9 Quick and Delicious Meals with 5 Ingredients or Less


9 Quick and Delicious Meals with 5 Ingredients or Less

With school about to start back up, you need all the kitchen help you can get. There’s really no time to try extravagant recipes — you just want something that’s quick, easy, and tastes delicious. Making a meal with five ingredients (or less) sounds impossible — you’re probably wondering if these dishes will really fill your hungry family up. Believe it or not, you can make a hearty and satisfying meal with just a few elements. Don’t make dinner more complicated than it needs to be on a weeknights. There are so many great five-ingredient recipes — tacos, cookies, rice bowls — which is why we made them the theme of this week’s SWAT (Sharing With A Theme). Make your weeknight stress-free with these ideas. 

Mom’s Broiled Chicken

Hungarian paprika coats chicken pieces, which are topped with oyster sauce to make them glisten. Simply broil and serve with a squeeze of lime. This recipe can easily be adapted for one — or a party of 10. — Chrissy Barua

For the Mom’s Broiled Chicken recipe, click here.

Crispy Chicken with Fig and Shallot Compote

This is such an easy recipe, beginning with the blank but irresistible slate of crispy chicken thighs and ending with the simplest compote made of shallots, figs, and lemon. — Rebecca Winkler

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Four-Ingredient Chicken Tacos

When you’re hosting guests, it’s better to go simple then get fancy. This no-hassle four-ingredient chicken taco is kept warm in the slow cooker so friends can assemble tacos whenever they want throughout the evening.

For the Four Ingredient Chicken Tacos recipe, click here.

Bundt Jelly Cake with Summer Flavors and a Creamy Layer

This delicious cake with peach and raspberry features a creamy and sweet layer of condensed milk jelly. The milk jelly tastes a little like flan and crème brûlée. A simple dessert recipe that will wow guests; at only four ingredients it may wow you too. — Katalina Kastravet

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Edamame Bok Choy Bowl

The savory umami flavors shine through in this easy, nutritious, plant-based rice bowl. You can whip up this one-dish meal with your favorite quick-cooking brown rice in under 20 minutes! — Sharon Palmer

For the Edamame Bok Choy Bowl recipe, click here.

Sausage Broccoli

It’s two ingredients, super quick (think 20 minutes) to prepare, and really, really inexpensive (less than 3 bucks per person). Out of dinner ideas? Try this.

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Honey Coconut Whipped Cream Tiramisu

These are individually portioned tiramisu glasses, layers of soft, soaked in espresso ladyfingers, topped with heavenly honey coconut cream. Oh, and did we mention that you only need five ingredients? — Katalina Kastravet

For the Honey Coconut Whipped Cream Tiramisu recipe, click here.

Stuffed Shells with Cashews

This pasta recipe adds finely chopped unsalted cashews, which bring a nutty flavor to the dish.

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3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

A cookie recipe with only three ingredients? Sign me up. These delicious gluten-free peanut butter cookies require no fuss.

For the 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies recipe, click here.