12 Kid-Friendly Chicken Dinners for Busy Weeknights

12 Kid-Friendly Chicken Dinners for Busy Weeknights

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Meghan Splawn
Apr 5, 2018
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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.

1. Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Yogurt-Herb Dip

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.

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2. How To Bake Crispy, Juicy Chicken in the Oven

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.

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3. Jacques Pépin's Garlic Chicken Breasts

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.

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4. Arnold Palmer Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs

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.

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5. Ranch Chicken Wraps

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.

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6. Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

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.

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7. White Chicken Chili Skillet Dip

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.

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8. Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup

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.

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9. Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

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.

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10. How To Make Juicy Chicken Meatballs

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.

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11. Easy One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables and Rice

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.

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12. BBQ Chicken Pizza

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.

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