85 Best Easy Dinner Ideas


Looking to switch up your meal rotation (and possibly save a little on your grocery bill)? These quick and easy dinner ideas will feed a family of four—or feed two with tomorrow’s lunch all worked out. Plus, every recipe comes together in 30 minutes or less, so you can go from “what’s in the fridge” to ringing the dinner bell faster than delivery. From classic dishes to healthy updates, you’ll find plenty of family-friendly dinner ideas to satisfy even the pickiest little ones and seasonal recipes too.

What’s YOUR favorite easy dinner? Tell us in the comments, below!

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Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup

If you’re looking for ways to make chicken a little less boring, put this recipe in your pocket. The classic creamy, savory sauce is easy to make and so good you’ll want to drizzle it over everything.

Get the recipe for Chicken Marsala.

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Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry

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Spring Pasta with Salmon, Peas, and Dill

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Homemade Chinese-Style Orange Chicken

Keep this endlessly adaptable recipe in your back pocket for the next time you have leftover rice in the fridge. It’s delicious. It’s easy. And there’s just 20 minutes between you and big comforting bowl of it.

Get the recipe for Fried Rice.

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30-Minute Beef Stroganoff

Other versions of this classic Eastern European comfort food can take hours to put together. This one can beat your go-to delivery app to the table, and it’s yummy enough that the kids’ll lick their plates clean.

Get the recipe for Beef Stroganoff.

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A Smarter Chicken Quesadilla

This fast and flavorful dinner uses a neat technique: cooking the ingredients in a thick sauce, so they’re less likely to fall out from between the tortillas. It’s tasty and clever!

Get the recipe for Chicken Quesadilla.

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Lemon Butter Broiled Salmon with Bibb Salad

It’s easy to keep nearly everything you need to make this classic comfort-food dish in the pantry or freezer, making it both delicious and easy. What else could you want?

Get the recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole.

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Easy Peasy Fettuccini Alfredo

Though it’s perfect for picnics, this easy dish also makes a great light summer dinner. It comes together in 20 minutes and tastes delicious warm or cold.

Get the recipe for Caprese Pasta Salad.

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Crispy Pan-Seared Salmon with Broiled Broccolini and Capers

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Teriyaki Salmon with Crispy Roasted Broccoli

If you’ve got a little extra time, however, a sauce can add tons of flavor, and it doesn’t need to be complicated. Case in point: this honey teriyaki sauce.

Get the recipe for Teriyaki Salmon.

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Ground Chicken Pad Thai

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Tex Mex Chicken Meatballs

Looking for an easy Tex Mex meal? Try making these delicious ground chicken meatballs, which are packed with flavor from spices and mild Hatch chiles. They make an excellent light taco salad-style dinner.

Get the recipe for Tex-Mex Chicken Meatballs.

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Salmon in Foil with Vegetables

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs

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Veggie and Bean Burritos

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Swedish Meatballs with Chicken

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Salsa Verde Enchilada Pie

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Sesame Chicken Meatballs

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Chicken Kiev Meatballs

Stuffed with butter and herbs, traditional Chicken Kiev is a miracle of flavor. We’ve turned the same idea into a fun, 15-minute meatball—ideal for switching up your dinner rotation.

Get the recipe for Chicken Kiev Meatballs.

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Chicken Thighs with White Beans and Escarole

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Pear, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula

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Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes

The kids will come running when you serve up this fast version of a perennial favorite. Ground turkey or chicken replaces the usual ground beef, and a fresh cucumber onion relish tops it all off!

Get the recipe for Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes.

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Cucumber-Salmon Panzanella

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Super Fast Scampi-Style Air Fryer Shrimp

Steak is one of those dinners that manages to be both easy and decadent. Prepared in the air fryer—faster than the oven, far less messy than a frying pan—it’s even easier.

Get the recipe for Air Fryer Steak.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

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Easy Marinated Air Fryer Salmon

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Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Pine Nut Gremolata

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Herbes de Provence Shrimp with Basil and Pea Couscous

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Rosemary

Your whole family will fall in love with these crispy chicken thighs (emphasis on “crispy”). Garlic and rosemary make them as aromatic as they are delicious. Serve with a fresh salad for an extra touch of green.

Get the recipe for Crispy Chicken Thighs.

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Hot Dogs with Quick Cast Iron Beans

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Strip Steak with Lemon Mashed Potatoes

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Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie

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Skillet Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

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Chipotle Chicken Fajitas

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Blackened Chicken with Fennel Slaw

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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Seared Chicken

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Sloppy Joes with Pickled Okra Slaw

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Jerk Chicken and Mango Lettuce Cups

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Roasted Parmesan Chicken and Tomatoes

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Crispy Chicken with Roasted Carrots and Couscous

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Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Potatoes and Peas

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Italian Potato Wedge Nachos

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Butternut Squash and Chicken Chili

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Dijon-Smothered Chicken Legs with Broccolini

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Grilled Spiced Chicken Skewers with Cucumber Salad

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Sugar Snap, Orange, and Teriyaki Stir-Fry

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Pierogies with Sausage, Cabbage & Pear

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Thai Noodle Soup with Shrimp & Pumpkin

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Grilled Pesto Chicken with Summer Squash

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BBQ Drumsticks with Edamame Succotash

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Pasta with Sautéed Peppers, Zucchini, and Smoked Mozzarella

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Chicken and Arugula Cacio e Pepe

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Summer Vegetable, Chicken, and Gnocchi Soup

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Bucatini with Winter Pesto and Sweet Potatoes

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Turkey Meatballs over Zucchini Noodles

Risotto makes for not-too-leftover-y leftovers because you can serve it in patty form the next go-round. Fry in oil or butter for a few minutes for a delicious turn of events.

Get the recipe for Corn-and-Ham Risotto.

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Skillet Chicken and Spring Vegetables

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Grilled Chicken-and-Strawberry Cobb Salad

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Bass Packets with Tomato, Corn, Chickpeas, and Olives

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Grilled Cumin-Rubbed Hanger Steak with Smashed Minty Peas

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Gingery Snap Pea Slaw with Seared Salmon

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Pancetta-and-Brussels Sprouts Linguini

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Seared Grouper with Corn, Zucchini, and Tomato Sauté

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Herb-Garlic Crusted Flank Steak with Pan-Roasted Grapes

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Salsa Verde

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Crunchy Carrot, Pea, and Chicken Salad

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Steak and Potato Salad

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Creamy Chicken-and-Broccoli Pesto Bow Ties

Use quick-cooking ramen and store-bought chicken broth to get this hearty rendition of the Chinese-restaurant classic on the table in a jiffy. Fortune cookies optional.

Get the recipe for Egg-Drop Noodle Soup.

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Grilled Sea Bass with Green Tomato Salsa

Quick and easy pasta begins with basic ingredients, such as mushrooms, onions, and red peppers. An egg yolk is tossed with the ingredients and heated through before serving to glaze the paste in rich, creamy flavor. Finish with a sprinkle of a fragrant, nutty cheese.

Get the recipe for Easy Pantry Pasta.

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