14 Easy Weeknight Dinners

Armed with these recipes, you'll be able to get dinner on the table in quickly - and the best part is your family will love it.

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    Classic Sausage and Peppers

    Italian sausage and peppers in a pan

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    This classic robustly-flavored dish is always a hit at the table. It can be served as is with a mixed green salad and French bread, or as a filling for grinders or calzones.

  • 02 of 14

    Easy Chicken Marsala


    Most chicken Marsala recipes call for the chicken to be pounded out thin before cooking, but this chicken Marsala recipe uses the whole breast for a moister, and easier version. Chicken Marsala is a classic dish in Italian-American restaurants, and now you can make a delicious version at home.

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    Steak Fajitas

    steak fajitas with accoutrements

    Pete Scherer

    Steak fajitas are quick and easy to assemble. Marinating the meat overnight makes it tender and flavorful. This is a fun dish to serve because everyone can make their own using the toppings of their choice.

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    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    Most of the time involved with making air fryer chicken tenders is hands-off. Start the pickle juice marinade when you get home, and they'll be ready for the air fryer within 30 minutes. Batter the chicken breasts, then let them cook. The recipe creates a crunchy breaded fried chicken dinner that works with any quick side.

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  • 05 of 14

    Air Fryer Fried Chicken


     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Chicken pieces cook up quickly in an air fryer, which creates a crispy crust while keeping the meat juicy on the inside. And air fryer fried chicken leaves little mess to clean up, making it the perfect addition to your mid-week menu, especially when everyone in the family likes a different part. Just add a salad and a favorite side dish.

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    Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

    instant pot pork tenderloin on a plate with potatoes and kale
    Diana Rattray

    Instant Pot pork tenderloin takes just minutes to cook to the perfect temperature and the recipe is easy to customize with alternative herbs and spices. This recipe relies on the pressure build and natural release to cook the pork, with no actual high-pressure cooking time. All you have to do is brown the pork, set the timer to 0 (yes, zero!), and let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes.

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    Penne all' Amatriciana

    Penne all’ Amatriciana Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    For something a little different, though just as easy, try penne all' Amatriciana. It mixes cubed guanciale or pancetta into a flavorful tomato-based sauce of onion, garlic, red wine, and chili flakes. Tossed with penne, it will have dinner on the table in less than an hour.

  • 08 of 14

    Easy Lemon Chicken


    The fresh, clean taste of Lemon Chicken is good served all year round. Lemon does a much for chicken as it does for fish as you'll see with this recipe. The lemon shines through and highlights the other flavors in this dish as well. The best part about this Lemon Chicken recipe is that it's ready in under 30 minutes, and it can also be easily doubled to feed more.

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  • 09 of 14

    Garlic Lemon Shrimp with Pasta

    Garlic lemon shrimp with pasta

    The Spruce / Andrew Bui

    This garlicky shrimp recipe is simple, delicious and so easy to make that it will quickly become one of your go-to dishes. The beauty of this dish is that it can be served many ways: tossed with pasta as it is here, or over rice, couscous, or plain with a side of crusty herb buttered bread. Anyway I serve this dish, it's always hit

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Instant pot chicken and rice with serving spoon
    Diana Rattray

    This comforting and adaptable dish makes the whole family happy. Perfect for Little League nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly or a curl-up-by-the-fire fall Sunday, Instant Pot chicken and rice can be your go-to all-in-one meal.

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    Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

    Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa
    Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa. James Baigrie/Stockbyte/Getty Images

    Mango salsa is a very popular topping for grilled salmon in restaurants, but not as common at home, which is a shame since it's so easy to do well. The tropical and tangy topping is a perfect match with smoky fish.

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    Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

    Crockpot chicken alfredo

     The Spruce

    Chicken fettuccine Alfredo is easy to make at home, and this recipe doesn't use butter, and replaces some of the cream with chicken broth for a slightly lighter, but just as delicious version. Do not make this unless you have the real Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese!

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  • 13 of 14

    Turkey Burgers

    Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Say goodbye to dry and tasteless turkey burgers. These get a boost of flavor from Dijon mustard, ketchup, olives, and Worcestershire sauce—which also make them moist and juicy. Serve on a toasted roll, brushed with more mustard and topped with sliced tomatoes and lettuce for an easy and satisfying summer meal. And once you've mastered this recipe, try one of the variations: Spicy Mexican, Curried, or Greek-Style Turkey Burgers.

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    Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks

    Grilled rib eye steak recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

    Beef rib-eye steaks are tender and delicious, but this zesty dry marinade can give any steak a lift. Make a large batch of the dry rub and store airtight in a cool dry place. It's also good rubbed on pork, chicken, or turkey.