Jamie Deen

Kid-friendly meals don't have to consist of just chicken nuggets and fries. Check out these kid-friendly recipes from Jamie Deen that are sure to please even the pickiest eater.

A meal the whole
family will love

Jamie Deen's new Food Network show, Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen, is all about family, good food and getting together at the dinner table. Even with two young boys, Jamie finds a way to please the whole family with recipes like these. Check out this kid-friendly meal with all of his son Jack's favorite things.

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White queso dip

Serves 6


  • 1 cup grated Cheddar
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons pimentos
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise


  1. Add the Cheddar and pepper jack to a bowl with the cream cheese. Add in the pimentos and salt and pepper to taste. Using a hand mixer, begin to blend together. Add in the mayonnaise and continue mixing until creamy.

Jack's purple smoothie

Jack's purple smoothie

Serves 4


  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries (unsweetened) 
  • 1 cup frozen mangos
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks


  1. Add the apple juice, Greek yogurt, blueberries, mangos, pineapple and banana to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with a fun straw.

Chicken salad in toast cups

Serves 4 to 6


  • 6 slices soft wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red seedless grapes, sliced in half
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Press each slice of bread into the cup of a muffin tin. Brush with the melted butter. Bake until golden and crisp, five to seven minutes.
  3. Place the chicken on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until golden and completely cooked through, about 50 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. Remove the skin from the chicken. Shred the meat with a fork and then roughly chop. Add to a bowl with the grapes, mayonnaise, chives, lemon juice, celery, and salt and pepper to taste and mix well. Divide the chicken salad among the toast cups.

Broccoli salad

Jamie Deen's Broccoli Salad

Serves 4 to 6


  • 4 slices bacon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into florets (3 crowns)
  • 1 quart cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup edamame
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place the bacon on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool, and then crumble.
  3. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets in batches and boil until bright green, one to two minutes. Add to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking, or add to a colander in the sink and run with cold water. Drain well and place in a large bowl.
  4. Add the tomatoes, almonds, dried cranberries and edamame to the bowl with the broccoli and toss.
  5. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar and olive oil. Add the bacon and the dressing to the salad and toss.

Recipes courtesy of Jamie Deen

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Comments on "Kid-friendly recipes from Jamie Deen"

Karen August 29, 2012 | 9:08 AM

@Betty - This dip is not meant to be warm, so the cheese is not melted. When you blend with the hand mixer, the cream cheese and mayo will make it creamy. Hope that helps.

Betty August 28, 2012 | 8:48 PM

Jamie, for the white queso dip, the recipe doesnt mention to put this over heat to melt. how do you get this creamy then.....help

Karen August 24, 2012 | 5:53 PM

@Florence Cooper - You can try just printing from your browser. Click File, then Print and do a preview to see which pages you need that contain the recipes. Hope that helps!

Florence Cooper August 22, 2012 | 2:48 PM

I watched this program and really wanted the recipes to send on to grandkids....can't figure out how to print. Family doesn't have printer so I need to send paper copy....thanks for your help! Keep good recipes coming....

Julie August 07, 2012 | 8:57 PM

Not sure if my kids would do the broccoli salad, but every other recipe does sound like something they would at least try. Thanks for the recipes!

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