These Easy Dinners Are Ready in the Time It Takes to Watch Your Favorite Show

Updated 09/23/18

Between long hours in the office, late-night workouts, and running errands on the way home from a busy day, it can be easy to put dinner off until the last minute. If you typically start cooking dinner late in the evening (or if you just can't stand to spend hours trapped in the kitchen), don't fret. There are a surprising number of wholesome recipes that can be made in no time at all—well, 30 minutes, that is.

Even without an instant pot, you can whip up a full meal in the time it takes to watch a single episode of your favorite TV show (if you haven't yet dabbled in a session of Netflix and cooking, now's the time to start). Craving pasta? You can make a vegan alfredo dish in 30 minutes. Looking for a healthy twist on a Mexican classic? Chicken enchilada zucchini boats go in and out of the oven in 30 minutes flat. Tempted to order Chinese takeout? You can make a sesame chicken dish in less time than it would take your delivery to arrive.

Try your hand at these 30-minute recipes that prove a home cooked meal can be made with just a half hour to spare.

Cashew Alfredo

Cashew Alfredo
Minimalist Baker

For a quick and easy dairy-free alternative to an Italian classic, prepare this seven-ingredient vegan cashew alfredo recipe. The sauce calls for cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic, vegan parmesan cheese, and almond or rice milk. Serve with your choice of pasta noodles, roasted tomatoes, and extra parmesan.

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Sweet Thai Chili Peanut Chicken and Pineapple Stir Fry

Half Baked Harvest

A stir-fry is often a weeknight hero when you're tight on time and this sweet Thai chili peanut chicken and grilled pineapple recipe is no exception. Combine soy sauce, sweet Thai chili sauce, peanut butter, Thai red curry paste, and a few other seasonings to blend together a flavorful mixture. Use it to coat the chicken and vegetables before serving over rice and topped with grilled pineapple.

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Caprese Chicken

Caprese Chicken
Foodie Crush

If you enjoy a traditional Caprese salad, you'll love this Caprese chicken recipe that's ready to eat in just 30 minutes. You'll need boneless chicken breasts, extra virgin olive oil, pesto sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced cocktail tomatoes, balsamic glaze, and fresh basil. Not only will it taste delicious, but it will also fill your home with its fragrant flavors.

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Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats

Chicken Enchilada Zucchini Boats
Joyful Healthy Eats

For yummy enchilada flavors with a healthy twist, try this chicken enchilada zucchini boat recipe. Instead of wrapping your chicken and cheese filling in a tortilla before baking, you'll fill hollowed out zucchinis with a mix of ingredients. The result is a super easy and healthy Mexican-inspired dinner ready in a half hour.

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Chicken Panang Curry

Chicken Panang Curry
Carlsbad Cravings

Instead of ordering in, try your hand at this chicken Panang curry. A combination of roasted peanuts, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, serrano chiles, cumin, and Panang curry paste create a beautiful array of flavors. Serve with rice for a complete meal.

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Garlic Ginger Salmon

Garlic Ginger Salmon
The Modern Proper

Salmon is often a staple of weeknight cooking, but this recipe delivers on flavors without taking up too much of your time in the kitchen. Make a simple marinade with honey, garlic, ginger, tamari, rice vinegar, and sesame oil to drizzle over salmon, bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms. Pop all of the ingredients in the oven at the same time and dinner will be on the table before you know it.

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Korean Stir-Fried Shishito Peper Rainbow Veggie Noodles with Seared Tuna

Korean Stir Fry
Half Baked Harvest

Another stir-fry dish, this Korean shishito pepper rainbow veggie dish with seared tuna will add some variety to your dinner routine. Whip up a flavorful sauce with ingredients like soy sauce, ginger, and brown sugar, stir-fry a variety of veggies, and pan sear ahi tuna steaks. You'll be left with a tasty meal that's ready in just 30 minutes.

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Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts

Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts
Foodie Crush

This 30-minute recipe for creamy mushroom and leek chicken breasts is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. It calls for chicken breasts, white wine, cream, mushrooms, and leeks. Brown the chicken in a skillet before sauteing the vegetables with wine and cream. Serve with rice, noodles, or farro for a full meal.

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Sticky Sesame Chicken

Sticky Sesame Chicken
Creme de la Crumb

In the time you spend waiting for Chinese takeover to get delivered to your home, you could make your own sticky sesame chicken. The sauce is bursting with flavors from ingredients like honey, brown sugar, and soy sauce, while the chicken is cooked with four, an egg, and a bit of cornstarch. Serve the protein over rice and top with green onions for the final touch.

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Pork Chops with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Pork Chops
The Modern Proper

For a hearty meal, throw together juicy pork chops with a mushroom cream sauce. Brown the meat in a pan on the stove and then add in butter, mushrooms, dry white wine, thyme, heavy cream, and more seasonings. Finish it off with some freshly squeezed lemon and chives.

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