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One-Pan Dinners for Parents Who Don’t Have Time to Do Dishes

Dinner’s on you tonight. But just because you’re charged with feeding the family doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole night in the kitchen. One-skillet meals are easy to prep — no need to try to keep the chicken warm while you wait for the veggies to cook — and make for easy clean up too, since you won’t have a sink full of pans to wash. To save your sanity on busy weeknights, we’ve put together this list of seven easy, family-friendly recipes you can make in a single pan. And these are truly one-skillet meals. You won’t need to dirty another dish to make rice or pasta, or turn on the oven to roast vegetables. Bon appétit!

1. Skillet Chicken Fajitas

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You can have kid-approved chicken fajitas on the table in 30 minutes or less with this recipe from Recipe Runner. Just cook the peppers, onions, and marinated chicken in a cast-iron skillet, then serve with tortillas or in lettuce cups for a crowd-pleasing meal.


For the chicken

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (or substitute parsley if you don’t like cilantro)
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Juice of half a lime

For the peppers and onions

  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ a yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions: Combine the chicken, cilantro, olive oil, oregano, hot sauce, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, and ground cumin a large bowl. Toss so that the chicken is fully coated with the marinade, then cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to a 12-inch cast iron skillet. Turn heat to high. Once the skillet is hot, add the peppers, onions, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and ½ teaspoon salt to the pan. Cook for about 4 minutes, until the peppers and onions have softened slightly. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Add 2 more teaspoons of olive oil to the skillet. Transfer the marinated chicken to the pan. Saute until meat is cooked through. Return the peppers and onions to the skillet. Season with the juice of half a lime. Cook for 1 minute more. Serve immediately with tortillas and preferred toppings.