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If you’re welcoming friends and family over for the 4th, plan to enjoy time with your guests rather than standing over the stove. Here is an easy menu you can pull together for the big day that won’t leave you beholden to the kitchen, but will still allow you to serve up a stellar meal. Take a look at our low-maintenance Fourth of July menu.

low maintenance menu for the 4th of july

Easy Oven-Baked Barbecue Chicken

Great for casual entertaining, this easy oven-baked barbecue chicken recipe is one of our favorites. And since it’s cooked in the oven instead of on the grill, you don’t have to worry about over- or under-cooked meat. Make the sauce the night before, and you’ll buy yourself even more time. When it’s time, simply prepare the meat and pop it in the oven. Find the recipe HERE.

4th of July easy oven-baked bbq chicken

This version of barbecue chicken is both saucy and flavorful. Find the recipe here. Image: Ashley Hylbert

Watermelon & Feta Salad

A hat-tip to Meredith Tolleson of The Southern Source for sharing this delightful (keyword: light) summer salad recipe. The flavors of watermelon, feta, red onion and mint dance beautiful with one another to bring the best of each to your tastebuds. And with just a handful of ingredients — seasonal and easy-to-find ones, no less — whipping this masterpiece up is beyond easy! Find the recipe HERE.

Watermelon and feta salad

This watermelon & feta salad is a breeze to pull together. Find the recipe HERE.

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Creamy Corn

This corn recipe is so easy, you can have it made in 10 minutes! Serve it cold or at room temperature — either option means you can easily make it ahead of time. And you can even microwave the corn for maximum ease! Find this recipe HERE.

Creamy corn recipe

This creamy corn recipe is so easy — you’ll be finished making it in 10 minutes. Find the recipe HERE.

Berry Coconut Angel Food Cake

To round out the meal, serve up this festive treat. It may look complicated to make, but if you skip the baking and purchase a pre-made angel food cake, it’s that much simpler. Top it with a cream cheese frosting, sliced nuts and shredded coconut, and finish it with fresh berries, which offer a bit of freshness, sweetness and color. What an easy, low-maintenance dessert! Find the recipe HERE.

Berry Coconut Angel Food Cake

This no-fuss angel food cake is perfect for your Fourth of July gathering. Find the recipe HERE.

Cheers to an easy, low-maintenance July 4th!


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