Ready in 30 minutes or less, each of these menus features a quick skillet entrée paired with simple-to-fix sides.

Pan-fried Chicken
Take a break from your weeknight routine, and surprise everyone with Pan-Fried Chicken-and-Ham Parmesan.
| Credit: Photography Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Styling Rose Nguyen / Food Styling Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

The inspiration is Italian, but the taste is pure Southern comfort. They're every bit as good as the special dishes we enjoy at our favorite restaurants, yet are a fraction of the cost.


  1. Boneless chicken breasts brown on the stovetop, and then get a hands-off finish in the oven during the short time it takes to prepare the rest of the meal.
  2. Mushrooms and balsamic vinegar cook in the same skillet as the steaks, deglazing the flavorful bits from the bottom of the pan, while preseasoned frozen potato wedges roast in the oven.
  3. Quick grits, a thrifty, off-the-shelf ingredient, cook in less than five minutes. Like rice and mashed potatoes, grits make a great neutral base for a multitude of flavors.