11 Easy Skillet Meals for Busy Weeknights

We do love a good skillet dinner. Easy, fast, and satisfying — what's not to like?! From skillet enchiladas to shrimp fajitas, here are some fresh ideas to add to the rotation.

For me, the bottom line of life is that dinner needs to be on the table every night whether it’s hot or cold, winter or summer, Bachelorette season or not. This said, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked at the clock at 4:00 pm and thought, “What’s for dinner?!”

If you find yourself asking this same question, I’m here to tell you to embrace the sizzling goodness of skillets!

Skillet meals are some of the easiest meals I make. They come together quickly, I only use one dish, which translates to easy clean-up, and even my pickiest of eaters will chow down on these meals.

When I think of skillet meals, my mind immediately goes to chicken and rice but let’s think beyond that. How about Mexican flavored dishes? Or easy skillet pizzas? Let’s even go wild and crazy and use gnocchi! Now the only question I’m asking is, who’s ready to step-up their skillet game?

Chicken Freezer Meal with Chicken Tenders-close up of chicken, potatoes, olives and swiss chard

Fancy name, simple dinner! Want to make life easier on yourself? Make an extra batch and freeze for later!

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Tomato and Mozzarella Skillet Pita Pizzas

Pita bread takes the place of traditional pizza crust, which is fine by me! They make for a crispy and thin crust for your pizzas. Using cast iron is great, but any heavy nonstick pan will do! I always have two pans going at the same time so I can speed up the process.

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Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

These fajitas make an awesome meal on their own, but if you need to stretch it a little further, serve alongside chips and salsa, beans and rice, or even a fresh chopped salad.

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Corn Off the Cob Gnocchi Skillet - corn gnocchi skillet on blue plate with fork

Such a substantial meal that's on the table in about twenty minutes. Using fresh sweet corn is best, and if you're looking to amp up the protein factor, mix in some poached chicken!

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Easy chicken enchilada recipe

We are an enchilada loving family, so to be able to cook it in a skillet when it's sweltering outside has saved me more than once! Added bonus: It uses up leftover chicken and only dirties up one dish.

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Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Skillet

Repeat after me: Ditch the boxed stuff! It's just as easy to make this pasta from scratch as it is to make it from a box and I promise you that it'll taste infinitely better!

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Serve alongside a fresh garden salad and you've got yourself a delightful summer's meal. To ensure that this cooks up quickly I suggest using boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins!

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Skillet Pasta with Chicken Sausage, Cheese & Spinach

I will bet you already have the five easy ingredients on hand for this skillet dinner. If you're short on time (or energy), use jarred marinara sauce and pre-shredded cheese!

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Skillet Chicken Dinner Recipes-close up of chicken in a skillet with green beans and orange bell peppers with wooden serving spoons on the side.

If you're ready for a bold and flavor-packed dish, slow your scroll and check out this dish. You'll love it so much it's sure to become a regular on your menu rotation!

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Easy Skillet Chicken - close up of chicken tenders with black beans, corn, and red and green bell peppers

This is one for the books because it is so simple. If you want to simplify it even more, make the marinated chicken ahead of time (like when chicken is on sale!) and freeze it.

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Skillet Chicken Breast with Orzo and Zucchini

You had me at the words CHEESY ORZO! We've used zucchini in this recipe, but if you've got broccoli or peas on hand, those would be fabulous in this dish, too!

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Marilena

    Superr, I will inspire. Thank you!

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