25+ Easy Dinner Ideas (Budget-Friendly)

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If you’re on the lookout for budget-friendly and delicious dinner options, you’ve come to the right place! Our collection of over 25 easy dinner ideas includes a range of cheap dinner ideas that won’t break the bank. From hearty pasta dishes to economical one-pot wonders, these recipes are perfect for those looking for cheap dinner ideas that are also satisfying and tasty.

creamy pasta with boursin cheese and green peas in two white bowls with glasses of white wine

Boursin Cheese Pasta

This Boursin Pasta recipe is a creamy pasta dish speckled with green peas and sun-dried tomatoes prepared on the stovetop and ready in 15 minutes!
Learn how to make baked potatoes in the oven for the perfect easy side dish! Then, make our recipe for herbed sour cream . As a result, you will have a delicious topping for your potatoes!
Tandoori Chicken Burgers – A ground chicken burger with lots of tandoori spices, ginger, and green onion. Serve on toasted naan with yogurt herb sauce.
skillet of boursin chicken with glasses of wine and bowl of rice with a plate of chicken with green beans and rice

Boursin Chicken Recipe

This Chicken with Boursin Mushroom Sauce is so simple but looks so fancy on the plate. Upscale your chicken dinner with a creamy, garlic mushroom sauce.

Easy Baked Boursin Cheese & Tomato Pasta

The soothing aroma of the Boursin cheese combined with cherry tomatoes for this baked Boursin pasta recipe will surprise your taste buds!

Delicious Chicken Marinade

This delicious chicken marinade is a simple recipe that creates a fragrant sauce and tender chicken every time. It's a staple to an easy weeknight dinner we all need.
bowl of chicken satay soup with spoon

Chicken Satay Soup

Chicken Satay Soup is made with a blend of spices and cooks into a creamy broth with shredded chicken, peanut butter, and coconut milk.
spaghetti and meatballs on a plate with garlic bread

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Italian Grandmother Spaghetti and Meatballs – I got this recipe from a borrowed Italian grandmother so I call it legit. I love making this on a weekend when I have time to chop and stir to my hearts content.

Tortellini Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Olives

A hometown classic – The Cheese Board’s Tortellini Salad – Tortellini Salad with Artichokes, Tomatoes, and Olives
chicken tortilla soup in white bowl with spoon topped with sour cream, cheese, avocado and tortillas on side

Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup is cozy, comforting and crunchy with an abundance of Mexican peppers and spices that's a make-ahead meal.
Easy Vegetarian Tamale Casserole Recipe

Vegetarian Tamale Casserole | An easy weeknight meal

This easy vegetarian tamale casserole recipe is my take on the Trashy Tamales fromThe Lazy Genius. Adaptable and very kid-friendly.
mediterranean rice salad in a bowl

Mediterranean Rice Salad

Mediterranean Rice Salad – a refreshing rice salad with orange, a pinch of cinnamon, currants, pistachios, and more. Perfectly flavorful and crunchy.
Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken

You’ll love this Honey Garlic Balsamic Chicken, a simple pan-cooked chicken breast recipe with a pan sauce made from balsamic, honey, and garlic. The whole family will love this mouthwatering dish!
make ahead mashed potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes – You can make this mashed potato casserole a day ahead of time. It puffs up like a souffle and is so incredibly decadent. I use a ricer to get my potatoes silky smooth.
BBQ chicken nacho recipe

Shredded Chicken Nachos (Slow Cooker)

Get Ready for Flavor Fiesta: Shredded Chicken Nachos! Dive into our recipe for a crowd-pleasing, cheesy delight.
bowl of asian chicken soup with dumplings

Asian Chicken Soup with Dumplings

This easy recipe for Asian Chicken Soup is full of flavor and plump vegetable dumplings. This highly versatile soup can be made with your favorite veggies and protein and is perfect as a comforting weeknight meal! 
Bean Chalupas

Bean Chalupas

Bean Chalupas – Not the prettiest meal I’ve ever made, but delicious. Crunchy corn tortillas with a lightly spiced bean filling. Top with your favorite taco toppings.

Grilled Pepper Salad

Grilled Pepper Salad with a brown sugar balsamic, blue cheese and basil.
smothered cheesy sour cream chicken with greens and potatoes on white plate with fork and knife

Sour Cream Chicken

This Sour Cream Chicken is an easy weeknight chicken recipe. Chicken is smothered in a sour cream sauce, topped with Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven!
Green Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chicken Enchiladas

You don't have to be a pro chef or hail from Mexico to cook this recipe. These green chicken enchiladas are creamy, delicious, and full of flavor.
sweet tea brined chicken recipe

Sweet Tea Brined Chicken

Sweet Tea Brined Chicken – Chicken brined in sweet tea sounds like a brillant idea, and I promise you, it is. Squeeze some grilled lemon over the chicken before serving.
chicken piccata recipe

Baked Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata – Pan fried chicken cutlets with a lemon caper sauce. One of my favorite chicken dishes in the whole world.
one pan honey mustard chicken garnished with fresh herbs

Honey Mustard Chicken

This Honey Mustard Chicken recipe is sweet, spicy and divine that works as a versatile marinade for thighs, pork chops or tenderloin.
Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad

Roast Chicken and Vegetable Salad

Tried this amazing Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Salad recipe last night, inspired by my mom’s cooking! Absolutely delish with blue cheese, pistachios, and a hint of balsamic. Perfect for healthy weeknight dinners and easy to prep ahead!
Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Pressure Cooker Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Perfectly cooked sweet potatoes that are silky smooth. I like mine with lots of salt, pepper, and butter.

Indian Butter Chicken and Basmati Rice

Indian Butter Chicken – We could eat Indian food every single day and never get tired of it. Butter Chicken is my children’s favorite. This is a great recipe that has so much flavor. Serve over rice.
oven fried chicken recipe

Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken – a buttermilk soak and a nice crust of crushed cornflakes makes for the most delicious and crunchy oven fried chicken.
easy bruschetta pasta recipe in large white bowl with serving spoons and fresh basil leaves

Easy Bruschetta Pasta

This Bruschetta Pasta is everything you love about bruschetta, bursting with a no-cooking-required fresh tomato sauce and tossed with pasta.

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