30-Minute Meal Recipes

Need dinner quick? Find fast and easy pastas, chicken dishes, stir fry, and more.

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Quick Chicken Piccata

Rating: 4.71 stars
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These quick and easy pan-fried chicken breasts are topped with a simple pan sauce made with capers, butter, white wine, and lemon juice.

Last Minute Chicken Dinner

Rating: 3.93 stars
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This is great for those crazy days when you lose track of time. It's a wonderful, one pot meal in under 30 minutes.

Thirty Minute Chili

Rating: 4 stars
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This is a great recipe for a quick four ingredient chili for those cold nights when the kids have hockey or any sport and you have to run around! Of course, adding cheese and onions if you have time will enhance this meal, as will saltine crackers. Enjoy!

To Die For Fettuccine Alfredo

Rating: 4.61 stars
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This is a recipe that I created by modifying my mother's recipe. My boyfriend is a fettuccine Alfredo connoisseur and he scrapes the pan every time! I get nothing but rave reviews when I make this dish. I must warn you, this recipe is not for the health conscious. Enjoy!

Ten Minute Szechuan Chicken

Rating: 4.22 stars
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A simple, quick recipe for Szechuan-style chicken with basic ingredients. This is usually served over white rice.

Acapulco Chicken

Rating: 4.19 stars
395
Easy, fast, healthy and delicious! This perfect weeknight dish takes less than 30 minutes, so it's a regular in our house. You can vary the heat by the kind and amount of chili powder and hot peppers you use. Serve over hot cooked rice, if desired.

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Rating: 4.24 stars
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Easy to make. Reheats well. Very good, this is a favorite in our house. Total preparation time is 30 minutes!

Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Rating: 4.25 stars
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Quick, easy, and tasty way to prepare pork chops inside or outside. Just skip skillet if using grill.

Easy Garlic-Lemon Scallops

Rating: 4.6 stars
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Scallops sauteed in butter and garlic will melt in your mouth. Lemon juice gives it a nice kick.

Drunken Mussels

Rating: 4.49 stars
245
This seriously delicious drunken mussels recipe is one of the quickest shellfish preparations known to man. Bring a flavorful, wine-based broth to a boil, add mussels and cover; cook until they open, and eat. That's it!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.73 stars
111
Tasty, quick, chicken thighs, with juicy meat and a crispy skin; you will love this chicken that is ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Rating: 4.48 stars
357
This is an easy, inexpensive, white clam sauce. Try it over any kind of pasta; lemon pepper linguine is especially tasty. Extend the sauce for larger portions by adding in one half cup of chicken broth.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Quick and Easy Chicken Piquant
Rating: Unrated
80
"Good recipe and very easy to cook. Next time I'm going to use breadcrumbs with more seasoning. Otherwise, it was delicious!" – collegebaker2014
Grilled Cod with Spinach and Tomatoes
Rating: Unrated
95
A foil packet of cod with spinach, diced tomato, mozzarella, and seasonings makes a quick and easy weeknight meal that's ready in 20 minutes.