15 Minute Dinner Ideas

Updated April 2022

Let’s face it, sometimes we’re busy! These 15 Minute Dinner Ideas are for you! Ideally, we’d love to have a 3-course meal with all the bells and whistles, but realistically, you might have less than 30 minutes to feed a bunch of very hungry mouths! Check out all of these delicious quick dinner ideas with easy-to-understand instructions and, even better, easy-to-find ingredients. You know you’ll need them all in your back pocket for those crazy busy days!

15 Minute Dinner Recipes You'll Wish You Knew Sooner

15 Minute Dinner Ideas

1. One Pot Bacon Chicken Pasta

Have you yet discovered One-Pot Pastas? A brilliantly simple idea, simply toss everything into a pot and boil. 15 minutes later, you’ll have al dente pasta ready to eat. The most common style of One Pot meals is basic marinara. Tomatoes, garlic, and basil become fresh-tasting spaghetti.

One Pot Bacon Chicken Pasta. Quick, Delicious Dinner, made in minutes!

2. Easy Turkey Salisbury Steaks 

Salisbury Steaks using ground turkey, a little bit of parsley, onions, milk, and panko. Salisbury Steak got a healthy upgrade with this Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe. Less fat and calories than the beef version but just as good!

Easy Turkey Salisbury Steaks - Salisbury Steaks using ground turkey, a little bit of parsley, onions, milk and panko. Recipes, Food and Cooking

3. Spaghetti Carbonara 

The easiest pasta dish you will ever make with just 5 ingredients in 15 minutes, loaded with Parmesan and bacon! Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with eggs, hard cheese, cured pork, and black pepper. When you’re craving a comforting bowl of creamy pasta, nothing will cure you as fast as carbonara.

Spaghetti Carbonara - The easiest pasta dish you will ever make with just 5 ingredients in 15 minutes, loaded with Parmesan and bacon! Click the picture for the recipe instructions.

4. Mexican Chicken and Rice

An easy and delicious meal! This dinner recipe is made in one baking dish making clean-up a breeze. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Mexican chicken and rice is a super simple recipe from Smart School House that your family will love! Grab the easy recipe from Smart School House that uses the perfect blend of Mexican spices…

5. Easy Lo Mein Recipe

The easiest lo mein you will ever make in 15 min from start to finish. It’s so much quicker, tastier, and healthier than take-out! If you want delicious Lo Mein noodles with a flavor that tastes just like takeout, you just need to get the spices and SAUCE right! The noodle part is easy – you can literally use any noodles, even pasta (yep, seriously).

Easy Lo Mein - The easiest lo mein you will ever make in 15 min from start to finish. It's so much quicker, tastier and healthier than take-out!

6. 15 Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi

Look no further than this delicious Shrimp Scampi in a delicious garlic butter sauce, which only takes 15 minutes from prep to plate! This recipe is always a big hit!

15 Minute Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi!

7. Chicken Lazone

Ready in 15 minutes – no prep required! One reader said, “We made this 3 days in a row!” Chicken Lazone is ready in 15 minutes – no prep required! Chicken seasoned with salt, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne then simmered in butter and heavy cream.

Chicken Lazone - ready in 15 minutes - no prep required! One reader said, "We made this 3 days in a row!"

8. Garlic Parmesan Noodles

A quick and easy side dish of angel hair pasta with loads of fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, chicken broth, half and half, and parsley. These Parmesan Garlic Noodles are a spin-off of the favorite boxed noodle with olive oil, butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, broth & cream.  The best part is they’re ready in 10 minutes!

A quick and easy side dish of angel hair pasta with loads of fresh garlic, parmesan cheese, chicken broth, half and half and parsley. Ready in 15 minutes!

9. 20 Minute Low Fat Healthy Chicken Burrito Recipe

This is a great idea for busy work and school nights. They will fill everyone up, and best of all, they are quick to make. Juicy, cheesy, flavor-loaded chicken burrito filling keeps everything together as you munch your way through. Eat some now, freeze some for later – you can even reheat from frozen!

20 Minute Low Fat Healthy Chicken Burrito Recipe. This is a great idea for busy work and school nights. They will fill everyone up, and best of all, they are quick to make.

10. Beef Ramen Stir Fry

This ramen stir fry is packed with so much flavor from the chicken, sauce, and fresh vegetables, and can be whipped up in a flash. This beef ramen noodles recipe is super comforting and comes together fast! You’ll love the tender ground beef with an addictive sweet and savory peanut sauce. This dish is not only an easy meal to make, but it’s also mixed in an incredibly tasty, savory sauce.

You'll definitely want seconds of this beef ramen noodles stir fry recipe! It has a homemade sweet and savory hoisin peanut sauce, and this quick beef recipe is a winner.

11. Green Chili and Chicken Lasagna 

Made with Mozzarella, Queso Quesadilla Jalapeno, and Crema Mexicana. A quick and easy dish for Mexican night! Make it your own with your favorite toppings for a cheesy, flavorful meal! This Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Casserole tastes just like the traditional enchiladas you love. However, they take way less time to get to the dinner table!

Green Chili and Chicken Lasagna with Mozzarella, Queso Quesadilla Jalapeno, and Crema Mexicana. Wow! And it only takes 20 minutes to make.

12. Chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls

Make dinner easy and your family happy with these delicious chicken Cordon Bleu Crescent Rolls! Just a handful of ingredients and about 20 minutes, and you’ve got a fantastic and satisfying meal on the table! Quick 15-minute appetizer, snack, or even part of dinner!

Chicken Cordon Bleu Bundles. Quick 15 minute appetizer, snack, or even part of dinner!

13. 20-Minute Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Ground Beef Stroganoff is an easy dinner that’s simple to make with shortcut ingredients like a gravy packet and cream of mushroom soup. Feel free to serve over any kind of noodles, rice, polenta, gnocchi, or even tofu.

20-Minute Beef Stroganoff Recipe. Make this classic dish right in your kitchen with just a few ingredients and only 20 minutes from start to finish!

14. Chicken Enchilada Soup

This Chicken Enchilada Soup can be made on the Stove Top or the Crock-Pot and is easy to make with chicken breast, thighs, rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken! This delicious chicken enchilada soup is thick, cheesy, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!

This Chicken Enchilada Soup can be made on the Stove Top or the Crock-Pot and is easy to make with chicken breast, thighs, rotisserie chicken, or leftover chicken! This delicious chicken enchilada soup is thick, cheesy, and ready to go in just 20 minutes!

15. Chicken pot pie pasta

A kid-friendly recipe that includes peas! Great to try on a busy weeknight. Chicken Pot Pie Noodles Skillet takes a classic chicken pot pie recipe and transforms it into a delicious one-pot meal! Variations include using half and half, or 3 tablespoons of flour, melted butter, and 2 cups of milk and it thickened the sauce.

20 minute stove top chicken pot pie pasta kid friendly recipe. Great to try on a busy weeknight.

16. Grilled Cheese Pull Aparts

One pinner said, “The layers were flakey and the cheese was hot and gooey on the inside. I heated up some tomato soup and we used it as a dip for the pull aparts.” Delicious!

Grilled Cheese Pull Aparts - one pinner said, "The layers were flakey and the cheese was hot and gooey on the inside. I heated up some tomato soup and we used it as a dip for the pull aparts."

17. One skillet Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta is an easy one-pot weeknight dinner. If you’re in the mood for comfort food but also enjoy healthy meals, you need to add this to your weekly rotation. Butter, garlic, artichoke, and more. YUM!  This is a comforting, warm, cheesy meal that’s so simple to make.

Make a delicious dinner with pantry staples in about 20 minutes with this one skillet Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta. Butter, garlic, artichoke, and more.

18. Taco Casserole

Everything you love about delicious tacos layered into one irresistible dish! It’s the ultimate easy comfort food for busy families. Perfect for Taco Tuesday or a quick weeknight dinner! Sprinkle extra cheese on top just before putting it in the oven.

Taco Casserole - Everything you love about delicious tacos layered into one irresistible dish! It’s the ultimate easy comfort food for busy families.

19. Grilled Salmon with Garlic and Herbs

This grilled salmon recipe is the quickest and easiest way to make delicious salmon on the grill. The flavorful filets are ready in just 15 minutes, making it the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!

This grilled salmon recipe is the quickest and easiest way to make delicious salmon on the grill. The flavorful filets are ready in just 15 minutes, making it the perfect dinner for a busy weeknight!

20. Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey Garlic Chicken is an easy recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. The tender chicken cooks quickly and the sauce is amazing with its sweet honey and tangy garlic flavors.  It is way better than ordering Chinese takeout! Enjoy it from the comfort of home.

Honey Garlic Chicken is an easy recipe that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. The tender chicken cooks quickly and the sauce is amazing with its sweet honey and tangy garlic flavors.  It is way better than ordering Chinese takeout! Enjoy it from the comfort of home. 

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