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11/07/2015 06:01 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

7 Easy Dinners For People Who 'Don't Cook'

You can be a complete stranger to the kitchen and still pull off an amazing meal. Here are seven foolproof recipes that will wow your entire family.

1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken with Mango Chutney

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Chicken tandoori is easy to make, and this is my favorite version: the chicken is deliciously spiced with super-crispy skin, and the mango chutney (store bought!) served alongside adds fruity, tangy flavor. The chicken is best marinated overnight but if you're in a time crunch, a few hours will do just fine. GET THE RECIPE

2. Ginger, Garlic & Chili Shrimp

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In this quick and easy recipe -- adapted from The Splendid Table's How To Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift -- jumbo shrimp are bathed in a sweet, salty and spicy brine, and then sautéed with loads of fresh ginger and garlic. Kids love it! GET THE RECIPE

3. Beef with Broccoli

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No wok needed for this for this easy "takeout" dish of tender steak and crisp broccoli florets in a rich ginger and garlic sauce. GET THE RECIPE

4. Easy Chicken Curry

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Here's a dish the whole family will love: thinly sliced chicken breasts are quickly sautéed with curry powder, and then simmered in an aromatic curry sauce thickened with Greek yogurt. Green peas and fresh cilantro add a vibrant, fresh touch. GET THE RECIPE

5. Blackened Tilapia

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In this easy fish recipe, mild tilapia fillets are dusted with a bold Cajun spice rub, and then sautéed in olive oil until crisp on the exterior and tender and flaky within. GET THE RECIPE

6. Chicken Meatballs with Tomato-Balsamic Glaze

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These easy glazed meatballs are made with ground chicken, which is a great alternative to ground beef and so much more flavorful than ground turkey. Serve them with buttered noodles and a vegetable for a family-friendly meal. GET THE RECIPE

7. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups

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Boldly flavored, these Thai-style lettuce cups will touch all your taste sensations. The best part? They're a cinch to make. GET THE RECIPE