50 Easy Dinner Ideas for Kids That Even the Pickiest Eaters Will Love

These fun, kid-friendly recipes will be a hit at the dinner table!

turkey tacos on a plate with a side of sour cream

As kids grow up, they develop their own tastes and preferences, and as any parent will tell you, sometimes those preferences will leave you scratching your head wondering what you can possibly make for dinner tonight that isn't just buttered noodles (again). But don't worry, these easy dinner recipes for kids are here to give you some inspiration for this week's family dinner menu. And while many of them are simple and straightforward, they're anything but boring. That means the adults at the table are sure to enjoy these dishes, too. Best of all, a lot of these dishes take just 30-minutes or less to make so you can have dinner on the table in no time. Plus, we have even included healthy dinner options that even your pickiest eaters will love.

These kid-friendly meals include easy pasta dishes, protein-packed healthy chicken recipes, and even a few fresh salads. Luckily, many of them are also easy to modify depending on your children's tastes, so you can swap out or just skip ingredients that don't make sense for your family.

Several of these easy dinner ideas come together with the help of an air fryer, slow cooker, or grill, so you don't even have to turn on the stove. And a few of them don't require any cooking at all, perfect for those busy weeknights.

So before you order takeout tonight, here are some easy dinner ideas for kids that you can add to your dinner rotation.

green goddess sandwiches with eggs and avocado
Mike Garten
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Green Goddess Sandwiches

These sandwiches are not only kid-friendly, they're packed with veggies. Best of all, they take just 15 minutes to make.

Get the Green Goddess Sandwiches recipe.

creamy corn pasta on a yellow plate
Mike Garten
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Creamy Corn Pasta

If your kids love corn on the cob and pasta, why not bring them together in this creative dish? Plenty of fluffy cheese on top will convince any kid to give it a try.

Get the Creamy Corn Pasta recipe.

chickpea salad with tomato and cucumber
Mike Garten
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Chickpea Salad with Smashed Cucumbers

This fresh, veggie-packed salad has plenty of protein and is easy to modify. If your kids don't like chickpeas, you could sub in white beans or black beans, or omit them altogether and make this a side salad instead of a main.

Get the Chickpea Salad with Smashed Cucumbers recipe.

chicken salad sandwich with potato chips
Mike Garten
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Chicken Salad Sandwich

Putting crunchy potato chips on a sandwich will officially make you the coolest parent ever. Plus, they'll be getting some protein and greens in.

Get the Chicken Salad Sandwich recipe.

crispy chicken salad recipe
Mike Garten
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Crispy Chicken Salad

If your kids always ask for chicken strips, this salad is an easy way to mix things up (and to get more greens in, but they don't have to know that's why you're making it!).

Get the Crispy Chicken Salad recipe.

pasta e fagioli in a bowl
Mike Garten
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Pasta e Fagioli

This cozy Italian dish packs a good amount of protein in, thanks to the beans and other veggies in this pasta soup. It's also easy to modify, based on what your kids like.

Get the Pasta e Fagioli recipe.

bbq chip crusted chicken with a green bean and tomato salad
Mike Garten
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BBQ Chip Chicken

If bags of BBQ chips disappear quickly in your house, this meal is sure to be a hit. Plus, it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Get the BBQ Chip Chicken recipe.

sausage egg sandwich
Mike Garten
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Sausage and Egg Sandwiches

Breakfast for dinner is always a fun idea! These sandwiches incorporate piquante peppers, but you can swap in roasted red peppers or leave the peppers out altogether, depending on what your kids like.

Get the Sausage and Egg Sandwiches recipe.

RELATED: 36 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas for Your Busiest Mornings

a slab of honey glazed salmon and cucumber salad
Mike Garten
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Honey Glazed Salmon

The sweetness of this beautiful salmon dish means that the kids are sure to enjoy it. Serve it with lots of fluffy white rice.

Get the Honey Glazed Salmon recipe.

sheet pan chicken parmesan
Mike Garten
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Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan

This cheesy, decadent meal is sure to be a big hit with kids and adults alike at the dinner table.

Get the Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan recipe.

muffin with tomatoes and cheese
Faith Mason
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Margherita Muffin

It doesn't get easier than this. Just toast some English muffins and pile on the cheese, tomatoes and other toppings.

Get the Margherita Muffin recipe.

vegan bolognese pasta
Mike Garten
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Vegan Bolognese

If you're trying to cut down on your family's meat consumption, or have a child who doesn't eat meat, you'll want to add this hearty recipe to your rotation. It packs in plenty of nutrients thanks to the mushrooms and lentils that sub in for the beef.

Get the Vegan Bolognese recipe.

RELATED: 70 Vegan Recipes So Good, You'll Forget About Meat and Cheese

sheet pan chicken fajitas
Danielle Daly
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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These smoky, flavorful fajitas couldn't be simpler to make. They come together using adobo sauce, peppers, onions and pineapple.

Get the Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas recipe.

air fryer squash soup
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Squash Soup

When the whole family is craving something cozy, this dish is the perfect dinner. Best of all, it comes together mostly in the air fryer, giving you plenty of time to help with homework or do some tidying while dinner is cooking.

Get the Air Fryer Squash Soup recipe.

RELATED: 46 Easy Air Fryer Recipes That Are Fast and Super Delicious

white bean sausage stew in a pot
Mike Garten
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Quick White Bean and Sausage Stew

Another cozy meal option, this stew only takes 30 minutes to make and has plenty of protein thanks to the creamy white beans. The recipe calls for white wine, and while the alcohol will burn off, you could also use a non-alcoholic option like apple cider vinegar or extra chicken broth.

Get the Quick White Bean and Sausage Stew recipe.

grilled vegetable lasagna in a baking dish
Danielle Daly
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Grilled Vegetable Lasagna with Ricotta-Tomato Sauce

This hearty lasagna has plenty of veggies, but even the pickiest of eaters won't mind thanks to the layers of cheese and pasta.

Get the Grilled Vegetable Lasagna With Ricotta-Tomato Sauce recipe.

tomato soup parmesan crostini in a bowl
Mike Garten
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Tomato Soup with Parmesan Crostini

Everyone is sure to enjoy the combo of tomato soup and crusty bread, but the crostini adds a little elegance that the adults in particular will love.

Get the Tomato Soup With Parmesan Crostini recipe.

pork noodles
Mike Garten
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Crispy Pork Noodles

This flavorful dish features ramen noodles tossed with creamy peanut sauce and topped with veggies and crispy pork. Kids and adults alike will enjoy it.

Get the Crispy Pork Noodles recipe.

cheesy chicken broccoli casserole in a baking dish
Mike Garten
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Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

One way to get your kids (and okay, maybe the grown-ups, too) to eat broccoli is to coat it in cheese and breadcrumbs and mix it with chicken.

Get the Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole recipe.

air fryer meatball sub
Mike Garten
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Air Fryer Meatball Sub

Your air fryer is the key to this hearty crowd-pleaser of a meal. Don't forget to toast the bread for that extra crunch.

Get the Air Fryer Meatball Sub recipe.

RELATED: 65 Easy Ground Beef Recipes for True Meat Lovers

sesame chicken stir fry with white rice
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Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry

Skip takeout and opt for this kid-friendly (and veggie-packed!) stir-fry instead.

Get the Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry recipe.

RELATED: 60 Chicken Breast Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

doubly cheesy meatball bake in a cast iron pan
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Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake

Juicy meatballs, covered in gooey mozzarella cheese sounds like the perfect dish to share with the family tonight.

Get the Doubly Cheesy Meatball Bake recipe.

instant pot risotto with parmesan
Mike Garten
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Instant Pot Risotto with Parmesan

This one pot wonder is a real crowdpleaser thanks to its creamy texture and cheesy taste. Plus it is the ultimate canvas for any toppings your family may enjoy: Try a fried egg, a dollop of pesto, or a sprinkle of peas.

Get the Instant Pot Risotto With Parmesan recipe.

RELATED: 30 Best Instant Pot Recipes for Easy Weeknight Dinners

shrimp enchiladas with zucchini and corn in a blue baking pan
Mike Garten
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Shrimp Enchiladas with Zucchini and Corn

Make a quick enchilada sauce of store-bought salsa verde, cilantro and sour cream and you’ll get this vibrant recipe on the table in under 40 minutes (really!).

Get the Shrimp Enchiladas With Zucchini and Corn recipe.

sweet andsticky chicken with snow peas on a white plate
Mike Garten
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Sweet & Sticky Chicken with Snow Peas

Hoisin sauce turns average drumsticks into an addicting dinner.

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smoky peanut chicken in a baking dish
Mike Garten
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Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos

Chicken breast cooked in a homemade peanut sauce will make this Taco Tuesday unforgettable.

Get the Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos recipe.

a stacked patty melt
Mike Garten
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Classic Patty Melt

Burger meets grilled cheese in this rich and delicious dinner.

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RELATED: 33 Unique, Homemade Burger Recipes That Will Satisfy Your Cravings

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Hey Picky Eaters! This Cookbook is Made for You!

75+ insanely delicious recipes that will tempt even the pickiest of eaters.


bbq herbed drumsticks
Mike Garten
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BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

Say hello to your easiest (1-ingredient!) marinade, pesto. Try it with store-bought or our homemade pesto recipe.

Get the BBQ Herbed Drumsticks recipe.

crispy baked chicken on a biscuit
Con Poulos
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Crispy Baked Chicken

Baking this crunchy, crowd-pleasing favorite makes it much healthier and lower in fat than a traditional fried chicken recipe.

Get the Crispy Baked Chicken recipe.

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