The Best 3 Ingredient Recipes

When you’re in a rush or haven’t done a weekly food shop and have small people clamouring at your feet for something to eat, a 3 ingredient recipe sounds like just what the doctor ordered—and better still, are straightforward enough for kids to be able to help with! These easy-peasy and breezy recipes are the perfect picks to whip up in a pinch, and they all showcase ingredients you’re likely to have lying about in the pantry. Winner, winner, 3-ingredient dinner!

1. Chicken Casserole

3 ingredient chicken casserole
Delicious and nutritious, this warming chicken casserole is the perfect easy weeknight dinner!


1 BBQ chicken
1 can cream of chicken condensed soup
4 large washed potatoes


  • Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a square 20cm x 20cm baking dish and set it aside. Gather your ingredients.
  • Remove all meat from chicken and chop. Heat the condensed soup in a frying pan over medium heat until warmed. Add chicken and bring to the boil. You may need to add 1/2 cup of water if it is too thick. Remove from heat.
  • Pour the chicken mixture into the baking dish. Slice potatoes thinly and place overlapping each slice to cover the entire dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. Serve with steamed vegetables.

2. Baked Egg Cups

3 Ingredient Recipes
Quick and easy meals don't come much better than this baked egg cup recipe...


6 slices of bread
6 eggs
1/2 cup tasty cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and spray a muffin tin with olive oil spray.
  • Cut crusts of sliced bread, then roll them out with a rolling pin until they’re flattened and thin. Lightly spray both sides of bread with olive oil. Cut each bread slice in half diagonally.
  • With cut sides facing, place 2 bread halves in each of 6 muffin cups, making sure to cover the bottom entirely and allowing bread corners to extend above rims.
  • Place cheese in the bottom of each bread crevice along with onions and peppers, if desired. Then, carefully crack an egg on top. Season with salt and pepper and bake in the preheated oven until the egg whites are set, and not jiggly, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Remove the baked eggs from the muffin tin and garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.

3. No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter Oat Bars
These no-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars are super delicious, filling and easy to make on the fly.


1 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
3 cups old fashioned oats


  • In a small saucepan, combine peanut butter and honey.
  • Cook and stir over medium-low heat until melted and blended. Remove from heat; stir in oats. Spread into a greased 9-in. square pan; press lightly.
  • Cool to room temperature; cover and chill for 1 hour.

4. Shredded Pork with Beans

Shredded Pork 3 ingredient recipes
Hearty and warming, this slow-cooker pork and beans staple will become a firm family favourite! 


3 lbs pork tenderloin
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar Picante sauce


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, place the pork, beans and Picante sauce
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until pork is tender.
  • Shred pork; return to slow cooker. Serve with rice if desired.

5. Shortbread Biscuits

Shortbread biscuits
This 3-ingredient shortbread recipe yields the perfect sweet treat snack!


150g plain flour plus extra for dusting
100g butter
50g caster sugar plus extra for sprinkling


  • Heat the oven 170C/150C fan/gas 3. Put the flour, butter and sugar into a mixing bowl. Use your hands to combine the ingredients until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then squeeze until it comes together as a dough.
  • On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ½ cm thick. Cut the dough into fingers and place on a lined baking tray. Use a fork to create imprints, then sprinkle with the remaining caster sugar.
  • Chill the dough in the fridge for 20 mins, then bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown. Remove the shortbread fingers from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 10 mins.

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