Looking for dinner ideas that will have your kids running to the table without the usual fuss? We’ve all been there—struggling to find meals that satisfy both the picky eaters and the grown-ups. These are 17 kid-favorite dinners that, believe it or not, parents love too. From dishes that sneak in the veggies to meals that feel like a treat, we’ve got you covered for a dinner that won’t disappoint anyone at the table!

Chicken tacos on a white plate with guacamole and guacamole.
Photo credit: The Urben Life.
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Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers stuffed with chicken and cheese.
Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Explore the flavors of Mexico with these chicken stuffed poblano peppers. They’re a wonderful combination of melted cheese, black beans, and Mexican spices. This dish is gluten-free and low-carb, offering a decadent comfort food experience in a healthier package. It’s a perfect way to enjoy a spicy and cheesy meal that everyone in the family will love.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese. Photo credit: FODMAP Everyday.

This chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese takes a classic dish to a new level. Start with a homemade cheese sauce, then add ranch dressing for an extra flavor boost. It’s a comforting and hearty meal that combines the beloved flavors of chicken, bacon, and ranch, making it a sure hit with kids and a nostalgic treat for adults.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese

Spaghetti Alfredo with Broccoli

Spaghetti alfredo with broccoli florets in a pot with wooden spoon.
Spaghetti Alfredo with Broccoli. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Transform a classic into a healthier family favorite with this spaghetti alfredo with broccoli. It’s creamy and cheesy, offering the comfort of traditional alfredo but with a nutritious twist of broccoli. This dish is a fantastic way to introduce veggies to kids in a tempting way, while adults can enjoy a more wholesome version of a beloved dish. It’s perfect for a cozy family dinner.
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Cream Cheese Chicken

Cream cheese chicken in a white skillet.
Cream Cheese Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Spice up your weeknight dinners with cream cheese chicken. Bursting with a blend of five spices and the creamy richness of cream cheese, this dish is a hit with both kids and adults. It’s an easy yet flavorful meal that brings a new twist to chicken, making it a great option for those busy evenings when you want something quick but appetizing.
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Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Make these ultra-crispy air fryer buffalo chicken tenders for a healthier alternative to the deep-fried version. They’re perfect for an easy and irresistible appetizer or main dish. This recipe is a crowd-pleaser, offering the beloved taste of buffalo chicken in a healthier form that everyone will enjoy.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Tiny Tacos

Tiny Tacos. Photo credit: The Urben Life.

These tiny tacos are a fun and crispy snack, perfect for the air fryer. They’re an ideal choice for an appetizer or a game day treat. Load them up with your favorite toppings for a customizable, bite-sized delight. These tacos are a playful and tasty option for any gathering or family snack time.
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Sausage Mac and Cheese

A bowl of macaroni and cheese with sausage and parsley.
Sausage Mac and Cheese. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This homemade sausage mac and cheese is a surefire hit at any family meal. Its creamy cheese sauce and hearty sausage make it a favorite among kids, while adults can appreciate the homemade touch. It’s a comforting, easy-to-make dish that proves a classic can always be improved upon. The perfect balance of cheesy goodness and satisfying sausage makes it irresistible.
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Shrimp Lo Mein

Shrimp lo mein in a skillet with chopped green onions in a white bowl on the side.
Shrimp Lo Mein. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Create a delicious shrimp lo mein at home and skip the takeout. This recipe features Chinese egg noodles, juicy shrimp, and vegetables, all tossed in a sauce that rivals restaurant quality. It’s a quick 20-minute meal that’s sure to become a dinner time favorite, offering a delightful blend of flavors that’s both kid-friendly and adult-approved.
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Chicken Divan

Chicken Divan. Photo credit: Dishes Delish.

Revisit a classic with this Chicken Divan, a one-pan dish that’s both fulfilling and easy to make. It features tender chicken and broccoli in a creamy sauce, topped with crispy breadcrumbs and cheese, then baked to golden-brown perfection. It’s an ideal choice for a no-fuss weeknight dinner or a simple family meal, offering a balance of wholesome ingredients and straightforward preparation.
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Burger Bowls

Burger bowl with bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and special sauce.
Burger Bowls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These burger bowls bring the fun and familiar taste of a classic burger in a unique, bowl form. They include a homemade sauce, and offer all the flavors kids love, with a healthier approach that parents appreciate. This meal is perfect for a family dinner, providing both nutrition and the joy of a favorite fast-food meal, minus the excess calories.
Get the Recipe: Burger Bowls

Smashed White Bean Quesadillas

Smashed white bean quesadillas on a cutting board.
Smashed White Bean Quesadillas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Enjoy a meatless treat with these smashed white bean and kale quesadillas. Filled with melted cheddar and topped with a creamy BBQ sauce, they’re a delightful option for a vegetarian family meal. It’s a tasty way to get kids to enjoy beans and kale, wrapped in a cheesy, comforting package. Perfect for a cozy dinner at home.
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Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

Grilled chicken breasts stuffed with ham, pineapple and Jarlsberg cheese garnished with green onion.
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This grilled Hawaiian chicken recipe brings a tropical twist to your dinner table. Stuffed with ham, fresh pineapple, and melted smoked cheese, and topped with a sweet teriyaki glaze, it’s a mouthwatering meal. It’s a fun way to enjoy chicken, offering a unique flavor combination that’s sure to be a hit with both kids and adults.
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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe sandwiches on an English muffin.
Sloppy Joes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Rework the classic American Sloppy Joes into a healthier version that doesn’t compromise on flavor. Made with lean ground beef, these Sloppy Joes are perfect for a guilt-free family meal. They capture the essence of the traditional recipe, but in a way that’s better for everyone. It’s a fun, messy, and tasty dish that kids will adore.
Get the Recipe: Sloppy Joes

Air Fryer Crispy Fish Sticks

Air fryer fish sticks with remoulade dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Crispy Fish Sticks. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Whip up these crispy homemade air fryer fish sticks for a meal that’s both simple and appealing to kids. With just six ingredients, including gluten-free and eggless options, these fish sticks are a healthier take on a kid’s favorite. They come with an easy dijon remoulade sauce, making them a delightful meal that’s ready in no time.
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Air Fryer Brats

Air fryer brats on buns with potato chips on the side.
Air Fryer Brats. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Discover the simplicity and speed of cooking brats in the air fryer. This method brings out the tenderness and juiciness of the brats, impressing even the most dedicated grilling enthusiasts. Ready in under 15 minutes, they’re a quick and delicious option for a family meal, offering a fun twist on traditional grilling.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Brats

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Honey garlic chicken in a bowl served over rice.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Say goodbye to takeout with this slow cooker honey garlic chicken. It’s a simple recipe that results in a sticky, sweet sauce, making it a healthier alternative to your usual takeout. The addition of pineapple adds a delightful twist, making it a family favorite. It’s an easy, delicious meal that’s perfect for busy evenings.
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Loaded Brisket Potatoes

Loaded brisket potatoes.
Loaded Brisket Potatoes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Dive into these loaded BBQ brisket baked potatoes when you’re looking for a hearty and flavorful meal. They’re great for using up leftover beef brisket and offer a satisfying experience with each bite. These potatoes are an exciting way to enjoy brisket in a new form, making them both kid-friendly and a hit with the adults.
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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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