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With these quick recipes, you’ll be able to get dinner on the table in a reasonable amount of time—and they’ll taste good too.

In theory, quick recipes sounds terrific—but we’ve found most streamlined recipes end up sacrificing flavor for speed and convenience. Take chicken pot pie. Most recipes for quick chicken pot pie are a far cry from the classic comfort food. The filling is not much more than leftover chicken stirred into canned cream of chicken soup and a paltry amount of vegetables—sometimes even canned. These versions are far from the comforting dinner that’s always been a family favorite. We aimed to do better. We wanted a really flavorful chicken stew topped with a biscuit crust, and, yes, we wanted it fast. Tamale pie, an already quick dish, has fallen victim to the dump-and-bake approach: combine a can of chili and a can of creamed corn; top with cornbread mix and bake. Tossing cans aside, we set out to make a fresh-tasting, quick tamale pie with a juicy, spicy mixture of meat and vegetables with a quick, homemade cornbread topping.

Recipes:

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping

Skillet Tamale Pie

Tasting Lab: Bottled Italian Dressing

America’s Test Kitchen: 7×6
Feb. 10, 2007

America's Test Kitchen season 7