53 Dinner Recipes for Kids Even the Pickiest Eaters Will Love

From super-fast faves to long-cooking classics, these are recipes the whole fam with love.

lasagna bolognese
Ian Palmer

Whether you've got a tableful of kids or just kids at heart, these easy, healthy, and most importantly delicious kid-friendly dinner ideas will feed the whole family with a minimum of grumbling. We've got oodles of fast 20-minute kid friendly dinners as well as a few worth-it weekend comfort food meals that are well worth the time they take. Whether you're looking for fun ideas for a family night meal, or want to switch up your whole weeknight meal rotation, these dinner ideas for kids and adults are sure to result in big smiles and clean plates.

stovetop cheeseburgers on a tray with waffle fries near by and condiments and toppings surrounding
Ian Palmer
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Stovetop Cheeseburgers

If your home-burger experience is limited to cooking it on the grill, then you'll want to give this a try. It's easy, fast, and super yummy.

Get the recipe for Stovetop Cheeseburgers.

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tater tot casserole in a baking pan
Ian Palmer
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Tater Tot Casserole

Known around the Upper Midwest as "hot dish," this pure comfort-food classic is one of our favorite ways to get picky eaters to stop, well, picking, and clean their plates.

Get the recipe for Tater Tot Casserole.

cornflake crusted fish and chips in a serving tray
Ian Palmer
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Cornflake Crusted Fish and Chips

Nothing beats fish sticks for that certain kind of kid—but that doesn't mean you need to get the frozen stuff. This recipe allows you to adjust the seasoning however you like, and at 20 minutes from start to finish, it's also plenty fast!

Get the recipe for Cornflake Crusted Fish and Chips.

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bagel pizzas on a tray with a variety of toppings
Ian Palmer
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Bagel Pizzas

Whether you need a last-minute dinner or a lightning-fast snack, nothing beats this yummy dish. We've even got a sneaky-smart way to keep it a little less messy—and cook it faster.

Get the recipe for Bagel Pizzas.

mac 'n cheese with peas in bowls on a table with a kids game
Ian Palmer
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Easy-Peasy Stovetop Mac 'n Cheesy

This classic kid food (which, we'll admit to enjoying just as much as adults) is made with real cheese, but all in one pot—so it's easier than the boxed stuff. How? Check out the recipe to find out!

Get the recipe for Easy-Peasy Stovetop Mac 'n Cheesy.

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the smartest, tastiest way to make chicken quesadillas
Ian Palmer
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The Smartest, Tastiest Chicken Quesadillas

The secret to these super delicious, easy-as-pie weeknight quesadillas? A quick sauce made from flour and stock flavors the cooked veggies and helps them to stick together, so they don't fall out as you're eating.

Get the recipe for Chicken Quesadillas.

two servings of sesame chicken meatballs over rice
Ian Palmer
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Sesame Chicken Meatballs

Why are meatballs such a fun food? These playful spheres are dressed in a sweet honey-ginger sauce, just like the the take-out they're inspired by, for a kid-friendly food that adults will like, too.

Get the recipe for Sesame Chicken Meatballs.

sweet and sour chicken meatballs
Ian Palmer
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Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Meatballs

We also turned an even sweeter takeout classic, sweet and sour chicken, into a meatball. Who can resist that? (You're welcome.)

Get the recipe for Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Meatballs.

swedish meatballs with chicken
Ian Palmer
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Swedish Meatballs with Chicken

But of course the all-time best meatball is the Swedish variety. You can make these with beef but we think ground chicken tastes every bit as good, and is a bit healthier.

Get the recipe for Swedish Meatballs.

ground chicken noodle casserole in a dish
Ian Palmer
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Ground Chicken Noodle Casserole

Covered in cheese and crunchy breadcrumbs, casseroles are classic dishes with whole family appeal. If you get some whining about the green bits, do what mama always did: put a little ketchup on it.

Get the recipe for Ground Chicken Noodle Casserole.

ground chicken tacos
Ian Palmer
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Ground Chicken Tacos

Taco night: possibly the kid-friendliest dinner of them all. Cook up the ground meat, warm the shells, and put out the toppings. Everyone gets to assemble them however they want.

Get the recipe for Ground Chicken Tacos.

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cornflake chicken tenders with potatoes and peas
Brian Woodcock
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Cornflake Chicken Tenders with Potatoes and Peas

Cornflake crusts aren't just for fish sticks. We've made the other kid-food classic into a fast and easy weeknight dinner as well!

Get the recipe for Cornflake Chicken Tenders.

ultimate chicken noodle soup in a bowl
Brian Woodcock
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Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

It's not just for when your youn'uns are sick — it's also for when you're sick of you regular weeknight meals, and want something filling and yummy that everyone can eat.

Get the recipe for Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup.

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ritzy ranch mac ’n’ cheese
Hector M. Sanchez
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Ritzy Ranch Mac ’n’ Cheese

Want to see big smiles show up on everyone's faces? Serve up this cracker-covered, ranch-flavored yum-fest.

Get the recipe for Ritzy Ranch Mac ’n’ Cheese.

weeknight tex mex chicken enchiladas
Ian Palmer
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Weeknight Tex-Mex Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas are an easy way to use up extra or leftover chicken. Skipped the bottled sauce and make your own.

Get the recipe for Tex-Mex Chicken Enchiladas.

classic chicken pot pie
Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Classic Chicken Pot Pie

Topped with a golden, flaky crust and oozing creamy chicken and veggies, a scoop of this this pot pie on a cold day is pure heaven.

Get the recipe for Classic Chicken Pot Pie.

bestever easy sloppy joes
Ian Palmer
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Best-Ever Easy Sloppy Joes

Forget seasoning packets or cans of meat. Sloppy Joes are easy enough to make with fresh ingredients, and they taste far better that way.

Get the recipe for Easy Sloppy Joes.

classic weeknight meatloaf
Ian Palmer
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Classic Weeknight Meatloaf

When it comes to both comfort food and figuring out what to do with ground beef, meatloaf is never a bad option.

Get the recipe for Weeknight Meatloaf.

tuna noodle casserole
Ian Palmer
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Tuna Noodle Casserole

Made mostly with pantry ingredients, it's easy to keep everything you need to make it on hand.

Get the recipe for Tuna Noodle Casserole.

easiest ever chicken alfredo
Ian Palmer
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Easiest-Ever Chicken Alfredo

Whether you're looking for something elegant-but-simple, trying to switch up pasta night, or just want to do something different with the chicken in the fridge, this tried-and-true recipe is the one for you.

Get the recipe for Chicken Alfredo.

butter baked salmon with castiron hasselback potatoes
Ian Palmer
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Butter Baked Salmon with Cast-Iron Hasselback Potatoes

Got a kiddo that thinks they don't like fish? This buttery dish may just change their mind!

Get the recipe for Butter Baked Salmon.

roast chicken with tarragonbraised fennel
Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Roast Chicken with Tarragon-Braised Fennel

Keep some crusty bread on hand for soaking up all the juices in this Sunday dinner staple.

Get the recipe for Roast Chicken with Tarragon-Braised Fennel.

homemade chinesestyle orange chicken
Ian Palmer
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Homemade Chinese-Style Orange Chicken

Orange chicken is sweet, crunchy, and absolutely delicious. It's also surprisingly easy to make at home, and comes together in about the time it would take you to order take-out.

Get the recipe for Chinese-Style Orange Chicken.

crispy, delicious chicken parmesan
Ian Palmer
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Crispy, Delicious Chicken Parmesan

You're only 45 minutes away from this classic comfort food.

Get the recipe for Chicken Parmesan.

fast easy chicken marsala
Ian Palmer
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Fast Easy Chicken Marsala

This rich, stew-like chicken dish has a sauce that's just unbeatable.

Get the recipe for Chicken Marsala.

easy weeknight chicken and dumplings
Ian Palmer
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Easy Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings

Add this hearty Southern soup to your weeknight meal rotation!

Get the recipe for Weeknight Chicken and Dumplings.

braised beef with tomatoes and onions
Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Onions

This Sunday dinner staple offers big flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture with minimal hands-on time.

Get the recipe for Braised Beef with Tomatoes and Onions.

pear, prosciutto, and goat cheese pizza with arugula
Becky Luigart-Stayner
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Pear, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza with Arugula

With a combo of three different cheeses and plenty of fall flavors, you want to try this seasonal pizza when your favorite pears are at their ripest.

Get the recipe for Pear, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza.

easy weeknight salisbury steak
Ian Palmer
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Easy Weeknight Salisbury Steak

It's delicious, easy to make, and oh-so comforting. Serve it up tonight with some mashed potatoes and peas.

Get the recipe for Easy Weeknight Salisbury Steak.

the best ever bolognese sauce
Ian Palmer
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The Best-Ever Sunday Bolognese Sauce

Make this long-cooking sauce on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy it over spaghetti or in lasagna.

Get the recipe for Sunday Bolognese Sauce.

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