10 Sheet Pan Meals Perfect for Busy Weeknights

Preparing meals can be stressful when you’re working late and rushing to different kids’ activities in the evening. Many families end up getting take out much too often which is usually an unhealthy option and not budget friendly. Many families don’t realize although the sheet pan isn’t a flashy home appliance like an air fryer, it’s a baking tool that can make a quick and delicious dinner. Here are some  sheet pan meals that are great for those busy weeknights.


#1 Sheet Pan Plum Roasted Chicken

roasted chicken on a platter with plums and onions

This sheet pan recipe is a beautiful blend of sweet plums and soft red onions with roasted chicken. To make this a complete one pan meal, toss in some Brussels sprouts or other vegetables and your dinner is ready in 45 minutes or less. One tip for this recipe is not to rush the marinate time. For best results, marinate the chicken the night before.

#2 Easy Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

lemon chicken with vegetables on a sheet pan

This lemon chicken sheet pan meal is super quick and is virtually mess free. You can even prep it all the night before. I actually recommend doing this so that the meat has time to marinate which will totally enhance the flavor. You can bake the drumsticks with either the skin on or off. This lemon chicken and peppers meal is Keto friendly because its low carb. Peppers are one of the lowest carb vegetables, but this meal also works well with carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli. 

#3 Ground Beef Nachos With Doritos

Ground beef nachos with doritos on a baking tray

Seriously, nachos for dinner? Nachos with ground beef and cheese can be a full meal when you feel like having a treat night. Load up the veggies and the ground beef to make this a complete and satisfying meal. One tip is to keep the liquidy ingredients like the salsa, sour cream and guacamole on the side which can make the nachos soggy. Use the nachos for dipping instead and if you have leftovers to reheat for another day, they will retain their crispiness when those ingredients are kept off of them. 

#4 Stuffed Caprese Chicken Hasselback

stuffed chicken breast with tomatoes and basil leaves on top
Image Credit: Zuzana from Low Carb No Carb


Low Carb Stuffed Caprese Chicken Hasselback Recipe is a great gluten-free and grain-free dinner option in indulge into. The Italian flair you get with this easy and quick recipe will add a great overall experience. You can find the recipe at Low Carb No Carb

#5 Baked Chicken Drumsticks with Veggies 

baked chicken and veggies on a sheet pan
Image Credit: Emmeline of Always Use Butter


This chicken is baked in the oven with potatoes, loads of vegetables and mushrooms. Simply (yet deliciously) seasoned with garlic and common spices it’s topped with butter to create a chicken-and-veggies-and-sauce dinner all in one pan. It’s a gluten free dinner that’s delicious eaten as it is or served with a side of rice. For an extra treat – add some bread to mop up all that delicious sauce with. Get the recipe at Always Use Butter

#6 Sheet Pan Fajitas

chicken and peppers on a sheet pan
Image credit: Karen of Seasonal Cravings


If you are looking for a quick, family-friendly dinner idea, I’ve got you covered. These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are the easiest things ever and kids love them.  Ready in under 30 minutes too! (gluten free, dairy free). You can find the recipe at Seasonal Cravings. 

#7 Sheet Pan Sausage and Peppers

sausage and pepper on a sheet pan
Image credit: Nicole at Coley Cooks.


This is a great low-carb, paleo friendly meal that’s perfect for weeknight dinners or for serving a crowd. It’s great on it’s own or tucked into a crusty Italian roll, or better yet garlic bread. You can get the recipe at Coley Cooks

#8 Sheet Pan Jerk Chicken with Pineapple


chicken breast and vegetables on a sheet pan
Image Credit: Karen of Seasonal Cravings.


This Sheet Pan Jerk Chicken with Pineapple is full of spicy and sweet flavor that your family will love. It’s quick and easy to prepare in one pan and full of good for you vegetables.  {gluten free, paleo, whole30}. You can get the recipe at Seasonal Cravings

#9 Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash With Chorizo and Runny Eggs

eggs and sweet potatoes on a plate.
Image Credit: Nicole of Coley Cooks.


The chorizo and sweet potatoes get tossed with a diced onion and a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika, then they go straight into the oven. This meal is healthier than being fried and is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can get the recipe at Coley Cooks

#10 Sheet Pan Apple Cider Glazed Salmon

salmon fillets and vegetables on a sheet pan
Image credit: Karen of Seasonal Cravings.


Celebrate apple season with this delicious Sheet Pan Apple Cider Glazed Salmon.  It’s easy to prepare and the salmon tastes great slathered with apple cider sauce. {gluten free}Who knew that reducing fresh apple cider makes the most delicious sauce ever?  I mean it is so good and then adding honey and grainy mustard? Oh my gosh, you will love this. You can find the recipe at Seasonal Cravings.

This article was originally published on This Mom is On Fire.

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