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35 Delicious Dinners That Cook in 10 Minutes (or Less!)

Short on time? Don't reach for the takeout menu. Instead, try one of our 10-minute meals that are cooked in a snap.

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Chicken Rice Bowl

This chicken rice bowl recipe is so easy to toss together on a busy weeknight, and I usually have the ingredients already on hand. I start sauteing the onion and pepper first, then I prepare the instant rice. If you like, top it with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese. —Tammy Daniels, Batavia, Ohio

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Avocado Crab Boats

These boats are wonderful with tortilla chips, beans or rice. You can also cover them, pack them on ice, and take them to a picnic or potluck. Straight from the oven or cold, they’re always delicious. —Frances Benthin, Scio, Oregon
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Garlic Lime Shrimp

Our son, a restaurant owner, showed me how to make this Garlic Lime Shrimp dish. I take advantage of this area's ample shrimp supply and make this special entree often. It's also tasty served over rice. —Gertraud Casbarro, Summerville, South Carolina
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Meat Loaf in a Mug

This meat loaf in a mug is a smart take on the classic with hardly any cleanup (or leftovers)! —Mrs. Ruby Matt, Garnavillo, Iowa
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Grilled Chicken Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette

When it comes to grilled chicken recipes, we love this refreshing salad in the summer. The real star here is the vinaigrette made with blueberry preserves and maple syrup. It goes great with a fresh baguette and a frosty glass of minted lemonade. —Susan Gauthier, Falmouth, Maine
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Lemon Basil Salmon

My husband came up with this easy, foil-packet recipe for flaky, fork-tender salmon. This recipe is a winner. —Marianne Bauman Modesto, CA
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Air-Fryer Bone-In Pork Chops with Rhubarb

When rhubarb starts popping up in gardens and at farmers markets, I like to prepare these quick and simple air-fryer bone-in pork chops. —Bonnie Bufford, Nicholson, Pennsylvania
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Black Bean Chicken with Rice

This spicy family favorite calls for just a few basic ingredients, including chicken, black beans and rice, so it’s quick and easy to stir up in your skillet on a weeknight. —Molly Newman, Portland, Oregon
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Chinese Pork Fried Rice

Pretty peas and crunchy carrots add color to tender meat and rice in this Chinese pork fried rice recipe. —Peggy Vaught, Glasgow, West Virginia.
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Hot Spinach Apple Salad

With a light sweet-tangy dressing, the spinach doesn’t wilt and the apples retain their crunch. We serve this salad with homemade bread. —Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois
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Spinach Shrimp Fettuccine

I experimented for a couple of years before perfecting this colorful dish, and everyone raves about it. It is easy and light, and it fits into my busy schedule. —Kristin Walker, Suffolk, Virginia
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Herbed Tuna Salad

Cooking for two is a challenge for us, since my husband and I do not care for leftovers. This well-seasoned salad with distinctive dill flavor is my favorite lunch recipe. —Rebecca Schweizer, Chesapeake, Virginia
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Honey Walleye

Our state is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, so fishing is a favorite hobby here. This recipe is my quick way to prepare all the fresh walleye hooked by the anglers in my family. —Kitty McCue, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
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Pork Fried Rice

My husband anxiously awaits the nights we have pork because he knows I'll make this special Leftover Pork Fried Rice recipe. Add a few fortune cookies to make the meal special. —Norma Reynolds, Overland Park, Kansas
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Blue Plate Beef Patties

A friend and I discovered this recipe together and both consider it a staple menu item. I fix the moist ground beef patties often for family and friends. We love them with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles and the gravy, which gets great flavor from fresh mushrooms. —Phyllis Miller, Danville, Indiana

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Salmon Grilled in Foil

Steamed in its own juices, this grilled salmon in foil is incredibly tender. Curry adds a punch of flavor that's perfectly balanced by onion and tomato. —Merideth Berkovich, The Dalles, Oregon
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Sausage and Vegetable Skillet

This hearty stovetop entree has been a family favorite for years. The variety of vegetables makes this dish attractive. Cooking time is minimal. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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Air-Fryer Breaded Pork Chops

Instant mashed potatoes and bread crumbs have a similar texture, so I wondered how the combo would taste on air-fryer thin pork chops. This is now the only way we make pork chops in our house! —Carrie Farias, Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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Chipped Beef on Toast

This fast-to-fix chipped beef on toast makes a hearty breakfast or light lunch. A creamy sauce prepared in the microwave coats convenient packaged dried beef. —Jane Fry, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Chicken Cutlet

I love the combination of chicken and cheese in this chicken cutlet recipe. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder and onion powder flavor the golden chicken cutlet, which is coated with seasoned bread crumbs. —Marie Hoyer, Lewistown, Montana
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Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes

This garlic and basil linguine is a perfect way to use up your late-summer tomato harvest. It makes a great light supper when paired with a salad, or you can make it heartier with some chopped chicken. —Susan Jones, Downers Grove, Illinois
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Quick Chicken Caesar Salad

After tasting this easy chicken Caesar salad recipe at a friend's going-away party, I made sure to request the recipe. Now I fix it for my husband just about every week. It's great with a potato or pasta side dish and chunks of crusty bread. —Kim Blanda, Neptune, New Jersey
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Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon

You won't need to fish for compliments from your dinner guests when you serve this spectacular honey mustard salmon! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Smoked Sausage Dinner

The V8 gives this smoked sausage dinner a really unique flavor. —Raymond Bell, Thornton, Colorado
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Steamed Tilapia in Wine Sauce

I developed this recipe while working at a local winery. Fast and easy to prepare, it became an instant classic at my house. I use a lively dry pear wine in the sauce and recommend avoiding those that are sweet or semi-sweet. —Tenneille Brewer, Fayette, New York
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Easy Chicken Alfredo

This dish's classic sauce is almost as simple as opening a jar but tastes so much better. The easy chicken Alfredo recipe can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Veggie Fajitas

For a scrumptious and super healthy party dish, these colorful, hearty veggie fajitas packed with crisp-tender vegetables are perfect. —Sarah Mercer, Wichita, Kansas
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BBLT Chopped Salad

My original BLT chopped salad recipe called for lettuce. One day I didn't have any, so I substituted spinach. I ended up making some more healthy adjustments to the dish, and the rest is history! —Cindy VanBeek, Randolph, Wisconsin
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Blue-Ribbon Beef Nachos

Blue-Ribbon Beef Nachos

Chili powder and convenient jarred salsa season a zesty mixture of ground beef and refried beans that's sprinkled with green onions, tomatoes and ripe olives. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
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Air-Fryer Tailgate Sausages

What I love about these, besides the great taste, is you can make them up ahead of time and keep them refrigerated until you're ready to cook. —Matthew Hass, Ellison Bay, Wisconsin
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Quick Almond Chicken Stir-Fry

I make this almond chicken stir-fry often because it is so quick and easy to prepare. My family likes the flavor the sugar snap peas and almonds add. Sometimes I top it with chow mein noodles for extra crunch. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon.
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Spaghetti Chicken Parmesan

I like to make this yummy chicken Parmesan with spaghetti when I have extra sauce on hand. The herbed coating on the tender chicken gets nice and golden. —Margie Eddy, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Creamy Tomato Shrimp Pasta

People love this creamy pasta and think it’s complicated, but jarred sauces make it so quick to prepare. It feels special enough for festive occasions. —Cassandra Gourley, Williams, Arizona
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Speedy Shrimp Flatbreads

My husband and I are hooked on flatbread pizzas, especially this shrimp flatbread pizza recipe. I make at least one a week just to have something tasty around as a snack. This one came together easily because I had all the ingredients on hand. —Cheryl Woodson, Liberty, Missouri
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Air-Fryer Tilapia

Making air-fryer tilapia means dinner will be on the table in less than half an hour. It’s quick and easy, and it doesn’t dry out the delicate fillets. —Dana Alexander, Lebanon, Missouri

Katie Bandurski
As Senior Shopping Editor, Katie connects Taste of Home readers with the best gifts, deals and home products on the market. An avid foodie and a holiday enthusiast, Katie is an expert at cultivating meaningful moments. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and watching Christmas movies.