The main event. The main squeeze. The main…well, you get it. It’s called main for a reason, and when it’s all said and done, they’ll always remember the entree, which is why we’ve compiled the Chowhound community’s most-shared main course recipes of the year!
The list has a bit of everything from simpler one-pot weeknight meals, like green chicken chili, to higher-degree-of-difficulty endeavors like David Chang’s Bo Ssam (roasted pork) from his popular restaurant, Momofuku. Other celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller (French Laundry and Per Se), and Rachael Ray (“The Rachael Ray Show”) made our list, showing off their distinct styles in popular entree recipes like simple roast chicken and turkey chimichangas. This list sports a decidedly international flair too, with cuisines represented from every corner of the globe, from Korean Japchae (sweet potato noodle stir-fry) to Greek lamb meatballs, and a whole lot in between.
Whether it’s a Trinidadian chicken showstopper for your next dinner party or tuna noodle casserole for Tuesday, you can be sure these 38 main courses were shared more than any others for a reason. So get ready to scroll through the year’s best, and discover a few new favorites for your 2019 recipe rotation!
Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale, Food52
This vegetarian main has everything; spicy Sriracha, salty soy, nutty sesame, and sweet coconut to breathe a whole lot of life and love into kale and baked tofu. Tons of flavor and zero guilty feelings afterward. Try Food52’s Baked Tofu with Coconut Kale recipe yourself.
Wüsthof Classic Hollow-Edge Santoku, $79.96 on Sur La Table
This Asian-style chef’s knife will never let you down.
Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce, Serious Eats
Chicken over rice with white sauce is about as famous in New York as corrupt politicians. Replicate the beloved street eats with this seriously spot-on recipe. Try Serious Eats’ Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce recipe yourself.
Smoked Turkey Baked Chimichangas, Food Network
Rachael Ray slays this slightly healthier version of a traditional Mexican chimichanga. A perfect winter stick-to-your-bones weeknight meal that ain’t’ nobody gonna complain about! Try Food Network’s Smoked Turkey Baked Chimichangas recipe yourself.
Foolproof Pan Pizza, Serious Eats
As pizza wars rage on for Chicago’s deep dish and New York’s thin crust, skillet or “pan pizza” makes a sneaky but sound case for consideration as one of the top contenders. Check out this recipe and decide. Try Serious Eats’ Foolproof Pan Pizza recipe yourself.
Pulled Jerk Chicken Recipe, Chowhound
A slow cooked pulled chicken is family-friendly, versatile in its uses and a good one to have in your repertoire. Try our Pulled Jerk Chicken recipe for yourself.
Silky Smooth Macaroni and Cheese, Modernist Cuisine
This recipe tweaks the science of mac and cheese to ensure maximum flavor and optimal texture for your next comforting batch. Add chicken or other protein for a more rounded main course. Try Modernist Cuisine’s Silky Smooth Macaroni and Cheese recipe for yourself.
Thomas Keller’s Simple Roast Chicken, Epicurious
One of the true masters of modern cooking, Keller shares his technique for simple roast chicken with thyme and dijon mustard. Try Epicurious’ Thomas Keller’s Simple Roast Chicken recipe for yourself.
Trini-Chinese Chicken, New York Times
A truly unique combination of flavor makes this island-inspired chicken recipe anything but ordinary and an excellent option for entertaining. Try the New York Times’ Trini-Chinese Chicken recipe for yourself.
Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt, Chowhound
A Greek spin on meatballs perfect as finger foods at a social gathering or to serve over couscous for a light and bright main course. Try our Lamb Meatballs with Lemon-Cumin Yogurt recipe for yourself.
Calphalon Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Cookware, Skillet, 12-inch, $24.99 on Amazon
No kitchen is complete without one.
Savoury Bundt Cake, Best Home Chef
Curried Chicken and Vegetable Pan Roast, Food & Wine
Everything you need to feed a crowd without a lot of muss or fuss. This one-pan meal has certainly made the rounds for good reason. Try Food & Wine’s Curried Chicken and Vegetable Pan Roast recipe for yourself.
Pork Stew with Sweet and Hot Peppers, Epicurious
A hot and hearty stew in the style of Italy’s Abruzzo region. Simple ingredients combine for a surprisingly complex finishing flavor. Try Epicurious’ Pork Stew with Sweet and Hot Peppers recipe for yourself.
Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime, Serious Eats
Surprising and oft-overlooked spices like sumac and turmeric take center stage in this perfect weeknight meal recipe. Try Serious Eats’ Turmeric Chicken with Sumac and Lime recipe for yourself.
Easy Lasagna, Chowhound
Lasagna is on the Mount Rushmore of comfort food. Master this basic recipe and you can tweak with countless variations. Try our Easy Lasagna recipe for yourself.
Tofu Triangles in Creamy Nut Butter Sauce with Scallions, Epicurious
No one will be calling tofu “bland” when it’s served with this mighty nut-butter sauce. Try Epicurious’ Tofu Triangles in Creamy Nut Butter Sauce with Scallions recipe for yourself.
Mahi Mahi with Smashed White Beans and Sage, Bon Appetit
Last-minute dinner party? This simple, rustic, crowd-pleaser will have all your friends saying “how does he/she do it!?” Try Bon Appetit’s Mahi Mahi with Smashed White Beans and Sage recipe for yourself.
Ginger Braised Pork Meatballs in Coconut Broth, Food & Wine
An Eastern-inspired meatball recipe to add to your repertoire when you’ve simply had too much red gravy this week. Try Food & Wine’s Ginger Braised Pork Meatballs in Coconut Broth recipe for yourself.
Russ Parson/s Dry-Brined Turkey a.k.a. The Judy Bird, Food52
It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s turkey masterpiece and how you’ll outdo yourself. Try Food52’s Russ Parson’s Dry-Brined Turkey a.k.a. The Judy Bird recipe for yourself.
Oslo End Grain Utility Board, $59.99 on Amazon
Strong enough to prep on and pretty enough to serve on!
Chipotle Meatballs, Cookstr
Meatballs get a warm and spicy Mexican twist in this meatball recipe to make for lunch, dinner, or as a fun appetizer. Try Cookstr’s Chipotle Meatballs recipe for yourself.
Who Loves Ya Baby-Back? Baby Back Ribs, Food Network
Not a quick one, but good baby back ribs are always a labor of love that rewards handsomely in the end (and Alton Brown knows his stuff). Try Food Network’s Who Loves Ya Baby-Back? Baby Back Ribs recipe for yourself.
Mexican Roadside Chicken with Green Onions, Serious Eats
A flavor-packed, spice-rubbed chicken recipe with a char that lets you know it’s summer and good times are afoot. Try Serious Eats’ Mexican Roadside Chicken with Green Onions recipe for yourself
Cashew Chicken Curry with Cilantro Sauce, Serious Eats
A good curry can be a bit of an undertaking, both in the kitchen but also in the grocery store. This cashew curry only requires eight ingredients (as long as you count garam masala as only one). Try Serious Eats’ Cashew Chicken Curry with Cilantro Sauce recipe for yourself.
Harissa Chicken, David Lebovitz
The heat of harissa in this recipe is combatted by a cool, creamy, and herbaceous yogurt sauce. Try David Lebovitz’s Harissa Chicken recipe for yourself.
Chicken Parmigiana with Cherry Tomatoes, Weekly Greens
Surely unlike any other chicken parm you’ve had but rejoice in the fraction of calories you’re consuming. Try Weekly Greens’ Chicken Parmigiana with Cherry Tomatoes recipe for yourself.
One-Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Tarragon, Food52
We’re all about one-pan meals, and it seems the rest of the world is too, having shared this simple but delicious recipe far and wide. Try Food52’s One-Pan Roasted Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Tarragon recipe for yourself
Pressure Cooker Green Chili Chicken, Serious Eats
Green tomatoes (or “tomatillos)” assume the base in this hearty chicken chili. Try Serious Eats’ Pressure Cooker Green Chili Chicken recipe for yourself.
Momofukus’ Bo Ssam, New York Times
This is not exactly a quickie weeknight meal but that David Chang’s name is on it means you should definitely give it a shot. Roast pork shoulder gets an overnight cure and is served with lettuce wraps and kimchi. Keto-friendly for sure. Try the New York Times’ Momofukus’ Bo Ssam recipe for yourself.
Basic Fish Baked in Parchment, Chowhound
Fish cooked in paper or “en papillote” is a fun way to healthily steam fresh fish. Use something flaky like cod, bass or halibut. Try our Basic Fish Baked in Parchment recipe for yourself.
Lamb Stew with Spinach Sauce, Epicurious
Keep frozen lamb and a jar of garam masala on hand for cold evening stew emergencies. Nothing else quite compares. Try Epicurious’ Lamb Stew with Spinach Sauce recipe for yourself.
Tuna Noodle Casserole, Epicurious
Of another era, to say the least, but tuna noodle casserole is as warming and satisfying as anything on a frigid night. Try Epicurious’ Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe for yourself.
Roasted Butterflied Chicken with Cardamom and Yogurt, Food52
There is something about clove, cardamom, and coriander. Like a good jazz trio, they accent and complement each other so well, resulting in harmonious, layered flavors. Try Food52’s Roasted Butterflied Chicken with Cardamom and Yogurt recipe for yourself.
Rajas Quesadillas, Chowhound
As long as you’ve got flour tortillas hanging around, you probably also have everything else needed for this simple, gooey, and delicious quesadilla. Try our Rajas Quesadillas recipe for yourself.
GreenPan Diamond + Evershine 10-Piece Set, $499.96 on Sur La Table
The ultimate cookware set.
Black Cod with Miso, Food & Wine
The thousands of rave reviews this cod dish has gotten at Nobu, where it was conceived, can’t be a coincidence. Now you can try it out at home! Try Food & Wine’s Black Cod with Miso recipe for yourself.
Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps, Bon Appetit
Chicken larb is having a moment, and eating it with lettuce wraps keeps the carb count down. Try Bon Appetit’s Chicken Larb Lettuce Wraps recipe for yourself.
Japchae Sweet Potato Starch Noodles Stir Fried with Veggies, Maang Chi
Look for Korean sweet potato starch noodles in most specialty markets or the international aisle in your big supermarket, and use any popular Asian vegetables that suit your taste. Try Maang Chi’s Japchae Sweet Potato Starch Noodles Stir Fried with Veggies recipe for yourself.
One-Pot Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodle, Chowhound
Beef Stroganoff is one of those classic warming comfort foods, and when you’re craving it, nothing else will do! Try our One-Pot Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodle recipe for yourself.
Truckadero Stew Recipe, Genius Kitchen
Ron Swanson would approve of this hearty, meaty stew. Try Genius Kitchen’s Truckadero Stew Recipe recipe for yourself.
Crispy Chickpeas and Lamb with Greens and Garlicky Yogurt, WPR
Spicy lamb and crispy chickpeas are cooled down by a yogurt sauce in this flavorful main course. Try WPR’s Crispy Chickpeas and Lamb with Greens and Garlicky Yogurt recipe for yourself.
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