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5 Easy weeknight recipes from Rachael Ray that are sure to impress (VIDEO)

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Try one of Rachael Ray's impressive but simple recipes for dinner tonight

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Take an easy recipe straight from the cookbook of Rachael Ray and create a dinner that won't take all night and looks absolutely delicious.

Shrimp fra diavolo with linguini

Are you planning a night in for you and your man? This sexy dish is date night done right. It combines sweet and hot in the perfect way, and Rachael suggests you enjoy it by candlelight, if you can make it happen.

Crispy bacon breadcrumb chicken and roasted smoky green beans and potatoes

If you're a meat and potatoes kind of gal, you'll fall in love with this dish. Serve it up to guests and they'll think you've slaved over the stove all day long, but it's actually very easy to put together.

Florentine penne with chicken

This fancy pasta dish looks like something you would order at a nice Italian restaurant, but it actually comes together easily. The chicken and sauce cook in one pan, so you won't have many dishes to deal with after you eat.

Chicken Francese

Chicken is a dinnertime staple, but it can get boring pretty quickly. Change things up by serving this delish breaded chicken dish. Don't forget the sauce — it really makes the dish.


Carbonara has a reputation as a tricky dish, but Rachael's recipe keeps it simple. Follow this recipe for a quick and delicious pasta dish that's guaranteed to please.

This post is sponsored by ABC7 Los Angeles, where you can watch Rachael Ray Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. Check your local listings for airtime.

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