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28 Southern and Soul Food Dinners That Satisfy the Whole Family

FEBRUARY 13, 2023
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SOUTHERN AND SOUL FOOD
28 Southern and Soul Food Dinners That Satisfy the Whole Family
If you’re looking for a meal that speaks to your soul, you’ve come to the right place. From comforting mac and cheese to classic fried chicken, these 28 Southern and soul food main dishes are sure to hit the spot. From time-honored recipes passed down through generations to contemporary adaptations of Southern favorites, you’ll find something everyone can enjoy. Whether it's shrimp, sausage, chicken, or even a vegan version of Southern classics, we've got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or an indulgent weekend feast, this collection of Southern and soul food main dishes has it all. So grab a seat at the table and get ready to dig in.
Tornadough Alli

Chicken Fried Chicken

Easy and delicious this Chicken Fried Chicken is a quick and flavorful dinnertime recipe that brings the whole family to the table, with minimal ingredients it's a simple and comforting meal.
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30 min
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862
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$1.58
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Chicken Fried Chicken
The Recipe Critic

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan is so incredibly easy but packed with such amazing cajun flavor! This is a healthy and delicious meal that is also great for meal prep!
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73,182
1,143
20 min
TOTAL TIME
502
CALORIES
$4.37
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan
Elf Proclaimed Foodie

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun Shrimp Pasta with a spicy and rich cream sauce is a quick and easy dinner recipe with just the right amount of kick!
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168.1k
2.9k
15 min
TOTAL TIME
419
CALORIES
$1.74
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp Pasta
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Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

This easy Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet is the perfect easy and filling weeknight dinner, packed with plenty of smoky-spicy flavor!
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44,660
887
45 min
TOTAL TIME
561
CALORIES
$2.37
PER SERVING
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Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet
Half Baked Harvest

Lighter Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Spicy flavor, bell peppers, crispy chicken, plus the best creamy sauce...all made in just one pot in 30 mins!
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17,328
128
25 min
TOTAL TIME
612
CALORIES
$2.51
PER SERVING
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Lighter Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Creme de la Crumb

Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet

This Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet is a one-pot wonder full of flavorful shrimp and rice with a Cajun seasoning that the entire family will enjoy!
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1.3k
30 min
TOTAL TIME
561
CALORIES
$2.68
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Rice Skillet
Rabbit and Wolves

Vegan Blackened Tofu with Cheesy Grits

Healthy baked blackened tofu served with super cheesy easy grits. The ultimate comfort food!
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489
30 min
TOTAL TIME
568
CALORIES
$2.85
PER SERVING
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Vegan Blackened Tofu with Cheesy Grits
Mom Can

Southern Fried Chicken Tender Strips

Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders with tons of spices! The best darn flavor for Southern Chicken Tenders.
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5
45 min
TOTAL TIME
1121
CALORIES
$8.09
PER SERVING
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Southern Fried Chicken Tender Strips
The Johan

Southern Fried Chicken: The Perfect Comfort Food

Southern Fried Chicken is the perfect comfort food - and this ultimate version gets extra crispy and tasty every damn time.
8
512
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$1.78
PER SERVING
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Southern Fried Chicken: The Perfect Comfort Food
The MOM 100 Cookbook

Cheesy Jambalaya and Cajun Sausage Bake

Two shortcut ingredients get you to a comforting, inexpensive family-friendly casserole.
210
76
50 min
TOTAL TIME
434
CALORIES
$1.47
PER SERVING
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Cheesy Jambalaya and Cajun Sausage Bake
Half Baked Harvest

Oven Fried Southern Hot Honey Chicken

This Oven Fried Chicken is a slightly healthier, and much easier, take on the famous Nashville Hot Chicken. Breaded in corn flakes, oven baked, and finished with a beyond perfect sweet and spicy honey butter sauce, this is a chicken dinner that's sure to be loved by all!
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64,617
45 min
TOTAL TIME
530
CALORIES
$1.35
PER SERVING
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Oven Fried Southern Hot Honey Chicken
Courtney's Sweets

Mississippi Pot Roast

Mississippi Pot Roast is a 7 ingredient beef crockpot recipe. This crock pot Mississippi pot roast is bursting with flavor and form tender.
2
13 min
TOTAL TIME
711
CALORIES
$3.19
PER SERVING
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Mississippi Pot Roast
Charisse Yu

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage

This easy cajun shrimp recipe with veggies and sausage is perfect for a hot summer day. Cooked in less than 15 minutes, this will be your family's favorite!
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30
247
CALORIES
$2.62
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage
Taste of Home

Blend of the Bayou

My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me when I first moved to Louisiana. It's been handed down in my husband's family for generations. It's quick to prepare, nutritious and beautiful. I've passed it on to my children, too. —Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
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24
1,172
45 min
TOTAL TIME
655
CALORIES
$3.94
PER SERVING
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Blend of the Bayou
Chelsea's Messy Apron

One Pot Creamy Cajun Sausage & Veggie Pasta

This Cajun Sausage Pasta is deliciously creamy, perfectly spiced, and deeply savory. Plus, we've made it a little bit lighter -- no heavy cream needed!
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108
40 min
TOTAL TIME
690
CALORIES
$2.42
PER SERVING
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One Pot Creamy Cajun Sausage & Veggie Pasta
Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes

Vegan Étouffée

Étouffée is a luxurious stew from Louisiana that's typically made with shellfish. In this delicious, veggie-packed vegan version, bits of golden, chewy tofu spiced with Cajun seasoning make an appetizing stand-in for the seafood.
10
367
38
40 min
TOTAL TIME
396
CALORIES
$4.14
PER SERVING
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Vegan Étouffée
Delish

Cajun-Stuffed Chicken

Looking for new ways to switch up your weeknight routine? This Cajun-Stuffed Chicken is the best!
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31,504
2,068
40 min
TOTAL TIME
434
CALORIES
$1.96
PER SERVING
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Cajun-Stuffed Chicken
Skinny Taste

Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Dinner

This fast and easy Cajun Shrimp recipe is a meal-in-one, made with shrimp, sausage, and lots of colorful vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash and bell peppers.
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237.0k
10.6k
30 min
TOTAL TIME
313
CALORIES
$4.17
PER SERVING
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Air Fryer Cajun Shrimp Dinner
The Recipe Critic

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies. This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!
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28.2k
15 min
TOTAL TIME
339
CALORIES
$2.86
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet
Mom's Dinner

Cajun Pasta Recipe

Cajun pasta is a delicious dinner. Penne pasta, peppers, onions, smoked beef sausage are coated in a creamy cajun sauce with plenty of seasonings.
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331
11
35 min
TOTAL TIME
803
CALORIES
$2.05
PER SERVING
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Cajun Pasta Recipe
All The Nourishing Things

Instant Pot Bacon-Jalapeño Baked Beans

Get out your pressure cooker and make the perfect healthy side dish for bar-b-ques, potlucks, and cookouts! These nourishing beans, with their slightly spicy, sweet, bacon-y flavor, are soaked so they're digestible and gas-free!
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551
35
30 min
TOTAL TIME
142
CALORIES
$1.36
PER SERVING
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Instant Pot Bacon-Jalapeño Baked Beans
Tastes Better from Scratch

Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo

This Authentic New Orleans Gumbo is made with a dark roux, vegetables, chicken, sausage, and shrimp, and served over rice.
3,727
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1 hr 20 min
TOTAL TIME
984
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$5.70
PER SERVING
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Authentic New Orleans Style Gumbo
Cooktoria

Cajun Salmon

This Cajun Salmon recipe is an ultra-easy and flavorful dinner to make during your busy weeknights. It’s ready in less than 30 minutes.
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24.0
25 min
TOTAL TIME
513
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$5.04
PER SERVING
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Cajun Salmon
Sweet and Savory Meals

Baked Crack Chicken

Baked Crack Chicken is creamy and cheesy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside! Addictingly delicious, loaded with flavors and so easy to make!
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85,016
250
30 min
TOTAL TIME
1152
CALORIES
$3.62
PER SERVING
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Baked Crack Chicken
Healthy Fitness Meals

Cajun Shrimp Sausage Skillet

A zesty one-pan meal that’s ready in just 20 minutes!
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103.2k
124.0
20 min
TOTAL TIME
325
CALORIES
$3.98
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Cajun Shrimp Sausage Skillet
100k Recipes

Cajun Shrimp Pasta

Cajun shrimp pasta is a great alternative for a family dinner or even a fancy meal served to guests.
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20 min
TOTAL TIME
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CALORIES
$3.76
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp Pasta
The Recipe Critic

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet

Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet is the BEST 20 minute meal packed with awesome cajun flavor with shrimp, sausage, and summer veggies. This makes a great low carb meal and is also great for meal prep!
108
231.4k
27.1k
15 min
TOTAL TIME
339
CALORIES
$2.86
PER SERVING
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Cajun Shrimp and Sausage Vegetable Skillet
Sweet Tea and Thyme

Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern baked macaroni and cheese, also called soul food mac and cheese, is the ultimate in comfort food. My authentic recipe has five cheeses, is creamy, rich and comforting, and stays true to the cultural classic.
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$1.83
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Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese