixture into halved and seeded bell peppers
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes until peppers have softened

21. Loaded Potato Nachos

Loaded potato nachos

  • Slice potatoes thin and roast with oil, chili powder, paprika, garlic and cumin
  • Add shredded cheese, baked beans, salsa, jalapeños and green onion
  • Bake at 425°F for 10 minutes more until the toppings are hot

22. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Chicken bacon ranch pasta

  • Dice bacon and roast with chicken, broccoli, garlic, ranch seasoning
  • Toss sheet pan ingredients with cooked pasta and ranch dressing
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese to serve

23. BBQ Meatballs & Cauliflower

BBQ meatballs and cauliflower

  • Toss cauliflower florets in oil and barbecue seasoning
  • Arrange frozen meatballs and prepared cauliflower on a sheet pan
  • Brush meatballs with BBQ sauce
  • Roast at 425°F for 20 minutes, until meatballs are cooked through

24. Shrimp Boil Sheet Pan

Shrimp boil sheet Pan

  • Arrange raw peeled shrimp, halved small potatoes, corn, and smoked andouille sausage on a foil-lined sheet pan
  • Season everything liberally with seafood boil seasoning
  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice over it and dot it with butter
  • Seal tightly with more foil and roast at 400°F for 25 minutes

25. Steak Frites Sheet Pan

Steak Frites Sheet Pan

  • Slice potatoes into wedges, and toss with oil, garlic powder, paprika
  • Push to one side of the pan and lay steak seasoned with salt and pepper on the empty side
  • Roast at 450°F for 15-20 minutes, flip steak halfway
  • Toss potatoes with parsley before serving with steak

26. Broccoli Pesto Chicken & Potatoes

Broccoli Pesto And Potatoes

  • Dice potatoes and toss with oil, garlic, Italian seasoning
  • Add chicken breasts and broccoli florets to the pan
  • Whisk pesto sauce and milk, drizzle over chicken and veggies
  • Roast at 425°F for 20-25 minutes until chicken is cooked through

27. Honey Mustard Pork Chops & Carrots

Pork Chops and carrots

  • Peel and trim carrots, slice pork chops, and arrange them on a sheet pan
  • Whisk together honey, mustard, garlic powder, and oil for a glaze
  • Brush pork chops and carrots with maple mustard glaze
  • Roast at 400°F for 20 minutes, brushing with more glaze twice

28. Cajun Shrimp & Sausage Rice

Cajun shrimp and sausage rice

  • Arrange raw shrimp, smoked andouille sausage, bell peppers over uncooked rice
  • Season everything with Cajun seasoning blend
  • Pour chicken broth evenly over the rice
  • Roast at 375°F for 25 minutes, until rice has absorbed liquid

29. Sheet Pan Veggie Curry

Sheet Pan veggie curry

  • Toss sliced sweet potatoes, red onion, and zucchini with olive oil and curry powder
  • Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes, top with chickpeas, and bake for 10 more minutes
  • Serve over rice and top with cilantro

30. Sheet Pan Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken broccoli Alfredo

  • Bake chopped broccoli and chicken seasoned with Italian herbs for 15 minutes
  • Toss roasted chicken and broccoli with cooked pasta, Alfredo sauce and parmesan
  • Transfer back to a sheet pan to reheat for 5 minutes


As we gaze fondly at the remnants of our hearty sheet pan suppers—perhaps a few crispy bits of baked ziti or the last morsels of herbed chicken and roasted potatoes—we can rejoice in a meal made with minimal fuss yet maximum satisfaction. We can soak in the simplicity of letting the oven do all the work while we relax or get a head start on the few dishes needing tending.

And as we stack our single sheet pans neatly by the sink, we find order restored in a kitchen too often left in disarray by elaborate multi-course feasts. Now armed with a roster of 30 tried and true recipes for one pan delight, we can conquer dinner with joyful ease and contented bellies through the week ahead.

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