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5 Best 30-minute Dinner Recipes

For the Kids: Chicken Tenders in Bacon Blankets

Serves: Four

Time: Approximately 20 minutes

It's easy to get caught up in the mac-and-cheese loop when you're hurriedly cooking for kids. And why not? They eat it happily. But there's something to be said for variety, and perhaps even more to be said for bacon. This one is a fun treat (there's a dip!) with just five common and kid-friendly ingredients, and it takes less than 20 minutes to make from start to finish.

Here we go:


  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 chicken breast tenders, cut in half lengthwise (about 12 ounces)
  • 8 bacon strips


Preheat broiler. Combine mustard, maple syrup and chili powder in medium bowl. Reserve half of the mustard mixture. Brush each chicken tender with remaining mustard mixture. Wrap one bacon strip around each chicken tender.

Place chicken tenders, bacon ends down, on rack of broiler pan. Broil 5 inches from heat, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until bacon is crisp and chicken is no longer pink in center. Serve with reserved mustard mixture for dipping.

Easy, kid-friendly accompaniments for this dish include frozen oven potatoes (about 25 minutes) and carrot sticks with ranch dipping sauce.

If we are to learn anything from these 30-minute recipes (besides how to cook them), it's that interesting meals don't have to take forever to cook. All you really need is half an hour to put something new, tasty and maybe even impressive on the dinner table tonight.

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