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There are few kitchen nightmares worse than finding a recipe that sounds ah-mazing and then seeing an ingredient section longer than your phone’s contact list—or filled with foods you’ve never heard of. We share your pain. That’s why this list of recipes will become your new dinnertime go-to: Each includes just five ingredients, all of which can be found at your local supermarket. Happy cooking!

Meat and Poultry

5-Ingredient Dinner: Chicken w/ Tomato and Soy Sauce
Photo: Fuss Free Cooking

This recipe is so simple, yet doesn't skimp on flavor in the slightest. Combine four marinade ingredients, pour it over the chicken. Bake. Serve. Done! This sweet chicken is terrific served with brown rice, salad, or inside lettuce wraps.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Photo: The Seasoned Mom

This enchilada recipe uses shortcuts like leftover chicken and canned enchilada sauce to create a no-stress Tex-Mex favorite. Serve with a side salad and lots of avocados for a complete meal.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Chicken Chili
Photo: Damn Delicious

You don’t need many ingredients to turn plain old chicken breasts into a dish you’ll want to make again and again. This brothy and super-filling stew can be made quickly with cooked leftover chicken, or completely from scratch with a slow-cooker.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Chicken w/ Asparagus
Photo: Pinch of Yum

Looks like takeout but can be made in less than 20 minutes? Yes please! Simply dredge chicken breasts in flour, brown them in a pan, and then sauté the asparagus and lemon to layer on top.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Breaded Chicken
Photo: Host the Toast

The secret to getting crunchy, perfectly breaded chicken? Use lemon juice in place of an egg wash to keep the breadcrumbs intact. Lemon juice’s acids will keep the chicken super juicy while it pan fries, adding a whole new flavor dimension.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Maple Ham
Photo: Rachel Cooks

Slice the ham almost all the way through to let the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, and clove mixture seep into every nook and cranny. For serving, get creative: Eat it as a main dish, use it in sandwiches, dice it into your scrambled eggs, add it to a stir-fry.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Fajita Chicken
Photo: Recipes, Food, and Cooking

This fajita chicken gets dinner on the table with minimal prep. Smothered in salsa, peppers, and onions, the dish spends most of its time in the oven, giving you time to destress after a long day. Serve in a whole-wheat tortilla, on a salad, or with a side of rice.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Pineapple Chicken
Photo: Skinny Mom

Ready to upgrade your tacos? This pineapple salsa chicken is so simple it basically cooks itself. Dump the protein, pineapple chunks (and juice), and favorite salsa in the slow cooker and let time do the work.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Pesto Chicken
Photo: Layers of Happiness

Roast sweet bell peppers first, then fill with shredded chicken, quinoa, pesto, and mozzarella cheese. Bake again, then serve. If you prefer a firmer pepper, skip the pre-roasting step and just bake them with the other ingredients.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Bourbon Teriyaki Pork
Photo: Plain Chicken

Five ingredients and one of them is bourbon? Sign us up. This easy pork marinates for a few hours or overnight—it’s easily whisked together in the morning—and then is grilled or baked in less than 20 minutes. And why not enjoy any leftover bourbon while it cooks ...

5-Ingredient Dinner: Balsamic Drumsticks
Photo: RecipeTin Eats

These simple drumsticks are a dream on busy weeknights or lazy Sundays. Just place all the ingredients in a pan, bring to a boil, and let the sauce do its thing.


5-Ingredient Dinner: Yogurt Mac and Cheese
Photo: Cooking 'Ala' Mel

Ditch that box! You can make your own healthier mac and cheese in about the same time as the boxed stuff. Greek yogurt adds creaminess and protein, while two cups of spinach provide vitamins A and K, plus almost a quarter of your day’s calcium needs.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Eggroll Pasta
Photo: Mostly Homemade Mom

This inside-out eggroll keeps the fillings you love, like shredded cabbage and carrots, and nixes the deep-fried wrapper. Add ground sausage (or chicken, turkey, or shrimp!), soy sauce, ginger, and green onions for a low-carb, high-flavor dish that’s way better than takeout.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Kale Ceasar Pasta
Photo: FoodieCrush

Roast cherry tomatoes to add sweetness and a subtle charred flavor, and crunchy kale adds antioxidants and iron to the mix. Use your favorite bottled creamy dressing to speed things up—we won't tell.

5-Ingredient Dinner: Butternut Squash Pasta
Photo: Gimme Some Oven

Roasted butternut squash and fresh arugula transform what could be just another pasta dish into something spectacular. With the goat cheese serving as the “sauce” and a healthy dash of toasted pine nuts, this is a dinner that’s awesome when you’re dining solo and good enough to serve guests.

One pot of deliciousness coming right up. Filled with peanut sauce, chicken, and chopped peanuts, this noodle bowl is comfort food at its finest. It’s also easy to customize to your liking—drizzle that Sriracha sauce! Cover it in sesame seeds! As is or made your own, you’ll love these noodles.

No need to Seamless an entire sushi order just to get a bowl of miso soup in your hands. With just five ingredients, you can make it right at home in five minutes—seriously. We love that there’s a vegan option too. There’s no excuse not to try this one!

Remember how good plain buttered noodles were when you were a kid? It’s time to try the adult version. Angel hair is the perfect pasta, since it cooks up super fast. Add in sautéed pasta, grated Parmesan cheese, and freshly ground salt and pepper, and you have a new grown-up go-to dinner.


Keep on walking past the frozen foods aisle: With this recipe, you can make your own veggie patties with only five ingredients, thank you very much. With spinach and quinoa making up most of the patty, these are full of protein and vitamins. You can eat these as burgers, load them into a wrap, or use as a salad topping. So versatile, so good.

20. Cheesy Portabella Pizzas
Photo: Fresh Fit Foodie

When you’re craving pizza, opt for a healthier version and make these customizable ones. Portobella mushroom caps serve as your “dough,” though you can use normal ‘shrooms if they’re cheaper. These make an easy dinner but also a yummy snack or appetizer.

Don’t be surprised if your roommate thinks you’ve ordered Thai food again. This pumpkin-based soup has all the flavors going for it, but it’s easily prepared at home. Make it more substantial by adding your favorite protein, such as shrimp, chicken, or tofu.

Tired of your usual chili recipe? It’s time to make this vegetarian version. Smoky and sweet, it's ready in under an hour (no more waiting all day). Load up on the extra toppings, like guacamole and cilantro, and freeze individual servings to have a ready-made dinner or lunch at your fingertips.


If you’ve been nervous about cooking fish, this recipe should ease your fears. The brown sugar and Dijon mustard glaze turns superfood salmon into a restaurant-worthy dish with minimal effort. It’s delicious on a salad or with your favorite side dish.

24. Baked Coconut Curry Cod
Photo: Simply Whisked

Coconut milk and curry paste create a creamy, spicy sauce sans dairy in this super-fast fish dish. But the real kicker is the generous amount of cilantro that finishes it all off—if you're a cilantro-lover, this is for you.

Spicy, garlicky, lemony, and so darn good, this shrimp has it all. Plus, it’s gluten-free and Paleo-friendly too. Serve with your favorite French bread to soak up the sauce and a side salad—dinner’s ready.

Making a resolution to add healthier fats and fish to your diet? Meet this Tuscan baked fish. You’ll start by sautéing onions, tomatoes, and capers in a pan and then popping those, along with the fish, into the oven. Rachael Ray’s got nothing on you—this bad boy is ready in less than 30 minutes. Bonus: You can use your favorite boneless, skinless fish with this one, so grab whatever’s on sale for a dinner that will knock your socks off.

Packed with healthy fats, this almond-crusted fish cooks in just five minutes and will win over fish haters. We love the extra fiber boost from flaxseed.

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