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Be the weeknight dinner hero with this extensive list of quick dinner ideas. There is plenty of variety to make every night deliciously successful, and hassle-free!

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A collage of quick dinner recipes.

We Love Easy Meals!

Soups, salads, and sandwiches are go-to quick dinner ideas in our home. It doesn’t take much to figure out why we love quick dinners:

  • Quick prep. These tasty dinners don’t take much time to put together making them perfect for busy nights.
  • Freezer meals. Most of these meals make great freezer meals! Double the recipe when you have time and save one for when you don’t.
  • Make ahead of time. Along the same lines, we love dinners that can be made in the morning and are ready when it’s time to eat (think crockpot!)
A white plate with fried chicken piled on top.

Plan Ahead

Menu planning has a lot of great benefits:

  • Prep ahead of time. When the meals are planned for the week, ingredients can be prepped ahead of time.
  • Save time and money. Instead of running to the grocery store several times a week, make a list of what you’ll need for the weekly menu, and only go once. 
  • Flexibility. Having all needed ingredients for a week of meals allows you to adjust your daily plan. If something unexpected pops up, simply switch that day’s meal with a quicker one planned for later that week.
  • Variety. Planning ahead allows for more variety and healthier eating. No more hasty trips to pick up fast food. 

Pro Tip!

Leftovers can be a lifesaver on a busy night.

Use Crock Pot Roast to make Green Chile Burritos, Beef Chili to make loaded nachos or chili dogs, or leftover BBQ Chicken on top of a salad.

Chicken tacos on black baking sheet.

Keep it quick!

These tips will help on those busy days.

  • 30 minutes or less. Collect 30-minute meal recipes to have quick options on hand. As an added tip, keep all needed pantry staples on hand for recipes you make often.
  • Chicken. Have cooked meat on hand that’s ready to throw into pasta, soup, or even enchiladas. Shredded chicken is perfect to be kept in the freezer. 
  • Freezer meals. Double the recipe and save the extras in the freezer, for later. Thaw the dish in the fridge overnight and heat it for dinner the next day! 
  • Instant pot. This is especially helpful when I forget to thaw my meat. Unlike the crock pot, you can quickly cook completely frozen meat in an instant pot.

Quick Dinner Ideas With Chicken

All are simple, all are delicious, and all of these recipes utilize chicken!! Chicken is a versatile ingredients that can take on so many tasty flavor profiles. There is no shortage of goodness here!

1 Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

Main Course Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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2 Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe

Main Course Buttermilk Fried Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

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5 from 9 votes
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3 Chicken Flautas Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Chicken Flautas Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 78 votes
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4 Chicken Tacos Recipe

Main Course Chicken Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 84 votes
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5 Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 26 votes
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6 Quesadilla Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Quesadilla Recipe
Total Time: 12 minutes

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4.96 from 306 votes
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7 Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe

Main Course Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 124 votes
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8 Huli Huli Chicken Recipe

Main Course Huli Huli Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 1 day 21 minutes

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5 from 65 votes
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9 Baked Chicken Wings Recipe

Appetizer Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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10 Popcorn Chicken Recipe

Main Course Popcorn Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 29 votes
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11 Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken and Asparagus Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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12 Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe

Main Course Lemon Pepper Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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13 Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Chicken Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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14 Fried Chicken Breast Recipe

Main Course Fried Chicken Breast Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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15 Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe

Main Course Baked BBQ Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.74 from 15 votes
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Quick Dinner Recipes With Beef and Pork

These hearty dishes feature beef and pork. They are filling, and still crazy quick! They are perfect for any night of the week.

16 Hamburger Helper Recipe

Main Course Hamburger Helper Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 56 votes
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17 Walking Tacos Recipe

Main Course Walking Tacos Recipe
Total Time: 28 minutes

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5 from 8 votes
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18 Beef Lo Mein Recipe

Main Course Beef Lo Mein Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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19 Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Main Course Ground Beef Enchiladas Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
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20 Ranch Burger Recipe

Main Course Ranch Burger Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.96 from 44 votes
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21 Easy Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Easy Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 203 votes
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22 Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Main Course Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Total Time: 20 minutes

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4.98 from 393 votes
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23 Beef and Broccoli Recipe

Main Course Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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24 Flautas

Appetizer, Main Course Flautas
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 61 votes
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25 Taco Pizza Recipe

Main Course Taco Pizza Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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26 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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27 Sloppy Joe Recipe

Main Course Sloppy Joe Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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28 Taco Pie Recipe

Main Course Taco Pie Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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29 Fajita Recipe

Main Course Fajita Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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30 Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe

Main Course Sweet and Sour Pork Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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31 Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe

Main Course Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe
Total Time: 12 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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32 Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe

Main Course Pork and Broccoli Stir Fry Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.85 from 19 votes
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33 Fried Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Fried Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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34 Teriyaki Pork Chop recipe

Main Course Teriyaki Pork Chop recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas

I love to keep a collection of easy dinner recipes that I can pull out on those days when I’m stumped, especially ones that utilize pantry staples! You’ll love these simple ideas.


Quick Dinner Ideas For Family

Feeding a family (especially a big one) can seem overwhelming at times. Casseroles and pasta recipes are always a success, but you’ll also love any of these tasty dishes.


Quick Healthy Dinner Ideas

Fast doesn’t need to mean unhealthy! These healthy options are perfect to have on hand. It will help you get dinner on the table quickly and avoid a hasty trip to pick up fast food.


Quick Chicken Dinner Ideas

All are simple, all are delicious, and all of these recipes utilize chicken!! Chicken is a versatile ingredient that can take on so many tasty flavor profiles. There is no shortage of goodness here!


Quick Dinners!

There are so many delicious meals to choose from that you can have ready in a flash! You’re sure to come back to this list again and again – which are you choosing for dinner tonight?!

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3 Comments

  1. I made walking taco for the first time and two great things happened. The Fritos, which are always left untouched in the chip box, got eaten and my kids asked me to make them again this week. I hope the other easy recipes on the list are as well received.

  2. The word caught my attention!! I am all about fast & easy!! That’s exactly what these recipes are! And, they taste so good! We’ve never been disappointed!