Fast Skillet Meals

Quick and Easy One Dish Meal Recipes

Bacon Cabbage Pierogies


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Skillet meals are perfect for people who are just starting to cook and for those with smaller apartments. All you need is a burner, a pan, and a spoon (plus a little knowledge!) to create some fabulous fast skillet meals. You can make these meals in an electric skillet if you'd like. Be sure to put the skillet on a heatproof surface while you work.

Any of these recipes make a meal, perhaps served with a salad or some nice chewy bakery bread. I like to serve my skillet meals with rice; buy a nice microwave rice product that you can heat up in the microwave oven for no cleanup at all. And remember, you can substitute any other ingredient you'd like for the meats, seasonings, and vegetables. Enjoy!

Fast Skillet Meals

  • Pesto Skillet Pierogies
    This super fast recipe makes an elegant and delicious main dish in under 15 minutes. Really!
  • Tex Mex Skillet Lasagna
    The flavors and colors of Tex Mex food combine in this deliciously well-flavored recipe. Top it with some avocado slices for the perfect finish.
  • Coq a Vin
    Chicken thighs
    combine with sausages, lots of mushrooms, and tomatoes in this rich one dish meal.
  • Orange Curried Chicken
    This fabulous dish is one of my favorites. It's creamy and spicy and perfect for a cold winter night.
  • Bacon Cabbage Pierogies Skillet
    The combination of flavors and textures in this hearty skillet recipe is so wonderful. It's perfect for a cold winter night.
  • Lemon Thyme Chicken
    You can substitute bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts for the thighs in this fragrant recipe; it will cook in the same amount of time.
  • Asian Beef and Ramen Noodles
    Ramen noodles
    come to the rescue in this colorful and flavorful main dish recipe.
  • Skillet Chicken Curry
    Apples, onions, and chicken make a rich and hearty dish in this easy recipe.
  • Butter Chicken
    This flavorful and beautiful recipe doesn't use a lot of butter; it just tastes like it because butter is used to finish the fragrant sauce. And the chicken has a buttery texture.
  • Sticky Chicken
    Kids love this recipe. It's easy and fun to make - and it's certainly sticky!
  • Chicken Fricassee
    This recipe simmers for a couple of hours on the stove, so it's good for a day when you're at home puttering around.
  • Ginger Pear Chicken
    Ginger and pears are the perfect partners for tender chicken breasts in this elegant and simple recipe.
  • Chicken Etouffe
    The 'holy trinity' of onions, bell pepper, and celery flavor chicken in this spectacular skillet recipe.
  • Veggie Jambalaya
    Jambalaya goes vegetarian with lots of flavor, including fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, onion, and garlic.
  • Greek Shrimp and Rice Skillet
    Any rice pilaf mix will work perfectly in this flavorful one dish meal.
  • Lamb and Rice Pilaf
    Any cooked meat can be used in place of the lamb in this easy recipe, but do try the lamb at least once. It's fabulous with the dried fruits and basmati rice.
  • Chicken with Peppers
    Frozen peppers and onion stir-fry mixture is the secret ingredient in this super easy one dish meal recipe.