12 Quick Skillet Recipes for Simple Spring Dinners
These simple skillet dinners feature seasonal spring vegetables that are widely available from March through May—think asparagus, arugula, artichokes, carrots, fennel, peas, and zucchini. They prove that you can coax a lot of flavor out of simple, affordable ingredients. Pair your spring produce with chicken, beef, turkey, beans, or shrimp, and in less than an hour you'll have a complete dinner on the table. And with these one-pan meals, you'll cut down on clean-up duty, so you can spend more time enjoying the beautiful seasonal weather.
Easy Skillet Chicken Primavera
With a mix of fresh and frozen vegetables, this chicken dinner is super-affordable and customizable. Dig into your spice cabinet to season the chicken breasts with dried parsley and basil, then add frozen mixed veggies and fresh grape tomatoes, green onions, and zucchini. A scoop of sun-dried tomato pesto ties everything together, and you can enjoy the protein and produce mix as a one-pot pasta, over rice, or alongside mashed potatoes.
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Carrots and Potatoes
This quick, family-friendly stovetop recipe is almost entirely hands-off. Chicken thighs simmer with baby carrots, baby potatoes, and onions in a chicken stock-based sauce in this one-skillet chicken thigh dinner. A spoonful of cornstarch makes the sauce taste remarkably silky.
Turkey Spaghetti Zoodles
Twirl up some zucchini noodles and toss them with fresh spinach and a ground turkey marinara sauce for a lightened-up Italian-inspired spring skillet dinner. It just so happens to be gluten-free, low in carbs, low in calories, and Paleo-friendly.
Ricotta, Bacon, and Arugula Skillet Pizza
This better-than-delivery homemade pizza is topped with arugula, green onions, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Creamy ricotta cheese, savory bacon, and spicy red pepper flakes complement the fresh produce beautifully atop a store-bought thin pizza crust. It's on the table in just 25 minutes.
Romantic Chicken with Artichokes and Mushrooms
Scented by briny capers and infused with citrusy white wine (try a sauvignon blanc), this artichoke, mushroom, and chicken dinner offers a delightful taste of the Mediterranean. If you can find fresh artichokes, feel free to trade them in for canned. Either way, you'll get some spring vibes from this easy chicken entree.
Singapore Noodle Curry Shrimp
Featuring quick-cooking shrimp and rice noodles, this is one of the fastest and freshest spring pasta recipes out there. Fresh ginger, green onions, and red bell pepper deliver on the fresh front, and feel free to use fresh spring peas instead of frozen if you can find them. Both taste amazing here, especially once coated in the umami-rich oyster sauce, soy sauce, and chicken broth sauce.
Chicken, Asparagus, and Mushroom Skillet
Of course, no spring skillet recipe round-up would be complete without a fresh asparagus recipe! This oh-so-easy entree features dried herbs, fresh mushrooms, and just a splash of white wine. Turbos Mom raves, "Five stars, ten if I could! Didn't change a single thing."
Zucchini and Ground Beef Skillet
Skip those additive-filled boxed burger dinners. This ground beef, mushroom, and zucchini meal (plus canned tomatoes and olives) proves that it's almost as easy to start from scratch. Crown this spring skillet recipe with a generous handful of shredded Cheddar cheese.
Fresh fennel is in peak form early spring. Its subtle licorice-like flavor mellows out as you simmer it down with broth, cream, Parmesan cheese, and arborio rice in this creamy homemade risotto. Try it as a meal in and of itself, or top with a few shrimp or slices of grilled chicken.
Pineapple and Apricot Skillet Chicken
Ahead of peaches, nectarines, and plums, fresh apricots usher in the beginning of stone fruit season. Pair them with canned pineapple, orange zest, yellow and red bell pepper, and a splash of dark rum, to give this chicken skillet dinner serious flavor. Enjoy over rice, quinoa, or couscous.
Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crepes)
Crowd-pleasing, quick-cooking shrimp are the star of this Vietnamese crepes recipe, which pays tribute to a popular street snack in south Vietnam. "The name means sound crepe, and refers to the sound the batter makes when it hits the hot skillet. Serve with fresh herbs," suggests recipe creator foxyamf.
Filipino Beef Stir-Fry
A DIY stir-fry is the perfect vehicle to use up excess garden goodies. Snow peas, green peas, red bell pepper, carrots, and celery all star in this sizzling skillet dinner that gets its Asian flavor from soy sauce, oyster sauce, and garlic. "Everyone had seconds; definitely a keeper. I used New York strip and marinated overnight and the meat was very tender and tasty," says karencary.