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Quick Dinner Recipes

Whether you're on the go or just want to spend less time in the kitchen, we've got you covered with these quick dinner recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less!

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The first time I made these beef fajitas, my family couldn't get enough. The next time I had to make a double batch so everyone had enough. This is a favorite evening meal for me because it fixes up quick. It would be a good one for entertaining, too—the avocados add a nice dash of color. —Marla Brenneman, Goshen, Indiana
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Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

Flavorful Chicken Fajitas

This chicken fajita recipe is definitely on my weeknight dinner rotation. The marinated chicken in these popular wraps is mouthwatering. They go together in a snap and always get raves! —Julie Sterchi, Jackson, Missouri

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

This shrimp scampi recipe looks like you fussed, but it’s easy to prepare. Lemon and herbs enhance the shrimp, and bread crumbs add a pleasing crunch. Served over pasta, this main dish is pretty enough for company. —Lori Packer, Omaha, Nebraska

Smothered Chicken Breasts

Smothered Chicken Breasts

Smothered Chicken Breasts

After trying this delicious chicken dish in a restaurant, I decided to recreate it at home. Topped with bacon, caramelized onions and zippy shredded cheese, it comes together in no time with ingredients I usually have on hand. Plus, it cooks in one skillet, so it’s a cinch to clean up! —Brenda Carpenter, Warrensburg, Missouri
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Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I got this grilled chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California

Dijon-Crusted Fish

Dijon-Crusted Fish

Dijon-Crusted Fish

Dijon, Parmesan and a hint of horseradish give this toasty fish from Scott Schmidtke of Chicago, Illinois lots of flavor. The preparation is so easy, it takes just 5 to 7 minutes to get 4 servings ready for the oven. —Scott Schmidtke, Chicago, Illinois

Red Pepper & Parmesan Tilapia

Red Pepper & Parmesan Tilapia

Red Pepper & Parmesan Tilapia

My husband and I are always looking for light fish recipes because of their health benefits. This one's a hit with him, and we've tried it at dinner parties, too. It's a staple! —Michelle Martin, Durham, North Carolina

Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Tortellini with Tomato-Cream Sauce

Put freezer and pantry staples to mouthwatering use in this warm and satisfying meatless meal. —Barbra Stanger, West Jordan, Utah

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

There's nothing like fresh salmon, and my mom bakes it just right so it nearly melts in your mouth. The sour cream sauce is subtly seasoned with dill and horseradish so that it doesn't overpower the delicate salmon flavor. —Susan Emery, Everett, Washington

Sweet Barbecued Pork Chops

Sweet Barbecued Pork Chops

Sweet Barbecued Pork Chops

I often prepare a double recipe of these tangy chops, then freeze half to keep on hand. They're so easy and taste so fresh, family and friends never guess this quick entree was frozen! —Susan Holderman, Fostoria, Ohio

Seasoned Tilapia Fillets

Seasoned Tilapia Fillets

Seasoned Tilapia Fillets

If you need a healthy, keep-it-simple solution to dinner tonight, you just found it. This restaurant-quality dish relys on everyday spices to deliver big flavor. —Dana Alexander, Lebanon, Missouri

Italian Sausage with Bow Ties

Italian Sausage with Bow Ties

Italian Sausage with Bow Ties

We often have our favorite pasta when company comes over, and I’ve shared the recipe several times. Now many of my friends make it for their families, too. —Janelle Moore, Auburn, Washington

Chicken in Basil Cream

Chicken in Basil Cream

Chicken in Basil Cream

When I first read this recipe, I thought it looked difficult. But because I had all the ingredients readily at hand, I gave it a try. Am I glad I did! Not only it is simple to prepare, it tastes. —Judy Baker Craig, Colorado

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

Sweet 'n' Spicy Chicken

My husband and three children love this tender chicken that has a spicy sauce. Peach preserves add just a touch of sweetness, while taco seasoning and salsa give this dish some kick. This entree can be made even zippier yet by adding more taco seasoning and using spicier salsa. —Sheri White, Higley, Arizona

Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

Pop these protein-packed salmon fillets in the oven before whipping up a sweet basting sauce. This tangy entree cooks up in minutes making it a perfect meal for busy families and unexpected weekend guests. —Debra Martin, Belleville, Michigan
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