One-Pot Dinner Ideas: One Pot Don’t Give a F*ck Dinner Series

If you’ve ever thought out loud “what should I eat for dinner,” then yes, I can relate and oh, how I adore a one-pot dinner. In my pre-kid/single days, I’d even (and often) eat that meal right out of the pot to spare myself having to clean an extra dish. There’s something so satisfying about being able to throw together a bunch of ingredients in one pot and in a few minutes have it all come together for a delicious one-pot dinner.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, (or if your new here) one thing you either already know or will soon is that my whole thing is about picking and choosing the fucks I need to give to make it through my days in one piece.

I’ve become a boundary bitch in these pandemic times, and balancing the juggle of wanting to make healthy, nutritious and delicious meals for my family while having little time or energy to do that has become a project that I’ve become intentional about.

Yes, of course, I could just run through the El Pollo Loco drive-through…again. Or order postmates or door dash…again…but there’s only so much fried chicken tenders and french fries my kids will eat before even THAT becomes something they don’t want.

So I’ve gone down the rabbit hole of researching one pot dinner ideas for myself and then to ultimately share with you, sweet reader, who found this blog post, with recipes that are intended to be easy, healthy, and family-friendly. Even the pickiest eater might actually try this. And when it’s all said and done, why not pair these with some simple easter desserts to really finish off a good meal?

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How to cook a boiled dinner in one pot

That header is a bit confusing – because often when we think of boiling things, we might think of pasta, soups, potatoes or vegetables, or even chicken.

But in truth, when we’re cooking one pot meals we’re boiling all of the ingredients only if we’re using a liquid of some kind (think spaghetti sauce in one pot with noodles, or poaching eggs in a tomato broth, or yes even boiling potatoes for making mashed potatoes in one pot.)

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What Do You Need for One Pot Meal Prep Success

Some essential ingredients for one-pot dinner ideas are:

– Onion (try frozen onion for a time saver op!)

– Garlic (Try tube garlic for, yet another time saver!) – yes it’s not “as good.” But IDGAF when it’s between getting it on the table and getting it on the table “perfect.” Also you can grate a bunch of garlic and freeze it in olive oil to save your future self some time too.

– Vegetables (e.g. carrots, celery, bell peppers) – You guessed it! Frozen is better sometimes!

– Protein (e.g. chicken, beef, shrimp)

– Seasoning (e.g. salt, pepper, herbs)

– A liquid (e.g. broth, wine, sauce)

Most of the below healthy one pot meals will have suggestions of most of these above.

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How to Cook a One-Pot Dinner Recipe

When it comes to WHERE you cook your one-pot meal there are choices here too.

Instant Pots have become a recent must-have kitchen item that also helps cut down on cleaning, while simultaneously cooking your meal so much faster.

The Instant Pot One Touch

The Instant Pot One-Touch is a small and lightweight pressure cooker with an elegant design and five preset programs: Rice, Beans/Stew, Sauté, Slow Cooker, and Yogurt. It can cook food up to 70% faster than traditional cooking methods at the press of a button.

The One-Touch offers versatility in terms of its functions—from roasting whole chickens to making succulent ribs—and provides 1360 watts; six smart programs; 10 built-in sensors for monitoring internal temperature control; “Eco” mode that predicts when you will need less energy usage based on what cycle is running: rice cooks 70% faster than white rice so it runs in half the time while “Brown Rice” cooks 40% faster; “Slow Cook” feature that improves taste and texture of food; time for cooking; re-heat function.

The One-Touch is made out of stainless steel and ABS plastic (with a three-ply bottom: aluminum/aluminum/stainless steel). It comes with one year warranty.

Check out the One-Touch here.

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Cast Iron Pans

Cast iron pots or pans are perfect to start an easy one pot meal on the stove and transfer to the oven. In fact, there are definitely some of these below.

Highly recommend getting a cast iron pan but buyer beware! You cannot wash them like a traditional pan – in fact, you’ll want to not wash them at all – just scrub off the bits that get stuck, and let it dry completely (I usually towel off and then set it on the stove with the heat on to dry any other bits of water.) If you try to wash/dry a cast Iron pan like you do any other pan, you’ll end up with a rusty unusable mess (but have no fear you can restore a cast iron pan!)

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 10.25″ (1-3/4 qt.), White

Le Creuset

If the idea of the upkeep for a cast iron pan doesn’t appeal to you, then these pans that I originally found at Costco are a solid second choice.

If you’re cooking meat like a one-pot dinner meal that consists of chicken or beef on the stove which finishes in the oven, this thing is perfect to make that transfer.

Henkles Pans

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Let’s get into some of these recipes. Full disclosure I haven’t had a chance to test out every single one of these! There are a lot of recipes, so I relied on the recipe communities to give me their best stuff and I’m passing that on to you.

Do let me know in the comments if there’s something that has no business being on this list. I don’t want ya’ll to suffer that way. Thank you in advance.

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One-pot Meal Ideas: Chicken

One-pot chicken dinners are a fast and affordable way to make dinner for your family. One-pot means fewer dishes to wash, and the chicken (and whatever else you’re making with it) will be cooked all at the same time.

Let’s get into it…

Creamy Chicken Bake

This convenient and easy dish is a week-night-winner! Made out of pantry and fridge staples that you probably already have, the creamy cheddar cheese adds another element to the broccoli while complementing its natural flavors.

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One Pot Chicken Fajitas

Easy chicken fajitas doesn’t have to take hours of marinating! Cutting the chicken into strips helps cut down on marinating and cooking time. It’s also easy to customize this simple dish with different vegetables and change things up with various garnishes! This easy chicken fajitas definitely should be in your weekly dinner rotation.

One Pot Chicken and Lentil Curry

Here’s a warming, one-pot chicken, lentil and potato curry you’re sure to make time and time and again as it’s so easy, quick and tasty.

BBQ Ranch Chicken
We all have those nights when we’re too tired and overwhelmed with work to cook. That is why BBQ Ranch Chicken recipe exists! It only takes 3 ingredients that most people would find in their own kitchens, making this an easy dinner solution for busy weeknights.

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Cheesy Chicken Ranch in One Pot

Throw together a quick meal using only a few common ingredients. It’s cheesy and covered in ranch for a delicious cheesy chicken and ranch dinner.

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Easy Chicken Divan

Chicken divan combines chicken, rice, and broccoli into a one-pot casserole meal that is both delicious and nutritious. Cooked in the slow cooker makes it super simple! Need an easy meal idea that comes together fast?

One Pot Chicken and Rice

This flavor-packed one-pot chicken and rice dinner is the perfect cozy solution for lazy nights. Tender veggies, chicken thighs, and rice cooked in a rich sauce of tomatoes make an effortless dish your whole family will love! 

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One Pot Citrus Chicken

This One Pot Citrus Chicken made with delicious veggies and citrus fruit is great for a quick meal especially on a busy night. And the best part is you are only using one pan so you don’t have a large mess of dishes in the kitchen. This is one simple meal that can be done in 30 minutes or less and full of flavor.

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Chicken and butter rice

Juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken baked with fluffy butter rice. This is a family-friendly one-pot dinner that is loved by adults and kids alike. 

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Baked Lemon Chicken

This baked lemon chicken recipe can be on the table in under 30 minutes and uses just a few fresh ingredients you can pick up at your local grocery store. 

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Dump and Bake Chicken

Dump and bake Chicken in creamy marinara sauce could not get any easier. Easy one-pot dinners is done.

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Low Carb Pizza Chicken Skillet

Pizza Chicken Skillet is easily done in one pan. It’s a chicken dish and pizza rolled in one. Kids will surely love this cheesy chicken recipe without knowing that it’s low carb and keto-friendly. And, if you’d like, check out my pizza dough in instant pot recipe. I’ve tested this recipe on numerous people and have had such positive feedback!

Guatamalen Chicken Stew

This traditional Guatemalan stew is made in one pot and features chicken bathed in a fragrant sauce of tomatillo, cilantro, and scallions.

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One Pan Salsa Chicken Bake

One pan salsa chicken bake makes a healthy and easy meal that creates its own savory and cheesy sauce. Plus it’s naturally gluten free, low carb, and sugar free.6

One Pan Balsamic Chicken

This One-Pan Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes is a quick and easy meal that will please even the most particular of tastes. It has all the bells & whistles, without any fuss!

Homemade chicken dumplings

This one-pot meal is rib-sticking delicious and satisfying. Serve it for a cook once, eat twice meal and it’s great for Thanksgiving or special occasions to feed a crowd. 

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup

Easy Chicken and Rice Soup filled with tender vegetables, juicy chicken, and white (or brown) rice. A simple, comforting soup recipe the whole family will love.

Chicken Pepper Stew

A simple, light, 30-minute super delicious one-pot prawn pulao prepared with basic pantry staples.

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Caprese Chicken Cast Iron One-Pot Meal

This Caprese Chicken Cast Iron Meal is easy to prepare and so delicious! It is the perfect pan to create a one-dish meal.

One Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos

You won’t believe how easy and delicious these Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos are! They only take 5 ingredients to make a flavorful, tender shred of chicken that’s full Mexican flavor.

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Roasted Chicken with Fennel

An excellent weeknight dish — Herb Roasted Chicken with Fennel takes minimum preparation but delivers maximum flavors. It’s one fennel chicken dish that will surely become a favorite in your home too! 

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One-Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls

This One Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls Recipe is perfect for when you have a bunch of people over and don’t want to spend all day cooking. Just throw everything in the pot, give it a stir then let your guests dig into this delicious one-pot meal!

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One Pan Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Rice

This one-pan cheesy broccoli chicken rice is a meal that will have your family asking for seconds. It serves 6 and costs $11.16 to make, which means each serving comes in at just under $1!

One-Pot Chicken Pasta

With this creamy one-pot chicken pasta recipe, you can make a delicious and healthy one pot dinner in just 30 minutes! The sauce has plenty of vegetables like spinach that will keep your family happy.

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Instant Pot One-Pot Meals

The Instant Pot is a one-pot wonder that can make delicious and healthy one pot meal ideas meals in minutes. With its convenient pressure cooking feature, the Instant pot makes it easy to cook up a variety of one-pot meals with little effort.

Pressure Cooker One Pot Chicken and Rice

This is a perfect one-pot meal. And freezing chicken with the marinade will free up your time for future meals.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup

Hearty and filling, this recipe makes enough to feed a family of 5 with leftovers, which is always a win in my book. Best of all? It only uses one pot, so no mess!

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This American Goulash

Is chock full of sustenance for the body; you will find real tomatoes and onions, herbs, beef stock and more in this one-pot recipe that will please even the pickiest of palate.

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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin 

This recipe for pork tenderloin is so easy and quick to make with the help of an instant pot. You’ll love this sweet & tangy sauce that goes perfectly over rice or potatoes!

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Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup

Delicious Creamy Carrot Soup with ginger & coconut milk made in the instant pot in just 30 minutes. This dump-and-go recipe for Instant Pot Carrot Soup is so easy & makes the most comforting soup!

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Instant Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

is a one pot comforting and cheesy dump and start recipe. It is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!

Instant Pot One pot meal

An amazing one-pot meal that will impress each and every guests! Easy-to-find ingredients and a wonderful taste. And the best part? It takes only 15 minutes to make it using your Instant Pot  

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Instant Pot Mexican Quinoa 

How to make a delicious fast Mexican quinoa that is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and perfect for a healthy instant pot lunch or dinner. This instant pot Mexican quinoa is similar to a rice casserole and is loaded with sweetcorn, black beans, salsa, and whole-grain quinoa.

Instant Pot Pork and Peas

This easy pork and peas is a great family meal. Tender, juicy meat in a delicious sauce with vibrant green vegetables that will bring out your inner child and is a perfect weeknight delight!

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Other One Pot Meal Recipes

Sometimes one pot Chicken isn’t on the menu for you or your family. That’s why I’ve included the following one-pot dinner ideas to stimulate your taste bud and get your easy one-pot dinner night ALL THE WAY ON.

One-Pot Halloumi

This one-pot halloumi bake is a quick hands-off recipe that takes just 5 minutes to prep! You can add as many veggies to the sauce as you like and it’s best served with pasta or rice!

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

This Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili is a delicious twist on traditional chili. It’s also lighter and naturally gluten and dairy-free. 

Dump and Go Slow Cooked Ribs

Practically a dump-and-go slow cooker recipe, there’s unbelievable flavor in this Ribs & Sauerkraut dish! 

Seafood Stew

A quick and easy stew of shrimp, cod, tomatoes, and veggies. Great for a cozy family meal or to serve to special guests for dinner.

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Spanish Chorizo and Chick Pea Stew

A deliciously light and satisfying dish, Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew only takes 30 minutes to prepare! Expect an explosion of flavor in every spoonful! 

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One Pot Rice and Ground Beef

You won’t believe how easy and delicious these Instant Pot Shredded Chicken Tacos are! They only take 5 ingredients to make a flavorful, tender shred of chicken that’s full Mexican flavor.

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One Pot Meal – Sauerkraut and Sausage

Comforting one-pot sauerkraut and sausage with rice – an easy one-pan meal that’s warm, comforting and a family favorite! 

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Kitchen Sink Soup

When I am exhausted and have NO time to prep dinner, this is one of the easy-peasy soups I make for my family. And every time, they LOVE it and wish I would make it more often.

This Taco Tater Tot Casserole

is the best of both worlds: perfectly spicy and homey while being a healthier version of the more classic casserole. It’s also a one-pot dinner recipe, making it low on fuss and clean-up. Kids and adults alike love this casserole. Add it to your menu this week!

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Easy One Pot Busy Day Soup

An easy soup recipe your family will love! It’s quick to make and takes little effort. Perfect for those busy weeknights. 

Prawn Pulao Recipe

A simple, light, 30-minute super delicious one-pot prawn pulao prepared with basic pantry staples.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The aroma of this soup is mouthwatering and will have you coming back for seconds! Ready in 30 minutes, it’s the perfect meal when the weather calls for a cozy bowl of soup.

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Mexican Rice skillet Dinner

Give your family a fun and easy way to shake up Taco Night with this Mexican Rice Skillet Dinner! So simple (with mostly hands-off cooking time). Tex-Mex flavors will be coming out in full force as you enjoy one pot dinner made from scratch using fresh ingredients that are sure not only pack some punch but also keep things light at heart – even if there is plenty going on around us these days, right?!

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One Pot Taco Beef and Rice

Change up your Taco Tuesday this week with our One Pot Taco Beef and Rice. A taco skillet recipe that’s quick, easy and delicious will soon become a family favorite taco alternative. With all the flavors of a taco, you can eat this easy taco rice recipe on it’s own or in taco shells. 

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Keto Zuppa Toscana Soup

This comforting keto Zuppa Toscana soup is perfect for a cold day or as an appetizer when you want something healthy and flavorful. The addition of cauliflower instead potato gives the dish its unique flavor and keeps it low carb.

One Pot Gumbo

A traditional gumbo recipe takes hours to cook. Who wants to wait that long when you’re desperately craving a hearty bowl of spicy gumbo? Fear not! The wait is now over with this quick and simple version.

Beef and Quinoa Chili

Chilies are a true comfort dish and this one-pot beef and quinoa chili does not disappoint. It is full of goodness and the fact that it is all made in one pot is a bonus. 

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

This healthy one pot recipe is easy, quick and delicious. It’s packed with veggies so it can be customized to suit any diet or preferences!

It’s definitely not a new concept, but one pot dinners are still one of my favorite ways to cook.

So if you’re looking for an easy, healthy, and delicious dinner idea that won’t have you cleaning up dishes until the wee hours of the night, look no further than these one-pot meals. From chicken and rice to pasta to chili, we’ve got a dish for everyone in this roundup. What’s your favorite way to cook a one pot meal? Let me know in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to add to my rotation.

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