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Chicken, we just can’t quit you. You’re dependable, easy to cook and definitely take the number one spot on the list of proteins our kids will eat. Here, a shout-out to your greatness with 50 chicken recipes for kids that they’ll actually enjoy (and the rest of the fam will gobble up too).

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1. Honey-Mustard Chicken Bake

The combination of savory and sweet will secure this one-dish meal a part of the weekly rotation.

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2. Chicken and Carrot Cups

When in doubt, put everything in a muffin tin and bake it. The shape is a guaranteed hit with the pre-K set.

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3. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Ahh, tenders. We’re not kids anymore, but we’ll still happily eat them for dinner, especially when they’re baked instead of fried.

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4. Baked Chicken Meatballs with Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Noodles + pesto + tender, savory meatballs = a match made in little kid heaven.

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5. Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

They’ll be hooked at the first mention of ranch.

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6. Mini Chicken Shawarma

And the award for cutest lunch goes to…

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7. One-Pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo

It’s a classic for good reason, but with a modern update. Read: It takes 35 minutes from start to finish and comes together in a single saucepan.

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8. Chicken Potpie Hand Pies

If they can wrap their little fingers around their meal, all the better.

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9. Chrissy Teigen’s Cheesy Chicken Milanese

Extra crispy and stuffed with mozzarella? Yep, this has Friday dinner written all over it.

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10. Chicken Parmesan Bites

The key to a kid’s heart is breaded and bite-size with marinara for dipping.

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11. Paprika Chicken Pasta

Paprika is just spicy enough to add intrigue without scaring anyone away. Serve this with roasted broccoli and you’re golden.

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12. Meal-Prep Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccolini

We paired this sticky chicken with cauliflower rice and broccolini, but you can mix up the sides to please their palate.

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13. Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken

It’s kind of like macaroni and cheese with chicken and spinach. What’s not to love?

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14. Homemade Chicken Taquitos

Tortillas get filled with chicken and cheese, then fried until they’re crispy. Pass the sour cream.

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15. Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Pile on the freshly grated Parmesan and serve it with toasted bread for a real dinnertime hit. (And hey, you hardly had to lift a finger.)

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16. Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

They can’t have nuggets with honey mustard every night, but this tastes close enough to satisfy their developing taste buds.

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17. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

You’ll feel good about serving a lightened-up chicken salad, and they’ll think you’re a genius for putting it in bell pepper boats. Win-win.

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18. Easiest Baked Chicken Quesadillas

Since standing at the stove is not happening on a Tuesday night, move the entire production to the oven. In 35 minutes, dinner is done.

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19. Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

Breaded chicken is fine…but garlic breaded chicken is so much better.

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20. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Short on time? Enter the stir-fry. This one takes 20 minutes tops and is way healthier than ordering takeout.

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21. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

The chicken gets brushed with pesto and topped with cheese before baking until bubbly. Need we say more?

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22. 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Honey, we shrunk the sandwiches. (And no one is mad about it at all.)

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23. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders

Skip the whole sauce-on-the-side business and glaze the tenders in it from the get-go.

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24. Avocado Chicken Salad

By adding creamy avocado to an already kid-friendly classic, you can ease up on the mayo while simultaneously winning the award for coolest parent.

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25. Baked Quinoa Chicken Nuggets

We can’t deny the power of a chicken nugget. But we can make them a little more nutritious by coating them in quinoa and skipping the deep fryer.

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26. Skillet Chicken Fajitas

Plop some warm tortillas on the table and let them go to town.

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27. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Just like your mom used to make, except *so* much easier.

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28. Crispy Baked Chicken Burritos

The smaller and more portable, the better.

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29. Pineapple Korean Chicken Thighs

If you’re thinking, No way will my kid eat that, think again. The gochujang is similar enough to ketchup that they’ll be all over it.

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30. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots

Even better than a dinner your kid won’t turn up her nose at is one that requires minimal cooking time and cleanup.

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31. Black Pepper Chicken

It’s sweet, saucy and actually pretty healthy. (Not today, takeout. Not today.)

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32. Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes and Red Onion

Give us a skillet and we’ll make you a dinner you can’t refuse.

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33. Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

The hardest thing you’ll have to do is make the rice.

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24. Sweet Potato Cheddar Barbecue Chicken Burgers

They don’t like toppings? Leave ’em off.

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35. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Pick a mild buffalo sauce if you’re dealing with sensitive palates. Just don’t forget the dressing for dipping (or the napkins).

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36. Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Aside from being low-maintenance to make, this one freezes beautifully. Last-minute dinner, done.

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37. Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Risotto? On a weeknight?? You bet—just let your oven do the hard work.

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38. Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole

If you’re worried about spice level, make the green chilis optional.

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39. Chicken Gnocchi Soup

No one is immune to dreamy, pillowy, potato-y gnocchi. Not even picky kids.

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40. Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These babies work as a side dish, but they also make a mean main course. Any leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to five days.

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41. Katsu Bites with Chipotle-Gochujang Sauce

Someone at the table doesn’t like sauce? No problem. Keep it for yourself and thank us later.

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42. Baked Chicken Breasts

This one goes with anything and everything.

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43. Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches

Lunchmeat doesn’t know what’s coming.

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44. Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies in Foil

Once everything’s cooked, you can toss the foil. Look ma, no dishes!

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45. Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

The entire family will be instantly hooked when you dish up this one. Pretend it was so much work.

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46. Firecracker Chicken with Rice

The stickier and sweeter the sauce, the better.

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47. Chicken Tacos

These tacos have a secret: They get wrapped up before being fried, so nothing falls out when you go for a bite.

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48. Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

Meatballs are already hard to resist. Add a buttery, creamy tomato sauce for a complete home run.

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49. Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

File this one under “how to get kids to eat Brussels sprouts.” (It’s all about that glaze.)

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50. Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Blue Cheese and Celery

Thanks to rotisserie chicken, these lunchtime heroes take 20 minutes to make. Who’s the greatest of all time? You are.

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