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Easy Dinner Recipes to Make in 20 Minutes or Less!

Get dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less with our 35 easy dinner recipes for chicken, fish, beef, pasta, pork and meatless meals.

Pesto Pasta Toss

You’ll only need six ingredients — and 20 minutes — to whip up this pasta dish. Use chopped leftover cooked turkey, chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, and whatever kind of pasta you have on hand.

Pesto Pasta Toss

Potato-Topped Beef Bowl

Also known as shepherd's pie, this comfort-food dish includes beef, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese.

Start to finish: 19 minutes

Potato-Topped Beef Bowl

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce with Garlic-Basil Toast

Kalamata olives add flavor to the homemade tomato sauce in this vegetarian pasta meal.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Linguine in Fresh Tomato Sauce With Garlic-Basil Toast

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Fresh tomatillos and jicama add authentic tartness and crunch to this made-in-minutes dinner. You can find both veggies at large supermarkets or Latin groceries.

Chicken Tacos with Avocado Salsa and Ranch Taco Sauce

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Bottled black bean and corn salsa spices up these quesadillas, ready in just 20 minutes. 

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Salmon-Potato Cakes

Bring a new flavor to salmon with our quick-cooking fish-and-potato cakes. Serve the cakes on a bed of lettuce with honey-Dijon salad dressing on the side.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Salmon-Potato Cakes

Pork Chops Primavera

Soy sauce and apple butter lend their salty and sweet flavors to pork chops, green beans and tomatoes in this quick meal.

Start to finish: 18 minutes

Pork Chops Primavera

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Peas, pesto, lemon zest and toasted hazelnuts add fresh flavor to ravioli.

Ravioli with Peas and Lemon Pesto

Tortellini with Chicken and Cheese

Packaged ingredients ease prep. Substitute leftover chicken (or any leftover cooked meat) for the frozen chopped cooked chicken breast, if you like.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Tortellini with Chicken and Cheese

Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff

This vegetarian twist on a classic Italian recipe calls for a creamy mushroom sauce atop egg noodles.

Start to finish: 18 minutes

Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff

Pesto Pasta Toss

You’ll only need six ingredients — and 20 minutes — to whip up this pasta dish. Use chopped leftover cooked turkey, chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, and whatever kind of pasta you have on hand.

Pesto Pasta Toss

Fish Tostadas with Chili-Lime Cream

Top crunchy tostadas with broiled tilapia fillets, veggies and a zesty chili-lime cream.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Fish Tostadas with Chili-Lime Cream

Greek Chicken Salad

Toss together deli-roasted chicken, a package of spring mix salad greens, chopped veggies and bottled Greek salad dressing for a main-dish salad. Leftovers? Tuck them into a pita for lunch the next day.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Greek Chicken Salad

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Top pita rounds with Southwest-flavor chicken strips, blue cheese dressing, celery and bottled hot pepper sauce for the flavor of your favorite wings.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Buffalo Chicken Pizzas

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

This unusual recipe combines orange marmalade and soy sauce to make a sweet-and-salty dressing for chicken, cabbage and crunchy ramen noodles. Serve the mixture over a bed of fresh spinach for a nutrient-packed meal.

Orange Chicken Coleslaw Salad

Mediterranean-Style Snapper

Cook fresh snapper fillets or other firm-flesh white fish with an easy tomato-olive mixture and crumbled feta cheese. Serve with rice, pasta or couscous.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Mediterranean-Style Snapper

Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears & Blue Cheese

Season turkey tenderloins with a sage rub then top with grilled spinach, juicy pear slices and blue cheese crumbles.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears & Blue Cheese

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Maple syrup provides a sweet coating to skillet-cooked chicken. Heat refrigerated mashed sweet potatoes for the side dish.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Mexican Chicken Salad

A tiny bit of taco seasoning mix packs big flavor in this south-of-the-border twist on traditional chicken salad. Try it in a tortilla wrap with crisp romaine lettuce.

Mexican Chicken Salad

Beef and Blue Pizza

Red onion, blue cheese, thinly sliced roast beef and chopped sweet pepper top a premade pizza crust for a fast weeknight dinner.

Start to finish: 18 minutes

Beef and Blue Pizza

Sausage and Orzo

Toss together cooked sausage, orzo, zucchini, green onions and sweet peppers for a one-pot meal. Heat up any leftovers for lunch the next day!

Start to finish:16 minutes

Sausage and Orzo

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Jazz up classic macaroni and cheese with parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, chicken and broccoli.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Chicken-Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Cuban Sandwiches

We traded the traditional roast pork for rotisserie chicken, but kept the signature Cuban flavors—mustard, onion and pickles.

Chicken Cuban Sandwiches

Easy Potato Soup

This quick and easy recipe, from a Halstad, Minnesota, farming family, features just five ingredients.

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Easy Potato Soup

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Use a wok or skillet to stir-fry sirloin steak strips and broccoli. Combine with salad greens, chopped sweet pepper and bottled ginger vinaigrette salad dressing to complete the meal.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Gingered Beef & Broccoli Salad Bowl

Saucy Shrimp and Vegetables

Zesty chili-garlic sauce, honey and orange juice flavor the shrimp, broccoli, carrots and tomatoes in this easy weeknight dinner.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Saucy Shrimp and Vegetables

Basic Chicken Salad

We call this chicken salad "basic," but thanks to lemon juice and fresh green onion and parsley, it's anything but boring. 

Basic Chicken Salad

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turn leftover turkey (or chicken) into soup by adding pantry staples, such as salsa, chicken broth and tortilla chips.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Turkey Tortilla Soup

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Top fettuccine with skillet-cooked salmon, fresh baby spinach, roasted sweet peppers and reduced-calorie dressing for a speedy meal.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Mediterranean Salmon & Noodle Bowl

Chicken Banh Mi

Layer rotisserie chicken with crisp veggies, mayo and zippy sesame dressing on a soft roll for this easy version of the popular Vietnamese sandwich.

Chicken Banh Mi

Chicken and Corn Pizza

A mixture of Parmesan and ricotta cheeses bakes on a store-bought crust. Top it with corn, chicken, sweet pepper, lemon peel, goat cheese and herbs in this creative recipe.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Chicken and Corn Pizza

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Crushed tortilla chips, stirred into the chili's base, give this dish a lusciously creamy texture.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

Team basil-seasoned chicken breasts with fresh zucchini and seasoned orzo for a fast and flavorful dinner.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Herbed Chicken, Orzo and Zucchini

Chicken Chutney Salad

Jarred mango chutney and raisins add sweetness and mild spice to this chicken salad; trading the usual mayonnaise for yogurt makes it healthier.

Chicken Chutney Salad

Fast Chicken and Rice

For this super-fast skillet meal, combine chicken, cooked brown or white rice, peas, almonds and bottled stir-fry sauce.

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Fast Chicken and Rice

Sausage-Fruit Kabobs

Brush sliced zucchini, apple and sausage with an easy-to-make honey-mustard glaze before cooking. Serve with a skewer of toasted bread pieces.

Sausage-Fruit Kabobs

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