Chicken is synonymous with quick weeknight dinners, and it's an ingredient we reach for time and time again. It's hardly a stretch to make chicken more kid-friendly, as it's already adaptable to a myriad of flavors and cooking techniques.
These 12 recipes have been thoroughly vetted by my family, which includes two hungry kiddos, to be winning weeknight chicken dinners everyone will love.
Yes, chicken fingers are an obvious choice for a kid-friendly recipe list, but here is what adults will love about this dinner: The almond flour gives these chicken fingers a deeply nutty flavor and perfectly complements the tangy yogurt sauce.
Consider this oven-baked chicken schnitzel and you'd be right to expect it to be crispy on the outside while still remaining moist and tender on the inside. Serve it with applesauce for the kids to dip their pieces into and on top of a quick green salad for the grown-ups.
These super-crispy pieces of garlicky chicken cook up incredibly quickly, so make sure that you have your sides ready to go. One of these five-minute side dishes is an ideal companion to this quick chicken.
I cannot tell you how many times my children have devoured these sweet and sour chicken chicken thighs, because it has happened so often. What is really nice about this recipe is that it is almost entirely hands-off so you can help with homework while it cooks.
Do you have a ranch-obsessed kid? My 6-year-old would eat anchovies dipped in the stuff! These wraps rely on a homemade sauce, and the chicken is sliced to make it cook even faster.
Don't be intimidated by the idea of Alfredo sauce! I promise this one is both quick and easy and will absolutely upgrade your regular pasta, chicken, and broccoli routine.
Dip for dinner is a revelation your kids will love. This one is made super creamy with white beans and studded with corn and peppers.
Get ready for a creamy, dreamy tortellini soup that is so easy to make. Throw in any vegetables that needs using up, including anything in your freezer stash, and finish this soup off with shredded chicken and store-bought tortellini.
Grab a rotisserie chicken and some pre-made gnocchi at the store and you can serve up this soup in about 15 minutes of prep time. It's another recipe to put together with any vegetables you've got on hand.
Yes, meatballs can totally be a weeknight affair! You can always prepare them on the weekend and then cook them up whenever you need them, or just mix these up and bake them in the oven while the pasta boils.
We really love the sauce for this stir-fry, so much so that I can sneak a ton of vegetables that might not otherwise be enjoyed by my kids into this dish with ease. Feel free to skip the rice and serve this over noodles or quinoa if you need too.
Pizza will always win with kids and adults alike. This one is especially adept at using up a few pieces of chicken, that cup of tomato sauce, the last of the barbecue sauce, and that half an onion in the fridge. Do yourself a favor and buy store-bought dough for this easy dinner.