17 Easy One-Dish Dinners for Busy Fall Evenings

Sheet pan of Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Photo: Allrecipes Magazine

With your busy schedule, you'll want to make weeknights easier for yourself with dinner recipes that don't require lots of fuss and can be made in just one dish. Say goodbye to big cleanups, and say hello to these easy one-pot winner dinners!

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Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots

Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots on a white plate

This sheet pan dinner is full of flavor, and once it's in the oven your work is done. "Usually 'stuffed' means complicated and long prep. On the contrary, this recipe was easy and quick. I substituted a bag of frozen veggies and used grated cheddar cheese because I did not have mozzarella. Good weeknight dinner for a busy family!" — EAM

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Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

shrimp and peppers with avocado slices

This meal is quicker and tastier than takeout. "After eating out so often lately because of long hours at work, I was craving a home-cooked meal but didn't have the energy for too much prep or clean up. This satisfied all my needs, and I got to relax and enjoy a glass of wine while it was doing the brunt of the 'cooking.' No active babysitting of the stovetop necessary. Talk about a winning weeknight meal." — LazyFoodieGirl

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One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies

One-Pan Sriracha Chicken and Veggies in a cast iron skillet

One pan + chicken + sriracha = winner dinner. "OMG, this is good. The method works exactly as written. I used agave syrup instead of brown sugar and used a bit more Sriracha than written." — Buckwheat Queen

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Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast

Pan-Roasted Chicken Breast in a skillet with vegetables
Kenneth Newbold

This skillet dinner is especially good for quick dinners. "I will make this again and again! It is key to use chicken breasts with the skin still on. The veggies were to die for! And best yet, it is simple to throw together, without much of a mess. " — McSnick

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes in a glass pan
Stacy Crooks

Zesty chicken with potatoes and Brussels sprouts is one dinner you'll want to add to your recipe rotation. "A delicious one-pan dinner that tastes like you cooked all day but only takes a small amount of hands-on time. Great flavor and easy clean-up!" — LAMBR

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Addictive Asian Beef Slaw

Addictive Asian Beef Slaw in a white bowl
Stasty Cook

This spicy beef and cabbage stir-fry is made in a skillet and is a cinch to put together. "My husband and four boys loved it! It's a good, quick, cheap meal for a family on a budget. I got packaged coleslaw and broccoli slaw. We also sprinkled sesame seeds on top. So many textures, and colorful." — fogarty

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Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage

Sheet pan of Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
Allrecipes Magazine

This one-dish winner is easy enough for novice cooks! "I am a husband/father and I actually made this dinner. It was super easy and a big hit with my family." — cfsmitty

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Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet

Italian Sausage and Gnocchi Skillet in a white dish

Italian pork sausage, potato gnocchi, diced tomatoes, and spinach combine with Italian seasonings and mozzarella cheese in this quick, one-skillet meal. "I've used mild sausages but hot Italian sausages can be substituted," says Bren. "Gnocchi is usually in the same aisle as dried pasta."

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Skillet Apple Cider Chicken

Skillet Apple Cider Chicken in a bowl over a napkin

Here's a fall classic. Simmer chicken thighs with apples, apple cider, onions, and bacon in a skillet. "This skillet apple cider chicken is a great fall recipe," says Jeff. "Serve with egg noodles."

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Spicy Unstuffed Cabbage

Spicy Unstuffed Cabbage in a white dish

Cabbage rolls, but make it easy. Our Spicy Unstuffed Cabbage will be on the table in just 40 minutes. "This was delicious. Even the kids liked it. I sliced the cabbage so it was long and thin and told them it was sort of like spaghetti," home cook Karen says.

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Chicken Sweet Potato Skillet

Chicken Sweet Potato Skillet on the stove

"Really nice hash style recipe. The only thing I added was some spicy seasoning at the end. Do toast the hazelnuts! There is a huge difference in their flavor," says Linda T.

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Chicken Stew with Rice and Winter Squash

Chicken Stew with Rice and Winter Squash
Buckwheat Queen

Chicken thighs, aromatic vegetables, frozen peas, and your favorite winter squash (butternut, kabocha, or acorn) stew together with short-grain white rice to create a complete one-pot meal for the chilly seasons.

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Easy Skillet Chicken a la King

Easy Skillet Chicken a la King on a white plate
Double C

"This was very easy and very filling. I served it over white rice and followed another reviewer's comment about adding a can of cream of mushroom vs. the cream of chicken. Very delicious," Joanna says. "Will make again.

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One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Plate of One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce with garlic bread

"S.O.P.P. stands for sausage, onions, potatoes, and peppers. This is a simple one-pot meal that tastes delicious, and is easy to whip up for your family in a pinch." — CowboysJenn

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kielbasa

Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Kielbasa on a white dish
Soup Loving Nicole

"Great easy dinner," says Mark Bentzel. "I was cleaning out the pantry, so I added potatoes and baked them with the Brussel sprouts for the first 15 minutes. Then I found a red pepper in the fridge, and I added three garlic cloves as well for the second 15 minutes with the Kielbasa. Very good!"

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Hamburger Stew with Cabbage

Break out the big soup pot for this simple soup featuring ground beef, cabbage, kidney beans, and crushed tomatoes. "I grew up in Kansas City, where my parent's would go to Shoney's once a week," says Soup Loving Nicole. "They had an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar and it was the highlight of my week. Even as a kid, I've always loved soup. Then we moved out of state. Even though it has been nearly 40 years since I last had it, I never forgot about their beef and cabbage soup. I decided to recreate it based off my memory and here is what I came up with. Enjoy!"

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Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Stracciatella

Bowl of Instant Pot® Chicken and Rice Stracciatella on an orange napkin
Kim's Cooking Now

"This recipe always brings comfort when you are feeling a bit under the weather or just want something that warms your tummy, but is not too heavy. Traditional stracciatella does not have the chicken or rice in it, but it adds a bit a substance when you want something light but filling." — Kim's Cooking Now

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