5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Recipes for Shabbat

For many, Shabbat dinner, means challah, an elaborately roasted chicken, and a few sides. If you’re a busy parent or have kids who are picky eaters, taking on roasting a chicken can feel intimidating. Fear not—you can switch up your Shabbat routine with these easy, crowd-pleasing, chicken dishes. Serving vegetarians? Just swap out the protein for tofu or white beans and you’re good to go.  

Chicken Skewers and Avocado Dip


These easy to make chicken skewers and avocado dip are perfect for summer-time Shabbat dinners or barbecues and are a handy kosher for Passover recipe to bookmark as well. These delicious dippers are also a hit with picky eaters and travel well--so go ahead and pack the leftovers up for a Havdalah picnic.

Chicken Soup Meatballs

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

PJ Library staff can confirm that these simple chicken meatballs are toddler-approved and a snap to make. Serve these with rice or raw veggies in the summer and with your favorite broth in the fall. It's easy to toss the ingredients in a pan and leave them to bake. 

Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Rice

Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Rice

Another fun variation on meatballs, because let's face it, kids (and grown-ups) love them. These chicken meatballs go great with veggie kebabs or salad on-a-stick, and can be eaten as an appetizer with dipping sauce. If you're looking for Passover-friendly recipes to bookmark for next year, skip the rice and toss these on some veggies for a filling dinner too.

Sticky Honey Drumsticks

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

With a sweet honey sauce that’s sure to please the kids, these sweet and savory drumsticks are the best kind of messy! These yummy drumsticks have become a hit with PJ Library families. You can find the recipe on our blog, or watch this video to see just how easy they are to make.

Easy Chicken Stir Fry with Veggies

Chicken Stir Fry

Looking for a dinner that you can make in a hurry? This delicious stir fry takes about 15 minutes all together and is a great way to make a one-pot meal. You can use fresh veggies or incorporate leftovers too. To make a gluten-free version, use tamari or gluten-free soy sauce in your stir fry sauce.

Ingredients for sauce:

  • ¼ cup tamari or soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup water

Ingredients for stir fry:

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 cups of chopped vegetables (such as onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, and snow peas)
  • Sliced green onions for garnish (*Optional)


  1. In a bowl, whisk together all of your sauce ingredients.

  2. Add your oil to a wok or skillet set at medium-high heat.

  3. Dredge the chicken pieces with cornstarch and shake off any excess.

  4. Carefully add the chicken to the wok. You’ll want to cook your meat in batches so that it does not get too crowded in the pan. Cook your Chicken until it is slightly brown and cooked through.

  5. Remove the cooked chicken and set it aside.

  6. Add your vegetables into that same skillet or wok and stir them until they are cooked through.

  7. Pour the sauce over the vegetables, add the chicken back to the pan, and lower the heat to simmer for 5 minutes.

  8. Serve over white rice and garnish with green onions.


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