Our 15 Best No-Fuss Recipes of 2020

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika . Photo: LauraF

Maximum flavor with minimal effort is the name of the game with these top-rated, new recipes. Reviewers raved about these dishes all year long — ranging from sweet, garlicky chicken thighs to air fryer popcorn to black bean chilaquiles. Each one illustrates that a beautifully presented and genuinely delicious meal is possible without the fuss. Here's our top 15 easy new recipes of 2020.

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Garlic-Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs

boneless chicken thighs with brown sugar and herb glaze

A succulent chicken thigh recipe with sweet, garlicky drippings to pour over the finished product. Stumped on what to make for dinner? Here's your answer.

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Two-Ingredient Naan

pieces of naan bread stacked on dark wood surface

While this isn't a traditional naan recipe, it is thick, chewy, and ready in under 30 minutes. All you'll need is self-rising flour and Greek yogurt.

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French Onion-Breaded Baked Chicken

French Onion-Breaded Baked Chicken
French Onion-Breaded Baked Chicken | Photo by France C.

Get ready for the crowd to go wild when you serve this decadent dish. Bread crumbs, mayonnaise, and rich garlic paste coat tender chicken breasts for a satisfying finish.

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Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole

cinnamon roll french toast served with cantaloupe

"This recipe is so easy," says home cook Denise Nakon. "I didn't have the maple extract, so I drizzled a tiny bit of maple syrup on top right before eating it. I'll keep making this!"

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Weeknight Mexican Chicken Lasagna

Mexican lasagna

A southwestern-inspired layered pasta dish that will blow your tastebuds away. Enjoy every bite of cheesy tortillas stacked with refried beans, corn, and salsa roja.

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Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika
Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika. LauraF

The earthen, smoky taste of this cauliflower recipe is top-notch and was a winner with home cooks this year. Serve it as a main or a side and experience this one-of-a-kind flavor for yourself.

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Garlic-Parmesan Shrimp

garlic parmesan shrimp
Kim's Cooking Now

"I 'd be a fool not to keep this recipe in my repertoire," says RusoJap. "The perfect shrimp recipe for a surf and turf alongside a thick, beautiful steak!"

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Creamy Cannellini Soup

white bean soup

Use your Instant Pot to create a luscious white bean soup that acts a delicious starter. Dive into this delectable blend of sausage, fennel, cannellini beans, and truffle salt.

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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

a white plate holding a serving of casserole garnished with a parsley sprig
France C

Pairing broccoli and cheese is always a good idea, and adding chicken is an even better one. Pair this scrumptious casserole with rice or enjoy it as is.

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Air Fryer Hard-Boiled Eggs

hard boiled eggs

A simple but significant air fryer recipe that makes boiling eggs easy. Just place eggs in the air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes and breakfast is served.

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Ranch Taco Soup

taco soup
Soup Loving Nicole

"When I made this soup, I realized that it tasted exactly like Wendy's chili, which I was not going for or expecting, but everyone loved it!" says Milly Guzzo.

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Quick Black Bean Chilaquiles

Quick Black Bean Chilaquiles
Matthew Francis

Unmatched flavor in just 30 minutes. Top tortilla chips with queso fresco, avocado, chipotle salsa, and black beans for a tasty, brunch-friendly meal.

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Garlic-Butter Roasted Mushrooms

garlic butter roasted mushrooms
France C

"Transform bland mushrooms into a flavorful side dish to accompany your favorite protein, " says recipe creator France C. Pair with steak or pork tenderloin for a complete, mouthwatering meal.

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Mexican tortilla rolls
Tara K Farley

This incredibly easy dish wows as an appetizer or a midnight snack. Spread cheeses, picante sauce, chiles, and taco sauce across flour tortillas and roll up for a spicy treat any time.

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Instant Pot Popcorn

Instant Pot Popcorn
Soup Loving Nicole

Make your couch a movie theater and get things popping with this family-friendly treat. Just add coconut oil and salt to your kernels for a classic snack. Feel free to experiment with other flavors like ranch or chili powder to personalize your popcorn.

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