16 brilliant oven-baked dinner recipes & ideas

When times get busy, routine can take a backseat and meal planning can go out the window. So to help, we’ve pulled together 16 delicious yet simple oven-baked dinners to see you through the hectic days.

These oven recipes are quick and easy to put together, and best of all, there’s hardly any washing up at the end of it – winner! From decadent mac ‘n’ cheese to healthy chicken bakes, here are some of our favourite traybake dishes and oven-baked dinner recipes that both taste delicious and require minimum effort. 

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Packed with flavour and spice, this super-easy traybake also contains three of your 5-a-day. Simply whack it all together then leave the oven to do the hard work.

After a quick sizzle on the hob, transfer to the oven and let it do all the hard work. The chicken will go tender and juicy, while onion marmalade adds a sweet, sticky flavour that’ll have you reaching for seconds. We’ve gone down the even easier route of using jalfrezi curry paste for the spice to really make this a one-tray wonder.

Not only does this dish look like a work of art, it tastes incredible, too. Combining fresh, Mediterranean flavours, expect bursts of pesto and tapenade among rice and summer veg in this wonderful one-pan recipe. You can easily swap the veg for whatever is in season, just very finely slice it so it cooks to perfection under the grill.

Once you’ve made this once you’ll make it time and time again. It’s the fresh, simple ingredients and ease of one-pan, oven cooking that’ll do that to you! This salmon recipe uses flavours from the Mediterranean like olives, basil, lemon and cherry tomatoes that are simply divine. Served with a fiery mustard and yoghurt dressing, this traybake will become an oven-baked dinner staple.

Tuna pasta bake will always be a firm family favourite. Flaky tuna, penne pasta, basil and a simple tomato sauce topped with a layer of melted cheese – Kerryann Dunlop shows how you can easily feed a family of six by throwing these humble ingredients together.

Six ingredients are all you need to make this absolutely delicious one-pan veggie traybake. This isn’t your average quiche, as it’s made using puff pastry instead of the traditional shortcrust, plus you can make it your own by swapping out the broccoli and courgette for your favourite vegetables, or whatever you already have to hand. Prepped in 5 minutes and ready in 40, it couldn’t be easier to get on the table.


What could be better than a bubbling, hearty fish pie for a midweek dinner? Here, Donal Skehan brings together tasty chunks of smoked fish and creamy sauce, topped with crisp, cheesy potatoes and crunchy breadcrumbs. Delicious!

Ditch the readymade sort and make your own barbecued baked beans instead. DJ BBQ is here to show you how. Served up with Vitamin C-rich sweet potatoes, cheesy croutons and a drizzle of yoghurt, this is a great meat-free meal for the whole family.

The smokey, peppery flavour of harissa goes so well with cauliflower, so if you’re a fan of spice then you’ve got to give this a try. Cook with sweet peppers and juicy tomatoes so all the veg soaks up the fabulous flavours and serve alongside fluffy couscous with a generous dollop of mint yoghurt on top for added freshness. 

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Oozing with four different cheeses, this pasta bake from Gennaro Contaldo is pretty indulgent, but makes a delicious family treat every now and again.


A real one-tray-wonder, Jamie’s flavour-packed sausage traybake is hard to beat. Simply bake in the oven for one hour, then serve up with some crusty wholemeal bread and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.


Kerryann shows you how to make another simple classic and the perfect comfort food – mac ‘n’ cheese.


With spicy chicken, chorizo and bacon slowly cooked with peppers, celery and chunks of sweet potato, this one-pot dish from DJ BBQ is not to be messed with!


For this succulent bake, Donal stuffs chicken breasts with a spinach and cheesy breadcrumb filling, wraps them in mouth-watering prosciutto and serves with a rich mushroom sauce.

This is the easiest chicken traybake recipe using ingredients you’ll find in any local supermarket. Plus, it’s one of our favourite budget-friendly recipes to have up our sleeve. Using thyme, paprika and 4 garlic cloves, don’t skip the balsamic vinegar as this is what really takes the flavour to the next level. Watch Kerryann cook it up here.

Al forno is how people in Italy describe food that’s been oven-baked, and while this isn’t an obvious Italian recipe, you can certainly count on it to deliver on the flavour front

For more quick and easy one-pan ideas, check out these recipes.