8 Quick Dinner Recipes We Make on Repeat During the Week

published Sep 6, 2023
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Wooden spoon lifting portion of cheesy skillet chicken parmesan with meatballs out of cast iron pan.
Credit: Joe Lingeman

It’s official: These weeknight dinner recipes are the best on the internet! (Find all our editors’ picks here.) The Kitchn 100 is presented in partnership with Target Good & Gather; it was created independently by our editorial team. 

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French Onion Dip Chicken Thighs

If you’re the first person to dig into the French onion dip at a party, this one-skillet recipe was made for you. (Odds are you already have the soup mix in your pantry!) Serve with green beans or roasted broccoli for a winning chicken dinner.

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Salmon Piccata

Piccata’s signature lemon-caper sauce is such a perfect pairing for salmon, it might just make you forget about chicken. Our advice: Choose a simple side that can soak up all the extra sauce, like buttery orzo or creamy polenta.

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Easy Pan-Fried Pork Chops

Our secret to better homemade pork chops: Treat them like steak. When brined in brown sugar, pan-fried in a hot skillet, and basted with butter, pork chops become tender and juicy with a ridiculously good golden-brown crust. Don’t wait another night to try it.

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Coffee-Rubbed Steak

It’s an early morning staple and a game-changer in desserts, so why not bring coffee to the dinner table, too? Here, it’s mixed with spices and brown sugar and rubbed all over steak, where it creates a gorgeous caramelized crust as soon as it hits the hot pan.

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Chicken Parm Meatballs

Forget spaghetti. We have a feeling these extra-cheesy chicken Parm-inspired meatballs will win the prize for one of the most satisfying dinners you’ve had in a long time.

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Fish Tacos for One

Bring summer vibes to the dinner table all year long with these pan-seared fish tacos. They come together in a flash and are the perfect dinner for one. (Although the recipe can easily be scaled up.)

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Garlic Butter Baked Shrimp

Thanks to the magical goodness of garlic butter and the quick-cooking nature of shrimp, you can make a fancy-feeling dinner in the same amount of time it takes to assemble a PB&J.

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Crispy Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

Yes, these are essentially adult chicken nuggets, and yes, that’s why we love them. Parmesan may seem like a simple addition to the breading, but a whole cup makes a world of difference — it adds an unparalleled crackly crunch and an extra hit of umami. No other chicken cutlets will do.

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