114+ Christmas Dinner Ideas

Now that we’re all stuffed with turkey from Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas! From beef to pork and everything in between, these are the best Christmas dinner ideas for Christmas Day!



 

Are you tired of turkey? Because I know I am! now that Thanksgiving is over, we can start planning my Christmas menu! I usually aim for easy recipes during the holidays, but for Christmas I like to go all out.

Aside from all of the usual excitements like gift giving and the first snow, one of my favorite parts of Christmas is the food! I love making the perfect Christmas dinner menu for close family and friends. I start with some dips and a Christmas Charcuterie board and then it’s onto the main show.

Of course you have all the usual sides like green beans, sweet potatoes, roast potatoes and cranberry sauce, but this holiday season make a main course that will totally wow all of your guests. These easy Christmas dinner ideas will take your menu up a notch.

A traditional Christmas dinner in our house is usually on Christmas Eve. Our holiday menu has some sort of main protein like roast turkey, ham, beef or lamb. But I know lots of family’s like to make chicken or pasta too, so I’ve included some of those in these Christmas recipes.

These easy Christmas Main Dishes will be total showstoppers at your holiday parties! If you’re tired of turkey, these Christmas main dish dinner ideas are perfect for you!

Poultry Main Dishes

While most people think of a prime rib roast as a great option for the main event, broaden your mind things like roast goose and other poultry options!

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Garlic Herb Cornish Hens Recipe

4.15 from 35 votes
Roasted Cornish Hens are basted with a fresh herbs olive oil, roasted for browned crispy skin and finished with a zesty butter garlic sauce.
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Sweet Roasted Goose is a tried and true recipe for a succulent goose with crispy skin and tender meat seasoned with apple, orange and potato stuffing. Top with Cumberland Sauce. #howtocookgoose #roastgoose www.savoryexperiments.com

Sweet Roasted Goose Recipe

4.45 from 9 votes
Succulent and sweet, roasted goose is the perfect Christmas dinner meal. These easy to follow steps will have you roasting your goose like a pro!
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Crispy Duck A L’Orange Recipe- You won’t believe how easy this dish really is! Classic crispy duck a l'orange makes for a perfect holiday or special event dinner. Super juicy and flavorful meat with a crispy, seasoned skin.

Crispy Duck a l’Orange Recipe

4.23 from 22 votes
Classic crispy duck a l’orange makes for a perfect holiday or special event dinner. Super juicy and flavorful meat with a crispy, seasoned skin.
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Baked Chicken Thighs in Oven

4.56 from 67 votes
Flavorful and crispy baked chicken thighs basted with a garlic lemon butter sauce. An easy chicken dinner in the oven.
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Marry Me Chicken

4.84 from 53 votes
Juicy chicken breasts in a creamy sauce and ready in under an hour, this Marry Me Chicken recipe is the perfect weeknight meal!
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Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe

4.74 from 15 votes
Creamy Garlic Chicken is an easy chicken recipe for dinner using a homemade cream sauce, parmesan cheese, bacon, peas and sun dried tomatoes. A chicken dinner idea ready in just 30 minutes. 
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spinach stuffed chicken with apple gravy on a white plate

Stuffed Chicken with Apple Gravy

5 from 4 votes
Award winning Stuffed Chicken with Apple Gravy uses pine nuts, spinach, currants and garlic to flavor the chicken. A savory apple gravy finishes off this easy dinner recipe!
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Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

4.91 from 11 votes
When you need to get dinner for the whole family on the table quickly, make this EASY, no fuss One Pan Chicken Tetrazzini recipe!
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Crock Pot Apple Balsamic Chicken recipe

4.51 from 61 votes
Fork tender chicken breasts in a rich sweet sauce with less than 10 minutes of prep! Serve over noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.
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braised chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet

Braised Chicken Thighs

4.87 from 15 votes
Chicken thighs braised in a white wine Dijon sauce and caramelized shallots, crispy bacon and tomatoes.
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French Onion Chicken Bake

4.46 from 33 votes
If you want comfort food inspired by French onion soup, this EASY French Onion Chicken Bake should be your next weeknight dinner!
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Chicken Cutlets with Roast Tomato & Garlic

4.95 from 34 votes
Breaded chicken cutlets with a roast tomato and garlic topping and balsamic sauce served over arugula.
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caprese chicken recipe

Chicken Caprese Recipe

5 from 9 votes
This Caprese Chicken is sure to be one of your favorite grilled or baked chicken recipes. Juicy & delicious, it comes together with only 6 ingredients!
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Blackened Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs

4.86 from 7 votes
I am all for saving time on meals, and one pan meals are the best. This EASY Blackened Sheet Pan Chicken Thigh recipe is about to be your new favorite!
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Instant Pot Whole Chicken

4.94 from 33 votes
Instant Pot Whole Chicken is so EASY! With a simple cooked chicken, you can make yourself a main dish or cooked chicken for multiple other recipes!
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garlic parmesan chicken on a white plate with asparagus

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

4.25 from 8 votes
Garlic Parmesan Chicken is an easy weeknight meal option that kids love! Just 6 ingredients and dinner is made!
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chicken marsala with mushrooms in a skillet

Chicken Marsala Recipe

4.45 from 43 votes
This Chicken Marsala recipe is made in 1 pan in less than 30 minutes! Whip up this EASY dish with a rich creamy mushroom sauce on top of juicy chicken.
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Chicken Cacciatore

4.91 from 10 votes
Easy Chicken Cacciatore uses tender chicken in a tomato sauce with mushrooms, bell peppers, olives and herbs. Only takes 30 minutes from stove to plate!
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Easy Chicken Kiev

4.78 from 9 votes
Thin chicken breasts stuffed with compound butter and covered in a light Panko breading, this Chicken Kiev is an easy dinner the whole family will enjoy!
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Baked chicken with lemon and fresh herbs

Brine Recipe for Chicken

4.69 from 74 votes
This step-by-step guide will show you how to brine chicken, tips for a juicy chicken, how to get crispy chicken skin and, of course, the best chicken brine recipe!
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Creamy Asiago Chicken

4.39 from 26 votes
Creamy Asiago Chicken is a tasty and easy chicken recipe that is perfect for a weeknight meal. Mushrooms, shallots and thyme flavor this delicious dish. 
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How to Roast Chicken

5 from 7 votes
Easy steps on how to roast chicken plus the mostly frequently asked questions about baking a whole chicken answered! Moist and flavorful chicken and vegetables in under 2 hours. 
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Chai Tea Oven Roasted Chicken

5 from 6 votes
Chai Tea Oven Roasted Chicken is a baked whole chicken rubbed with spiced herb butter, root vegetables and the earthy fall flavors of Chai tea.
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Orange Marmalade chicken with orange, tarragon and olives

French Baked Chicken

4.72 from 7 votes
Orange Marmalade with orange, tarragon and olives make this delicious, sticky crust for French Baked Chicken. Use on chicken halves or chicken breasts for a delicious French dinner recipe. 
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Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe- the best lemon chicken recipe out there. Garlic and honey make this sauce bright and tasty! Serve lemon chicken over pasta, rice or toasted couscous. www.savoryexperiments.com

Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken Recipe

4.93 from 13 votes
Honey Lemon Garlic Chicken is an easy dinner recipe made with garlic and honey to make this sauce bright and tasty! Serve lemon chicken over pasta, rice or toasted couscous. 
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Walnut Crusted Chicken is a deliciously healthy, crunchy chicken with a cool dipping sauce! Made with chopped walnuts, panko bread crumbs, and fresh rosemary! #walnutcrustedchicken #rosemarychicken www.savoryexperiments.com

Walnut Crusted Chicken Recipe

4.64 from 19 votes
Walnut Crusted Chicken is a crunchy, oven-baked chicken with a zesty yogurt dipping sauce. Perfect for those craving crispy chicken cutlets, but without the fat.
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Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Pesto Spinach Stuffed Chicken are chicken breasts stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese, sun dried tomatoes and spinach. Marinated in a yogurt and basil pesto sauce, they are moist and flavorful. 
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Chicken Piccata Recipe

4.76 from 57 votes
Classic Chicken Piccata is an easy Italian recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes and explodes with flavors of lemon, caper and shallot.
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Chicken Dijon is an easy dinner recipe using chicken thighs, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, sweet onions, apple juice and of course, Dijon mustard! #chickendijon #mustardchicken #easychickenrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Chicken Dijon

4 from 2 votes
Chicken Dijon is an easy dinner recipe using chicken thighs, mushrooms, brussels sprouts, sweet onions, apple juice and of course, Dijon mustard! 
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Beer Can Chicken Recipe

5 from 4 votes
This Beer Can Chicken Recipe is made with a special blend of spices and a touch of sugar to make a zesty bark. Serve with Cola BBQ Sauce.
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chicken thigh on plate with fork and veggies

Fireman Chicken

4.74 from 102 votes
Fireman Chicken, also known as Cornell Chicken BBQ, is a classic BBQ chicken marinade that originated in upstate New York, but is making its way through the states!
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Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

5 from 7 votes
These JUICY Baked Chicken Breasts are delicious on their own with a simple seasoning, but we take it up a notch with a White Garlic Sauce!
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Honey Mustard Chicken Recipe

4.67 from 6 votes
This flavorful Honey Mustard Chicken is an amazing option. Made in one pan, this recipe comes together quickly with pantry ingredients.
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Jerk Chicken Recipe

5 from 6 votes
This affordable Jerk Chicken recipe is perfect for parties as well as weeknight dinners. Make the easy rub and bake for spicy, moist chicken!
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Pork Dinner Ideas

When I think of Christmas dinner recipes, I think of ham! And while we have plenty of ham recipes, there are also plenty of other great main course recipes too.

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Thyme Honey Baked Ham

5 from 6 votes
Thyme Honey Glazed Ham is a light and flavorful ham glaze recipe the whole family will enjoy. Simple to make and delicious to eat! 
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Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze is an easy ham glaze for your Christmas ham or any baked ham throughout the year. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar lend bold flavors. #hamglaze #christmasham #hamrecipe www.savoryexperiments.com

Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze Recipe

4.47 from 15 votes
Balsamic Cherry Ham Glaze is an easy ham glaze for your Christmas ham or any baked ham throughout the year. Tart cherries, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar lend bold flavors.
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Mustard Brown Sugar Baked Ham

4.54 from 15 votes
Mustard Brown Sugar Baked Ham is a ham glaze recipe that’s perfect for a Christmas ham or an Easter ham. One of the best easy ham recipes!
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Crown Pork Roast is the perfect special occasion or holiday meal to serve for a crowd. Tasty and impressive presentation make this a winning pork recipe!

Crown Pork Roast

4.59 from 12 votes
Crown Pork Roast is the perfect special occasion or holiday meal to serve for a crowd. Tasty and impressive presentation make this a winning pork recipe!
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Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Stuffing- one of the best pork recipes out there! This pork tenderloin recipe will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet. www.savoryexperiments.com

Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin and Stuffing

4.41 from 10 votes
Apple Spiced Pork Tenderloin is a pork tenderloin recipe  that will blow you away with aromatic spices and an apple jelly glaze, surrounding with fresh apple and ham stuffing, all cooked on the same baking sheet.
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Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze

This Balsamic Herbed Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays. But, you’ll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make!
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baked ham with pineapples

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham Recipe

4.50 from 20 votes
Brown sugar pineapple ham is a classic baked ham recipe using a mustard and brown sugar glaze with pineapples and cherries.
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Hawaiian Slow Cook Pork Loin

4.40 from 252 votes
Bring the island flavors to the table with this simple, slow cooker Hawaiian Pork loin made with pantry staples and finished with an easy to make sauce.
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slice onion pork tenderloin

French Onion Pork Loin

4.22 from 51 votes
This French Onion Pork Loin with potatoes, carrots, parsnip and onion is the perfect one-dish weeknight meal!
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Crock Pot Pork Loin Roast

4.70 from 20 votes
Use your slow cooker to make a tender pork loin roast. Serve with onion gravy and mashed potatoes for a hearty comfort meal.
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sliced pork tenderloin with roasted veggies

Herb Garlic Pork Tenderloin

4.45 from 18 votes
One Pan Garlic Herb Pork is an easy weeknight meal that roasts juicy pork with vegetables all on one pan and in just 30 minutes!
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bbq pork chop

Pork Chops in the Crock Pot

4.32 from 22 votes
These Crock Pot Pork Chops are the perfect family dinner. Super tender, cooked in BBQ sauce and a special spice rub, then smothered with bacon and cheese!
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breaded pork chop with mushrooms

Crispy Baked Pork Chops

4.70 from 13 votes
If you've never made pork chops in the oven, this shake and bake Crispy Baked Pork Chop recipe is the best! It's even better than shake and bake!
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two halves of a grilled stuffed pork chop on a plate with green beans

Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops

4.94 from 47 votes
Grilled Stuffed Pork Chops are an easy grilled pork recipe. Herb marinated pork is stuffed with bread crumbs, herbs and Parmesan cheese and grilled to flavorful perfection in just 15 minutes!
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Creamy Apple Pork Chops are a wholesome meal your whole family will enjoy. Mushrooms, apples, juicy pork chops in a savory cream sauce.

Creamy Apple Pork Chops

4 from 5 votes
Creamy Apple Pork Chops are a wholesome meal your whole family will enjoy. Mushrooms, apples, juicy pork chops in a savory cream sauce.
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Dijon Pork Chops are a simple and zesty recipe that can be grilled, baked or pan fried. A family favorite grill recipe!

Grilled Dijon Pork Chops

4.72 from 7 votes
Grilled Dijon Pork Chops are a favorite for pork on the grill. A zesty and easy pork marinade recipes perfect for grilled or baked pork chops!
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Butter Sage Cast Iron Pork Chop Recipe

4.80 from 55 votes
Butter Sage Pork Chops are pan seared pork chops in a simple butter, garlic and sage sauce. Sear in cast iron and then finish in the oven for the best pork chop recipe ever! 
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Pineapple Balsamic Pork Chops are a quick and easy meal that combine sweet balsamic vinegar and pineapple with garlic and onions for a well-balanced and easy meal! #porkchoprecipes #balsamicporkchops www.savoryexperiments.com

Pineapple Balsamic Pork Chop Recipe

4.86 from 14 votes
Pineapple Balsamic Pork Chops are a quick and easy meal that combine sweet balsamic vinegar and pineapple with garlic and onions for a well-balanced and easy meal!
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Fruit Smothered Pork Chops are pan fried pork chops with a zesty dried fruit sauce, taking 30 minutes from start to finish! #fruitsmotheredporkchops #panfriedporkchops www.savoryexperiments.com

Fruit Smothered Pork Chop Recipe

4.34 from 9 votes
Fruit Smothered Pork Chops are pan fried pork chops with a zesty dried fruit sauce, taking 30 minutes from start to finish! 
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onion grilled pork chops on a plate

Onion Grilled Pork Chop Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Use Onion Soup Mix and a few other key ingredients to make a tasty marinade for pork on the grill!
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Riesling Peach Glazed Ham Recipe

4.53 from 23 votes
This Riesling Peach Glazed Ham Recipe is a beautifully caramelized baked ham with peach brown sugar glaze.
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Smothered Pork Chops

4.17 from 12 votes
These Smothered Pork Chops combine pan-seared pork chops with a rich onion gravy that's so flavorful — it's the best comfort food recipe!
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Beef Christmas Dinner Ideas

From a simple recipe like pan fried steak to something more elegant like prime rib, these Christmas mains are sure to be a winner at your house!

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Italian Beef Braciole Recipe (without Egg)

4.73 from 59 votes
This EASY Beef Braciole recipe is the best Italian comfort food! Juicy flank steak, tomato sauce, herbs and cheese make up this delicious Italian rolled steak!
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Pan Fried Steak

4.41 from 25 votes
How to make a Pan Fried Steak at home is easier than you think with my step-by-step instructions and easy steak seasoning!
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Best Rib Roast Recipe

4.47 from 39 votes
The best prime rib recipes using a flavorful herb crust, Dijon mustard and zesty creamy horseradish sauce. Easy instructions and images!
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Baked Eye of Round Roast

4.20 from 15 votes
This Baked Eye of Round Roast is the easiest way to make delicious roast beef in your oven! Slice your roast beef and serve with a flavorful gravy made from the drippings.
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Steak Frites

4.84 from 84 votes
A juicy seasoned steak over crispy French fried potatoes, topped with tangy maitre d’hotel butter and served with sauteed garlic mushrooms and onions.
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