Chicken Paprikash cooking in a skillet.

15 Dinners That Scream ‘This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Recipe’

Looking for easy dinners that break the mold of traditional meals? Dive into these 15 tasty and straightforward recipes, perfect for shaking up your dinner routine. They’re not only simple to make but are designed to surprise and delight anyone looking to add a bit of excitement to their evening meals. Get ready to explore flavors and combinations that stand out from the usual fare.


Turkey Chili in white bowl.
Turkey Chili. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Chili is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for dinners, especially on chilly evenings. Its hearty nature and ability to make it in advance, make it a warming and fulfilling meal that eases the dinner rush. Get the recipe: Chili

Chicken Cheesy Skillet

Cheesy Chicken in a skillet.
Cheesy Chicken Skillet. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

The Chicken Cheesy Skillet combines seasoned chicken with gooey cheese in a comforting meal. Perfect for busy weeknights, this dish demonstrates how simple ingredients can come together to create a heartwarming meal. With its easy preparation and satisfying flavors, it’s an ideal choice for enhancing your dinner routine without added stress. Get the recipe: Chicken Cheesy Skillet

Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Paprikash cooking in a skillet.
Chicken Paprikash. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Chicken Paprikash introduces the comforting spices of Hungarian cuisine into your dinner rotation, enriching your chicken dinner repertoire with its creamy and flavorful stew. This dish provides a taste of international cuisine without the need for complex preparation, making it a perfect choice for a cozy and flavor-packed meal. Get the recipe: Chicken Paprikash

Chicken Baklava

Keto Baklava on a white plate.
Keto Baklava. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Chicken Baklava offers an innovative dinner choice by blending the unusual pairing of savory and sweet flavors. It’s an excellent option for those seeking to add excitement to their dinner routine with something easy yet out of the ordinary. Get the recipe: Chicken Baklava

Chicken Fricassee

Chicken Fricassee in a skillet.
Chicken Fricassee. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Chicken Fricassee delivers tender chicken in a creamy sauce with vegetables, offering a sophisticated yet comforting meal for dinners. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a chicken dinner with a touch of elegance. Get the recipe: Chicken Fricassee

Butter Chicken

Keto Butter Chicken on a white plate.
Butter Chicken. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Butter Chicken introduces the creamy, aromatic delights of Indian cuisine, providing an easy yet flavorful option for a chicken dinner. This dish offers a fantastic opportunity to explore unique flavors, making it a perfect choice for introducing diverse tastes to your dinner rotation. Get the recipe: Butter Chicken

Burrito Bowls

Burrito Bowls in white bowl.
Burrito Bowls. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Burrito Bowls offer a customizable and quick dinner solution, allowing each person to tailor their meal to their preferences. This simple dish is easy to assemble, making it a convenient choice for a satisfying dinner that accommodates varied tastes with minimal effort. Get the recipe: Burrito Bowls

Brown Sugar Crockpot Pork

Brown Sugar Crockpot Pork on a white plate.
Brown Sugar Crockpot Pork. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Brown Sugar Crockpot Pork offers effortless dinner preparation with its slow-cooked tenderness and hint of sweetness. Ideal for busy days, this dish allows you to set it up in the morning and come home to a ready-to-eat meal, making it a convenient option for hassle-free evenings. Get the recipe: Brown Sugar Crockpot Pork

Pizza Bowls

Pizza Bowls on a white plate.
Pizza Bowls. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Pizza Bowls offer a fun twist on traditional pizza flavors, providing an easy-to-make dinner option. Their customizable nature and simplicity make them perfect for nights when you crave a quick and enjoyable meal without the fuss. Get the recipe: Pizza Bowls

Tex Mex Chicken

Tex mex chicken on foil.
Tex Mex Chicken. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Tex Mex Chicken combines bold spices and bright vegetables, making it an exciting choice for dinner. Bursting with flavor, this dish offers a delightful twist on traditional chicken dinners, adding a spicy kick to your mealtime repertoire. Get the recipe: Tex Mex Chicken

Creamy Chicken with Sage and Spinach

Keto Creamy Chicken with Sage and Spinach in a skillet.
Keto Creamy Chicken with Sage and Spinach. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

This dish marries the rich flavor of sage with the health benefits of spinach, offering an exceptional choice for a delicious chicken dinner. Perfect for those seeking a comforting yet slightly upscale meal, it is easy to make and ideal for busy evenings. Get the recipe: Creamy Chicken with Sage and Spinach

Meatball Casserole

Freshly baked Keto Meatball Casserole with golden, melted cheese topping, garnished with fresh herbs, in a glass casserole dish, that is sitting on a white countertop.
Keto Meatball Casserole. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

This dish transforms classic meatballs into a cozy casserole perfect for your next dinner. With its hearty ingredients and comforting flavors, it’s a satisfying option that’s easy to prepare. Whether enjoyed as a main course or a hearty snack, this Meatball Casserole promises to please even the pickiest eaters. Get the recipe: Meatball Casserole

Chicken Meatballs

A plate of savory Butter Keto Chicken Meatballs generously topped with a rich tomato-based sauce and garnished with fresh parsley, served next to a bowl of crisp green salad. 
Butter Keto Chicken Meatballs: Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Chicken Meatballs offer a lighter alternative to traditional meatballs, providing versatility and comfort in every bite. Their savory sauce adds depth of flavor, making them a perfect addition to any dinner spread. Get the recipe: Chicken Meatballs

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers on a white plate.
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers. Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers offer the delightful taste of teriyaki sauce in a light and satisfying dinner. Ideal for those craving the flavors of grilling without the fuss, these skewers provide a quick and flavorful meal option. Get the recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Taco Casserole

A close-up view of Easy Keto Taco Casserole topped with melted cheddar cheese and garnished with sliced green onions, ready to be served. 
Easy Keto Taco Casserole: Photo credit: Trina Krug.

Taco Casserole seamlessly blends the beloved flavors of tacos into a warm, baked delight, making it an ideal choice for a family dinner. This dish showcases the convenience and comfort of casseroles, offering a flavorful and hassle-free meal option perfect for family gatherings or weeknight dinners. Get the recipe: Taco Casserole

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