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Christmas Main Dish Recipes

If you need a main dish for Christmas dinner, there are plenty of impressive options to serve guests. Browse our collection of Christmas main dish recipes for turkey, pork, chicken, ham, lasagna, stuffing and more.

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Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

Traditional Lasagna

My family first tasted this rich, classic lasagna at a friend's home on Christmas Eve. We were so impressed that it became our own holiday tradition as well. I also prepare it other times of the year. It's requested often by my sister's Italian in-laws—I consider that the highest compliment! —Lorri Foockle, Granville, Illinois

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi looks like you fussed, but it’s a snap to prepare. Lemon and herbs enhance the shrimp, and bread crumbs add a pleasing crunch. Served over pasta, this main dish is pretty enough for company. —Lori Packer, Omaha, Nebraska

Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Almond Chicken & Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce

Crispy chicken with a sweet-tart sauce is served alongside wilted spinach for this special meal. Virginia Anthony of Jacksonville, Florida says, “I created the recipe many years ago for a contest, and it won the Grand Prize! It’s easy to make and comes off as very elegant.”
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Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala

Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala

Lemon-Basil Chicken Marsala

"This melt-in-your-mouth Chicken Marsala is based on a recipe picked up in a cooking class," recalls Greta Igl in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. "But the basil and splash of lemon are my own touches. We’ve tried this dish in many restaurants, but always agree our homemade version tastes best. It’s so easy…and if we’re lucky enough to have leftovers, they reheat beautifully in the microwave.”

Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna

Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna

Cream Cheese and Swiss Lasagna

I like to fix the chunky meat sauce for this dish the day before, so the flavors can blend. It serves 12, unless you have big eaters who will definitely want seconds. —Betty Pearson, Edgewater, Maryland

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

There are no complicated steps to follow when preparing this roasted medley of tender pork and veggies. Just season with herbs, then pop in the oven for less than an hour. —Diane Martin, Brown Deer, Wisconsin

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Friends of ours served this homey dish when we visited them in Maryland. We just had to get the recipe and have since added a few items to make it even tastier.—Carole Rago, Altoona, PA

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Try this wonderfully flavored, easy-fixing, tender, slow cooker entree when you're craving turkey. —Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

Here's an easy recipe to try when you're craving turkey. It uses pantry ingredients, which is handy.— Maria Juco, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Tuscan Pork Medallions

Tuscan Pork Medallions

Tuscan Pork Medallions

Pork tenderloin gets delightful Italian flavor from prosciutto, tomatoes and garden herbs. The beautifully browned slices are quick enough for weeknights yet will impress your guest. —Lorraine Caland, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Best Lasagna

Best Lasagna

Best Lasagna

For a casual holiday meal, you can't go wrong with this rich and meaty lasagna. My grown sons and daughter-in-law request it for their birthdays, too. —Pam Thompson, Girard, Illinois
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