As you help the kids with their homework, unload grocery bags and (attempt to) catch up with your spouse on the details of the day, it seems like there’s hardly any time to prepare just one component of a dish, let alone all of the elements needed for a complete meal. That’s where Sunny Anderson’s “one-pan plan” comes in. On this morning’s all-new episode of The Kitchen, she introduced a fuss-free recipe that allows you to make all of the key parts of dinner — a protein, a starch and vegetables — in a single pan, which surely saves time and stress in the kitchen.
The secret to Sunny’s strategy is working in batches. For her Easy Braised Tomato Chicken and Spinach with Fettuccine (pictured above), she starts by browning chicken thighs so they turn out moist and juicy, then she builds flavor in the sauce with charred cherry tomatoes, salty olives and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Sunny skips dirtying a separate pan by cooking the fresh fettuccine, which naturally cooks more quickly than dried noodles, with the spinach right in the liquid of the sauce — guaranteeing this dinner can be on the table in only one hour. For an extra punch of flavor, she serves the dish with a squeeze of lemon for welcome freshness.