Add these streamlined meals to your regular rotation.

By Victoria Spencer
May 05, 2021
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Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas
Credit: Ren Fuller

We know you love one-pot dinners just as much as we do. This streamlined approach to making the nightly meal has delicious results and is so much easier on the cook. But when it comes to summer one-pot dinners, we realize you might not think of sheet pan meals. Though might consider them (and the idea of turning on the oven at all) better-suited to fall or winter meals, there are certainly exceptions. 

Just as you probably still use the oven for summer fruit crisps, pies, and cakes, you can and should turn it on for dinner sometimes—especially if your central AC keeps the place cool. For those nights when you need a one-pan meal, we're sharing our favorite sheet-pan dinners with summery accents. What's more, we're also giving our tops tips on how to make each of them taste even better on warm evenings. Feel free to eat any of these meals on the patio or deck.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Colorful, delicious, and ready in under an hour—40 minutes to be exact. This dinner of Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas, pictured above, truly has it all. It starts with boneless skinless chicken breasts and uses store-bought salsa. The hardest part about this meal might be getting a ripe avocado so plan ahead for that!

Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs
Credit: Armando Rafael

Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs

A meatless sheet-pan supper that showcases the best summer produce, that's this Roasted Ratatouille and Eggs. Hit the farmers' market (or the supermarket) for Japanese eggplant, red bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes, all of which are at their peak in late summer.

Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Chops recipe
Credit: Chris Simpson

Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Chops

For those nights when you want something meaty for dinner, here's a simple sheet-pan dinner that's packed with flavor. These Sweet-and-Spicy Pork Chops are not as obviously summery as our other selections but we think the chops taste like a barbecue dinner straight off the grill. Bring more of the season to the table by swapping the quick-pickled cucumbers for a simple leafy green lettuce salad.

plate and sheet of chicken and kale dinner on marble table top
Credit: Justin Walker

Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella

For an easy summer dinner, chicken thighs and drumsticks are crisped up on the same sheet pan as the ingredients for the rustic bread salad made with crusty bread, lacinato kale, and cherry tomatoes that's served alongside. Try this Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella when you fancy a substantial yet summery one-pan meal.

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Credit: Johnny Miller

Salmon with Fennel, Bell Pepper, and Olives

The sheet pan approach to fish isn't just for salmon, try this Salmon with Fennel, Bell Pepper, and Olives recipe with cod or another hearty white fish. Also feel free to swap the yellow peppers for orange or red or a combination of all three depending on which bell peppers are available locally, yes even bell peppers have a season and it's the summer.

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