Main Dishes and Entrées

Getting dinner on the table is easy with these main dishes and entrées. Recipes from our test kitchens professionals are designed to inspire – whether you are entertaining or cooking at home.

Staff Picks

Asian Chicken Thighs

Serve these saucy chicken thighs over cooked noodles with a side of steamed broccoli for a well-rounded meal. Finishing the chicken thighs in the broiler to ensure a crispy outside and juicy on the inside. 

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese

Sharp cheddar, white cheddar, and cream cheese make this cheese sauce ultra creamy, while hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce help round out the rich, cheesy flavors. This stovetop recipe will have you wondering why you ever enjoyed mac and cheese any other way. 
By Nicole McLaughlin

Country Fried Beef Biscuit Sliders

Buttery, tender biscuits are the perfect vehicle for Roast Beef Steaks and the Mustard sauce is just tart enough to balance the richness of the meat. This country spin on a slider is decadent, comforting, and crowd-pleasing; great for Super Bowl get-togethers, brunch, or a cold winter morning. We love adding Pickled Red Onion for added flavor and color. White Lily self-rising flour makes the biscuits a breeze, but if you need to save time, just use your favorite brand of frozen biscuit. 
By Robby Melvin

Sheet Pan Orange Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans

Rating: 4 stars
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Make Orange Chicken that's cheaper, fresher, and more delicious than Chinese take-out. Believe it or not, all you need is sheet pan to make sticky, orange-glazed chicken and crisp green beans. If you can't find French green beans, blanch regular green beans for 2 minutes, dry them, and proceed with the chili sauce. Don't skip broiling the dish at the end-- that's what quickly glazes the chicken and gives the green beans that irresistable crunchy-yet-tender texture. 
By Paige Grandjean

Spicy-Sweet Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

In under 30 minutes, you can dress crispy bacon wrapped shrimp in brown sugar, paprika, and smoked red pepper for a dynamically delicious appetizer. This combinatioin of spicy, sweet, smooth, and crunchy will keep you grabbing for more.  
By Nicole McLaughlin

Perfect Roasted Beef Tenderloin

Rating: 5 stars
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This beef tenderloin recipe is magic. The result is delicious enough for a special occasion, yet it is simple enough to be made on a weeknight. You can let the beef tenderloin chill for up to 24 hours, if desired. If you prefer medium, cook the tenderloin until it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees. Purchasing high quality meat will make all of the difference in the tenderness and flavor of the final product. Serve this main with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a glass of red  wine. 
By Robby Melvin

Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

Serve this saucy dish over pasta with a side salad for a restaurant-worthy meal. The recipe serves eight; if you have leftovers, transform them into soup by shredding the chicken, adding diced zucchini and carrots, and combining the sauce with chicken stock.

Roast Beef and Cheddar Sandwich with Horseradish Sauce

We are not thinkin' Arbys-- not after a roast beef sandich like this one. A classic creamy cheese sauce makes this sandwich super rich, while a horseradish sauce adds a kick. We love the onion bun, preferably bakery-made, but you could also use a pretzel bun instead. Make this sandwich the centerpiece of your Super Bowl Spread or serve along with beer and fries for a crowd-pleasing meal.  
By Robby Melvin

Easy Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas with Celery Salsa

Ideal for buffalo chicken lovers, this enchilada bake is rich, creamy, and spicy, making it the perfect dinnertime indulgence.
By Nicole McLaughlin

Pasta Primavera with Ham and Mushrooms

It's hard to beat pasta primavera. But it's even harder to beat a 20-minute pasta primavera that only requires one skillet. Use a frozen broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot mix to save time and add color, texture, and nutrition. This recipe is one to keep in your back pocket for busy afternoons when there's no time for prep. 
By Robin Bashinsky

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Crust Pizza

Sweet potatoes give this pizza a hearty and flavorful, yet gluten-free crust.
By Adam Hickman

Cabernet-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Cooking short ribs in red wine delivers an unbelievably rich sauce perfect for spooning over noodles. Serve with a chunk of bakery bread so that you don't miss a drop of the delicious sauce. 
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Inspiration and Ideas

55 Hearty Meals in a Bowl

Sometimes simplicity is the best solution. Treat yourself to a one-bowl meal (and we're not talking about soup) that mixes everything up in a great tumbled combination of awesome flavors.

12 Twists on Shepherd's Pie

Few things more comforting than meat, gravy, and vegetables slathered with a thick, creamy topping of mashed potatoes (or other starch). Although shepherd's pie is easy to make from basic pantry and freezer staples, it can be anything but boring. Try these nine takes on an old favorite for a quick and easy supper tonight.

Pasta Primavera with Peas, Prosciutto, and Asparagus

"Pasta primavera" refers to any dish with pasta and vegetables, but don't make just any pasta primavera. This gorgeous, 15-minute version incorporates fresh peas, aspargus, and grape tomatoes requiring little prep. Top with fresh basil and proscuitto just before serving for a show-stopping meal with minimal effort.