4 and 5 Ingredient Main Dish Recipes

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Ever have one of those days when you look in your refrigerator and pantry and wish dinner would magically appear from the random things left in there?  I have good news. There are a lot of recipes out there that are simply delicious…but only take a few ingredients to make! This is great for those overdue grocery shopping days, for keeping the food budget intact, or for busy people of all kinds who just don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen on weeknights.
I once made a post of a dozen or so dinner dishes that have just three ingredients in the recipe. This post is dedicated to main dish recipes that have just 4 or 5 ingredients. I believe that everyday, weeknight cooking shouldn’t be too complicated so I have a lot of these recipes on the blog. In fact, there’s about 60 of them in this roundup!

For this list, I didn’t count salt or pepper as an ingredient.  If it is served beside rice as a side, or on a sandwich bun, I didn’t include those either. But everything that you actually have to mix and stir and cook in these recipes really do take just a couple of ingredients. As a result, most of these don’t take very long to prepare, and some of them only take a few minutes to cook as well!

Choose one for supper tonight.  I’m guessing you have all of the ingredients to make at least a few of these in your pantry right now.



Sixty + Recipes that take 5 ingredients or less

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Apple BBQ Pork Chops

Chicken Curry in the Crockpot – We love this recipe!

Pressure Cooker Chicken Curry

Easy Meatball Subs – You can do this real quick on the stove or slow in the crockpot.

Honey Lemon Pepper Salmon

Sloppy Slow Cooked Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Asian Salmon on the Grill

BBQ Chicken Fajitas – A great way to use leftover BBQ chicken.


Barbecue Pepper Jack Chicken – Add bacon for extra yum-factor!

Black Bean and Corn Chicken Taco Bake

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto, Red Peppers and Grilled Chicken

Chicken and Cheesy Rice Casserole

Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Chicken Fingers

Easy Crockpot Beef Fajitas

crockpot beef fajitas

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Easy Dijon Tilapia – Assemble in the morning, bake it at night.

Easy Pepper Steak in the Slow Cooker

Zingy BBQ Chicken in the Slow Cooker or Oven

zingy bbq chicken done

Turkey Breast in the Slow Cooker

Southwestern Steak and Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice

Pork Chops Topped with Pineapple, Green Pepper and Onion

Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples in the Slow Cooker

Pork Chops & Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Pork Chops and Apples Sheet Pan Dinner

Pesto Tomato Ravioli

Jerk Chicken Sandwiches – a favorite of ours!

Chicken with Blackbean Salsa and Cornbread dressing

Tomato Basil Parmesan White Fish

Tomato Basil Parmesan Tilapia

French Dip Sandwiches – One of the easiest meals, ever.

10 Minute French Dip Sandwiches EAHTonight

Teriyaki Pork Chops

Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Legs

Super Easy Tacos

McCormick Tacos with chipotle

Roasted Garlic Brown Butter Parmesan Pasta

Italian Season Salt & White Wine Pork Tenderloin

Orange Chicken

Ham Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

Sausage and Corn Quesadilla – a yummy 15-minute meal!

Sloppy Chicken Tacos

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sandwiches

Caribbean Citrus Grilled Fish

Honey Mustard Chicken

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic

Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Wine

chicken with garlic and wine done

Pork Chops and Baked Beans

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken

Garlic Lime White Fish

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Legs

Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

Beer Brats

Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells – Freezer-friendly, too! 

Peach Pork BBQ Sliders

Red Eye BBQ Ribs

Red Eye BBQ Ribs Slow Cooker Recipe

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

General Tsos Chicken and Broccoli

Reuben Sliders

If you want to take a look at some recipes with even less ingredients, here’s my post for dinner recipes with 3 ingredients or less. Some of these are so easy it’s ridiculous, but they’re also some of our favorites!

Do you have a favorite, super easy recipe you fall back on? I’d love to hear about it!


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