Quick-Fix Kid-Friendly Chicken
Easy Skillet Cordon Bleu will be on the table in 20 minutes. If you don't have Swiss cheese or Canadian bacon, don't stress. Substitute with what you have on hand--cheddar or Provolone and ham or turkey deli slices would be delicious. Complete the meal with a microwavable bag of rice and a simple green salad.
- Recipe: Easy Skillet Cordon Bleu
This dish ranks tops when you’re looking for a weeknight Mexican fiesta at your house and is a welcome change of pace from the typical taco dinner kit. Your favorite tortilla chips add loads of zip and crunch to this fun recipe, so be sure to save all the crushed chips from the bottom of the bag for this family-friendly favorite.
- Recipe: Tortilla Chip-Crusted Chicken
Enjoy fried chicken without the added fat or mess. Dredge the tenders in saltine crackers and pecans to add an extra layer of crispiness and a nutty flavor. Then lightly coat them with cooking spray just before baking to ensure an extra crisp crust every time. Serve this simple weeknight meal of oven-fried yum with your favorite honey mustard or Ranch dressing.
- Recipe: Pecan-Crusted Chicken Tenders
Treat your kids to a trip outside their suppertime comfort zone with the fresh flavors of the Far East in this dish. The soy sauce adds a surprising salty kick but is balanced by the creaminess of the peanut butter and the sweetness of the honey. Use chicken legs and thighs so the kids can eat with their hands and serve with a side of steamed white rice and broccoli or cabbage slaw.
- Recipe: Peanut-Baked Chicken
Add some Latin flair to your weeknight chicken menu with this quick and easy go-to recipe. You can use leftover chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken and cut out the pesto if you’re pressed for time. The kids are sure to enjoy the cheesy goodness of the quesadillas with yummy toppings like sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
- Recipe: Grilled Chicken Quesadillas
Pizza is always a crowd pleaser. This recipe incorporates plenty of protein in a tangy barbecue sauce that is topped with mild mozzarella cheese. To make this a more well-rounded, hearty dish add any of the kids’ favorite veggies like black olives, tomatoes, or mushrooms. Garnish with chopped bacon and parsley for an extra kick.
It’s no wonder why this recipe is one of our all-time reader favorites. This hearty one-dish meal combines store-bought ingredients with freshly cut vegetables to save time without losing flavor or nutrients. You can substitute pre-shredded cheese and pre-chopped onions to cut prep time; and leave out green chiles and cumin if your family doesn’t like a lot of heat. Just combine all the ingredients and let the oven do the rest for a Southwestern-style classic that tastes even better as leftovers the next day.
- Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Forget fast food and frozen chicken fingers! This recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare and is a much healthier meal option for your family. By using less butter and reduced-fat baking mix, you can cut unnecessary calories and fat without losing that wonderful taste of crispy breaded chicken. For a fun table setting, serve this dish with condiment bowls filled with your favorite honey mustard, barbecue, or Ranch dipping sauces.
Put a spin on traditional mac and cheese by adding chicken and using bow tie pasta instead of elbow macaroni. The cheesy sauce adds richness to the dish and also helps you disguise the vegetables. Top with fresh parsley to create the look and flavor of a restaurant classic.
- Recipe: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Nothing screams midweek, go-to meal more than a grilled cheese sandwich. But this recipe takes it up a notch by adding protein and an extra punch of flavor with golden raisins and Monterey jack cheese. Slivered almonds and chopped celery pack in a bold crunch with each bite. If your kids are more particular eaters, you can always leave out any of the add-ons and stick to the good old cheesy chicken sandwich that everyone is sure to love.