10 Dinners You Can Make in 20-Minutes

Table set for an event party or wedding reception
Table set for an event party or wedding reception

20-minute dinners don’t have to come in a to-go bag or out of the freezer section at the grocery store. With just a few basic ingredients and staples, like eggs, shrimp, chicken breast, and more you can have a delicious meal on the table in 20-minutes or less.

Herbs, spices, a can of tomatoes, and you are well on your way to a delicious and filling dinner the whole family will enjoy. So skip the delivery dinner or frozen pizza and satisfy your hunger with quick and easy dinners like this Lemon-Crusted Chicken Breast recipe or try a filling egg dish for dinner like this recipe for Shakshuka, a North African dish with Middle Eastern spices and flavor.

For more dinner ideas, like classic red beans and rice, simple soups, and more and how to stock your pantry for 20-minute dinner success, check out our list of ingredients to keep on hand for simple, fast last minute dinners.


It is never a bad idea to have beans on hand (dried or canned) for a quick dinner. This shelf-stable ingredient is perfect for soups, stews, and more. Try this recipe for a Simple Black Bean Soup or this simplified, quick-cooking Skillet Cassoulet recipe that uses kidney or cannellini beans. Check out our guide on how to cook every type of bean for more recipe ideas.


You won’t have time for whole roasted chicken in 20 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Crispy Chicken Parmesan or this recipe for the Easiest Chicken Satay, perfect with a side of peanut sauce. Try this recipe for Sticky Sesame Chicken with Broccolini and Brown Rice or check out some of our 35 favorite chicken recipes for busy weeknights.


This member of the legume family can be found canned or dried and makes a delicious, protein-packed addition to any weeknight meal. For speed, use canned chickpeas that don’t require soaking. Then, turn your chickpeas into hunger-satisfying veggie burgers, like this recipe for a Quinoa and Chickpea Burger or serve the protein-rich chickpeas with curried rice for a filling dinner.


Eggs are the ultimate quick-cooking wonder food. You can enjoy them scrambled, boiled, poached, and fried, as well as added to soups for richness, sauces for pasta, and more. Add a fried egg to just about anything for just about anything for even more delicious flavor. For more quick cooking egg recipe ideas, check out our favorite one egg recipes.


Ground Beef
A pound of ground beef can go a long way in the kitchen when you are pressed for time around dinner. Turn ground beef into thick juicy burgers or a Bolognese with the addition of just a few other basic ingredients and seasonings. Simple baked ziti casserole will feed an unexpected crowd or simply serve sautéed ground beef over rice.

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SOURCE: The Daily Meal, Angela Carlos