20+ Amazing Sheet Pan Dinners to Simplify Family Meals
When you’re a busy parent, every extra minute you can bank is a huge win. That’s where sheet pan dinners really get a chance to shine. Check out our favorite ideas for sheet pan dinners that everyone will love.
How Do You Make a Sheet Pan Dinner?
The beauty of sheet pan dinners is their versatility and convenience. When it’s all roasted together on one pan, you create less mess and save time. You can even modify the recipe if you don’t have the specific ones that the recipe calls for. For most of these recipes, you’ll typically just have three ingredients: protein and vegetables tossed in an olive oil marinade. By adding potatoes or serving over rice, your sheet pan dinner is a balanced meal oven-roasted and ready in under an hour!
Pro tip: Line your sheet pan with foil before adding the ingredients; that way, you have an easy clean-up!
Sheet Pan Dinners With Chicken
Chicken is so incredibly versatile, but the best thing about it? Most kids will eat it. Here are some sheet pan recipes with chicken so you can make a crowd-pleasing meal:
Chicken and Rainbow Veggies
Kids aren’t always the biggest fan of veggies. But maybe it’s the branding that’s all wrong. Adding “rainbow” to the title and adding cheese may help sweeten the deal! For this recipe, start by drizzling chopped sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper and roasting them in the oven. Then toss together boneless, skinless chicken breasts (chopped into bite-sized pieces), broccoli, red bell peppers, zucchini with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper. Transfer to the sheet pan with the sweet potatoes and bake. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve hot. Check out the recipe here!
This recipe has everything you love about Chicken Shawarma–but it’s all on one sheet pan and ready in just a few simple steps! For this recipe, you’ll marinate chicken breasts in Greek yogurt, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, and salt. Then you bake the chicken with sliced sweet bell peppers and onions. Before serving, drizzle all ingredients on the sheet pan with a tahini sauce. Yum! Find the full recipe here!
Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, baby potatoes, and crispy kale, carrots, or zucchini, all tossed in lemon slices, garlic, pepper, thyme, and rosemary. Perfection. And I think rosemary really elevates any chicken recipe. Check out the recipe here!
Honey Apricot Chicken
This Sheet Pan Honey Apricot Chicken and Asparagus is a healthy and fresh Spring dinner that cooks entirely on one tray! The key to this crowd-pleaser is the tasty apricot sauce made with orange juice, apricot preserves, honey, garlic, soy sauce, salt, and pepper. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh parsley before serving! Try this recipe here!
Chicken or Veggie Fajitas Tacos
We all know the feeling when you hear sizzling fajitas coming towards you in a Mexican restaurant. It’s a mix of hunger, wonder, anticipation, and a little bit of “maybe I overdid it on the free tortilla chips.” For these fajitas, toss chopped, boneless, skinless chicken and sliced vegetables (red onion, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, green bell pepper) in a marinade of taco seasoning, olive oil, and lime juice to bake. Serve with warm tortillas, salsa, guacamole, avocado, sour cream, and fresh cilantro! Check out the full veggie taco recipe by Rachel Phipps here!
Sheet Pan Nachos
Sheet pan nachos are an easy sheet pan snack or meal! Bake these crispy tortilla chips topped with shredded chicken or tasty brisket ( we love Pre’s grass-fed beef and meats), cheddar cheese, onions, pickled jalapeños, or any other toppings you’d like. If you use shredded lettuce, add it after baking, so it doesn’t wilt. Check out this full recipe if you need some ideas! You can also use ground beef or ground turkey as other alternative meats.
Parmesan Crusted Chicken With Broccoli
Sheet Pan Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Broccoli is a family-friendly, easy-to-make dinner that’s perfect for busy nights between school and soccer practice. Check out the recipe here! It requires a little bit more work because you’re hand-breading the chicken, but it’s totally worth it. If you’re in a pinch you can always lightly season with breadcrumbs, parmesan, and spices, and throw some sweet potato slices on the tray for some extra healthy yummy-ness!
Tuscan Sheet Pan Chicken with Potatoes and Kale
The crispy kale, perfectly roasted potatoes, tender and flavorful chicken! It’s all so good. This Tuscan sheet pan chicken with potatoes and kale has every element of a perfect dinner, all baked to perfection on one pan: minimal mess, maximum deliciousness. See the recipe here!
Sheet Pan Dinners with Beef
Beef has so much more potential for family dinners than your weekly hamburger night. In fact, these recipes may just have you switching “taco night” to “sheet pan flank steak night.”
Sheet Pan Sesame Beef and Broccoli
Beef and broccoli may be your go-to menu item from the local take-out spot. But this sheet-pan version is so easy and tasty you may never go back to delivery. The beef and broccoli are coated in a sweet and spicy sauce with sesame oil, garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and crushed red pepper flakes– all served over basmati rice. You can find the full recipe here! Don’t forget to garnish with green onions and sesame seeds!
Garlic Butter Steak and Potatoes
I’m not always in the mood to fire up the grill. And this recipe is perfect for those nights when you’re craving a hearty steak, but the weather or mood is off. Every once in a while, everyone should experience an easy but indulgent dinner like this.
Sheet Pan Flank Steak Fajitas
Bring a colorful meal full of bold flavor to the dinner table by simply throwing these beef fajitas in the oven. Seasoned flank steak is oven-broiled on a sheet pan with a mixture of peppers and onions, all seasoned to perfection with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cooked and ready to eat in 30 minutes! This recipe is seriously simple and sure to impress.
Sheet Pan Dinners with Pork or Sausage
Pork was frequently on the dinner menu in my house growing up, and I never complained. With these recipes, everyone will be excited to see what’s in the oven!
Sheet Pan Baked Pizza Potatoes
- 1 sheet pan
- 1 potato masher
- 6 russet potatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 2½ tsp kosher salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 4 tbsp salted butter softened
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 6 oz package pepperoni
- 1 13 oz jars pizza sauce
- 1½ cup mozarella cheese shredded
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork, then rub them with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and pinch of pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are tender and can easily be pierced with a fork, about 55 to 60 minutes.
- Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. One at a time, scoop out the flesh into a bowl, leaving the skins intact. Return the skins back to the baking sheet.
- Mash the potatoes with the milk, ricotta, parmesan, butter, garlic, basil, oregano, the remaining 2 teaspoons, salt, and a pinch of pepper. Mix in all but ¼ cup of the pepperoni.
- Spoon the potato mixture into the potato skins on the baking sheet. Top each with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce and sprinkle evenly with mozzarella and the rest of the pepperoni. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes. Serve the potatoes with the remaining sauce.
Sheet-Pan Honey-Balsamic Pork Chop Dinner
A sweet-and-savory glaze elevates the humble pork chop to weeknight staple status, especially when paired with crisp-tender broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes. Check out the full recipe!
Ranch Pork Chops and Potatoes
This is an easy dinner packed full of flavor. All you need is one sheet pan to get juicy ranch pork chops and perfectly roasted potatoes! The bonus here is that most kids will eat something you describe as having “ranch” flavors. I can’t decide whether to thank Hidden Valley or Doritos for that phenomenon, but either way, it’s helpful. Find the full recipe here so the whole family can enjoy this tasty sheet pan dinner.
Sausage and Vegetables
Hearty Italian sausages with caramelized Brussels sprouts and carrots all on one sheet pan? Say no more. Toss some chopped onions, carrots, Brussels sprouts, oil, salt, pepper, and thyme on a baking sheet until the vegetables are evenly coated. Then roast everything together until the sausages are cooked through, and the vegetables are caramelized and tender. If you aren’t a Brussel sprouts fan you can try other tasty veggies like asparagus or peppers to add a colorful healthy mix to your easy dinner. Find the full recipe here!
Sausage, Potatoes, and Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts always get a bad rap from the kids, but I think it’s because we’re not seasoning or cooking them right. Combined on the pan with the bold flavors of the sausage and hearty potatoes, you’ll have a go-to meal you can add to the rotation. See the full recipe here!
I’ll admit it. I wasn’t quite sure what “Tuscan” meant in the context of recipes or what flavors that entails, so I used to steer clear. But after trying this recipe, I’ve been converted, and you will be, too.
Sheet Pan Jambalaya
Jambalaya is one of New Orleans‘ most famous dishes with meat, veggies, and rice. But what really makes it stand out above the rest is the spicy flavors that are signature to Creole cooking. Check out the recipe for this Louisiana staple here.
Sheet Pan Dinners with Seafood
I’m from the beach, so seafood has always held a special place in my heart (and my stomach). Check out some of these tasty sheet pan seafood recipes!
Chile Lime Salmon
You never knew flavor like THIS before! This recipe has been on my long list of things to make. I love the taste of Trader Joe’s Chile Lime seasoning, so why not give this recipe a try?
Salmon and Veggies
Another tasty salmon recipe is a simply seasoned salmon with a side of veggies like asparagus or peppers. You could also toss on some potatoes or zucchini for an extra tasty and healthy mix. Salmon is always a good healthy choice for you and your family. A sprinkle of everything-but-the-bagel seasoning can go along with the naturally delish flavor of the salmon.
Shrimp and Andouille
Shrimp and sausage will always remind me of tasty gumbo, another New Orleans special. And this recipe is so simple; you’ll definitely make it more than once. Additions like broccoli, mushrooms, celery, bell pepper, and onions make this yummy dish a hit, along with spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, creole seasoning, garlic powder. Before serving, zest a lemon and squeeze the juices over the sheet pan, then serve with rice! Check out the full recipe here!
Sheet Pan Roasted Fish With Bell Peppers
The sweetness of bell peppers is an excellent complement to the milder flavors of roasted fish. Check out this light and summery recipe that will have everyone asking for a second helping.
Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil
A shrimp or seafood boil is a classic southern meal for the summertime! But no need to spend hours and hours prepping, because you can easily make this into a sheet pan dinner. Add on juicy shrimp, tender corn and cut-up potatoes, sliced smokey sausages of your choosing, and drizzle with butter and old bay. Old Bay seasoning really is the key to getting that classic seafood taste, so use it generously! Your whole family is sure to love this easy classic American meal!
Sheet Pan Fish or Shrimp Tacos
My city is known for some killer fish or shrimp tacos. But eating out at a restaurant every “Taco Tuesday” in the summer gets expensive. With this recipe, I never have to leave the house again for easy-peasy fish or shrimp tacos that everyone can customize to their own liking. Check out this delicious recipe from @rubustrecipes for sheet pan shrimp fajita tacos!
Sheet Pan Fish and Chips
This British dish is one of their most popular fast-food options. But with this recipe, you can skip the deep-fryer and make baked fish and chips that are a bit healthier. Find the full recipe here!
Sheet Pan Dinners to the Rescue
At the end of a long day, a hearty sheet pan dinner can be the solution to keeping everyone happy and fed. Which of these recipes are you most excited to try? Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on one of these recipes! The beauty of sheet pan dinners– they’re so simple that they let you focus on perfecting the flavors. And flavors are what it’s all about!