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Dinners that take less time than delivery

By Hilary Meyer, January 20, 2010 - 2:54pm

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Last week was super-busy for me. I had bills to pay, people to see and a very cluttered house to clean. I never felt like I could get ahead, let alone give myself time to fix dinner. When I need to eat and get on to something else, I find it hard not to reach for the phone and just order pizza for delivery. But in the time it takes me to order and actually get the pie, I could make an ultra-quick recipe (and I also wouldn’t feel guilty for ordering pizza). It’s not hard to make dinner in 20 minutes—especially if you focus your meal around quick-cooking chicken.

Here are some ultra-quick chicken recipes that I like to make instead of ordering takeout:

Barbecued Chicken Burritos These burritos are something of a Tex-Mex wonder: tangy barbecue sauce, some roast chicken (or rotisserie chicken) and vegetables, all wrapped up in tortillas. For the best taste, look for a fiery barbecue sauce without added corn syrup.

Chicken & Fruit Salad Chicken, walnuts and feta top mixed salad greens in this refreshing recipe.

Curried Squash & Chicken Soup Red Thai curry paste adds heat and depth of flavor to this simple soup.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Salsa Verde Salsa verde, a piquant Italian herb sauce, dresses up basic grilled chicken breasts. This versatile sauce is also excellent with fish or pasta.

Marmalade Chicken
Orange marmalade and freshly grated orange zest make a deliciously tangy sauce for quick-cooking chicken tenders. Serve with brown rice.

What are your favorite superfast dinner recipes? Tell us what you think below.

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Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

Hilary asks: What are your favorite superfast dinner recipes?

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