Easy Sheet Pan Dinner Using Frozen Chicken Tenders

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I have been loving sheet pan dinners.  It’s one of my favorite ways to cook, because it’s so easy to incorporate the veggies with the meat and end up with a full meal with minimum effort.  That’s my kind of cooking!

Recently I decided to try it with frozen chicken tenders.  I didn’t even want to bother thawing them.  Because they’re so thin and small, they thaw and cook quickly.  This means you can easily start them from frozen.   [Read more…]

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9 Easy Sheet Pan Dinners Your Family Will Love

You know I’m all about good food. But if I can make dinner time easier? I’m on it. That’s one of the reasons why I really love my slow cooker. I can let it do all of the time-consuming work and the flavors of slow-cooked food are usually incredible. I make dozens of slow cooker meals all time, and I also make it a point to keep my freezer well stocked with freezer friendly foods for all kinds of meals. But freezer cooking and slow cooker dinners aren’t the only ways to save time on dinner prep.

I’ve recently fallen in love with a new-to-me way to prepare delicious meals for my family: sheet pan dinners! Sheet pan dinners are sort of like the one pot meal of the oven. You put everything on one big sheet. Prep time is minimal, and clean up is a breeze! My family has loved the sheet pan meals I’ve tried out so far. And there are lots of ways you can vary what you put on the pan so it never gets boring.

These are nine of the meals that I’ve made for my family in the past year or so. We keep coming back to them because sheet pan meals aren’t just easy, they’re really tasty! And no one minds having fewer dishes to clean up afterward either.  In my book, it’s a win on every side.

 

There’s a basic formula for sheet pan dinners:   [Read more…]

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Maple Balsamic Roast Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

 

Maple Balsamic Roast Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

I’ve been loving sheet pan dinners.  They’re easy to make, healthy and there’s an endless variety of flavors you can bring.  It’s also a great way to eat lots of veggies.

For this Maple Balsamic Chicken dinner, I used bone-in chicken thighs that I got on sale.  I’d love to try this again with boneless, skinless chicken.  Chicken thighs aren’t my favorite cut, but it was such a great sale, I couldn’t pass them up.  This recipe will work equally well with any cut of chicken or even pork.

Maple Balsamic Chicken assembled

I added brussels sprouts and butternut squash to the pan.  I seasoned the squash similar to my favorite Butternut Squash Skillet recipe.  The squash is added to the pan along with the chicken.  The brussels sprouts, don’t need to cook as long, so they get added later.  I seasoned them with a generous shake of salt and pepper.

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Maple syrup is one of my favorite Costco purchases.  I use it for a lot more than pancakes and waffles.  If you don’t have real maple syrup, you can use honey in this recipe.

Maple Balsamic Roast Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Serves: 6-8 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus extra
  • 1 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 lbs. chicken, any cut is fine
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. thyme leaves
  • 1 bag brussels sprouts, cut in half
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 Tbs. olive oil with vinegar, maple syrup, mustard, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour over chicken and toss to coat.
  3. Place chicken on large sheet pan that's been brushed with olive oil.
  4. Toss butternut squash cubes with drizzle of olive oil, cinnamon, ginger, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour onto sheet pan next to chicken. (You may need to use more than one sheet pan if you don't have one big enough.)
  6. Place in oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, toss brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  8. Pull pan from the oven and add brussels sprouts. Continue roasting for 10-15 minutes more or until chicken is done.

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Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with Seasoned Potato Wedges

Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with seasoned potatoes

I’ve been loving the ease of the sheet pan dinner.  This time I used smoked sausage and potato wedges, along with brussels sprouts.  This combination would be a little plain if it weren’t for the spice combo I used on the potatoes.

McCormick is my go-to brand for spices.  The quality is always fabulous at bringing out the flavor in a recipe.  This time I pulled smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder from the pantry. I also used generous amounts of kosher salt and black pepper.

Smoked Sausage sheet pan dinner seasonings

If you don’t have smoked paprika, use regular.  The smoked lends a wonderful flavor though, that goes really well with the smoked sausage.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:   [Read more…]

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner - perfect for fall!

Am I the only one who thinks of Peter Brady when I say the title of the recipe today?

This recipe doesn’t have apple sauce, but it does have that great combo of pork and apples.  It all gets made on a sheet pan, so it’s super simple.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

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Any type of apple will work for this.  A tart apple might be best, if you have that option, but any apples you have on hand are fine.

I love using these thin, boneless pork chops.  They cook so fast! Serve roasted green beans, brussels sprouts or other green vegetable with this meal.

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1.5 - 2 lbs. boneless pork chops, thin cut
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Brush sheet pan with olive oil.
  2. Place pork chops on pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir apples together with honey, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Pour apples onto sheet pan with pork chops.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until pork chops are cooked through and apples are tender.

 

Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

Chipotle pork chop sheet pan dinner

 

I really like using these thin cut boneless pork chops.  They’re relatively inexpensive (groceries are getting crazy high in price!), they’re versatile and easy to use.  I need to do a post with lots of different ways to cook with these chops.

I’ve made this sheet pan dinner several times now.  It’s easy and it cooks in just about 30 minutes or a bit less.

To keep the prep quick, I used very small potatoes that didn’t require any chopping.  The green beans took longer to prep.  Brussels sprouts would work well and might be quicker.  Or try slices of cabbage.

One benefit to using thin cut pork chops is that they cook in the same amount of time the vegetables need. With a thicker cut of meat, you would need to put the meat in first and then add the veggies to the pan later.  This way it all goes in at the same time.

I have a really big sheet pan that I bought at Walmart.  I love it, because it fits a whole meal for a family.  My sheet pan is similar to this one.  If you don’t have a large pan, use two regular sized ones.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this meal.  Keep in mind that the veggies and seasonings can be swapped for other things.

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This time I used McCormick’s Smokehouse Maple seasoning on the chops.  I love this stuff!  We flew through the first container of it and when I saw it in the store, I grabbed another.

I kept the seasoning on the veggies simple with kosher salt and black pepper.  Sometimes I like to sprinkle McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning over everything though.  That’s another favorite for my family.

Boneless Pork Chops and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

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Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
  • olive oil
  • 3-4 cups small potatoes or chopped potatoes
  • 3-4 cups green beans, trimmed and cleaned
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 lbs. boneless thin cut pork chops
  • Smokehouse Maple seasoning or other seasoning blend
Instructions
  1. Brush one large or two small rimmed baking sheets with olive oil.
  2. Toss potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  3. Toss green beans with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper. Add them to a section of the pan.
  4. Brush pork chops with olive oil and place in the remaining space on the pan. Sprinkle chops with seasoning.
  5. Place pan in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until meat is cooked through and potatoes are tender.