Family Dinner Ideas & Recipes

Here are our best dinner ideas for the family to keep your weeknight dinners stress-free and family-approved. Find over 2,470 recipes for family dinners here on Allrecipes.

Staff Picks

Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Rating: 4.57 stars
This kid friendly, quick, and easy baked chicken makes great leftovers for chicken salad!

Simple Hamburger Stroganoff

Rating: 4.3 stars
I've always loved the taste of a good Stroganoff, but I hated the expense and preparation of beef tips or steak or roast beef to make it. So I created my own creamy Stroganoff.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

Rating: 4.57 stars
This is a recipe that we have made in our family for many years--everyone loves it. It's a very basic and easy variation on mac 'n cheese.

Slow Cooker Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos

Rating: 3.25 stars
This has quickly become one of our favorite dinners in our house. My husband and I add jalapenos and hot sauce. My son loves these topped with cheese and sour cream as well. It's from a bunch of different recipes; I just took out what I loved most about each one and threw it together. It's quick and easy, and with the leftover chicken (when there is any) I make a pot pie or chicken and dumplings.

Sloppy Tots

Rating: 4.29 stars
Kid-favorite, quick and easy meal for a busy night.

Italian Turkey Zoodles

Rating: 4.52 stars
This is an easy low-carb pasta with tomato meat sauce that is so yummy, and has a mild kick.

Cabbage Balushka or Cabbage and Noodles

Rating: 4.55 stars
This Hungarian favorite is cabbage, onions, and egg noodles cooked in butter. Salt and pepper to taste. So easy, so good.

My Kid's Favorite Pork Chops

Rating: 4.4 stars
This is a no-brainer. You can either cook these on top of the range or throw them into the oven on a low temperature. Serve with white rice.

BBQ Chicken Breasts in the Oven

Rating: 4.7 stars
Make this quick and easy BBQ chicken breast in the oven for those times when you want a good meal but don't feel like fussing. Nuke a few potatoes for baked, steam some fresh broccoli or saute some green beans, and you got dinner in about an hour.

Hamburger Steak with Onions and Gravy

Rating: 4.61 stars
An easy-to-make classic featuring tasty hamburger 'steaks' smothered in gravy and onions. Traditionally served with hot white rice or potatoes, it's a great way to dress up a pound of ground beef and you probably have all the ingredients on hand!

Basic Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Rating: 4.69 stars
Perfectly crisp hot dogs and toasted buns made in minutes with the help of your air fryer. Top with ketchup, mustard, relish, chili, or condiments of choice.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Rating: 4.7 stars
These are pretty darn close to those Chick-fil-A sandwiches found in the mall food court. I like to make them on Sundays. Serve with waffle fries!

Inspiration and Ideas

7 Easy Family Dinners
Cooking for the family doesn't have to be a big deal. Get ready for a week of fuss-free family meals.
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Rating: Unrated
"Our entire family loved this, and that is hard to do!" – Janet80

Better than Cracker Barrel® Chicken 'n Dumplings

Rating: 4.05 stars

My Grandma grew up on a farm and this was her recipe - no shortcuts but still pretty easy. For best results you must use a whole chicken and flour. You can also use some chicken stock for added flavor. The trick is the lemon which makes the chicken tender and adds flavor to the soup. Leftovers won't last very long with this.