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10 Easy One-Pan Meals That Don’t Sacrifice Flavor

10 Easy One-Pan Meals That Don’t Sacrifice Flavor

When you have too much on your plate but still want a healthy homemade meal, we have just the thing to lift your spirits and satisfy your senses. Our easy, one-pan meals keep time-consuming cleanup at bay — without skimping on flavor. 

Read on for some of our favorite quick and easy one-pan meals with HexClad.

10 One-Pan Meals To Save You Clean-Up Time 

There’s nothing like spending hours at work in the kitchen creating the perfect meal, finally getting the chance to enjoy it … only to remember the mountain of dishes piled sky high in the kitchen. 

Some days, we simply don’t have the time or the mental energy for a lengthy cleanup process. These breakfast and dinner recipes come together and clean up fast, making them ideal for busy mornings or weeknights when time is short.

Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus

Perfect for when you’re short on time, our Garlic Herb Chicken and Asparagus recipe doesn’t skimp on flavor. Rich and buttery, this delicious chicken dinner only takes about 20 minutes to make. 

This classic mix of protein and veggies makes for a quick but healthy dinner. It’s perfect for those nights when the family calendar is jam-packed. 

A 12'' HexClad Hybrid Frying Pan will help you achieve the perfect golden-brown sear. For this delectable recipe, cook your seasoned chicken thighs in the pan for about six to eight minutes on each side, then slide the chicken to the side of the pan and add your asparagus. 

The flavors mingle in the pan as they finish cooking, leaving you with a wonderfully tasty and balanced meal that couldn’t be easier to clean — especially when using a dishwasher-safe pan like ours.

One-Pan Southwestern Breakfast Skillet

Stay fueled on even your most hectic days. This quick dish is practically bursting with nutrient-rich veggies for a feel-good breakfast. Add your favorite protein, eggs, cheese, salsa, and cilantro to the mix. Then get ready to enjoy the explosion of flavors in every bite within minutes. 

Make the one-pan Southwestern Breakfast Skillet your own by incorporating your favorite veggies and meat. We love using mushrooms, peppers, potatoes, avocado, and bacon — but sausage or vegetarian-friendly beans work wonders.

Use an oven-safe skillet for this delightful dish, so you can easily transfer the sauteed ingredients from the stovetop to the oven for baking without dirtying a second pan. We recommend the 10” HexClad Hybrid Frying Pan for ease of use and dishwasher-safe cleanup.

Rosemary Mozzarella Peach Chicken

Put those seasonal peaches to good use with our summertime favorite: Rosemary Mozzarella Peach Chicken

Combining rosemary, lemon zest, bacon, mozzarella, and charred peaches like in this all-in-one dinner. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and salty.

For this chicken recipe, cook the bacon on the stovetop in a 12'' oven-safe HexClad Pan, sear the chicken breast in the bacon grease, and then arrange the cheese and peaches on top before placing the pan in the oven. 

The flavors meld together, creating an appealing fusion of melty cheese, savory chicken, and smoky charred peaches. Is your mouth watering yet?

Coconut Curry Chicken and Sweet Potato 

This Indian-style dish comes together quickly on the stovetop for the perfect weeknight dinner guaranteed to spice up your week. 

Coconut milk, peanut butter, red curry paste, fish sauce, maple syrup, and lime juice serve as the sauce for seared chicken and sauteed sweet potatoes. Cook everything in the same 12” Hybrid Wok. Pour the whisked-together sauce into the pan and stir for a nice, even coat.

We love the way the floral and nutty notes from coconut deepen and enrich the sweetness of sauteed sweet potatoes. A touch of ginger adds a hint of warming spice, creating a complex flavor profile sure to impress.

Wok-Fried Shrimp and Mexican Rice

A twist on the classic stir-fry, this low-effort one-wok fried shrimp and rice meal is filled with bright flavors. Pair fried rice with Mexican cuisine staples such as corn, black beans, chili peppers, lime juice, cilantro, salsa, and avocados for a tangy twist and a kick. 

Easy to prep yet oh-so flavorful, this dish is fast to pull together. Fry the shrimp, then the vegetables, and then the rice in the same pan. Use frozen shrimp and instant rice for added convenience.

With grains, veggies, and protein, you’re hitting every food group for a balanced and flavorful meal you can enjoy again and again. 

While you can absolutely use a skillet for this dish, we love a flat-bottomed wok. The high, sloping walls of HexClad’s 14” Wok with Lid help trap heat and make for easy tossing. That’s a huge plus when it comes to cooking stir-fries. 

The wok’s added depth also means it can cook up enough food for seconds, so you can save your leftovers to reheat later in the week, too.

One-Pan Carne Asada Tacos

Taco Tuesday is even more enjoyable with this low-mess option. Carne asada, AKA grilled meat, uses marinated steak to bring your tacos to the next level. 

The night before serving your tacos, whip up a quick marinade. Combine orange juice, olive oil, lime and lemon juice, white wine vinegar, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper, and jalapeno in a non-reactive stainless steel mixing bowl. Add the marinade and your meat (flank or skirt steak) to a sealable bag and store in the fridge overnight.

The next day, remove the steak from the marinade and throw it on a preheated skillet over high heat for a perfectly seared steak. Cut the smokey and juicy meat, add to warmed flour or corn tortillas, and top with diced onion, cilantro, salsa, and lime juice. 

For a tasty spin on this dish, make steak fajitas in the oven just as easily. Fajitas combine thin-cut meat with roasted bell peppers and onions for a colorful and flavorful sheet pan meal. 

Skip the marinade. You’ll rub a mixture of olive oil, chili powder, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper directly on your meat and veggies. Arrange everything on a sheet pan or large skillet, douse in lime juice, and roast in the oven. 

Garnish with cilantro and serve with warm tortillas on the side. 

This dish is as easy to experiment with as it is to clean, so you and your family can enjoy a variation week after week. Steak fajitas, sheet pan shrimp fajitas, chicken fajitas … they’re all good.

Chef Daniele Uditi’s Tagliata di Carne

Tagliata is a traditional Italian dish that showcases well-seasoned and high-quality cuts of boneless beef. Tagliata is usually made with slices of hanger, New York strip, flank, or ribeye steak. 

In Chef Daniele Uditi’s Tagliata di Carne, Calabrian chile paste kicks this classy dish up a notch. Cooking steak with a 10” HexClad Skillet over medium-high heat will help ensure a glorious seared exterior and juicy interior.

Plated with flavor-bursting seared cherry tomatoes and arugula and topped with chili gremolata and parmesan, this dish presents and tastes like a five-star meal. But it only takes one pan and under 25 minutes to make. 

It’s the perfect date night meal or treat yourself to dinner when you are low on time or energy. Grab a glass of wine if you’d like, and enjoy.

Chorizo, Peppers, and Quinoa Skillet

This quick and spicy dish is perfect for lunch or dinner. You might even try it as a savory breakfast bowl.

Mexican chorizo or ground sausage seasoned with dried chile pepper and paprika brings the spice. Sauteed bell peppers add an array of colors and sweetness, while the quinoa rounds things out with texture. 

Use pre-cooked quinoa for a true one-pot meal. Everything else will cook in the same oven-safe skillet. Make this meal your own by adding corn, black beans, spinach, tomato sauce, or even a fried egg or two. Use soy chorizo for a delicious vegetarian alternative. 

After everything is cooked, sprinkle on shredded cheese for gooey goodness. Top with avocado, jalapeños, and sour cream if desired, and you’re ready to dive into this rainbow-colored meal that is as fun and easy to eat as it is to make.

Use this great recipe for your weekly meal prep since it scales up and reheats wonderfully to provide you with days of hassle-free, healthy lunches.

One-Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

A classic and hearty comfort food particularly well suited for cold and cozy nights, shepherd's pie is a delightfully warming one-pan supper. Use ground beef or minced lamb as your base. 

In an oven-safe 12” skillet, brown the meat on the stovetop to deepen the flavor, and season with dried herbs. Slowly stir in the bulk of the remaining ingredients over medium-high heat until fragrant.

For an even more convenient and shorter cooker time, use frozen veggies and mashed potatoes, adding both to the skillet off the heat before baking the dish in the oven.

Turn on the broiler to give the top of your shepherd’s pie a deliciously torched golden-brown crunch. With practically no cleaning required, you can snuggle up with this dish and enjoy a cozy night in, chore-free.

Bacon and Egg Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

Start your morning off right with our Bacon and Egg Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash. Colorful, nutrient-rich, and full of palate-pleasing textures, this hash is ideal for busy mornings.

Crispy bacon, golden-brown sweet potatoes, sauteed onions, and eggs all bake in the oven together to create this flavorful and low-carb hash. 

The sweet potatoes add a hint of sweetness to this savory hash. It’s easy to incorporate just about any veggie you’re in the mood for (or need to use up before it goes bad). Zucchini, butternut squash, or jalapeño all make great add-ons. 

One Pan To Rule Them All

Just because a meal is low effort doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. One-pan dinners help meld flavors, creating satisfying and feel-good meals that easily fit your action-packed schedule.

The right cooking tools can make for a faster, more convenient, and better-tasting cooking experience. It doesn’t get any more convenient than HexClad. 

With versatile hybrid technology, our stainless steel cookware is tri-ply for ultimate heat retention and even heating, delivering precise results every time. 

The patented hexagon top layer of all our cookware creates a series of stainless steel peaks and non-stick valleys, so you can get the perfect golden-brown sear without needing to use an abundance of butter or oil.

Make your favorite sheet pan recipes in HexClad’s large, oven-safe skillets without fear of food stickage. The non-stick properties of our PFOA-free pans limit the mess and look good while working hard.

 

Sources:

Southwest Breakfast Skillet Recipe | EatingWell

Mexican Shrimp | Healthy Mexican Shrimp with Rice

Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Iowa Girl Eats

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