60 Easy Dinner Ideas – Dinner Recipes to Try Tonight


Parker Feierbach

You don’t have to drop major dough to make something delicious for dinner—save money by choosing cheaper proteins like chicken, ground beef, and tilapia, or go vegetarian with bean-based meals. Whatever your style, these delish meals will please your entire fam without breaking the bank. Need more easy eats? Try these easy weeknight dinners and slow-cooker chicken dinners.

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Sometimes things go viral because they’re really, really delicious.

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One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi

When everything cooks together everyone wins.

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Classic Stuffed Peppers

Rice, ground beef, and cheese never tasted so good.

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That parmesan coating really gives it an extra oomph.

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With only 5 ingredients these black bean tostadas are the easiest and fastest meal to throw together.

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Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon

Say hello to your new favorite salmon dish!

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Bucatini’s extra thickness gives it a better bite and holds up to a rich tomato sauce.

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Copycat Chicken Lettuce Wraps

You’ve had it at PF Chang’s. You can make it even better at home.

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Homemade Crunchwrap Supreme

Okay, it’s not a T.Bell price, but it’s still pretty darn cheap to make.

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BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes

The smoked Gouda is KEY.

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Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Chicken Thighs

Butter makes everything better—especially when it’s mixed with lemon zest, thyme, and oregano, then slathered on baked chicken.

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12

Shrimp & Snow Pea Stir Fry

Allowing the shrimp some time to marinate adds an extra layer of flavor to really make those five ingredients stretch.

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13

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn’t authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling.

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This amazing dinner hack brings us back to college. Have fun customizing the noodles with your favorite veggies and toppings.

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The coconut milk and spice go so well together, making a rich, but not heavy, sauce that really tastes and feels far more complicated than it is.

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Fried remains the best thing to do with leftover rice.

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Kung Pao Chicken Meatballs

These chicken meatballs have a kick from a traditional kung pao sauce that gets most of its heat from dried red chilis, which you can always cut back on.

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The almost sweet acidity of the lemon pairs up perfectly with the toasty and pungent flavor of the garlic, and both are enhanced by the rich fattiness of the butter. No dish lets these flavors shine more than Shrimp Scampi.

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Garlicky Roasted Cauliflower Pasta

Add more veggies to your life.

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We updated a fast food favorite to be totally vegan and completely irresistible.

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This hearty Japanese dinner comes complete with crispy sesame-panko-crusted tofu, tender vegetables, and a rich and flavorful curry sauce.

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We’re obsessed with tuscan butter everything, but this gnocchi bake gets a special mention for being SO easy to make.

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Skillet Lemon-Herb Chicken and Potatoes

Quick-cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts stay moist and tender thanks to pan-roasting and a tangy lemon-butter sauce.

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If a bowl of creamy, earthy, umami-rich pasta sounds good to you, give this flexible recipe a go. It tastes great with any variety of mushrooms, and is easily adapted with alternate alliums, herbs, nuts, pasta shapes, and hard cheeses.

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Balsamic Glazed Chicken

All you need is 10 ingredients and an hour—need we say more?

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Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp

This garlic lovers’ spin on scampi was made famous by Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck on Oahu.

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Add ’em to hero rolls or eat them over rice for a full meal.

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Minimal prep and minimal cook time means these can be on your dining room table fast.

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Nothing beats a heaping helping of extra cheesy spaghetti.

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One of the best chicken marinades ever?

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Pro tip: Chicken thighs almost always cost less than breasts. Plus, the flavor from the crispy skin is unbeatable.

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Baked Penne Alla Vodka with Turkey

There is nothing quite as comforting as a baked pasta dish. The sides get a little crispy and topping of melty cheese is to die for.

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The earthy, sweet pumpkin (or kabocha squash) is the perfect base for a spicy, Thai-inspired coconut curry.

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Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand, because this sauce is killer.

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The good news: You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already.

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Turkey casserole is a great way to use up some leftover turkey and veggies.

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We like sirloin because it’s budget-friendly. Flank or skirt steak work too!

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Best served over a GIANT bowl of spaghetti.

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Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

The easiest way to make the most comforting meal.

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Put that air fryer to good use!

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Crock Pot Pepper Steak

Sometimes, even stir frying is too much effort. Enter this Crock Pot Pepper Steak recipe.

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43

Crockpot White Chicken Chili

This slow-cooker white chicken chili couldn’t be easier, and we love the texture it takes on once the beans are partially mashed.

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44

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Pretzel Chicken

The chicken nuggets you didn’t know you needed.

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45

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This chicken soup is the easiest way to warm up.

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The ultimate comfort food—that’s actually a breeze to make.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

Not mad at all about how easy these are.

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This dish will transport you straight to the French quarter.

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With six servings, you can eat this comforting soup all week.

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Sesame-Seed Crusted Chicken Parm

On the road to chicken parm perfection, we take two unexpected turns and take a classic dish to the next level.

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51

Italian Chicken Skewers

Face it, food is just more fun on a stick.

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Meet winter’s version of Taco Tuesday.

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Who knew falafel was so easy to make at home?

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Cheesy Ravioli Lasagna

Really sells the argument “two is better than one.”

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Kick it up with a zesty (and cheesy) chili.

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Cheap, healthier, and easy to make. What more could you want?

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Instant Pot Chicken & Rice

Faster than take out.

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58

Chicken ‘n Waffles Casserole

Of course waffles belong on the dinner table.

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These will transport you straight to southern California.

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Apple Cider Glazed Chicken

The perfect chicken recipe for fall.

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