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25 Kid-Friendly Chicken Recipes (Easy Dinner Ideas)

These kid-friendly chicken recipes will delight the entire family! 

While all kids are cute and adorable, most of them are super hard to feed. We all know how picky they can be with their food!

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Those who’ve experienced it know just how awful it feels to slave away in the kitchen for a dish that they won’t dare touch.

Healthy Chicken Dinner with Tomatoes and Pasta

So if you want no-fail dishes that will have even the snootiest eaters begging for seconds for, this collection is for you.

With these recipes, you won’t waste another minute or ingredient with a dish they won’t enjoy.

All these dishes use chicken as the main ingredient, so you already know they’ll be a hit. I have yet to meet a youngster that doesn’t eat this tasty protein.

Impressing kids with food doesn’t have to be difficult. These dishes are so heavenly, no kid or adult can resist.

1. Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Let’s kick things off with an obvious choice. Even with a regular recipe, no kid can say no to delectable enchiladas.

This kid-friendly version only calls for four ingredients – chicken, corn tortillas, enchilada sauce, and cheese – but it yields impressive results. 

Of course, you’ll have to use a mild enchilada sauce to suit their sensitive tastebuds, but other than that, this recipe is pure perfection.

2. Dino Buddies Chicken Parmesan

The name of the dish alone already tells you it’s excellent for kids. 

Level up the classic chicken nuggets by turning them into chicken parmesan! This simple transformation makes processed food healthier, tastier, and more filling.

It couldn’t be simpler, either. Just top them with spaghetti sauce and cheese, and pop them in the oven.

Serve them on a bed of spaghetti noodles, and boom, lunch or dinner is served.

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3. Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Store-bought chicken nuggets are undeniably delicious. Even I can’t resist a bite of this addictive treat. 

But we all know unhealthy this processed junk food is. Thankfully, with this easy recipe, you can make a much more wholesome version at home.

These chicken nuggets are a copycat of the oh-so scrumptious Chick-fil-A nuggets.

I’ve tried the recipe, and I’m happy to report that it makes a pretty accurate replica.

Homemade Chicken Tenders

4. Bisquick Chicken Tenders

These chicken tenders are crispy-crunchy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. 

The secret is in the breading, which is a blend of Bisquick mix, seasonings, and parmesan cheese.

The combination makes the tenders loaded with savory and nutty flavors.

The tenders are baked, not fried, so they’re not greasy or fattening at all. It’s a tasty and healthy snack everyone will enjoy.

5. Chicken Alfredo 

Chicken Alfredo is Italy’s gift to children. 

While other pasta dishes are coated in sauces that are either too tart, spicy, or herby for a kid, chicken Alfredo is another story.

Trust its creamy and dreamy sauce to tickle the taste buds of kids of all ages. This dish is a certified showstopper!

Cracker Barrel Fried Chicken

6. Cracker Barrel Fried Chicken

What kid doesn’t like fried chicken, am I right?

While it’s arguably every child’s favorite food, you’ll want to be careful with the seasonings.

Adding too many herbs and spices to the marinade or breading will only disappoint them.

This recipe sticks to the basics with just buttermilk, salt, and pepper. It’s a simple batter, but it absolutely gets the job done.

7. Sticky Asian Glazed Chicken

The sweet and salty flavor profile is always a big hit. It never fails to delight both kids and adults alike!

That’s why I’m 200% sure your kids will love this glazed chicken.

It’s a great way to introduce them to other cultures and cuisines without overwhelming their palate. 

8. Chicken Parmesan Pizza

Having pizza night this weekend? Instead of ordering it, why not make your own? I know exactly the recipe for you to try.

This pizza is topped with marinara, breaded and fried chicken cutlets, and lots of mozzarella.

Chicken parm and pizza combine to make this mouthwatering mash-up the kids are guaranteed to fall in love with.

9. Loaded Chicken and Potato Casserole

Chicken and potatoes are a match made in heaven. Any recipe with these two on the ingredients list is already a winner, this one included.

This casserole is bursting with chunks of chicken and potatoes and topped generously with melty cheese and smoky bacon.

Need I say more?

10. Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese Casserole

Just when you think mac and cheese couldn’t get any better, this recipe takes the classic dish to a whole new level with bacon and ranch chicken.

This mac and cheese is ridiculously meaty, cheese, and purely addictive. 

11. Nacho Chicken

Smother chicken breasts with salsa, sour cream, and tortilla chips, and what do you get? An outrageously delectable nacho chicken, that’s what!

It’s the classic Tex-Mex treat but with a meaty twist. The chicken underneath makes the snack more filling and nutritious, and not to mention, delicious.

12. 4-Ingredient Chicken Pasta Casserole

One look at this pasta casserole and you’ll already know it’s a must-try.

With all that cheese on top, it’s obviously delicious. What’s not obvious, though, is how ridiculously easy it is to make.

Seriously, it only calls for four ingredients?! It’s hard to believe, but it’s legit.

13. Crispy Sesame Chicken

This dish has mouthwatering cubes of crunchy-tender chicken coated in a sweet and sticky glaze. I’m drooling just looking at it!

While the chicken is the main component of the dish, that sweet sesame glaze steals the show.

It’s so good, you can use it to coat pasta or rice, creating a complete meal in one.

14. Butter Chicken

Butter chicken, or murgh makhani, is an Indian dish of tender chicken infused with a creamy yogurt marinade.

It’s so delectable the kids will want to lick the bowl. Serve this rich and buttery dish with Jasmine rice or naan bread for the complete Indian experience.

15. Easy Chicken Gyros

From India to Greece, these chicken gyros will bring a bright Mediterranean spin to your kids’ lunch or dinner.

Tender and juicy chicken is coated with oil, garlic, lemon juice, honey, red wine vinegar, and herbs and seasonings. 

The protein itself is already good, but wrapped in warm flatbreads, it gets even better.

16. Cheesy Chicken Taco Pockets

These taco pockets are more than just your ordinary turnovers.

These are phenomenal pastries filled with cheesy chicken and covered with crushed Doritos!

The pastry is made of refrigerated biscuit dough, so don’t worry, it’s not as difficult to make as you think it is.

17. Mini-Chicken Pot Pies

It’s everything you love in a chicken pot pie, but on a miniature scale. There’s just something so charming about mini-pot pies. 

Besides being super adorable, these pot pies are also incredibly tasty. From the flaky crust to the warm chicken filling, what’s not to love?

18. Chicken Patties (Easy Chicken Cakes)

Replace your usual beef patties with these chicken cakes and make healthier, but just as flavorful, hamburgers!

These fritters are crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

They’re loaded with gooey mozzarella, too, which makes them extra moist and extra delish, even on their own.

19. Apricot Chicken

If you’re looking for something unique to excite the kids, look no further than apricot chicken.

This one-skillet dish coats pan-fried chicken with a sweet and tangy apricot sauce. Not only is it seriously tasty, but it’s healthy to boot.

20. Sticky and Easy Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey and garlic together make the most awesome flavors. It’s crazy how two simple ingredients create magic in the kitchen!

Coat chicken (or any protein, for that matter) with this drool-worthy sauce, and voila. 

21. Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake

While spaghetti, alfredo, and mac and cheese are all fool-proof pasta dishes for kids, here’s another one I’m certain they’ll love: gnocchi.

With their soft, pillowy, and chewy texture, these dumplings will surely be a hit!

Coat them with a creamy Alfredo sauce and watch the youngsters wolf them down.

22. Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

The combination of golden, flaky puff pastry and creamy chicken filling always hits the spot.

It’s so outrageously scrumptious, the kids won’t mind the vegetables in the filling.

23. Baked Popcorn Chicken

This popcorn chicken is a ridiculously addictive snack even the adults won’t be able to resist.

It’s so crispy, tender, and so full of flavor, you’ll pop it in your mouth, one piece after another – just like popcorn!

24. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is the epitome of comfort food. 

Loaded with egg noodles, chicken, vegetables, and a creamy broth, one spoonful of this satisfying dish is like a giant hug, a cheerleader, and a shoulder to cry on, all in one.

25. Chicken Sloppy Joes

Regular sloppy joes are great, but this healthier version is also a showstopper.

It’s made of ground chicken and diced vegetables cooked in tomato sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings.

It’s perfect as a sandwich, a sauce, or just on its own. 

25 Best Kid-Friendly Chicken Recipe Collection

These kid-friendly chicken recipes take the guesswork out of dinner! From casseroles to nuggets to tenders and pizza, no kid (or adult) can resist these easy dishes!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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