Editors' Picks: Food Network Kitchen Recipes

FoodNetwork.com's editors sifted through fans' favorite Food Network Kitchen recipes for the best of the best.

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Chicken Fajitas

Marinating chicken, peppers and onions and then grilling them gives this dish lots of flavor without much fat. An accompaniment of spiced creamy yogurt sauce, avocado sauce and fresh cilantro in a corn tortilla keep the fajitas healthy and fresh tasting.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Fajitas

Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Using frozen fruit contributes to the frosty texture in Food Network Kitchen's five-minute smoothies. Instead of sugar, try adding a tablespoon or two of honey for a touch of sweetness.

Get the Recipe: Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Banana Walnut Bread

Add a little sweetness to your breadbasket; this comforting crowd-pleaser is perfect for any occasion.

Get the Recipe: Banana Walnut Bread

Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

Stretch out your strip steaks by serving smaller portions alongside a hearty dose of grilled green beans and tomatoes.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce

Honey Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

The natural Omega-3 fats in salmon make it a great choice for a healthy meal that doesn't need much added fat. Stuff a mixture of fresh herbs into the salmon to infuse the fish with bright flavors.

Get the Recipe: Honey Soy Grilled Salmon with Edamame

Classic Cheesecake

You can't go wrong with this classic cheesecake: velvety and rich and topped with a sour cream cap for a hint of tartness.

Get the Recipe: Classic Cheesecake

Chicken Piccata

Classic chicken piccata is made with a heavy sauce based on butter and wine, but this version uses just a touch of both at the end for bold flavor with fewer calories.

Get the Recipe: Lightened-Up Chicken Piccata

Shrimp Scampi

Quick and easy shrimp scampi can work as a side dish for a weeknight dinner or an appetizer for weekend entertaining.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Scampi

S'more Brownies

These brownies are simple to make, and they're one of our most-popular recipes. You'll wow your family or guests with the graham cracker crust, gooey brownie and toasted marshmallow topping.

Get the Recipe: S'more Brownies

American Macaroni Salad

Pile this crowd-pleaser into a bright bowl and watch it disappear — it's classic fare at its finest. This version uses just a half-cup of mayonnaise, but it has all the creaminess that's expected.

Get the Recipe: American Macaroni Salad

Pulled Pork

Simmering large pieces of pork tenderloin in a tangy sauce and then shredding it with two forks produces tender pork with lots of rich flavor. The final touch is a crunchy broccoli slaw with a mustardy dressing.

Basil Pesto

Five ingredients are all you need for this quick sauce. Make a big batch in advance, transfer to an airtight container and drizzle the remaining oil over the top before you add the cheese. The sauce can be frozen for up to three months.

Get the Recipe: Basil Pesto

Beef Stew

Feed a crowd this hearty, warming stew that is full of beef chuck, potatoes, carrots and celery.

Get the Recipe: Beef Stew

Black Bean Salad

Dress up canned black beans with fresh, colorful veggies like corn off the cob, tomatoes and avocados.

Get the Recipe: Black Bean Salad

Baked Ziti

You can always rely on Food Network Kitchen's easy Baked Ziti when entertaining a crowd on short notice — especially if you have the Quick Tomato Sauce on hand in your freezer. Experiment with the sauce on every try to see if you prefer spicy Italian sausage, sweet Italian sausage or a combination of the two. 

Get the Recipe: Baked Ziti

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Marinate the chicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients and this quick-cooking takeout classic is ready in under 30 minutes — that's faster than delivery, with less sodium and fat to boot.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Roast Pork Loin with Apples

This juicy pork loin goes beautifully with sweet roasted apples and aromatic vegetables and herbs. Quickly sear the pork before roasting it in the oven to ensure a crisp, brown crust. 

Get the Recipe: Roast Pork Loin with Apples

Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde

Swap typical taco toppings for spicy grilled shrimp and an avocado-studded salsa verde, complete with tart tomatillos, jalapeno and cilantro.

Get the Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Taco with Avocado Salsa Verde

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake a batch of treats that get a double dose of chocolate from cocoa and two whole cups of chocolate chips. 

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Creamy Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup is pure comfort food, and far better than store-bought soup from a can. Top each bowl with a bit of crumbled bacon for a touch of smokiness.

Get the Recipe: Creamy Tomato Soup

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Marinating chicken breasts in a homemade herbed vinaigrette ensures that the meat stays moist and flavorful when it's grilled.

Get the Recipe: Marinated Chicken Breasts

Pecan Pie

No tricks or surprises here: Food Network Kitchen's Pecan Pie recipe is classic, straightforward and super-dense with crunchy nuts. You can use your food processor for making the dough, but we think your hands are the best tool.

Get the Recipe: Pecan Pie

Fresh Corn-Tomato Salad

This summer salad will quickly become your go-to side dish during grilling season. It's light, fresh and perfect for showcasing the best of summer produce — either from the farmers market or from your own garden.

Get the Recipe: Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables

Tender, comforting and easy to make, this classic pot roast is just the dish we crave on a chilly night.

Get the Recipe: Pot Roast with Roasted Vegetables

Tortilla Soup

Loaded with chicken, corn and crumbled tortilla chips, this traditional Mexican soup is hearty enough to serve as a main dish. You can adjust the spice level by increasing or decreasing the chipotle peppers.

Get the Recipe: Tortilla Soup

Twice-Baked Potatoes

The best part about these buttery potatoes is that they're much lighter than the full-fat version. The secret? They're actually made with just a small amount of butter and silky reduced-fat cream cheese.

Get the Recipe: Twice Baked Potatoes

Spring Celebration Carrot Cake

Even though this moist carrot cake topped with buttery cream cheese icing and fresh pineapple chunks makes a festive spring dessert centerpiece, it's a recipe you'll find yourself baking year-round.

Get the Recipe: Spring Celebration Carrot Cake